A Welcome Message from our Head of School: Christopher P. DeSanctis

The opportunity to serve as Head of School at Gateway Academy (GA) has and continues to be a remarkable experience for me.   


As someone who attended private 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 my academic experiences. 


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 offer families a school marked by Academic Rigor and Christian Worldview Distinction. As Dr. Samuel Johnson, an English writer from the 1700s, once stated: "Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful." At GA our goal is to capture both the head and heart - or intellect and character - of our students.


Gateway Academy was founded in 1994 by Dr. Daniel Mercaldo, former senior pastor of Gateway Church and a team of professional educators. For over twenty-five years now GA has kept its mission and vision clear as it continues to be a top-flight educational institution for families on Staten Island and parts of NJ. 


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


Thank you for visiting our web site and contact us today to set up your Academy Tour to learn more.


Serving Together,

Christopher P. DeSanctis


Read Chris's Op-eds and Letters

Constitution Day op-ed (excerpted in the New York Daily News)