Gateway Paths

About Us

Gateway School provides an individualized, comprehensive education to our students with communication and language-related disorders and/or autism guiding them to independence in the areas of communication, academics, social, and life skills. Students are provided with a learning environment to meet their individualized learning style and needs through various paths, Brave, Epic, and Fearless Paths.  All students are provided a program with language and communication integrated throughout the day.

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Gateway Paths: A Tiered Approach

Gateway’s Paths are designed to be fluid and flexible. Student data is regularly reviewed and analyzed to ensure each student is provided with an educational environment to support his or her learning style and maximize learning outcomes, progress, and independence.   

Primary Classrooms

Gateway’s youngest learners are placed in classrooms where they will be provided academic, social-emotional, school readiness, and life skills with a small student to teacher ratio using total communication.  Special educators, instructional assistants, speech therapists, occupational therapists, and BCBAs collaborate to create an individualized program for each student. Instruction is provided in small groups, dyads, and one-to-one.  Language instruction and principles of applied behavior analysis are implemented throughout the school day to build foundational skills. Students learn through play in a natural environment to generalize learned skills and continue to implement functional language and social skills.  

  • Integrated communication services
  • Multisensory instruction
  • Individually paced
  • Individualized schedule of reinforcement
  • Small class size
  • Programmatic fine motor skills, social skills, and pragmatic language skills
  • Exposure to grade-level curriculum 
  • Literacy and math interventions

Brave Path

  • Small group instruction (3:1); flexible grouping
  • Opportunity for 1:1 instruction
  • Differentiated group instruction
  • Adapted curriculum
  • Integrated communication and language services
  • Research-based strategies and interventions
  • Individualized schedule of reinforcement
  • 25-minute instructional blocks with 5-minute breaks
  • Least to the most prompting hierarchy
  • Keyboarding and technology instruction
  • Guiding towards independence
  • Instruction and intervention in English/language arts, mathematics, social studies, and science
  • Explicit and intentional instruction of social skills and daily living skills; facilitated opportunities for generalizing skills learned

Epic Path

  • Class co-taught by a special educator and speech-language pathologist
  • Integrated language services
  • Imbedded and intentional social skills and pragmatic language instruction
  • Focus on executive functioning skills
  • Small group instruction
  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Registered Behavior Technician support daily
  • Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports
  • Sensory Supports
  • Technology integration
  • Inquiry-based curriculum for language arts, math, social studies, & science
  • Curriculum differentiated to provide rigorous instruction

Fearless Path

  • Maximum 1:1 support
  • Special educators and instructors implement the principles of applied behavior analysis
  • Research-based strategies
  • Adapted and/or modified curriculum
  • Intensive 1:1 instructional setting
  • Individualized schedules of reinforcement
  • Participate in small groups for a shorter duration
  • Integrated communication and language services
  • Instruction in English/language arts, mathematics, social studies, and science
  • Direct instruction in the areas of social skills and essential daily living skills within the natural teaching environment
  • Focus on communication, learning availability, skill acquisition, and generalization

All Gateway instruction activates multiple modalities and engages learners through active learning strategies. Each class participates in a Language Group led by a speech-language pathologist, focusing on enhancing communication and language skills, expressive, receptive, and pragmatic, within a group setting. All students engage in recreation, art, music, library, and social skills instruction weekly.