“As an academic coach working with many first gen students whose families struggle financially, I’ve been so impressed with GATE College System’s digital platform. Being able to have our facilitators work alongside the kids in such a step-by-step program makes a huge difference. They enjoy it, and we love knowing we’re giving them a competitive advantage. We’ve seen positive, tangible results!”
—Kathryn James-Jolly, Bresse Foundation Los Angeles, CA
Student Stress Eliminated
Hey Teachers and Counselors
Enjoy administrative access to your students' progress on GATE’s unique Admin Dashboard. Easily access assessment scores in GATE’s facilitator grade-book.
Knowledge = power to help them stay on track.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who created GATE?
Who created GATE? 26 professional educators have collaborated for over three years to bring to life this digital college counseling solution, encompassing our philosophy of a holistic approach to help students remain calm and confident as they approach applications submissions.
Who can use GATE?
Students in grades 10-12 in the 2017-2018 school year who are ready for SAT and/or ACT prep. Note: this is in addition to other important college preparatory trainings GATE addresses.
We particularly seek students who are first generation in their family to aspire to graduate a 4-year college or university, but all students may apply.
Recommended GPA: 2.5 or higher.
At our flagship school last year, reports showed a 5.7-point average increase using our ACT curriculum, and we want to compare that outcome to this group with a broader subset of the curriculum (including SAT prep, essays trainings, and more).
How many students can a single facilitator oversee?
There is no limit to how many students and facilitators a “super admin” can oversee. A single facilitator can oversee up to 30 students at a time per Facilitator Dashboard (gradebook). It is acceptable for one facilitator to oversee multiple groups of up to 30 each.
When does the GATE pilot program start?
Pilot program access slated to begin mid-semester one of the 2017-2018 school year. Exact dates TBA by mid-September.
Recommended timeline for program: 12 weeks
Why is this important?
We all care about equalized access to higher education. GATE helps ensure that financial challenges do not impede our students, and does so in a way that equips teachers, counselors, administrators, mentors and parents to help any student anywhere gain acceptance to (and afford) selective colleges.
When is the best time to have students get started?
GATE was researched and developed to offer support for all grade levels from 9-12. In broad strokes, this encompasses:
G: 9th grade
A: 10th grade
T: 11th grade
E: 12th grade
Because GATE is modular, it can be adapted at any grade level, based on facilitator recommendation. In our pilot program, we will particularly target 10th-11th graders, and they will experience each section of the curriculum.
GATE was created by Founder Pamela Donnelly and a team of 26 highly experienced educators in the fields of college counseling, GPA support and test prep. Sister company Valley Prep Tutoring spent four years building and testing the curriculum. See results page to explore student outcomes.