Headmaster

Dear families and friends,

At Gatewood, our mission is to provide the best education available in a nurturing, Christian environment while instilling life long characteristics of faith, honor, truth and loyalty.  We accomplish this mission by providing opportunities and an environment which fosters the growth of well-rounded young men and women and prepares them for college and post-collegiate life.

Our faculty and staff strive to embody this mission and work diligently to ensure the quality education of each Gatewood student from preschool through high school.  In addition, Gatewood offers a robust athletic program featuring 14 different sports, dozens of teams, and approximately 90% student participation.  In order to accommodate our student athletes, their coaches and supporters, we recently completed the construction of a new 10,000 square foot auxiliary building.  This much needed addition to our campus will go into full use when students and teachers return in August.

Gatewood continues to experience growth, stability and positive momentum.  I credit our positive direction to our donors, supporters, and volunteers.  Whether writing a check to Annual Fund or signing up to volunteer at the concession stand, getting involved means you are saying “yes” to Gatewood and making a difference for our children.  I encourage ALL parents to get involved on campus in any capacity.  Also, I want to say “Thank you” to those of you who already support Gatewood through donations and volunteering your time and services.

Last October, we went through the 5-year accreditation process and visit from Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS).  We were given a unanimous “5 Star” recommendation by the SAIS visiting team.   The report stated that “Gatewood is poised for growth and improvement.”  The report also stated that “it was noted by the visiting team that we have never seen such a consistent message expressed by all stakeholder groups throughout a school.” 

Finally, I want to thank our Board of Directors who play a critical role in the success of our school.  Our Board is supportive through action and progressive in thought.  I am personally very grateful to all nine members for their support and love of Gatewood.

Warmest regards,

Jeffrey T. Decker

Headmaster