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Based on the recent 2014 state-wide STAAR accountability ratings on Texas public schools, our flagship Gateway College Preparatory School in Georgetown, Texas score of “Met Standard” with five (5) distinctions in mathematics, science, reading/ELA, social studies and post- secondary readiness exceeded the ratings of most other public schools in Central Texas.   

Compared to the closest 65  traditional public schools near our campus, only 7 schools received a better rating than Gateway Prep.

In a 2015 report on “America’s Most Challenging High Schools” conducted by and published in the Washington Post, Gateway College Preparatory School was ranked 77th in the U.S., 27th in Texas and number 2 in the greater Austin area.  The report
(see link) ranked schools in the nation based on a ratio of the number of college credit exams (Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and Advanced International Certificate of Education) taken at a high school each year compared to the number of graduating seniors.

In a September 1, 2014 Dallas Morning News article on the Texas public school academic accountability ratings, the Orenda Charter School District was listed as one of the top 25 public school districts in Texas (traditional and charter school districts combined with at least 1,000 students) that significantly exceeded state averages in student academic growth.

Another significant achievement, and one of which we are very proud, is that our boys are performing just as well as our girls academically and, in many subjects, exceeding our girls.  This is a significant development because in America the trend has been that boys are not doing as well as our girls in school.  

Today, women outpace men in college enrollment by a ratio of 1.4 to 1 and the gap has been growing for well over a decade. Research shows that schools like Gateway Prep, with high expectations and stronger academic climates for both genders, can be a difference maker for boys.  In other words, boys are better prepared and more likely to be college ready if they attend a secondary school that only offers college level core courses.  

          May, 2016 -- Gator Varsity baseball team                     May, 2016 -- Jr. Alexzandra McFarland, 6th   
           District Champions of UIL 25-3A; Regional                place finish in the State UIL Track & Field Meet                                      Finalist

May, 2015 -- Sr. Drew Killingsworth
finished fourth in the State UIL
Track & Field Meet

April, 2015 -- Varsity girls' soccer team       March, 2015 -- Junior Thomas Marcotte          Feb. 2014 -- Gator relay team advances to the
 4th place finish in UIL 4-A Dist. 25              1st place finish in UIL 5-A Dist. 18 50-yard     State UIL swim meet