High School FAQ's

What information is important on an application for a high school student?
What is an acceptable score on the ACT/SAT?
What is Gateway's high-school code for the ACT/SAT (CEEB code)?

Why are portfolios important?
What is Physical Science?
How should I report summer school?
How many days are typically in a summer school session?
What is a credit?
What credits can my student receive before ninth grade?
How many credits each year?
Is it possible to transition between the block schedule and the traditional schedule or vice versa?
Who does Gateway consider to be a full-time student?

 

What information is important on an application for a high school student?
In order to prevent problems later on (when grades are turned in) we research the curriculum that our students use to ensure that it is high school level work that merits credit. When filling out the application, be sure to list course titles [like Algebra I (instead of math), Biology (instead of science), etc.], the book titles and the publisher. Since we research many, many types of curriculum, we ask that you would be as specific as possible when listing your educational plan. If you are creating your own curriculum, be sure to list the course title, the topics you will cover, and the specific resources you will use to fulfill the course requirements.

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What is an acceptable score on the ACT/SAT?
Gateway expects a college-bound student to make a minimum ACT composite of 21 (or the equivalent on the SAT). The lowest ACT score that might get a student into a college is about 18 except for colleges having “open enrollment,” where any paying student is accepted. The maximum score for the ACT is 36. For the SAT it is 3x(800)= 2400.
Check with colleges or scholarship foundations to find their ACT/SAT requirements for admission/awarding of scholarship. While a 21 on the ACT (or the equivalent on the SAT) may allow a student to enter most colleges, a 28 or 29 on the ACT may be necessary to receive a full or partial academic scholarship.
ACT Readiness Standards:

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What is the CEEB (ACT/SAT) code?

Gateway's school code (431-421) informs ACT/SAT what high school the student is with so that ACT/SAT sends a school report to Gateway.

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Why are portfolios important?
Colleges and scholarship committees want students who are well-rounded, successful and show potential for making a difference in the world. A high-school transcript reflects the student’s well-rounded academic work, while a portfolio showcases the student’s involvement in the community, character qualities, skills, talents, hobbies, accomplishments and honors. The portfolio should include volunteer work, club/organization participation, leadership skills, performance awards, mission work, etc. Most scholarship and college applications include space for this information. A portfolio may also accompany a transcript when it is submitted to the college.

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What is Physical Science?
Another name for Physical Science is "An Introduction to Chemistry and Physics." As such, if you plan to teach this course, it should be taught before Chemistry and Physics. Since this course includes mathematical equations, students taking this course are expected to also take, or have completed, Algebra I. Students taking Physical Science before the 9th grade for high-school credit are required to take Algebra I prior to or concurrent with Physical Science.

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How should I report summer school?
To report summer school, fill out a separate grade report form and mark it: "Summer (year)." Be sure to sign and date when the session ended, include the number of days completed, a final grade and credit.

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How many days are typically in a summer school session?
We consider about 55-60 days to be the typical number of days in a summer session. The maximum number of credit allowed during this time is three.

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What is a credit?
A credit is the equivalent of 150 hours of classroom instruction.

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What credits can my student receive before ninth grade?
Students in seventh and eighth grade may receive up to three credits (total for both years) in the following courses: World History, World Geography (or other approved social studies course), Algebra I, Physical Science (Algebra I as co-requisite or pre-requisite), Biology (or other approved science), and foreign language (such as Spanish or French). If you have questions about a particular course, please do not hesitate to contact us to make sure it is acceptable for credit.

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How many credits each year?
Twenty-one credits are required to graduate. Traditionally, high school lasts four (4) years; therefore, one might suppose a student should take about five (5) courses each year. It may, however, be better to take more courses in the ninth and tenth grades, when a student has more time to pursue academics. As the student gets older, it is possible that apprenticeships, part-time jobs, and other activities will leave less time for academics. The student pursuing a college-track program will also need more time to apply for scholarships and fill out applications for admission, etc. If the student transfers into another high school (public or private), placement tests may be required before the school will accept credits.

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Is it possible to transition between the block schedule and the traditional schedule or vice versa?

The block schedule is a system in which a student completes, in a single semester, a course that would normally take an entire year. In this system the student takes a fewer number of courses in one semester (four courses max). In contrast, a traditional schedule is a system in which the courses extend over two semesters (8 courses max). When transitioning between the block schedule and the traditional schedule, it is recommended that the student complete the courses that they began.

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Who does Gateway consider to be a full time student?

Gateway expects its high school students to do at least 5 credits per regular school year in order to be a full time student. At this rate, a student might graduate in a little more than four years (if no work beyond Gateway's requirements was completed). Students should spend four hours per school day doing academic work/activities and should complete 180 days per regular school year.

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