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Welcome to Gateway School

Gateway School is a warm, nurturing place where children are individuals.

Each child’s program is developed based on his/her communication, educational, social, and behavioral needs. Fully approved by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), Gateway’s pathway system matches each child with an individualized learning plan with language and communication integrated throughout the day.

Founded in 1957, Gateway School is a 12-month, non-public, coeducational K-8 campus for students with autism, developmental disabilities, and communication disorders.

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Frequently Asked Questions

We know you have lots of questions about your child’s education. We have answers!

While we have answered some of our most frequently asked questions below, we welcome the opportunity to talk about your child’s specific needs and experience. Don’t hesitate to contact us.

Yes! We are approved by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). Gateway School meets the criteria for non-public tuition assistance and private pay students also attend.

Our state-of-the-art campus offers bright classrooms equipped with 21st-century classroom technology, speech-language therapy rooms, a library, a fine arts room, auditorium, gymnasium, and playground.

Special education teachers and instructional assistants implement our educational program for your child. The special education teachers are responsible for classroom management, modifying the curriculum to meet your child’s needs, and they are responsible for the direct supervision of instructional assistants.

All members of your child’s interprofessional team meet the training requirements of their professional associations and are certified and licensed in Maryland. Students are assigned to classes based on chronological age, language-age, and level of academic performance. Social skills and behavioral functioning are also taken into consideration in making class assignments.

We use three pathways (Brave, Epic, and Fearless) to match each child with the individualized teaching plan best for them. Learn more about our three pathways.

Using research-based intervention strategies and a positive behavioral intervention program along with intensive therapy as needed, children advance appropriately toward attaining language, social, motor, and academic goals. Language experiences and direct instruction facilitate language, cognition, and academic readiness for preschool students. For older students in kindergarten, grades one through eight, or a non-graded program, the curriculum incorporates language learning within the subject areas of reading, written language, mathematics, science, and social studies.

The development of social and adaptive/life skills for school and the community is fostered throughout the program for all students. In addition, all students participate in weekly computer instruction, music, art, library, and recreation classes. Learn more about our curriculum.