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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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.

Podcast with Christine Matus (Special Needs Estate Planning)

Listen to Erik Glazner, Supervisor of Instruction for Alpha, Harbor and Gateway Schools, and Erika Casablanca, STEMLab Teacher for Gateway School and Lead Marketer for Alpha, Harbor, and Gateway Schools, as guests on the "Ask A Lawyer" podcast with Attorney Christine Matus. Christine Matus is an estate planning attorney and the owner of The Matus Law Group in New Jersey. Christine Matus has dedicated a significant portion of her estate planning practice to helping families with special needs individuals. In this podcast episode, Erik and Erika spoke about how Alpha, Harbor, and Gateway Schools educate students with special needs and prepare them for life experiences.

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.

– Chris Hoye, Principal at The Gateway School, Carteret, NJ