The mission of Gateway to College is to re-engage students in their education through an accelerated, high quality and high individual support program. Gateway to College is dedicated to providing spaces, resources, and opportunities that foster the holistic development of each student as they progress towards the completion of their high school diploma and college degree or certificate.
Our model includes three major tenets: College readiness through dual enrollment, personalized support in a community of practice, and leadership development.
Details about our academic design:
After completing the initial Foundation Term, students transition to the comprehensive campus, taking college classes with the general student population. Students focus their studies in a "pathway" or major that is aligned with high school completion requirements as well as a college degree, certificate, and/or university transfer requirement. This allows students to maximize college credit acquisition toward their post secondary goals.
Join us and support the movement to expand educational options for Opportunity Youth--emerging adults whom have high-promise yet lack personal & academic support to reach their goals. Innovative programs like Gateway to College are closing the Resources Gap so that students can complete a high school diplolma and become college-ready.
SRJC Petaluma's Gateway to College program is part of a national network of Gateway to College programs. Here is more information about the Gateway to College National Network:
In 2000, Portland (OR) Community College developed an innovative suite of programs featuring intensive support for 16 to 21 year olds who have dropped out of high school or are not on track to graduate.
Here is more information about California Early College High School models:
California Education Code (EC) Section 11302 declares that Early College High School (ECHS) are innovative partnerships between charter or non-charter public secondary schools and a local community college, the California State University, or the University of California that allow pupils to earn a high school diploma and up to two years of college credit in four years or less. ECHS are small, autonomous schools that blend high school and college into a coherent educational program.
The basic elements of ECHS include:
- Coherent instructional framework
- Student-centered learning environments
- Location near or on a college campus
- Students simultaneously earn a high school diploma and up to two years of transferrable college credit
- Strong school district partnerships with colleges
ECHS facilitate a greater participation of at-risk, low-income, and students of color in college level courses. ECHS potentially decrease high school drop-out rates while increasing students’ access to post-secondary education. Students are rewarded for hard work by the opportunity to accelerate at typically minor cost to the student. The physical transition between high school and college is eliminated, and learning takes place in a personalized environment where rigorous work is demanded and supported.
California Education Code (EC) Section 46146.5 exempts an ECHS and a MCHS from the 240-minute school day requirement. The legislation provides that a day of attendance for an ECHS or MCHS student is 180 minutes if the student is a special part-time student enrolled in a community college under specified provisions, or the student is enrolled in grades 11 or 12 and is also enrolled part-time in classes at California State University or University of California campuses. EC 46146.5 also reduces the minimum instructional time requirements for charter schools that operate as ECHS and MCHS.