A Welcome Message from our Head of School: Chris DeSanctis

It is with great excitement that I write this letter to you. The opportunity to serve as Head of School at Gateway Academy (GA) is a remarkable blessing in my life.   


As someone who attended private Christian schools starting in fifth grade and continuing through graduate school, I can attest to the the great impact that schools like GA have in the lives of children. My worldview, interests, and character were greatly impacted through those experiences as a student. 


Except for Jewish education, Christian schools have existed longer than all other forms in the Western world. This rich history causes me to ponder the great responsibility that GA has today to continue offering families in Staten Island and parts of New Jersey a Christ-centered, academically excellent education.


Gateway Academy was founded in 1994 by Dr. Daniel Mercaldo, former senior pastor of Church at the Gateway, and a team of professional educators. Over the past twenty years, my predecessors kept the vision clear and led the Academy to be the top-flight educational institution it is today. I thank them all and want to build on that foundation as we celebrate over twenty years of preparing children for life.


At GA we believe every child is born with unique gifts, and each one has the potential to find success after graduating from GA and in a future career. We greatly value the calling to prepare children for this type of future by providing them with an academically rigorous education that is saturated with a Christian worldview perspective.


Thank you for considering Gateway Academy for your child and contact us today to set up your Academy Tour.


Together We Serve,

Chris DeSanctis