Gateways is an interdisciplinary course in STEM education themed around influential scientists.
Gateways replaces the conventional Language Arts, Social Studies, and Science classes, while meeting the Common Core Standards and Pennsylvania Core Standards for those subjects. Instruction is differentiated accordingly to meet individual students’ needs.
Throughout the year, students participate in hands-on, inquiry-based learning experiences and engage in both individual and group projects to demonstrate what they are learning. In addition, a variety of field extensions are included to foster real-world connections. Students also participate in several national competitions and have the opportunity to interact with professionals in a number of STEM fields as a result.
To learn more about the Integrated Programs at RMS, including the selection and lottery process, visit the Integrated Programs webpage. To learn more about the courses available for 8th-grade students, view the RMS Program of Studies.
- What makes Gateways different?
- What about the regular subject areas?
- But will I be ready for high school if I choose Gateways and don't have traditional courses?
- How does Gateways address students who were recommended for accelerated classes?
- Is Gateways just for gifted students?
- How does Gateways address students with learning needs?
- What is a day's schedule like in Gateways?
- My child is enrolled in an advanced Math class, will they still be able to participate in Gateways?
- What about grades?
- Do Gateways students have lockers?
- How much homework should we expect?
- Are there tests?
- Are Gateways students isolated from the rest of the 8th grade?
- Does Gateways attend field trips?
- Do Gateways students attend the same field trips as the traditional teams do?
- What if I have trouble affording the field trips?
- How do I know if Gateways is right for me (or for my child)?