"Gateway to College empowers youth who have dropped out of high school or are not on track to graduate to earn a high school diploma and college credit in a supportive college environment."

Gateway to College

Gateway To College

Your Connection to College

Do you want to go to college, but aren't sure how to get there? The Gateway to College program helps students who have dropped out of high school or who may not graduate. Through our program, you can obtain your high school diploma and earn college credits at the same time. Many of our graduates go on to finish certificate programs, Associate's degrees and transfer to four year colleges.

The Right Fit

To qualify for the Gateway to College program, you must:

  • be between 16 to 20 years old
  • have left high school before graduation or be at risk of dropping out (You cannot be enrolled in another high school program once you enter our program.)
  • be behind in high school credits for your age and grade
  • Minimum 8th grade reading level; meet other writing and math standards at entry level
  • live in participating school district: Springfield Public Schools

The Support You Need

Gateway to College contracts with your school district to offer you a scholarship to the program. The scholarship covers the cost of tuition and books.

In addition, you'll have a Resource Specialist dedicated to your success. Your Academic Counselor will guide you through the college experience as an academic advisor; teach you about careers, organization and time management; and provide you with referrals to community resources.

Ready for the Challenge

To succeed in the program, you'll need to be in class about 20 hours a week and do three to four hours of homework per day. You are expected to attend every class. Because the program requires a strong commitment, it's best if you work fewer than 25 hours a week.

The program takes time - most of our students achieve their high school diploma in two to three years, but they often earn a lot of college credits too!

True Change

Gateway to College can help you change your life. Gateway to College is not a quick or an easy way to earn a high school diploma.  We want students with an attitude - one in which failure is not an option.