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Mission Statement

Gateway to Learning will provide services for individuals with special needs to reach their full potential.

This realization will be achieved by educating and training individuals with special needs for economic productivity, a place in the program and larger community, and for the highest degree of self-sufficiency and self-worth possible.

The philosophy of Gateway to Learning is for the positive characteristics of individuals with special needs to be recognized and met with appropriate individualized goals and programs.


Gateway to Learning Special Education and Training Center is a 501(c) (3) entity opened in 1974 to provide appropriate academic and pre-vocational education to children with special needs.

Success led to an expansion in 1979 to include pre-vocational programs for adults with special needs. These specialized programs provide individuals with a place to develop and use their skills to enrich their lives and contribute to the surrounding community.

Gateway to Learning moved to the Lincoln Square neighbourhood of northwest Chicago at 4925 North Lincoln Avenue in 1986. The building was designed and built specifically for Gateway's programs and needs.

Gateway is open 12 months a year to maintain consistency of skills and behaviours for students and adults who might have no other opportunity for peer relationships and who have difficulty sustaining learned skills.

Today, Gateway to Learning serves over 70 children and adults. Students and adults represent every race and ethnic origin. Through active involvement of 30 faculty and staff, students and adults receive the education to which they are entitled and which is designed specifically for them. The provision of individualized programs, which meet the unique needs of each student or adult, is the hallmark of this very special school and training center.

Gateway to Learning serves all of Chicago and nearby suburbs. The local public school districts provide student transportation

The Gateway to Learning Adult Developmental Training program is certified by the Illinois Department of Human Services. The Illinois State Board of Education accredits the children’s education and training program.

Gateway began baking cookies in 1987 in order to enable its consumers to learn a new skill. Later, it began selling its baked goods to Gateway parents, local churches and community members.



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