Fall 2015-2016



Education for the Arts, Education for Employment and Early/Middle College expo helps connect students with in‐demand careers

Annual Open House expanded to include 80 industry reps

PORTAGE, MICH. – The 2016 Education for the Arts, Education for Employment and Early/Middle College open house is getting a makeover! Save the date for Feb. 11, 2016, and come see how these programs can help students connect the dots to great careers.

More than 80 industry representatives will be on site to showcase 40 careers. Students and parents will be able to talk with experts, connect their EFA and EFE classroom learning to the real world, and discover opportunities for art enrichment. They will be able to touch, feel and work with actual tools, equipment and technology. And, they will have the opportunity to explore Early/Middle College options.

The annual open house will be 5‐8 p.m. on Feb. 11 at the Kalamazoo Expo Center. For more information, visit This event is sponsored in part by MiCareer Quest Southwest, Michigan Works!, EFA, EFE, EMC, YOU, Southwest Michigan First and United 4 Change. 




New Students -  If you would like to inquire about Gull Lake Partnership, please call us at 269-488-5000, ext. 1063 or 1065 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Our Community Partners: 

Certified Teachers:

Office Staff:


Thanks to all of our 2015/16 returning Community Partners! 
We look forward to more exciting educational opportunities 
for our children!

  • East Fork Farms
  • Branch Gymnastics
  • Tri-Blade Fencing Academy
  • Ted Brooks Archery
  • STEP - Jim Butler
  • Chungs Black Belt Academy
  • Community Music School
  • BCYO-Battle Creek Youth Orchestra
  • West Michigan Homeschool Fine Arts
  • Kingdom Soccer
  • Bittersweet Ski
  • Expressions Dance Studio 
  • Red Clay Pottery


Sue Amos

Susan Briggs

Ben Brott

Melani Esman

Jack Gregory

Jared March

Betsy Springer

Holly Switalski

Matt Matzusek

Carol Miller

Kathryn VanDeusen

Erin Minard


Cindy Fadel

Monica Willcutt

Anita Talmage

Barb Russell

Julie Camp

Kyle Wilder

If you are looking for a way to get curriculum that is core and meets Michigan Merit standards that your can do at home, then the Gull Lake Virtual School is for you. The Gull Lake Virtual School is an online academic program option offered through Gull Lake Community Schools.  The Virtual School is available to all students residing in Kalamazoo County, in school districts that are contiguous to Kalamazoo County, and any student enrolled in the Gull Lake Community Schools. 

You will have all kinds of support along the way including k12 teachers with each course and Gull Lake Virtual School mentor teachers that communicate with you weekly and are readily available to assist you.

Virtual School partners with k12 to provide a top notch virtual curriculum that provides families with ability to complete school any time and any place.

If a traditional public school setting fits your family the best, then Gull Lake Community Schools offers you schools of excellence.  The Gull Lake Traditional Schools offer you outstanding curriculum that meets Michigan Merit standards and boasts a graduation rate of 93%. 

Gull Lake High School
Gull Lake Middle School

Ryan Intermediate
Kellogg Elementary
Richland Elementary


The partnership was built on a foundation of freedom and democratic principles. We are an inclusive group and welcome everyone. We are not here to tell anyone how to home school or judge what others choose. We are just a resource for those who feel our offerings enhance their children's educational journey. Gull Lake Partnership is a collaboration between, parents, Gull Lake School District and the community. The Partnership offers unique elective classes for students, grades 1-12. Parents direct their children's learning by choosing opportunities they feel best suites their individual families and children. The partnership is a free program paid for by your tax dollars. Students, grades 1-12, sign up as part-time students with Gull Lake Schools. According to HSLDA Home school Legal Defense Association), they retain their status as home school students as long as parents provide 51% of the students' total education including all core subjects: language arts (reading, spelling, English grammar, writing, literature), arithmetic, science, history, and federal and state government. The school district receives tax dollars and in turn provides non-core (elective) educational opportunities families might not otherwise be able to enjoy. Students enrolled in the partnership may not be enrolled in any other public or private school.

Throughout our country, alternative schools serve students who have difficulty in successfully completing their education in traditional setting. Gateway Academy is here to meet the needs of students who….

   ➨  display emotional or behavior issues
   ➨  are under-performing academically
   ➨  are at a high risk of dropping out or being expelled from school
   ➨  need individualized instruction to meet state mandated graduation requirements
   ➨  need credit recovery for multiple subjects


The staff of Gateway Academy are members of the Michigan Alternative Education Organization (MAEO) and the National Alterative Education Association (NAEA) which will enable us to receive training relevant to the alternative education student and collaborate with other educators in an effort to better serve our students.

In an effort to enhance the educational experiences of our students, we have adopted ten exemplary practices recommended by the NAEA. These practices were forged from research on productive alternative programs and the wisdom of alternative educators. The practices relate to the following areas; Mission and Purpose, Leadership, Climate and Culture, Staffing and Professional Development, Curriculum and Instruction, Student Assessment, Transitional Planning and Support, Parent/Guardian Involvement, Collaboration and Program Evaluation.

Gateway Academy fully supports the mission of Gull Lake Community Schools in educating every child to achieve his/her full potential. We offer individual course planning, structured settings, flexible hours and so much more. Please contact Lynnette Walker for more information at 269.488.5000 ext. 1050.