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The goal at Gateway  is to provide each student with programs and instruction that will help him or her to become a productive and self-sufficient adult. Students are taught from the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards and are exposed to career-related experiences.

The students attend field trips to explore postsecondary opportunities. They explore career choices through a self directed assessment to see in which vocational areas they may be interested. Some past field trips have been; The NJ Meadowlands Complex, Channel 47 News, NBC Studios, Newark Airport, Bergen County Fire and Police Academy, area malls, and other local employers. They also work on job preparation skills such as resume writing and completing applications during in-class career education instruction.

Juniors and seniors participate in job internships, both paid and unpaid, that reflect each student's interests. Some of our employers are Holy Name Hospital, Pep Boys, Shop Rite Supermarkets, Applebee's, Modells, and Men's' Warehouse.  These students are also supported in the class with training about finances and independent living. Some areas covered are savings and checking accounts, credit, and insurance. These skills will be needed once a student graduates. Placement in academics and career education/internships is determined by the students' strengths, aptitudes, interests, state requirements, and IEP. 


Positive School-Wide Behavior System

Gateway High School utilizes a Positive School-wide Behavior System.  One of our goals is to prepare our students for a successful adult life, so we always strive to mimic situations they may encounter as adults and help them learn the important skills they will need to appropriately handle them.  In life, if you excel at work or in college, you are typically rewarded for that.  For example, you perform well at work, you get a raise, or you get a promotion.  We wanted to include this same approach in our program.

 As a result, we created a system that includes every student, focuses on all of the good and appropriate things they do during the school day, and rewards them for these great achievements.  We clearly establish our Code of Conduct which includes our three main expectations: Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible.  When our students adhere to this Code of Conduct, they have a wide variety of rewards available to them.  They can take part in items such as free time, snacks, use of the student lounge, field trips, food parties, movie and snack,  the mystery box and more.  Our students continue to shown a real interest in the system and demonstrate some truly outstanding achievements!  We are so proud of them.

 We continually gathered a wide range of data to take a look at where we could strengthen our program, what the students and parents are seeking, and where our existing strong areas can be enhanced.  As a part of this process, our staff is continuously reviewing and improving our Postive Behavior System with ongoing feedback from our students.  We are all looking forward to more successes for our students throughout the school year!




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