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?
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.