Welcome to GATES High School

About GATES High School

Welcome to GATES High School.  GATES stands for Greater Alternatives to Educating Students.  We are a small school with a staff that is highly trained and highly committed to the success of all students.  We take pride in our school and the fact that we are a diverse learning community.  We are a Safe and Civil school where students are provided every opportunity to be valued in a learning environment that is highly personalized based on individual student needs and circumstances.  At GATES, we want to keep students in school where they can continue to progress in their learning and prefer to teach appropriate school behaviors rather than punish inappropriate school behaviors.  This is accomplished by building strong and trusting relationships with students, staff, parents, guardians, and the community at large.  Students are held to high standards for attendance and academic progress and have multiple opportunities to demonstrate progress in a non-traditional, competency based learning environment.

At GATES, we understand that life happens.  Many of our students have experienced life circumstances that have created barriers to school success.  We work closely with students and parents/guardians to provide support through outside community resources, a strong comprehensive guidance program, and on site case management services.

GATES students are successful students who graduate with a strong post-secondary plan.  We commit 20 minutes of every school day for students to work on their High School and Beyond Plan with an assigned teacher/mentor.  This time is called Check and Connect and is as important as any other academic course a student takes.  Whether a student wants to go to a four year university, attend a technical college, or enter directly into the workplace, we will work with every student to ensure that they have a viable post-secondary plan that will lead them towards financial security and being a contributing member of their community.

Recent News

KNKX Radio Article
On January 29th local public radio station, KNKX, published an article on their web-site about Gates High School and how we are using alternative methods to cut down on suspensions. Ashley Gross the Youth & Education reporter with KNKX spent time on campus talking with both staff and students about how things like restorative circles and community building are helping get to the underlying reasons behind behaviors that would normally result in suspensions.
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Students Help Plant Trees
Clover Creek Improvement & Preservation
January 17th Gates High School science students in conjunction with Pierce County planted 8 native species trees on our back campus near the creek. The purpose of planting the trees is to improve the riparian area along Clover Creek as well as improve and preserve the prairie land that surrounds it. The trees will provide shade for the creek which will help plants and animals survive over the summer.
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Graduating Gators
Since the beginning of December several students have completed all the requirements to graduate from high school and receive their diploma. A big congratulation goes out to: Marina Lowe, Aly Murray, Darrin Quinene, Salecia Brown, Parker (Emily) Hondel, and Stephen Arnold. We’ll see you when you walk on June 9th at graduation.
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Locate Us

813 132nd St S
Tacoma, WA 98444
Phone: 253-298-4000
Fax: 253-298-4015