Gateway Academy Strategic Plan
ISD 192 and Gateway Academy Mission Statement
The mission of Farmington Area Public Schools, the center of inspiration and the cultivation of ideas, is to ensure each student reaches his or her highest aspirations while embracing responsibility to community through a system distinguished by supporting individuality while understanding our interdependence, developing wisdom and integrity of each individual, nurturing the will to succeed in each student, customized learning environments, and deep community collaboration.
Vision of Learning at Gateway Academy
Rooted in community action and problem-solving, students will engage in authentic collaboration and creative experiences in which to solve real problems in both local and global contexts. As its central focus, students will be active agents of their own learning. They will not only exceed mastery of academic standards, but will do so in an environment where they interact as scientists, engineers, makers, designers, hackers (the good kind), entrepreneurs, authors, inventors, politicians, mathematicians, and philosophers.
Gateway Academy Facts
Gateway Academy is one of six elementary and three middle public schools within ISD 192, Farmington Area Public School District. All of the Farmington Schools are excellent and each has its own individual personality. Gateway Academy is a 5-8, continuous progress, project based learning school. The school enrollment is currently under 70 students in grades 5-8. Gateway Academy is a Choice Public School and any students living within ISD 192 may attend on an in-district transfer. Students living outside ISD 192 may apply through the Open Enrollment Process.
We will create and nurture a community in which all are free to act using talents, passions, and creativity.
Students at Gateway Academy are advocates for themselves and others as they navigate their own learning process. Through an adult and peer advisory structure, students design and carry-out learning plans unique to their interests, incorporating specific learning targets and guidelines for life-long skills. This structure is further developed through guided reflection as well as partnerships with a wider network of business, government, andcommunity organizations.
We will foster strong relationships committed to the success of all.
Gateway Academy is developed specifically with relationships in mind. Resembling the one-room schoolhouse of old, school takes on an aspect of family with a range of supports and mentorship from peers, community members, teachers, and parents. Developing strong relationships also requires that all members feel their voices are represented; therefore, Gateway Academy builds families and students into the decision-making process and also establishes a variety of leadership groups to carry-out the strategicdirection of the school. Additionally, relationships are established beyond the walls of the school for enriched learning experiences. Through a wide local and global network, business, government, and community organizations as well as other individuals play key roles in lending their expertise and providing authentic/real world opportunities for collaboration, application, extension, and source for student learning.
Develop relationships with businesses and organizations for authentic connections and financial support.
Family involvement is an integral part of the school.
Healthy relationships within the school community.
Create global connections.
Promote leadership within the learning community.
We will inspire continuous learning and growth.
Learning at Gateway Academy follows from personalized paths that tap into the talents, passions, and creativity of students. Through a project-based, hands-on, learning approach, students in multi-age groups synthesize skills and knowledge from multiple disciplines with real-world application, active agency in the community, and authentic performances. This approach demands multiple measures of student growth including student learning portfolios, student reflection, narrative feedback, specific project completion reports connected to standards, and other methods to monitor and communicate student progress. Continuous learning and growth is not limited to students only but also applies to the development of staff as well as improvement in school processes. Through a cyclical process of assessment and reflection, staff organize around student needs, and the school structures and processes are examined and refined.
Demonstrate growth through multiple measures of progress.
Celebrate talents, passions, new learning, and creativity.
Create personalize learning paths.
Facilitate ongoing staff and school development
A project-based approach is the central element of learning.
Become an agent of change by investing in the community.
We will use a variety of learning spaces.
Recognizing the impact of physical and environmental conditions for student learning, Gateway Academy features a variety of large, small, and individual learning spacesco-designed around student-centered aesthetic and maximized through aflexible use of furniture and an intentional regard for lighting,acoustics, and other environmental controls. In addition to classroomspaces, students apply their learning in a variety of indoor (e.g.kitchen lab, art lab) and outdoor (e.g. sound garden, greenhouse)locations as well as through community service learning and field-workexperiences. Additionally, web-based field trips, online collaboration,and other virtual experiences add to a robust use of space.
We will use time as a variable resource.
The calendar at Gateway Academy is built around family and student needs and provides flexibility to address the continuous learning goals of students. The daily schedule is open with flexible time dedicated for student advising, group project collaboration and completion, movement, elements of direct instruction, service learning, and various student clubs and organizations. Additionally, flexible time is dedicated for staff collaboration,professional development, and instructional preparation as well as for community development, partnerships, and shared decision-making.