SCOTTVILLE — Gateway to Success Academy is getting ready for its grand opening Aug. 19, and with less than a month left before the big day, there is a buzz of activity at the school.
Starting today, Larsen’s Landscaping will be installing all of the shrubbery and plants, with donations of perennials from Grassa Farm Market and Garden Center.
This last week, a lot of the cabinetry and carpeting have been installed and the school’s furniture has been arriving daily.
The greenhouse is being put together now, and Olson Irrigation has been working on the irrigation system, donating labor. Rain Bird Systems also donated the equipment.
Also in the works is the exercise room, which school board President Don Fallis said is coming alive as equipment is being installed.
“It is exciting times,” Fallis said.
The new school
Gateway to Success Academy is a new charter school opening for the 2016-17 school year to serve the West Shore Educational Service District grades 6-12 students who are in need of a non-traditional learning environment.
It will replace the old Journey Junior/Senior High School alternative education program. That school closed in June 2015.
The school’s educational model will be based on project-based learning to teach fundamental skills including communication, critical thinking, and collaboration.
It is located on North Main Street in Scottville, at the site of an old supermarket.