Gateway Woods School + Residential Treatment Program = Holistic, Therapeutic Care

Gateway Woods School (GWS) is a fully-accredited, third-party, non-public school for students in grades 6-12. GWS Staff collaborates with the Residential Treatment team to create individualized, specific goals to meet each student’s behavioral and academic needs. Based on each student’s individually assessed needs, they will participate in:

  • Core 40 Classes
  • Credit Recovery
  • Graduation Pathway (Employment Skills offered)
  • In-Person Classes
  • Tutoring
  • Remediation
  • Year-Round Schooling
  • Devotionals

Students are expected to:

  • Be respectful
  • Be cooperative
  • Be responsible

Gateway Woods School will:

  • Assist students with improving their academic skills
  • Offer additional support with special education, remediation, and tutoring services
  • Aid students in credit recovery

The GWS Difference

  • In-person classes taught by licensed teachers
  • Structured, safe, and therapeutic learning environment
  • Low student-to-teacher ratios
  • Day-Treatment Program
  • An Accredited Education from a Christian perspective
"GWS exists to provide a safe and therapeutic learning environment that specializes in credit recovery for 6th-12th graders who struggle in a traditional school environment."

The majority of students that attend GWS are placed in our on-campus Residential Treatment Program. However, we also serve families in the community by providing a Day-Treatment Program that is designed to work with youth in need of a more structured environment than can be obtained at a traditional public school.

If you would like more information about GWS or the Day-Treatment Program, please fill out the form below.

2023 By the Numbers


Number of GWS Students


GWS High School Students Increased their GPA


GWS High School Students Earned Credits

Typical Day at GWS


8:00am-8:30am: Devotions

8:30am-9:50am: 1st Period

9:50am-11:10am: 2nd Period

11:10am-11:40am: Lunch


11:40am–1:00pm: 3rd Period

1:00pm–2:20pm: 4th Period

2:20pm–3:15pm: 5th Period

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Accreditations & Affiliations


I really like it here at this school. The teacher actually explains the class material and makes sure you understand. That didn't happen at the school I was at before.

Darnell (Former Student)

What sets Gateway School apart from other teaching positions is that you are working with a team of teachers who have sacrificed something of themselves to be at Gateway. We are united around a common mission to provide hope and healing to the students who walk through our doors.

Timothy (Science Teacher)

At the school, we get the chance to talk through behaviors, practice redo’s, and model skills with students as they interact with each other and with us. It is a privilege to see them experience the success they are capable of as they apply what they are learning in class and treatment.

Laura (Dean of Students)

Meet Our Staff

Brock Williamson

Brock Williamson

Director of Education

Laura Steffen

Laura Steffen

Dean of Students

Kate Dotterer

Kate Dotterer

Math Teacher

Emily Wiegand

Emily Wiegand

Social Studies Teacher

Timothy Rassi

Timothy Rassi

Science Teacher

Cindy Lemmen

Cindy Lemmen

English Teacher


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Day-Treatment Program


Gateway Woods is conveniently located 10 miles northeast of Fort Wayne in Leo, IN. We are a licensed child placing agency in the state of Indiana. If you are considering enrolling your child in Gateway Woods School, or would simply like more information about us, please fill out the form above. Our staff will be able to help guide you through the process of placing your child in the Gateway Woods School Day-Treatment Program.

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Common Questions

Yes. We work closely with East Allen County Schools Special Services to provide students in need of the development, management, and implementation of individualized education plans (IEPs).

Our program best serves students who accept they have some issues to work through, and are willing to participate in the program. It is common for students who attend our school to have exhibited difficulty in a public school setting. Such difficulties may include poor work ethic, negative attitude towards school, difficulty accepting personal responsibility, and respecting authority. We, however, do not accept students who conduct themselves in any manner which compromises the safety and overall treatment of other students at GWS.

GWS is dual accredited through the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and COGNIA. Both accrediting bodies recognize GWS, thus allowing the transfer of credits to whatever school is next for your student.

The majority of students who attend GWS are behind in credits. Therefore, the classes that we tend to offer are required classes for the CORE 40 diploma. Examples are English, Biology, US History, and Algebra. We sometimes offer elective classes such as Child Development, Nutrition and Wellness, and Psychology. We also can offer more classes online through Edgenuity as needed to meet the needs of each student.

Students often enter and leave the Gateway Woods Residential Program throughout the school. Typically, GWS will have 20-25 students at one time but serves around 50 students throughout a single school year.

GWS has four fully-licensed teachers - one for each main subject area. Along with the four teachers, we have a Director of Education and a Dean of Students.