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Gateway Woods School is a fully accredited, Christian school on our residential campus. It is designed for students from grades 6-12 who benefit from a more structured, individualized education setting. Our goal is to provide help and healing to students by inspiring hearts and minds in a safe and nurturing educational environment.
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Accreditation is optional for private schools in Illinois, but those that do apply for accreditation through a state approved accrediting agency may be recognized as by the state. Registration is optional for private schools, however, they may register through the State Board of Education. Nonpublic schools may also apply for recognition from the State Board of Education after one year of being registered and after adhering to guidelines regarding the administration, organization, instructional programs, school facilities, food services and personnel.
Teacher certification is required at the discretion of the individual school governance, however, the Indiana State Board of Education encourages all instructors to have at least a baccalaureate degree in the subject they are teaching. At the very least, a teacher should have a time line how how and when they plan to achieve that degree. Children at nonpublic schools should be taught under a curriculum that matches the branches of education taught to students in public schools. Recognized non-public schools must have the same graduation requirements as public schools in Indiana.
Children attending nonpublic schools are required to have a health exam including a tuberculosis test and proof of immunization. If the student is exempt, due to religious or medical grounds, that information needs to be provided.