Overview of City Gate

Blended/Adaptive Learning

Our high quality blended learning program integrates face-to-face learning with technology-based and digital instruction. Learning takes place in a classroom environment through a personalized learning and interventions to help students close accumulated grade level deficits. Our comprehensive programs lay the framework for school readiness and help students develop skills to ensure academic and life success.

Expeditionary Learning

City Gate has provided a space where students have the opportunity to engage with subjects not taught in D.C. Public Schools. Youth can access important social, cultural, and intellectual capital for students to succeed in school and life. City Gate will provide between 15-20 days of offsite activity when school is not in session, essentially varied educational expeditions designed to keep students interested and engaged. Trips range from indoor (Smithsonian Museums) to outdoor (National Zoo, the Rock Creek Nature Center, and Planetarium).

Parent Engagement

We engage parents to remove barriers and support learning in the home. Parents are encouraged to volunteer at the sites with the children to build and develop relationships.


STEM focus (science, technology, engineering, and math) engages children in hands-on learning, critical thinking skills, and career opportunities where resources are not accessible to disadvantaged youth.


21st 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 public and charter schools in the area.

After schools programs operate Monday-Friday 3:00pm to 7:00pm and summer programs operate Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm. Youth are provided with a snack and dinner. All youth enrolled in the GTG program participate in project based learning activities, online adaptive learning tools that focus on math and reading to 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 D.C. Housing Authority, and located in Ward 7. Our programs at Richardson Dwellings, serve both children and their families.

Atlantic Terrace

A housing community located in Ward 8 that is owned and managed by Winn Residential subsidized housing management companies. City Gate partners with them to provide onsite after school programs for their residents.


Overland Garden

40 children attend our after school activities at Overland Garden Apartments in Prince George’s County.


DC Public Schools

City Gate has been vetted by the DC Public Schools to provide onsite programming – last year at Thomson Elementary and new programming at Payne Elementary where 30% of the children are from the D.C. General’s Family Homeless Shelter.