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==Graduation rate==
In 2010, the Pennsylvania Department of Education issued a new, 4 year cohort graduation rate. Gateway School District's rate was 82% for 2010.<ref>{{cite web|url= |title=New 4-year Cohort Graduation Rate Calculation Now Being Implemented |author=Pennsylvania Department of Education |date=March 15, 2011 |deadurlurl-status=yesdead |archiveurl= |archivedate=2010-09-14 |df= }}</ref>
According to traditional graduation rate calculations:
*2010 - 92% <ref>{{cite web |url= |title=Gateway School District - District AYP Data Table |author=Pennsylvania Department of Education |year=2010 |access-date=2011-07-11 |archive-url= |archive-date=2012-10-01 |deadurl-url=yes |dfstatus=dead }}</ref>
*2009 - 91%<ref>Gateway Senior High School Academic Achievement Report Card 2009, Pennsylvania Department of Education, 2009</ref>
*2008 - 95%
*2007 - 95% <ref>{{cite web |url= |title=PA High School Graduation Info by School District 2007 |author=Pennsylvania Partnership for Children |year=2008 |deadurlurl-status=yesdead |archiveurl= |archivedate=2012-11-05 |df= }}</ref>
==Academic achievement==
In 2010, the high school is in '''Making Progress: in School Improvement II''' due to low student academic achievement. In 2009, the high school was in '''School Improvement II''' AYP level.<ref>{{cite web |url= |title=GATEWAY SHS - School AYP Overview |author=Pennsylvania Department of Education |year=2010 |access-date=2011-07-11 |archive-url= |archive-date=2012-10-01 |deadurl-url=yes |dfstatus=dead }}</ref>
In 2011, Gateway High School was ranked 33rd out of 122 western Pennsylvania high schools for student academic achievement by the ''Pittsburgh Business Times''.<ref>{{cite web|url= |title=Gateway School District 11th Grade Ranking Information, |author=Pittsburgh Business Times |date=April 1, 2011 |deadurlurl-status=yesdead |archiveurl= |archivedate=2011-07-23 |df= }}</ref>
*2010 - 41st <ref>{{cite web |url= |title=PBT 2010 11th Grade School Rankings |author=Pittsburgh Business Times |date=April 19, 2010}}</ref>
*2009 - 38th
==Dual enrollment==
The high school offers a [[Dual enrollment|Dual Enrollment]] program. This state program permits high school students to take courses, at local higher education institutions, to earn college credits. Students remain enrolled at their high school. The courses count towards high school graduation requirements and towards earning a college degree. The students continue to have full access to activities and programs at their high school. The college credits are offered at a deeply discounted rate. The state offers a small grant to assist students in costs for tuition, fees and books.<ref>{{cite web |url= |author=Pennsylvania Department of Education |title=Dual Enrollment Guidelines |deadurlurl-status=yesdead |archiveurl= |archivedate=2014-10-17 |df= }}</ref> Under the Pennsylvania Transfer and Articulation Agreement, many Pennsylvania colleges and universities accept these credits for students who transfer to their institutions.<ref>{{cite web |url= |title=Pennsylvania Transfer and Articulation Agreement. |author=Commonwealth of Pennsylvania |date=March 2010}}</ref> The Pennsylvania College Credit Transfer System reported in 2009, that students saved nearly $35.4 million by having their transferred credits count towards a degree under the new system.<ref>{{cite web |url= |archive-url= |dead-url-status=yesdead |archive-date=September 6, 2012 |title=PA College Credit Transfer System Makes Higher Education More Affordable, Accessible, |author=Pennsylvania Department of Education |date=April 29, 2010 }}</ref>
For the 2009-10 funding year, the school district received a state grant of $33,833 for the program.<ref>Pennsylvania Department of Education Dual Enrollment Fall Grants 2009-10. August 2009</ref>
==Graduation requirements==
The Gateway School District School Board has determined that a student must earn 23 credits to graduate including: English 4 credits, Social Studies 3 credits, Science 3 credits, Mathematics 3 credits, Information Technology 0.5 credit, Arts/Humanities 2 credits, Health 0.5 credit, Physical Education 1 credit and Electives 6 credits.<ref>{{cite web |url= |title=Gateway School District Strategic Plan - Academic Standards and Assessment Report |author=Gateway School District Administration |date=April 16, 2008 |access-date=2011-07-11 |archive-url= |archive-date=2011-09-30 |deadurl-url=yes |dfstatus=dead }}</ref>
By law, all Pennsylvania secondary school students must complete a project as a part of their eligibility to graduate from high school. The type of project, its rigor and its expectations are set by the individual school district.<ref>{{cite web |url= |title=Pennsylvania Code §4.24 (a) High school graduation requirements}}</ref>
By Pennsylvania School Board regulations, for the graduating classes 2019, students must demonstrate successful completion of secondary level course work in Algebra I, Biology, English Composition, and Literature for which the Keystone Exams serve as the final course exams. Students’ Keystone Exam scores shall count for at least one-third of the final course grade.<ref>{{cite web |url= |title=Pennsylvania Keystone Exams Overview |author=Pennsylvania Department of Education |date=September 2011 |deadurlurl-status=yesdead |archiveurl= |archivedate=2014-02-23 |df= }}</ref>
==Voluntary community service==
The Social Studies Department manages a community service program. Active student volunteers earn extra credit points in their Social Studies class and end of year awards. The program operates throughout the school year and over the summer months. It offers a concentrated leadership-training program during four weeks in the summer and volunteering efforts are conducted year round.<ref>{{cite web |url= |title=Gateway High School Community Service Program |author=Gateway High School Social Studies Department |access-date=2011-07-11 |archive-url= |archive-date=2011-09-30 |deadurl-url=yes |dfstatus=dead }}</ref>
Gateway's band department is also well known throughout the western Pennsylvania region. The [ Gateway Senior High School Marching Band] has been a consistent finalist in the [[Bands of America]] regional competitions since 2004, and a Grand National Championship participant in 2004 and 2008.<ref>{{cite web|title=The Bands of Gateway High School|url=|accessdate=27 January 2014}}</ref>
The Gateway Winterguard and Winter Drumline have also competed at local, regional and national (Winterguard Only) levels in the Scholastic A class and Scholastic Marchin A class, respectively <ref>{{cite web|title=Scholastic-A-ensemble-Gateway-HS.html|url=|accessdate=27 January 2014|archive-url=|archive-date=2 February 2014|dead-url-status=yesdead|df=dmy-all}}</ref>
<ref>{{cite web|title=Scholastic-Marching-A-ensemble-Gateway-HS|url=|access-date=2014-01-27|archive-url=|archive-date=2014-02-02|deadurl-url=yes|dfstatus=dead}}</ref>
==Notable alumni==