Letter from the Head of School

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Letter From the Head of School

 

    Michele Bauman Joseph, MSEd, Head of School

Michele Bauman Joseph, MEd, Head of School

Gateway Academy is a private school where caring, trust, respect, and fine teaching take 7th-12th grade students to new levels of confidence, competence and opportunity. Our students typically have learning disorders such as Dyslexia, Language Delays, Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD and Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities that impact some of the following areas:

  • Time management skills
  • Organizational difficulties
  • Visual-spatial weaknesses
  • Abstract conceptual reasoning
  • Social situations and transitions

Realizing that students have individual learning styles and needs, Gateway provides a highly structured and individualized program in a success oriented environment where students learn and grow together. Gateway Academy believes that a balance of strong academics, good research-based teaching, physical activity, and a collaborative counseling approach make our middle and high school program unique to the Houston Area.

The cornerstone to our program is our strong academic program. We have taken a typical Middle and High School curriculum and transformed it to meet the needs of our student population. Our goal is to give our students the skills to graduate from Gateway Academy with a diploma in hand, ready to tackle college or vocational endeavors. Gateway  teachers come to us ready  to teach with an expertise of their field and a heart for our students

In an effort to support each student through their academic life at Gateway we have developed several other programs.  First, we support our students through our Counseling Department.  We have a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist on staff who provides support in regards to anxiety, handling frustration and recognizing personal strengths.   This program supports and encourages each child to challenge their future by tackling barriers that hinder their success.  We use a collaborative counseling approach which elicits cooperation among the counselor, students, parents, faculty and outside services.

Second, we have designed a program that will equip each student with necessary organization, technology, and executive functioning skills to develop independence in and out of the classroom.  Our Study Skills Program has three parts that encourage our students to think about their future in a meaningful way: through organization/technology use, participation in community service activities, and building interest in a career or work affinity.   This program enriches our students in and out of the classroom and teaches them to have a positive impact on our community.

Finally, we have developed a fitness program that focuses on supporting the relationship between physical activity and learning.  We are teaching fitness rather than sports.  Our students and staff begin each day in a fitness class doing simple stretches, exercises and running or walking.   Our experience has shown that the therapeutic benefits of physical activity support their growth in the classroom.  The underlying philosophy is that if fitness class can be used to instruct kids how to monitor and maintain their own health and fitness, then the lessons they learn will serve them for life.

Our Highest Priority from the very beginning has been to create a school community where every student feels safe, connected, understood, and supported. This positive environment reshapes attitudes about school, improves the prospects for success in the classroom, and allows the student to shine. Once here, transformations take place as one student after another begins to mature and become excited about their own personal potential and future prospects.

Please call us for a tour any time!

Michele Bauman Joseph, M.Ed.
Head of School
The Gateway Academy

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