The Gateway School is a Special Needs School in Carteret New Jersey

Welcome to The Gateway School

The Gateway School is a New Jersey Special Needs school which provides educational, therapeutic and support services for students with special needs in Middlesex and surrounding counties in Central and Northern New Jersey.

Here at the Gateway School in Carteret, New Jersey we are dedicated to providing a safe and nurturing educational environment serving students from ages 5-21. Our academic and support services address students with a variety of challenges such as, multiply disabled or cognitively impaired, autistic spectrum disorders, learning disabilities, traumatic brain injury or other health impairments.

The Gateway School is now hiring Substitute Paraprofessionals and Teachers!
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The Gateway School Program Highlight

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education plays a critical role in shaping young minds and preparing them for future challenges. However, for students with special needs, accessing and fully engaging in STEM subjects can present unique obstacles. At Gateway School, we firmly believe in making STEM education inclusive and accessible to all students. In this blog post, we will explore the strategies we employ to engage students

For Child Study Team Members

At The Gateway School, we understand the complexities and challenges when finding the best fit for your student that satisfies both the child’s needs and IEP goals, but also the support a parent needs to be part of our family with the goal of ensuring growth and achievements for your challenging student. Click below to download a quick fact sheet that can help you familiarize yourself with our diverse and comprehensive programs.

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Our academic program is individualized to meet the specific needs of each learner. We aim to provide a balance of core academics and functional skills learning in a multi-sensory learning environment.

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Life Skills

A wide range of activities to teach everyday living including but not limited to: activities of daily life, domestic skills, cooking, grooming skills, community living and pre-vocational skills.

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At Gateway School, we remain abreast of current instructional technologies to meet the needs of all learners. Student are engaged in hands-on, interactive, highly-engaging learning activities of various ability levels.

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Support Services

Our School seeks to empower each student with skills for life, work and recreation believing that every individual possesses the dignity and potential to contribute to a better world. Gateway School offers a flexible curriculum to accommodate the different learning styles of our students. Our range of support services span behavioral, occupational, physical and speech therapies.

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Preparing our students and families for the road that lies ahead is realized by providing students with pre-vocational activities, school jobs, and career exploration. As students get older they begin Job Sampling under the leadership of our SLE Coordinator. Parents and Guardians are likewise prepared for their child's transitioning to adult supports in the community.

Our New "The Gateway School" Tour Video!

Come and take a visual tour of our school. Experience and hear from some of our staff and support team to better understand and appreciate what we have been doing for students with special needs since 1981.

In this short video (introduced by Chris Hoye, our previous principal after supporting Gateway School for over 20 years) you will get an overview of our services from Academics, STEM Lab, Behavioral and Mental Health support, Related/Support Services and our Transition and Job Training program.

So come on over and see a glimpse of The Gateway School of Carteret, New Jersey.

kevin jones principal The Gateway School Carteret NJ

The Gateway School community supports a vibrant program that continually challenges each student, staff member and families to develop and enhance their skills and talents in support of one another and all those who may be in need. The Gateway School is truly a nurturing and supportive environment which embraces all those who enter in a spirit of mutual respect, collaboration and advocacy towards hope and possibility for a lifetime.

– Kevin Jones, Principal at The Gateway School, Carteret, NJ