Overview of City Gate

Blended Learning

Our high quality, Blended learning, or hybrid learning, is a formal education program that integrates face-to-face learning with technology-based, digital instruction. Learning takes place in (or in a combination of) online, mobile, or classroom environments through a personalized learning model to address the academic achievement gap. Our comprehensive programs lay the framework for school readiness and help students develop skills to ensure academic and life success. Our educators employ an intentional practice, which incorporates the most up to date, best in class research on how children learn and develop.

Expeditionary Learning

As many students in DCPS schools with low proficiency ratings on their standardized tests do not receive history or science lessons during the traditional school day, City Gate has provided a space where students have the opportunity to engage with these subjects. At Thomson Elementary School last year, students went on Expeditionary Learning trips every Saturday first to a museum to learn about our history first hand. After the field trip, City Gate took the students to a dinner with college aged volunteers to build social capital.

Peer Engagement

Adaptive learning which blends web-based curriculum with personalized instruction and interventions by City Gate instructors – a mastery-based approach which allows students to begin where they are at and progress to grade level proficiency.

Parent engagement activities to remove barriers and support learning in the home environment.


STEM focus (science, technology, engineering, and math) engages children in hands-on inquiry-based learning, critical thinking skills, and career opportunities often closed to disadvantaged youth.


21s Century Community Learning Center

Our 21st Century Gateway to Growth program is comprised of 3 sites; The Virginia Merrick Center, Atlantic Terrace, Richardson Dwellings.

All Gateway to Growth (GTG) programs are STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) based. Collectively, all sites serve over 200 youth in after school and summer programming. The youth, and their families, served represent 9 schools in the area; Public and Charter.

Program operates Monday-Friday 3:00pm to 7:00pm. Youth are provided with snack and dinner. All youth enrolled in the GTG program participate in project based learning activities, online adaptive learning tools (Dreambox and Lexia) that focus on math and reading, and also assist in closing the achievement the gap, art projects that are tied directly into STEAM lessons, and general sports and recreation that energize the mind and body. Parents of our youth are also engaged in monthly parent activities like our Parent Café. The Parent Café allows our parents to meet monthly to discuss various topics, and receive resources on topics such as Financial Literacy, self-care, Mental Health, and sexual abuse.

Mary Virginia Merrick

our largest site, is a recreation center located in Ward 8, that currently serves nearly 100 youth on a daily basis

Richardson Dwellings

a housing community managed by DC Housing Authority, and is located in Ward 7.Our programs at Richardson Dwellings, serve both children and their families.

Atlantic Terrace

located in Ward 8, is a housing community owned and managed by Winn Residential subsidized housing management companies. City Gate partners with them to provide onsite out-of-school programs for their residents.


Overland Garden

40 children attend our after-school activities at Overland Garden Apartments in Prince George’s. That number can double for our summer programs.



City Gate has been vetted by the DC Public Schools to provide onside programming – last year at Thomson Elementary with new programming considered for Payne and Beers elementary.