Our School


Gates is one of six public elementary schools in the Acton-Boxborough School District, 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. 

Growing a Caring Community is the Gates School theme. 

School Report Card

Each year the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education publishes school/district report card. Click here to read the Gates 2022 DESE Report Card

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.

Gates School Traditions

 Monthly All School Community Meetings
 Spirit Days
 Book Buddies
 Ice Cream Social
 Activity Day 
 Visiting Authors
 Sixth Grade Natures Classroom 
 Sixth Grade Send Off

Student Council

Every fall, Gates elects student council representatives from Grades 4-6.  Meetings are held before school. The Student Council members lead our monthly All School Community Meetings.

Accomplishments in the past have included:
 Acton Clothing Drive
 Souper Bowl 
 Two Buddy Benches for the Playground
 Spirit Days - Sports Day; Characters Day
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