WELCOME From the Superintendent/CEO
Dr. Cindy Petersen

Dr. Cindy Petersen

Welcome to Gateway Community Charters (GCC). As the Superintendent/CEO of the GCC, I am excited and proud to lead our dynamic charter school organization. Gateway Community Charters is a 501c3 nonprofit public benefit corporation that has been providing quality school choice options in the greater Sacramento region for over thirteen years.

 

This year we are celebrating our fourteenth year in operation! We began our operations in 2003 in an innovative partnership with the former Grant Joint Union High School District. Gateway first opened Community Outreach Academy in 2003 with approx. 300 students in grades K – 10. Building on our initial success, we opened Futures High School in fall of 2004, Community Collaborative Charter School in 2005 and Higher Learning Academy, California Aerospace Academy and Sacramento Academic and Vocational Academy all in the fall of 2007. In June of 2012, we voluntarily closed the California Aerospace Academy. In 2013, we opened our first charter in partnership with the San Juan Unified School District – Gateway International School.  And in 2015, we opened our first charter in partnership with the Yolo County Office of Education – Empowering Possibilities International Charter bringing our current number of schools to seven charters serving approximately 4,400 K-12 students.

 

Each of our schools has a different and unique focus, from our Higher Learning Academy (a small core knowledge emphasis K – 8th grade school) – to our Community Collaborative Charter School which is a K – 12th grade independent study program serving primarily credit deficient and students ‘at – promise’ in need of greater support and remediation… and on to Community Outreach Academy (K – 8th college preparatory focus with an emphasis for English Language Learners), Futures High School (9 – 12th grade focus with an emphasis for English Language Learners), and Sacramento Academic and Vocational Academy (a 7th – 12th grade independent study program with an emphasis on careers and work force development). Gateway International School (K-8th grade students) is an International Baccalaureate school.  Empowering Possibilities International Charter (K-8th grade students) is an International Baccalaureate candidate school.  We are pleased to offer these quality public school options in such different ways to best meet the unique and diverse needs of students in our communities. We are excited about the opportunity to prepare our students for the 21st Century through innovative quality schools

 

We have an amazing team of teachers, principals, support staff, volunteers and board members who are all committed to the success of our students and schools.

 

Thank you for your interest in our organization and we hope you are as dedicated and committed as we all are to making a difference in our student’s lives.

 

I look forward to the opportunities and challenges of the coming year(s) and invite you to share your dreams, vision and concerns. Please feel free to contact me at cindy.petersen@twinriversusd.org, or (916) 286-5129.

 

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Cindy Petersen
Superintendent/CEO

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