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Winter break begins Monday December 17, 2018 – Monday January 21, 2019 ( we will be closed for the duration, with a few exceptions):

Foundation (New Students) will attend a New Student Orientation Tuesday January 15, 2019 from 9a-1130a

Continuing (One or More Semesters) students will attend Continuing Student Orientation Thursday January 17, 2019 from 9a-1130a.

The First Day of Spring Semester is Tuesday January 22, 2019 at 9am. 

Our Mission

Gateway to College is a scholarship program that provides academically and economically disenfranchised Alameda County residents 16 to 20 years old with an opportunity to experience success in an academically rigorous, supportive and safe environment as they pursue their high school diplomas and transition into college.


The program promotes student success and readiness by grouping students into learning communities for their first term, offering intensive literacy development, maintaining rigorous academic standards, and providing individualized support. After successfully completing the initial Foundation term, students will transition to taking classes with the general student population.Students will focus their studies in a “pathway” or major that is aligned with high school completion requirements and college degree or certificate requirements. To keep students on the right track to success, one-on-one support is provided by dedicated GtC counselors. All GtC classes are college classes, and the program is fully integrated with Laney College.

Gateway to College Program Eligibility/Requirements

  • Gateway to College is targeted to students 16 to 20 years old who have left high school without a diploma OR who are behind in high school credits for age or grade level
  • Students must live within Alameda County to be eligible
  • Students must have an eighth grade reading level in order to qualify for Gateway to College


Check out our video, Academic Excellence: Gateway to College.

Screenshot of Academic Excellence: Gateway to College video on YouTube

For more information about Gateway to College, please read our brochure, call us at 510.986.6941, or send an email to gateway@peralta.edu.

*** Our offices are open 830a to 430p Monday through Friday***