ACADEMICS

Educational Philosophy

The academic component of Gateway-Mumbai’s curriculum consists of a mix of internationally acclaimed, research-based programs that we have adapted for use in the Indian context. The Gateway-Mumbai Lower School (ages 7 to 11 years) and Middle School (ages 11 to 17 years) employ a compilation of structured, developmentally appropriate, multi-sensory learning resources.

The school’s focus for the younger age groups is on foundational-skills development, gradually shifting to concept development and content attainment for the older students.

At Gateway, our emphasis is on developing independent problem-solving skills and critical thinking. The academic programs in place at each level (Lower, Middle, and Upper School), therefore enable students to explore concepts and develop thinking skills.

The Gateway-Mumbai Lower School (7 to 11 years) and Middle School (11 – 17 years) employ a compilation of structured, developmentally appropriate and multi-sensory learning resources.

The programs we use include Preventing Academic Failure (PAF) (Orton-Gillingham Approach), Handwriting Without Tears and the Stern Structural Arithmetic.

Academics

In the Lower and Middle School, we offer five subjects – English language arts, mathematics, information and communication technology, humanities (history, geography, environmental science) and science. Content covered in these classes is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills to undertake the IGCSE (Cambridge University Examinations) or NIOS (National Open University) subjects in Upper School.

Each student’s program at The Gateway School of Mumbai is driven by their Individualized Educational Plan (IEP).

The Individualized Educational Plan(IEP) delineates the exact nature of the special education services the child will receive over the year, and why.

The IEP is developed in collaboration with the parent and student. It is a working document that is modified regularly based on the ongoing needs of the student, and inputs from parents, teachers and the students themselves.

Although students are taught in groups, the teacher plans her lesson and differentiates instruction, keeping in mind the student’s IEP goals. The IEP includes the child’s academic and behavioural goals, therapy needs, group placement, special accommodations required, progress reports, and several other key pieces of information that are critical in ensuring that a proper program is in place to help the student with special needs be successful at school.

Therapies and Related Services

At Gateway, therapies are integrated with academic services. Therapy goals are aimed at supporting classroom learning - helping students better attend, work effectively in a group, listen and respond to questions. In addition to their role as consultants to teachers, therapists proactively teach age-appropriate skills by either ‘pushing-into’ classrooms or ‘pulling-out’ students. We have the following therapy departments:

Counselling sessions are aimed at helping our students understand and regulate their emotions, appreciate and leverage their unique strengths, identify their needs and use strategies to overcome them, appropriately problem-solve and make decisions in social situations, and ultimately empathise with others. These skills build the foundation for successful social relationships and eliminate behavioural concerns that typically interfere with classroom learning.

The sensory-motor development program is focused on nurturing and supporting the body, on the foundation of which, learning academics and life skills can take place. The services of the sensory-motor department include designing goals specific to sensory integration, occupational therapy, and physical therapy that directly impact classroom learning. Therapists also assist teachers in making environmental adaptations in their classrooms that facilitate the regulation of the body and sensory systems to promote learning.

Speech and language therapy aims at developing listening and language skills that help our children become efficient listeners and communicators in a classroom, which also directly impact reading and writing.

Arts and Movement

Our arts and movement program includes classes such as movement, visual art, music, and physical education which are integral components of Gateway’s holistic curriculum. The goals of the arts and movement program are to help students understand their own bodies and better perceive the world around them, to inculcate an appreciation for sports and the arts, and to encourage them to use their physical bodies and artistic skills as supplementary modes for expressing their feelings, ideas and knowledge.

Throughout the year, students are offered opportunities such as, the End-of-Term Sharing, Annual Day, Sports Day, and the Annual Art Show, to share and showcase what they have learned and achieved.

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The movement class serves as a medium for students to explore and understand their own body, and its parts in relation to each other, and their body in relation to the external environment. Students engage in yoga and mindfulness exercises to help them understand how to care for and control the body, mind, and breath. They explore a variety of dance styles and participate in creative movement that has them moving through space in fun and innovative ways.

In Gateway’s visual art program "Art is not a thing, it is a way". It is a way of sensing, thinking, feeling and communicating. It allows students to explore materials with the body and mind, in a facilitated, creative, risk-allowing safe space.

Music at The Gateway School of Mumbai is not taught as a skill, but instead as an opportunity to combine voice, movement, and instruments, immersing in the creative process. It is also used as a medium to facilitate organic and effective development of motor planning, perceptual skills, and multitasking.

The physical education classes at Gateway create opportunities for physical activity, teamwork, sportsmanship, and leadership skills. In classes students learn about health and fitness, while also working on specific sports skills related to basketball, football, cricket, athletics, gymnastics, and rock climbing. Students are encouraged to set and strive towards personal and group goals in a supportive environment, as is done across the rest of the school settings.

Family Support

At The Gateway School of Mumbai, we understand that in order to bring about dramatic and sustainable progress in a child’s development, it is imperative that the school and parents work in close collaboration with each other. Furthermore, we acknowledge that it isn’t just the students whose lives are affected by their disabilities, but that their families too are equally – although in a different way – affected.

Hence, we consider it our responsibility to support families, in the following ways:

The school provides a venue for parents to connect and share their experiences with one another. Such support groups, conducted on a monthly basis, help in providing informational, emotional, and motivational support to families of children with disabilities.

Regular workshops are conducted for family members, sharing with them the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of practices being used by the school, and also helping educate them on alternative educational practices, breakthroughs in science and nutrition, and research-based methodologies in the special needs field.

After School Services

We provide a range of after-school services - from remedial studies (language/math) to therapies (speech/occupational/physical/counselling) to arts, sports and physical education.

To learn more about what we currently have to offer, please write to us at afterschool@gatewayschoolmumbai.org