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Gateways High School

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Welcome to Gateways High School! Our mission is to empower students to reach their goals through personalized connections to negotiate future obstacles and become lifelong learners and successful citizens. We offer a positive culturally aware, safe, and student-centered high school that is responsive to varied student learning needs.

We are honored to serve you in your educational needs. GHS is a Cognia accredited, small alternative public high school with a diverse population that offers a variety of services and academic options. Students in grades 10-12 and fifth-year seniors living within the Springfield School District attendance boundaries are eligible to attend GHS.

There are several pathways to graduation and we encourage you to advocate your needs to better serve you. GHS offers a variety of services and support for families so please feel free to reach out to us.

Together we can make a difference.



GHS uses the Springfield Public Schools curriculum, focusing on power standards. GHS is on a seven period day so students see their teachers every day. Classes are 50 minutes long with a 5-minute passing period, which gives students several small breaks throughout their day.

Students meet with their counselor to develop an individual student graduation plan that meets their goals. GHS students are eligible to participate in Brattain Campus Graduation Ceremonies once completing their graduation requirements.

There are several opportunities for students to make-up credits if they are behind through online, night school, work study, etc.


CTE: Cosmetology Academy

The comprehensive GHS Cosmetology Academy is for students interested in a career in cosmetology that includes hair design, barbering, esthetics and nail technology. This exciting and creative program offers students the opportunity to engage in the art and science of cosmetology with no cost to them, while satisfying high school graduation requirements.

Gateways Cosmetology Academy uses a competency based format, which provides the same curricular content that is taught in post-secondary clock hour programs. Students attend theory and lab classes, eventually using the knowledge they have gained to perform services in hair design, barbering, esthetics and nail technology on mannequins, models and clients. Learn more about our program and how to enroll in the GHS Cosmetology Academy.


Grading at GHS

GHS believes and utilizes equitable grading practices. Students have opportunities to redo-retake assignments, quizzes, and tests. There are no late penalties for later work, but there are deadlines that allow staff enough time to grade before the end of the term. Students are not graded on attendance.

We encourage you to check your students' progress in their classes often. Below is a link you can use to access your child's grades, current schedule, attendance, and more through ParentVue.


Terms and Credits

GHS works on a quarters system:

  • 4 terms per year.
  • Each class is worth .25 credits.

*Credit Recovery classes may earn up to .5 credits upon completion through online or night school classes. Please contact your counselor for more information.

Teacher Office Hours

Students can get additional help during teacher office hours. Families also can schedule a time to meet with teachers to ask questions or address concerns.

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday (reg. Sch.) 3:15-3:45

Title Services

GHS receives title funds to improve academic achievement which we use by offering support classes in language arts. Support classes help build students’ skills so they can be successful in other classes
We use several research-based teaching practices, curricula and assessments:

  • Fountas and Pinnell
  • AMP
  • Academic Literacy
  • Scholastic SRI
  • Guided Reading
  • Mentor Texts
  • Kelly Gallagher AOW
  • Reading Work Samples
  • Ways for parents to be involved
  • Volunteers
  • School PBIS Team
  • Mentors
  • Fundraisers
  • Guest Speakers
  • Community Outreach
  • Title 1 Survey (Fall/Spring)
  • Parent Meetings
  • School parent compact revisions
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences

Pregnant and Parenting Teen Service

GHS offers services for pregnant and parenting teens of any age residing in the SPS attendance boundaries. Our program's services include:

  • Education and Parenting Classes.
  • Supplies such as breast pumps, clothing, etc.
  • Community Resources and Outreach.
  • Child care for parenting teens.
  • Access to GHS Child Development Center.

GHS Curriculum Guide

No matter your pathway, there are many options available for you through GHS. Read more about courses available, our special programs, and graduation requirements. Start your learning pathway today.




Who Is a Good Fit for GHS?

Gateways High School is a place for students who:

  • May need more time to achieve their education plan
  • Are 10th-13th graders
  • Need smaller classes with fewer students
  • Are motivated to be in school and willing to try to succeed
  • Are college and/or career bound
  • May need help with basic academic skills (2-4 grade levels behind)
  • Need extra help in meeting new graduation requirements
  • May be behind in course credits
  • Need extra support to succeed in post-secondary education
  • Are pregnant or parenting (regardless of high school grade level)

Gateways High School specializes in:

  • A variety of academic options, including traditional diploma, modified diploma, and certificate of attendance
  • Transition services to college or career
  • Additional support connecting with community and educational resources beyond high school
  • Wraparound services for non-traditional high school students
  • Career exploration and preparation
  • Connections to vocational rehabilitation services
  • Pregnant student and parenting program with classes and support
  • Substance abuse and therapeutic counseling