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The Gateway School is an independent school on the Upper West Side of Manhattan serving children ages 5–14 with learning disabilities. It currently enrolls approximately 180 students.[1]

The Gateway School
The Gateway School logo.jpg
211 West 61st Street

New York
New York

United States
School typeIndependent
Head of schoolCarolyn Salzman
Age range5-14
Number of students180
SloganSuccess Starts Here
AccreditationNew York State Association of Independent Schools

Gateway students typically have had difficulty in mainstream classrooms due to a language-based learning disability (dyslexia, expressive and receptive language delays, reading and writing disorders); attention deficit hyperactivity disorder; and/or executive function disorder.[2]


The Gateway School of New York was established in 1965 by Elizabeth Freidus and Claire Flom. Freidus was an educator at Columbia University Teachers College; Claire Flom was the mother of Gateway's first student.[3][4] The initial class consisted of five students in a space rented from Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church on Manhattan's Upper East Side. The school remained in this location for 36 years.[5]

In 2001, Gateway moved into a converted brownstone at 236 Second Avenue near Union Square. With the decision to add a Middle School to the existing Lower School, Gateway began searching for an even larger building, and it debuted its current home on West 61st Street, near Lincoln Center, in 2008.[5]

In the 2015-2016 school year, Gateway celebrated its 50th anniversary.


2009 - LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council[6]

2010 - National Center for Learning Disabilities’ Founders Award for exceptional service to children and families[7]

2011 - Head of School Robert Cunningham named one of the top Game Changers in Education by The Huffington Post[8]


Elizabeth Freidus, Founding Director[9] (1965-1978)

Davida Sherwood, Ph.D., Director[5] (1978-2004)

Robert Cunningham, Head of School[10] (2004-2013)

Carolyn Salzman, Head of School[11] (2013–present)

Professional OrganizationsEdit

Gateway is a member of the following professional organizations: Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD), Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), Education Records Bureau (ERB), Independent Schools Admissions Association of Greater New York (ISAAGNY),[12] International Dyslexia Association (IDA),[13] Learning Disabilities Association (LDA), National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), National Business Officers Association (NBOA), New York Guild of Independent Schools, New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS),[1] and Parents League of New York[14]

Head of School Carolyn Salzman authored an article titled "Choosing a Special Education School" for the 2015 issue of The Parents League Review.[11]

In the fall of 2015, artwork from Gateway students was on display at the Child Mind Institute in New York City, as part of the Beginning with the Self exhibit.[15]


  1. ^ a b "New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS): Gateway School, The". Retrieved 2016-07-20.
  2. ^ "How to Apply - The Gateway School". Retrieved 2016-07-20.
  3. ^ "Education Update - Gateway School Tackles Learning Disabilities". Retrieved 2016-07-20.
  4. ^ "An Interview with Peter Flom, Ph.D. on Nonverbal Learning Disorder - Learning Disorders". Retrieved 2016-07-20.
  5. ^ a b c "History - The Gateway School". Retrieved 2016-07-20.
  6. ^ "Gateway School, 61st Street, Phase I | U.S. Green Building Council". Retrieved 2016-07-20.
  7. ^ "Scholarships & Awards - NCLD". Retrieved 2016-07-20.
  8. ^ "Bob Cunningham '93 is a "Game Changer" - - IUP". Retrieved 2016-07-20.
  9. ^ Elliott, J. Michael (1994-10-23). "E. S. Freidus, Long a Teacher Of Disabled, 88". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-07-20.
  10. ^ "Bob Cunningham". Retrieved 2016-07-20.
  11. ^ a b "Choosing a Special Education School | Parents League of New York". Retrieved 2017-01-12.
  12. ^ "Independent School Admission Association of Greater New York: School & Affiliates Directory". Retrieved 2016-07-20.
  13. ^ "LD School Members – International Dyslexia Association". Retrieved 2016-07-20.
  14. ^ "Parents League of New York: Schools". Retrieved 2016-07-20.
  15. ^ "Beginning With the Self: Self-portraits in pencil, watercolor, colored pencils, marker, and acrylic | Child Mind Institute". Retrieved 2016-07-20.

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