Message From The Principal

Dear Gator Family,

The 2017/2018 school year continued to show unprecedented growth for GATES High School. We successfully completed a rigorous review as part of an accreditation process and were fully accredited for the next six years through the Association of Educational Services Districts. We were specifically commended for our high graduation rates, flexible programs/curricula, strong student-centered staff and responsive teaching techniques. The only recommendation was to continue our hard work in improving our attendance rates, which we are making steady progress towards from 64% average daily attendance in 2016/2017 to 74% average daily attendance for 2017/2018. GATES has continued to excel in helping students graduate on time. Our 2017/2018 graduation rate was the highest in history with 72.4% of our students graduating on time! This was an increase of 12.1% from 2016/2017. We continue to see positive numbers with our extended graduation rate as well. Our suspensions continue to be extremely low with a total of 12 suspensions all year. With addition of our Gator Done Graduation Center, we were able to assist 70% of our graduates to enroll in either a two- or four-year college.

GATES also has the support of a strong and caring community. Because of partnerships with the YMCA, Greater Lakes Mental Health, Consejo Counseling, Our Savior Lutheran Church, and other private donors we have been able to support the many needs of our diverse learners. We are committed to continued success for all students and are proud to be a part of this successful learning community.


Val Jones

GATES Principal

Val Jones
Principal, GATES High School
(253) 298-4000