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My son loves his teachers and all the staff there which makes me happy that he wants to go everyday.

Tiffany 5 stars - Excellent

Our son has attended Gateway for 2 years now and we love that they follow the Dorchester 2 school curriculum. The teachers he has keep him well disciplined but make learning fun. The only change we would have liked to see is during the summer months have the kids go on more field trips and do more activities. Overall we love Gateway Academy and would definitely recommend them.


My son has been with Gateway for three years now, I love it. I feel very comfortable leaving my son. We now have a baby girl and she attends Gateway as well. Great staff !!!

The Sturdivants

Our son has been at Gateway for 7 years. We have always felt that they were reliable and attentive to our needs. This year, our son had the opportunity to spend some time with his grandparents abroad and the Director worked with me on the weekly fees so that his spot would be reserved and our costs were minimized during his absence. He has always enjoyed his teachers and they gently remind him to use his manners and respect, as we do at home. Many of my friends and colleagues have faced challenges at one time or another with their daycare providers, whether it be in-home care or a facility similar to Gateway, but I have always recommended Gateway as a great alternative to solve their problems and concerns. Though I am looking forward to the day when I no longer have a weekly daycare expense (just a few short years away), I feel that we have gotten great value and care at Gateway.

Veronica O'Sullivan

Gateway has been a blessing to our family! Our son Gabriel has been going to Gateway for over a year and he has learned more than you can imagine. At four he can write his name and is already subtracting numbers. The staff has always friendly and helpful!! It a joy to walk in the door every morning and be greeted by smiling faces!!

Lisa Hernandez

I wanted to take a moment and share with you our experience with Gateway Academy. As first time parents, my husband Derek and I envisioned what we wanted to instill in our son Whalen. We want him to have a strong value system, healthy self-confidence, stability, a good education, etc …

Shortly after Whalen was born; we started to tour daycare facilities in our area. We were looking for a school that would support us in those ideals as well as understand that they would be a part of our lives for a number of years to come. Gateway Academy made an impression on us the first time we toured the facility. The cleanliness of the facility made an impact on us immediately! We were asked to place booties on our feet before we entered the infant room. This made us feel our child’s health was of the utmost importance to the staff. We noticed how open the room was and a lot of windows that allowed for natural light to come in. There was significant space for the little people to explore and an abundance of toys that help sharpen the children’s motors skills and aided in their cognitive development. The teachers in the infant room, Miss Amy and Miss Shirley, had been with the school over a decade and after talking with Amy and Shirley, you could see they were a great team and the children loved them! We were impressed to say the least! After we left that day, there was nothing to decide after our visit to Gateway Academy; we knew we had found Whalen’s new school!

Whalen is now six months old and has been at Gateway for 4 months. He is happy and thriving there! Miss Amy is exceptional in providing the structure Whalen needs as he learns to operate in a classroom of his peers. He is hitting all the recommended bench marks and excelling every day!

Miss Shirley is always there for the snuggles and hugs! What has been the biggest surprise for us as parents is, my husband and I never imagined we would have gained a second family. The teachers and the staff have been so incredibly patient, understanding and ready to share their knowledge with us as we ask all the first-time parent questions and help us navigate through the pitfalls. The Staff at Gateway Academy supports us in our quest to instill the strong values and the self-confidence we want for Whalen. Thank you does not seem to sufficiently express our gratitude! We feel truly blessed to have found a community and family in the staff at Gateway Academy and look forward to many years together.

The Guthries

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1540 Old Trolley Rd
Summerville, SC 29485
Old Trolley Rd. & Dorchester Pkwy.



Monday - Friday
6:30am - 6:30pm
Recognized as a Cadence Education 
School of Excellence

Recognized as a Cadence Education School of Excellence

Summerville, SC