What is a charter school?
Charter schools are public schools of choice that operate with freedom from many of the regulations that apply to traditional public schools. The "charter" establishing each such school is a performance contract detailing the school's mission, program, goals, students served, methods of assessment, and ways to measure success. In Delaware, the initial charter is granted for a four year period, renewable every five years thereafter. Charter schools are accountable to their sponsor-- usually a state or local school board-- to produce positive academic results and adhere to the charter contract. The basic concept of charter schools is that they exercise increased autonomy in return for this accountability. They are accountable for both academic results and fiscal practices to several groups: the sponsor that grants them, the parents who choose them, and the public that funds them.
Where is Gateway Lab School located?
The school address is 2501 Centerville Rd., Wilmington, DE 19808. The school building is located next to St. Catherine of Siena Church.
Are students required to wear uniforms?
Yes, all students are required to wear uniforms.
Boys have a choice of wearing a polo shirt, T-shirt or hooded sweatshirt with the GLS logo and navy or tan (khaki) pants or shorts. Girls may wear a polo shirt, T-shirt or hooded sweatshirt with the GLS logo and navy or tan (khaki) pants, skirts, shorts or skorts. Navy and tan uniform bottoms can be all-cotton or a cotton blend, with a pleated, flat-front or elastic waist. Sweatpants, jeans, yoga pants and leggings are not acceptable. The short and skirt hem should extend to the fingertips of the student.
School shirts can be ordered online or in-person from Flynn & O'Hara (www.flynnohara.com). Navy pants, shorts, skirts, and skorts are also available for purchase. Register and select the Gateway School Store. Flynn & O'Hara will give 10% of all purchases back to the school.
Where do I purchase student uniforms?
Student uniforms can be purchased on the Flynn & O'Hara website: https://www.fando.net/. Once you register on the site, select the Gateway Lab School store for the list of options and prices. Purchases can also be made at any Flynn and O'Hara store. Visit the website for a list of store addresses and directions.
Are meals provided?
Breakfast is available for purchase daily. Students currently bring lunch from home, however GLS will begin a new lunch program in the Spring 2014.
Is bus service provided to the school?
Yes, bus transportation is provided to and from school. Some families may need to travel to a designated pick up location to catch the bus.
What opportunities does GLS have for parent involvement?
There are many opportunities for parent involvement at Gateway Lab School:
Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) - Gateway parents and teachers make up the ALT. The duty of the PAC is to assist the Head of School Director of Curriculum and Instruction in operations and planning, and evaluate the school's curricular and instructional practices. All decisions will be the responsibility of the school leader. From this team, individuals may be asked to lead efforts to include more participants that will focus on particular topics, such as school climate, parents and community relations, school improvement planning, problem solving team, or others as needed.
Gateway Friends & Family (GFF) - GFF is the school's parent, teacher, and community member organization. GFF supports the Gateway school community in numerous ways - fundraising, volunteer efforts, parent support, community relations, and teacher appreciation to name a few.
Board Membership - There are one and two year parent director positions on the Gateway Lab School Board of Directors. Additional information on board opportunities can be viewed on the For Parents tab at the top of the home page.