Gateway Strong!

We’re Gateway College and Career Academy. Our long history in alternative education is a testament to how deeply we care for every one of our students. We create unique pathways for each student — and we want to share the opportunity of high school graduation and dual enrollment in college — with even more students, like you. We believe in our unique program and we know you can do it. You belong here!

We welcome students from all over Riverside County to our historic and beautiful campus at Riverside City College. GCCA is about defining and reaching future goals. We believe that all students, no matter what barriers they may have faced in the past, are capable of being successful college students.

Students like you find GCCA to be a supportive and engaging school.  Everyone studies in a focused learning environment. Whether you’re transferring to a university or completing a career technical education program, GCCA ensures you reach your goals.

Our students receive the support of our highly qualified and passionate staff. We are truly committed to the success of each and every student. Every one of our dedicated teachers, counselors and Gateway staffers align to meet your needs — and those of every Gateway student. We make time to understand you. You belong here!

Our Philosophy

We believe that all students, no matter what barriers you may have faced in the past, are capable of being successful college students.

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide learners, who are not on track to graduate, with the opportunity to complete high school and achieve success within a supportive college community. We can get you there!

Our Success

367 GCCA graduates since August 2013

6 Riverside County Top Scholars over the last two years

2020 saw our largest graduating class ever! 71!

7 Gateway graduates accepted to the RCC College Promise Program, a fantastic scholarship and accelerated graduation program!

Our first graduate accepted to two four-year universities – Cal State San Bernardino (CSUSB) and California Baptist University (CBU)!!!

Our unique and adaptable Gateway Programs:


Foundation is an intensive 16-week semester with instruction in Math, English and College Readiness Skills. During the foundation semester, students strengthen  knowledge in these core areas. All three courses count toward GCCA graduation requirements and the college readiness course also earns students a total of 4 RCC units. Choices between the morning session (8am-12pm) or afternoon session (12:30pm-3pm) allow for a smooth transition into the Gateway way of life. Foundation starts at the first of every major semester; Fall and Spring.


Our transition students have the amazing opportunity to take FREE Riverside City College courses to complete their diplomas, explore their interests and plan to achieve their dreams. While completing the requirements of a diploma, our Transition students enrich their lives with a wide variety of college courses that move them closer to their goals.

A program this unique is too great to pass up! You belong here!


The Bridge program is our popular opportunity for students to enroll in Gateway College and Career Academy after the main semesters have begun.

Bridge students have an opportunity to integrate into the school culture, complete partial credits and gain valuable life skills through community enrichment programs. They may also work at an accelerated pace, bringing them closer to their goal, a HS diploma!

With a counselor and teacher dedicated to this small group, GCCA’s primary goal for our Bridge students is to get a head start on the next step in your new journey.


This is the newest addition to the GCCA program options! Gateway Flex is designed for students who have limited ability to attend in-person classes. Students are able to take a mix of in-person, hybrid, and fully on-line courses, including online college credit courses and academic support sessions! Flex students have a dedicated counselor who will learn each student’s needs, create a flexible educational plan, and adapt class schedules every semester according to each student’s unique needs.

Gateway College and Career Academy (formerly Gateway to College) is an early college public high school launched in 2004, as an answer to the growing number of students who were disconnected from their education and not on track to obtain their high school diplomas. Our highly qualified teaching and counseling staff supports and guides our students on their educational pathways, establishing a bond of trust and the motivation to make it to the finish line.

Riverside City College is an ideal partner, helping our students transition to college education via concurrent enrollment in GCCA and RCC, and giving access to all of the college’s resources and supports. You belong here! 


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