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Candidate Profile
This is the Part 1 form, and the primary application document. In the Candidate Profile, applicants complete basic information such as contact details, academic information, extracurricular activities, and coursework, among other important pieces of information.
Graded Writing Sample
This is a Part 2 form, and the only shared supplemental form in the Gateway application. In the Graded Writing Sample, appliants submit an assignment, written in English, from this academic year (preferably from English class).

Recommender Forms

Transcript Report
The Transcript Report should be completed by an academic advisor or other individual familiar with the applicant's academic background and capable of also sending the school transcript. The advisor will be asked to rate the applicant on certain academic and personality traits and optionally provide a written evaluation.
Principal/Counselor Recommendation
The Principal/Counselor Recommendation should be completed by the applicant's current principal or counselor. The principal or counselor will be asked to rate the applicant on certain academic and personality traits and optionally provide a written evaluation.
Current English Teacher Recommendation
The Current English Teacher Recommendation should be completed by the applicant's current English teacher. The teacher will be asked to rate the applicant on certain academic and personality traits and optionally provide a written evaluation.
Current Mathematics Teacher Recommendation
The Current Mathematics Teacher Recommendation should be completed by the applicant's current Mathematics teacher. The teacher will be asked to rate the applicant on certain academic and personality traits and optionally provide a written evaluation.
Personal Recommendation
The Personal Recommendation should be completed by someone that knows the applicant personally. The recommender will be asked to provide a written evaluation of the applicant's personal qualities.
Special Interest Recommendation
The Special Interest Recommendation should be completed by someone that knows the applicant in an extracurricular capacity. Special Interest Recommendations generally relate to a specific extracurricular activity that the candidate is interested in. The recommender will be asked to provide a written evaluation of the applicant in this regard.

National Association of Independent Schools

Information regarding the National Association of Independent Schools is available here.


The Association of Boarding Schools

Information regarding the The Association of Boarding Schools is available here.


Independent School Entrance Exam

Information regarding the Independent School Entrance Exam is available here.


School & Student Services

Information regarding Schools & Student Services is available here.


Get Technical Support

  1. Visit the Gateway Support Site

    Have a question about Gateway or how to complete part of the application process online? Visit the support site for a searchable Knowledgebase of frequently asked questions, or submit a Ticket and a Gateway team member will get back to you promptly.

    Visit Support Site
  1. Reset Your Password

    Have you forgotten your password or wish to have your password reset? Follow the link below, enter your account email address, and press 'Send me reset instructions' to have a password reset email sent to your email inbox.

    Reset Your Password
  1. Create an Applicant Account

    Whether you are applying for boarding or day, the first step is to create a Gateway to Prep Schools account. Once you create your account, complete your Profile, and add schools to your 'My Schools' list to begin applying.

    Register as an Applicant
    1. Create a Recommender Account

      If you are a middle or high school professional, create an account to begin the recommendation process. Once you create your account, complete your Profile, and follow the link in the recommendation request email to begin the recommendation process.

      Register as a Recommender
    1. Login to Your Account

      Whether you are an applicant or a recommender, login to your Gateway to Prep Schools account at any time to continue the application or recommendation process. If you do not remember your password, follow the link above to have a new one sent to you.

      Login to Your Account
    1. Learn about Schools

      Visit the Schools page to learn more about the 61 schools who accept the Gateway Application. From here you can view the unique deadlines and admission requirements for each school. You may even learn about schools that you were not initially considering.

      Learn About Schools

    Contact Gateway

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