About Us


Higher Learning Academy (HLA), as part of Gateway Community Charters (GCC), has been working very hard to build a permanent school facility for Higher Learning Academy. GCC has spent several years designing the school site, acquiring the land and arranging for the financing of the school through the State of California for both HLA (grades K-8) and Futures High School (grades 9-12).

The new HLA School will be a state-of-the-art facility. The HLA portion of the campus has 18 technology equipped classrooms, including three Kindergarten classrooms. Please view the different facility layouts and sketches of the new HLA school site.



The new school facility is located on a to-be-built extension of Grace Avenue between Rio Linda Boulevard and Marysville Boulevard.

The new HLA building has all the needed approvals and we are now awaiting notification from the State of California that the state funding is available. If the state funding is made available this Spring, construction can begin within a few weeks. If state funding is not available till the fall of 2015, construction will be delayed, and we may not be able to occupy the school site until fall of 2017.

We are very excited about our new facility. It will be beneficialy for our community charter school. Please check back, we will keep you posted as we move ahead.

Gateway Community Charters (GCC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public benefit corporation that operates multiple schools under a Charter Management Organization (CMO) structure. Gateway Community Charters has been in operation since 2003 in a dynamic partnership with local communities, creating innovative public school choice options, through the charter school construct. GCC manages a complex budget of over $30 million dollars and has maintained well above the required 3% reserve for each of its charter schools as well as maintaining an additional reserve as needed for economic uncertainty, all while expanding enrollment.

Now in its 12th year of operation serving over 4,200 K-12 grade students within 6 separate charters, 5 of which are fully WASC accredited and one is in candidate status, all with unique missions and focus. GCC was honored to have been recently recognized at the National Charter School Conference as one of 15 nationally recognized charter management organizations by the Broad Foundation. In the 2011-12 school year all five GCC schools met the rigorous academic standards for renewal and were awarded the full five-year charter terms allowable. Two of GCC’s charter schools serve predominately underserved, vulnerable, and at risk youth; credit deficient, 5th year seniors, pregnant and parenting youth, adjudicated youth, homeless, etc. Additionally, two other GCC charter schools serve statistically significant numbers of newcomers to the United States and English Learners. All four of these schools also serve 70-89% free and reduced price lunch eligible youth.

Higher Learning Academy operates under Gateway Community Charters.

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Gateway Community Charters is proud to host the Core Knowledge Foundation Professional Development Institutes. 


Don’t miss your opportunity to join The Core Knowledge Foundation and Gateway Community Charters for expanded professional development around the important role of building knowledge in the CA Common Core State ELA standards.


When: June 15–17, 2015, starting at 8:30 a.m.


Where: Gateway Community Charters, 5712 Dudley Blvd., McClellan Park, CA 95652


What: Two days of in-depth Core Knowledge professional development, third day of keynote sessions and ELA professional development


Who: superintendents, assistant superintendents for curriculum and instruction, principals, teachers, and board members


Please click here for the California Symposium Flyer.