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High School Partnership @ Gateway Community College

Important Note

***Even if you meet the qualifications to apply for a class, Gateway usually limits each high school to 15 new applications per semester. ***   

Q: After I am accepted to the Gateway High School Partnership Program, what happens next?

A: Your ISSP Coordinator will submit your application. You will then receive an email and a letter in the mail from Gateway Admissions. Please note many students make the error of throwing out the letter. Do not do this. This letter contains your Banner ID, which you will need for the Accuplacer and course registration. If you do not receive the email or the letter in the timeframe your Coordinator indicates, please contact Liz Vega at immediately.

Q: What is the Accuplacer?

A: *Accuplacer placement testing may be unavailable for the Fall of 2021. Please consult closely with your ISSP Coordinator regarding appropriate courses and check your email daily for updates regarding placement testing and course registration. Accuplacer is the untimed, computerized placement test for Gateway that checks a student’s English and math levels. It can only be taken once every three years, so please take it seriously. Once you have your Banner ID number from your acceptance letter, you must make an Accuplacer appointment with the Center for Educational Services at Gateway, either online at or by calling 203-285-2217. Please see for more information, including suggested practice info.

Q: I scored _____ on my SAT or ACT. Could the Accuplacer be waived?

A: An SAT English Reading subscore of 25 or Writing of 26 will place you in English 101. 

An SAT Math score of 530 will place you in MAT 137. 570 is needed for the next level, MAT 142.

An ACT of 21 on English will place you in English 101.

An ACT of 19 on Math will place you in MAT 137. 22 is needed for MAT 142.

SAT or ACT scores meeting these minimums should be attached to your application or emailed to Ms. Vega at Gateway prior to the Testing Deadline.

PSAT scores are not accepted for placement by Gateway, so rising juniors will need to take the Accuplacer after acceptance, unless they have taken an SAT or ACT on their own.

A “D” result on the English Accuplacer will give the student ENG 101.

A “C2” result on the Math Accuplacer will give the student MAT 137.

Q: What type of classes am I able to take at Gateway?

A: This depends on your Accuplacer and/or SAT/ACT/AP scores. There is a wide variety of classes available at Gateway that can fit into a high school student’s after school schedule and address their interests. Consult your ISSP Coordinator regarding options, once you have your placements. Her approval of your course choices is REQUIRED.

Q: How do I search for a course? How many courses should I have on my possible course list?

A: As classes often fill quickly, we advise you to choose at least 7 courses that fit your schedule and address your interests. Please refer to the “Course Search at GWCC” page on this website for instructions.

Q: What should my possible course list look like?

A: *For Fall 2021, NHPS students may be allowed to ONLY take online college courses. In-person courses are pending approval at this time (March 2021), so be sure to search for “ONLN” and “LRON” courses only.

See example below. If multiple sections of the same course, such as COM 173 MW at 3:15 AND TR at 3:15, would work for you, then you should include them as separate classes. Also, you should rank your courses by interest, as shown in the 1st column, so that the first one is your top choice, the second one is your next best, etc. Your ISSP Coordinator will discuss and approve your choices with you, BEFORE the registration. Her written/emailed course approval is REQUIRED.

Rank CRN Subj Crse Title Day(s) Time Instructor
1 1063 BMG* I202 Principles of Management W 05:25 pm-08:15 pm Robert J. Bonvicini
2 1633 COM* I173 Public Speaking MW 03:15 pm-04:35 pm James E. Brunt
3 1634 COM* I173 Public Speaking TR 03:15 pm-04:35 pm James E. Brunt
4 1004 CJS* I101 Intro to Crim Just (Late) MW 05:25 pm-06:55 pm Beth Merkin
5 1008 ECE* I101 Intro to ECE T 05:25 pm-08:15 pm Jessica S. McLawhon
6 2066 EAS* I102 Earth Science (Late) TR 03:15 pm-04:45 pm Julie A. Rumrill
7 1590 EVS* I100 Introd. to Environ. Sci T 07:00 pm-09:50 pm Vicky M. Carrier
8 1011 HIS* I101 Western Civilization I W 07:00 pm-09:50 pm Matthew P. Keaney

Q: I see the days are listed as M, T, W, R, and F. What is “R”?

A: R is for Thursday. If you have a class that is listed as TR, such as #6 above, the class meets on both Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Q: I see that some classes are labeled (Late). What does that mean?

A: “Late” means the class starts a week or so later into the semester than the standard start date. Each session will meet for more minutes to make up for this. These classes generally start AFTER the ADD/DROP period has ended, so you must be VERY sure that you want that course and will complete it, as a WITHDRAW means you will not be allowed back the next semester.

Q: Am I allowed to take an online course? How about a hybrid course?

A: * For Fall 2021, NHPS students may be allowed to ONLY take online college courses. In-person courses are pending approval at this time (March 2021). Please refer to the “Course Search at GWCC” page to find appropriate courses.

Q: What does “open seat” mean? How can I tell if a course has one? 

A: Because high school students are not paying for these classes, they are restricted to enrolling in the leftover seats that are open after all the paying students have enrolled. An “open seat” is simply a space in a class that is available when we go to the high school registration event in August or January. On Gateway’s course search, if you select “Open”, you will only see classes with open seats. On your search results page, the column titled “Cap” shows the Capacity, or maximum, number of students allowed in that class section. The next column to the right, “Act”, shows the currently active (taken) seats. The next column to the right, “Rem”, shows the Remaining open seats AT THE MOMENT OF YOUR SEARCH. There must be at least 1 remaining seat for you to enroll. Once you have a list of courses with open seats approved by your Coordinator, you should continue checking the Course Search right up to the day of the high school registration event, to be sure there is still an open seat in the section you want.

Q: Once I have my approved Course List, what do I do next? 

A: You need to wait for the High School Registration event. This is in August or January, the week prior to the start of classes. *For the 2021-2022 school year, these may be virtual events. All students will register online. Bring your Course List with you. The ISSP Coordinators will be there, along with college staff, to assist you with enrolling and answer any questions you have at that point. Please do NOT attempt to register prior to the high school registration event, as that will cause the college to BILL YOU for the class!

Q: Once I have enrolled in a class, can I get a college ID? 

A: Yes, as an enrolled student, you are entitled to a college ID and need to have it with you whenever you are on campus. *For the 2021-2022 school year, the presence of high school students on campus is pending approval (as of March 2021), so you may not need a Gateway ID. For Gateway, you must prove your identity and enrollment. Bring a photo ID (such as Driver’s Permit or License or passport; high school ID if you have nothing else) to the college FOLLOWING registration, so you can get your Gateway ID ASAP, once you have your class schedule.

Q: Are books paid for? My friend mentioned there was a grant that covered her books.

A: *For the 2021-2022 school year, we DO have a Book Grant to cover these costs. Please watch your email closely for information about how to purchase your books with the grant funds. We advise budgeting for books and/or online course codes for classes. Unfortunately, we CANNOT guarantee there will be grant money available to cover textbooks. We recommend setting aside $200. for this purpose.

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