Gates is one of six public elementary schools in the Acton-Boxborough School District. Located in Acton, Massachusetts, our school was built in 1968 and named for Dr. Paul P. Gates, a native of Acton who served as the school system's physician for twenty years, from 1948 to 1968. The Gates School is composed of Kindergarten through Grade 6. All classes are mixed ability grouped and mainly self-contained; however, there may be some degree of cooperative teaching.

School Community

We believe in an environment that is stimulating, interesting, and dynamic; a place where students feel physically and emotionally safe. We believe in cooperation, friendliness, and respectful relationships among staff, students, and parents. Our goal is to create an environment which encourages collaborative efforts between families and school.

Student and Parent Involvement

The Gates School believes that parent and student interest, participation, and involvement are essential to the quality of education. Therefore, parents and community members are regularly invited to participate in and act as resources in learning activities. We seek opportunities for frequent and open communication between school and home. This helps maintain an open decision making process and cooperation with parents in reaching decisions that are in the best interest of the children.

Community Service Learning

At the Gates School, we reach out to members of the community to offer help and support. Teachers and parents organize events in which the students give to the outside community. Some examples include a towel drive for the Acton Home Goods Ministry, Gates Giving Tree Project, Gates School Chorus performing in the community.

Gates Picnic
Gates School Traditions

Carnival  Spirit Days  Book Buddies  Ice Cream Social  Holiday Singalong  Talent Show  Activity Day  Auction  Visiting Authors  Sixth Grade Graduation Ceremony 
 Natures Classroom  Nature Walks  Sixth Grade Play. 

Student Council

Every fall, Gates elects student council representatives from Grades 3-6. Meetings are held before or after school under the direction of parent volunteers. The Student council will periodically conduct school-wide events. Any school issue may be submitted for discussion. Some recent events have been Pajama Day, Spirit Day, Coin Drive for Sterling Animal Shelter. 

Gates Extended Day

The Gates School offers a before and after school extended day program that is run by Acton-Boxborough Community Education.