Gateway Questions & Answers

What can students achieve in this school?

Students can complete their high school diploma requirements and earn Georgia Perimeter College credit toward a college degree.

Who are Gateway to College students at Georgia Perimeter College?

  • DeKalb County School System (DCSS) students, 16 through 20 years old with at least 6 core unit credits
  • Students who are behind in high school credits (for age and grade) who may have a history of absenteeism and low GPA
  • Have left, or are considering leaving a DeKalb high school before graduation
  • A diverse group of young people facing many different challenges
  • Current or former DeKalb County school system students who meet GA state residency requirements and are eligible to attend a DeKalb County High School
  • Students with at least an eighth-grade reading level (English proficiency)
  • Students able to complete their DeKalb County high school diploma before they turn 21
  • Students willing to make a commitment for two or more years, to work hard to complete high school and progress toward a college degree.
  • Are willing to participate in a rigorous high school completion program, which could potentially last two or more years

How does the Gateway to College Academy work?

After being admitted, students are enrolled in a Gateway to College "Learning Community" at the Georgia Perimeter College Clarkston campus. (A Learning Community is a group of 19 students who take all of their first semester courses together in preparation for becoming a college student on the college campus).

The first semester (Foundation semester) courses include reading, writing, math, college survival and success, and an academic lab. These courses meet five days a week during the first semester. Students are required to attend 100 percent of these classes. Classes are available during mornings and early afternoons. Space is limited in each Learning Community, and preferred times are not guaranteed.

Near the end of the Foundation semester, students take a college placement test to determine which English, reading, and mathematics courses are most suitable.

After successful completion of the first semester Learning Community courses, students begin courses taught by Georgia Perimeter College instructors and attend classes with the general Georgia Perimeter College student population. During the second semester (the first semester after successful completion of the Foundation semester), each student also takes an additional Transition to College class with other Gateway to College students.

After the Foundation semester, each student and their Resource Specialist (counselor) will select courses based on the student's high school completion plan and educational goals.

What student support services will students have?

Once accepted into the Academy, each student is assigned a Resource Specialist (counselor) who assists students with paperwork and obtaining a Georgia Perimeter College ID card. These resource specialists also provide:

  • Transcript reviews and academic advising
  • Information and referrals for many additional resources available to you including tutoring, counseling, student activities, use of campus library and gym facilities, etc.
  • Personal counseling and guidance, assistance with problem solving, time management and stress management to help students stay in school and be successful

Additionally, Gateway offers tutoring for students everyday during the and after class.

What is expected of students?

  • Students are expected to attend 100 percent of the classes.
  • Students are expected to come to class on time, prepared with class materials and to complete all class and homework assignments.
  • Students are expected to be respectful and courteous to others and adhere to all Gateway to College Academy and Georgia Perimeter College Policies and Procedures and the Gateway to College Academy Student Code of Conduct

What does the Academy cost?

Gateway to College Academy students receive scholarships to attend Georgia Perimeter College. College tuition and books are provided free of charge to students. However, mandatory fees (approximately $255/semester) are required of all students enrolled in college classes.  These fees consist of an activity fee, athletic fee, technology fee, and student support fee.  In addition, special fees may be assessed for programs with special costs.  These fees are not charged by the Academy but are charged by the College for enrollment in college classes. For more information about all fees, please see the GPC Tuition and fees webpage at: http//

How do students apply?

1. Call the Gateway to College information line, (678)891-3220, to request an application or come to Georgia Perimeter College's Clarkston campus, Bldg. C, room CC1100 or visit the

2. Complete the Gateway to College application, and provide other required documents in order to receive an invitation to the required three day Information and Assessment session. Be sure to call the Gateway to College information line to reserve your place. All paperwork must be complete and attendance at the Information and Assessment session is required in order to be considered a fully qualified applicant.

3. If admitted, students will be notified in writing at the end of the intake process period for each semester. Admission is not guaranteed since space is limited. A lottery process will be used to select the students from the fully qualified applicants if the number of applicants who apply before the priority deadline exceeds the available seats. New students are admitted each fall (August) and spring (January) semesters. Students will be given first priority for enrolling the next semester if there are no remaining seats available for the upcoming semester.

How is the Academy funded?

The Gateway to College Academy is funded primarily as a DeKalb County Charter School, through state and local tax dollars funding based upon student enrollment.  Georgia Perimeter College also provides essential support for the Academy including (but not limited to) remodeled classroom and office space for Academy staff and the Foundation semester classes, utilities, custodial services, protective services as well as other vital support from the College's faculty and staff.