School Closure

Please be aware that this announcement only impacts the families of 9th and 10th grade students. While grades 7 and 8 met at the same physical location, they are not part of the GATES Senior High School charter. Grades 7 and 8 will continue to be held at the Florida Ave campus of Learning Gate Community School.

Letter from GATES Chairman

Dear GATES High School Parents,

It is with an extremely heavy heart that I am writing this email. When I accepted the opportunity to join the board of directors for GATES I felt that this was a difficult yet solvable problem. With the two schools working in cohesion together the resources and brain trust was available to help the schools grow, Learning Gates had been thriving for over 10 years and both schools had obtained high performing school status within Hillsborough County. I still feel as though we could have made it work but the obstacles that continued to be presented by the board of LGCS pushed us to far down the road. The failure to prepare for another property and lack of planning on behalf of the boards has put the schools in a position where there was not enough space to house the two schools without some modification. Having said that it is the determination that we are going to have to close the High School for the upcoming school year, which will cause the charter to be cancelled by Hillsborough County.

Many of you have hung in there while we tried to figure out a possible solution and I am very grateful for your faith and support. Like you I am now forced to analyze my children’s schooling options. I also realize some of you have waited past the choice deadline and now have to scramble to find a school for your high schoolers, many of you will have questions and concerns that I will have limited experience in answering. What I am going to work on this week are resources to aid you in the transition. I will follow up this email with details as to what resources we can provide to help answer questions and direct you to any available resources.

I wish all of you the best in the coming years and regret that we will not be able to fulfill the vision of the GATES High School.

Respectfully,

John Leaver
Chair
GATES High School Board of Directors


Letter mailed to families from Hillsborough County Schools

Dear GATES Senior High School Parent/Guardian:

Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS) is dedicated to providing strong academic programs. With the recent closing of GATES senior High School, we would like to offer assistance during your child’s transition to the 2013-2014 school year. We understand that uprooting your child at this time of year can place stress on families and therefore, we are committed to helping you make an informed decision on a school for your child.

Enclosed please find an application for you to list two HCPS schools that you are interested in your child attending. Complete and submit the application and a a placement specialist will call you to discuss the schools. The deadline to submit the application is Friday, July 19, 2013.

If you have any questions, please contact the Choice Information Line at 813-272-4692.

Sincerely,
The Office of Student Planning & Placement