NewGate School is an international, coeducational, nonsectarian, college-preparatory Montessori IB World School in Sarasota, Florida, that educates children from preschool through high school within the Montessori educational framework. Our Montessori program is based on developing high levels of self-direction through cooperative and individual activities that help a child develop a strong self-image, high levels of academic and social competence, and the confidence to face challenges with optimism. Encouraged to make decisions from an early age, Montessori-educated children are problem solvers who can make appropriate choices, manage their time, and work well with others.
NewGate’s Montessori Secondary program consists of experiences both in the classroom and outside of the classroom that assist students in gaining greater self-awareness and engagement with a complex world. The Secondary Program is organized into three two-year cycles of work that parallel current traditional standards for academic coursework. The program also provides a wide range of experiential learning opportunities interwoven throughout the curriculum to respond to the developmental needs of adolescents including orientation trips, internships, drama immersions, and local, national and international research trips.
Students take challenging seminar, lab, and project-based courses in science, math, history, English, Spanish, art, physical education, and service that foster the academic and intellectual capacities of adolescents and set the foundation for college-level work. These courses require and support in-depth participation, close attention to detail, independent work, writing, research, discussion, and analysis. At the end of the program, students have a depth of understanding about themselves and the world, sophisticated reasoning abilities and experience with a wide range of tools, modes of expression, and courses that prepare them for college, life and thoughtful citizenship.
A NEWGATE MONTESSORI GRADUATE
▪ brings a unique and rich educational background to a university environment.
▪ demonstrates responsible independence, self-discipline, self-control, self-confidence, and self-awareness, including an understanding of personal strengths and weaknesses.
▪ exhibits a compassionate interest in others and the outside world, courteous behavior, a sense of humor, and a cooperative spirit of working to create a positive, safe community environment.
▪ achieves excellence in work and study habits and actively participates in the pursuit of knowledge and understanding.
ACCREDITATION The school is accredited by COGNIA (NCA CASI/ NWAC/ SACS CASI) and is authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization to offer the IB Diploma Program. The school’s course of studies is recognized by the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program. NewGate is also fully accredited by the International Montessori Council.
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS The educational program at NewGate School is deliberately planned to help students prepare for college. Students also have the opportunity to earn certificates in individual IB courses or earn the full IB Diploma.
English Language • 4 credits
World Languages • 2 credits
Social Sciences • 4 credits
Natural Sciences • 4 credits
Mathematics • 4 credits
Arts • 4 credits
Physical Expression • 2 credits
Theory of Knowledge • 2 credits
Service • Four Years
IB courses offered: Literature and Performance SL, Literature A SL/HL, Global Politics HL, Biology SL/HL, Visual Art SL/HL, Mathematics: Applications and Interpretations SL/HL, Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches SL/HL, Spanish SL and HL, and Theory of Knowledge.
NewGate School uses a standard 4 point scale. Honors and IB courses are weighted 0.5+ and 1.0+ respectively.
SECONDARY PROGRAM FEATURES
Orientation Program: Each school year begins with the Orientation trip, where the search for individual identity intertwines with the onset of leadership, teamwork, and the positive social development of the Secondary community. Students bond with their peers and their teachers in an environment outside of the classroom. We work on a variety of initiatives to build teamwork and communication skills. We also work as a team to develop the ground rules to function as our common good contract for the year. Finally, the structure, schedule, and topics of the year’s course of studies are presented. This is both an on- and off-campus experience.
Internships: Students in the NewGate Secondary Program participate in local, state, national, and international internships from 7th-12th grade, gaining experience with resumes, interviews, and varied industries. Students enjoy engaging in a learning experience that extends beyond the traditional walls of the classroom.
Drama Immersion: Students pause their regular class schedule for a week each year and immerse themselves in the world of the theater; student acting, scenery, costume, and publicity crews work over the course of an intensive week to stage a full-length play. The experiences are a rewarding, creative collaboration for the students with opportunities to express their authentic voices. The team building and confidence that develops throughout the week are valuable and enjoyable for everyone.
Service Opportunities: Students develop an ethic of service to the community through weekly service with a nonprofit organization in the community or on campus.
Research Trips: Each year, students plan, organize, and participate in research trips to enrich and further contextualize their studies. Past trips have included the Appalachian Trail, New York City, New Orleans, Atlanta, Washington, D.C., the Florida Keys, the Everglades, and international study trips to Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic, and Spain.
Since our first graduating class in 2004, our small school’s students have been accepted to the following colleges and universities:
Arizona State University
Ave Maria University
California College of the Arts
Carleton University (CA)
Cleveland College of Art & Design
Columbus College of Art & Design
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Florida Gulf Coast University
Florida Institute of Technology
Florida International University
Florida Polytechnic University
Florida State University
Franklin University (Switzerland)
The George Washington University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Kendall College of Art & Design
Loyola University, New Orleans
Massachusetts College of Art & Design
Milwaukee College of Art & Design
Montana State University
New College of Florida
New York University
Pensacola State College
Pennsylvania State University
Ringling College of Art & Design
Ryerson University (CA)
San Diego State University
San Francisco State University
Santa Fe State College
Savannah College of Art & Design
Sewanee, The University of the South
Sonoma State University
St. John’s College
St. Lawrence University
St. Petersburg College
State College of Florida
Sweet Briar College
Technische Universität Kaiserslautern (Germany)
Tecnológico de Monterrey (Mexico)
Thomas Aquinas College
University of California, San Diego
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of Central Florida
University of Colorado
University of Florida
University of Florida, Honors Program
University of Hawaii
University of Massachusetts
University of Miami
University of Miami FILAS Program
University of Minnesota
University of New England
University of New Hampshire
University of North Florida, Hicks Honors College
University of Rhode Island
University of South Florida
University of Tampa
University of Vermont
University of Waterloo (CA)
University of West Florida
Utah Valley State University
Wake Forest University
Warren Wilson College
Western New England College
Head of School Tanya L. Ryskind, J.D.
College Counselor Sarah Moudry
Registrar Gabriela Mora
CEEB Code 101847
5237 Ashton Road, Sarasota, Florida 34233
TEL: (941) 922-4949
FAX: (941) 922-7660
5481 Communications Parkway, Sarasota, Florida, 34240
TEL: (941) 222-0763
FAX: (941) 922-7660