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  • Gateway STEM High School

    GatewaySTEM Ext        5101 McRee
           St. Louis, MO 63110
           Office: 314.776.3300
           FAX: 314.244.1779
           Principal: Dr. Amy Phillips
           Hours: 7:10 - 2:07
           Grades: 9-12

           Click HERE for a map


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    Growing up, I admired my family’s love for education.  My grandmother was a school cook and my mother was a special education teacher.  In fact, when I wasn’t attending school myself or participating in school related activities, I was in my mother’s classroom working independently with children who had special needs.  I began as a volunteer tutor as I completed my high school course work and earned what would amount to an associate’s degree in child development through dual credit courses at the local junior college. 

    I then attended Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, where I was a member of the cross-country and track teams. I completed my student teaching at Highland High School in Highland, Illinois and graduated in the winter of 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication Education and a minor in English. 

    In 1998, I accepted a job with the Ritenour School District as a teacher in their alternative school.  I worked with 4-12th grade students who were struggling in the traditional school setting. 

    In 1999, I was given an opportunity to run a YMCA facility in the city, and so I left the alternative school to work with children and adults of all ages to build not just their minds, but their body and spirit as well. 

    In 2000, I left the YMCA to accept my first “real” teaching job, teaching Speech, English and Theatre for the Bayless School District in St. Louis, Missouri.  Part of my assignment there included directing 2 plays a year, cheerleading coach, senior class sponsor, drama club sponsor, pep club sponsor, professional development district secretary, curriculum writing, Renaissance sponsor, hospitality committee chair, and a conglamorance of other duties that are inherently assigned to young teachers. 

    In the meantime, I completed my master’s degree in educational administration through Southwest Baptist University. 

    In 2002, the Bayless School District created an athletic director position for me that would compliment my experiences in college athletics, the YMCA and educating kids.  I completed those responsibilities part time and continued to teach part time.  I also found time to teach as part of the adjunct faculty at Sanford Brown College. 

    The following year, I accepted an administrative position with the Hillsboro School District in Hillsboro, Missouri where I spent three years serving as a Building Principal, Assistant Principal, and Activities Director for the District.

    While there, I completed my Specialist Degree in Superintendency with Southwest Baptist University and finished all of the coursework needed to complete my doctoral degree in Educational Leadership through UMSL.

    In 2006, I accepted a position in the St Louis Public School District as Principal at the Williams Ninth Grade Academy. I spent two years there creating a world renowned ninth grade program until the district closed the facility due to lack of funding.

    In 2008, I moved into a central office position working as an assistant to the superintendent in the capacity of director of recruitment and student placement.  This provided me with an extensive background in the magnet school programs and their benefit to the SLPS.

    In 2009, I was given a very challenging yet rewarding opportunity to turn around a struggling magnet school.  At Central Visual and Performing Arts High School, I had the distinct pleasure of utilizing the arts to help motivate and cultivate the minds of hundreds of young people to achieve academic greatness as well as inherent creative talent.  CVPA graduated numerous talents who went on to find artistic success while we also became the 25th best High School in the state.

    While there, I also oversaw 5 other schools as a support principal and somehow still found the time to start another doctoral program with Missouri Baptist and earned my terminal degree in 2011.

    In 2015, I was asked to take another Central Office position as a Network Superintendent overseeing the middle and high schools. I was charged with the mission-critical task of setting and meeting academic standards, developing instructional resources and creating best-in-class educational offerings that address the needs of the district’s students.

    I have been honored to be selected as the recipient of the Peabody Leaders in Education Award, the Teach for America Principal of the Year Award and the Pettus Principal Award during my time with the St. Louis Public Schools. I hold an MS and Ed. S in Education Administration from Southwest Baptist University and Ed .D in Education Leadership from Missouri Baptist University.

    Outside of my work with SLPS, I enjoy serving as an adjunct professor for Lindenwood University’s Educational Administration Program and spending time with my 3 children: Ryder, age 5; Beckem and Bentley, (twins) age 3.

    As you can see, the past twenty-one years have provided me with a wealth of experience in education.  None of which, however, could completely prepare me for the challenges ahead.  Education is a very fluid profession and as the needs of children change, so will I as an educator and leader. I look forward to working with the students and parents at Gateway STEM.

Mission and Vision

  • Our Mission: Science, technology, engineering, and math: Embracing diversity and inspiring critical thinking through innovative career and college pathways.

    Our Vision: Empowering diverse career and college ready innovators to evolve with the world. Learners today. Leaders tomorrow!




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    We have been notified by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the City of St. Louis Department of Health that two District staff members have tested positive for coronavirus, COVID-19. Both are school-based staff members, assigned to two different schools.


    It is our understanding that neither staff member has been in their schools, or any other District building, since before Spring Break. We, therefore, hope the risk of any transmission is very low, however, it is important to communicate this information to all staff out of an abundance of caution.


    Privacy laws prevent us from sharing any additional information. Staff and families at each school have received a follow-up communication with additional information, including how the CDC will investigate ― they may contact the patients’ co-workers and students ― and, alternatively, how to contact the CDC with any pertinent information or questions.


    Thank you for your attention to this matter. Continue to follow the CDC guidelines and keep yourself safe.



    Dr. Kelvin R. Adams

    Superintendent of Schools
    Saint Louis Public Schools

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    I hope you and your families are doing well, staying safe, washing your hands and social distancing. Some important updates from the District related to COVID-19.


    STAY-AT-HOME ORDER / SCHOOL CLOSINGS: This past weekend, Mayor Lyda Krewson announced a mandatory, 30-day stay-at-home order aimed at preventing further spread of COVID-19. In light of this new restriction, all schools in the City of St. Louis have extended their closures through April 22, 2020. This decision will be continually re-evaluated in coordination with the Mayor’s Office and Dr. Fredrick Echols, the Director of the City’s Department of Health.


    MEALS FOR STUDENTS: The District, in partnership with the City and area charters, has developed a meal program ( for families. The City has assured us that we can continue to provide grab-and-go meals at 36 schools in the city. Breakfast and lunch are served Monday through Friday, 8am to noon. The website has a flyer you can download and share in eight languages. The sites are staffed by Southwest Foodservice Excellence.


    SUPPORT HOTLINE: The District has established a direct hotline for students and parents requiring social and emotional support. Please share this information with your families. The hotline can be accessed by calling 314-345-6900 or via email,


    SUPPORT SERVICES FOR STAFF: For social or emotional support, staff are encouraged to access the free, confidential Employee Assistance Program (EAP) through United HealthCare via phone, 1-800-622-7276, or online: Additionally, UHC provides 24/7 phone or video virtual visits with a doctor ($0 co-pay):


    ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: If you, or someone you know (including District families), needs services, such as help with utilities, an internet connection for online learning, assistance for seniors, mental health care or free food for pets, visit New information is being added all the time.


    INSTRUCTION: The Academic team has created enrichment packets to encourage continuous learning among students of all grade levels. These packets are available at meal distribution sites, and they are posted online at We are presently working to set up additional learning opportunities, likely via online platforms. We will have more for you on that this week.


    TEACHER WEB PAGES: One of the best ways to communicate with students and families is through teacher web pages.

    Thank you for your attention to these important messages. Please continue to monitor the District website for updates. We will keep you informed, as we learn more.


    Dr. Kelvin R. Adams
    Superintendent of Schools
    Saint Louis Public Schools

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    To help ensure the health, safety and well-being of our students and staff—and to do our part in trying to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 throughout the St. Louis region—Saint Louis Public Schools will remain closed following spring break. This closure will tentatively end Friday, April 3rd.

     This difficult decision was made in full cooperation and partnership with St. Louis County, St. Louis Charter and St. Louis Parochial schools, all of which plan to follow the same schedule.


    Central Office will be open tomorrow, March 16th, and all Central Office staff (excluding those who are sick or on vacation) are asked to report to work.

     Thank you for your attention and your partnership. Please continue to monitor District email and

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  • Kierra Cotton of Gateway Stem celebrates after the Jaguars defeated Ursuline to win the Class 4 District 3 championship on Thursday, March 5, 2020 at St. Mary's High School in St. Louis.


    Read the story HERE!

    GO JAGS!!!!! 

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  • This Saturday, students from Gateway participated in the SLPS districtwide math competition. Our students put up a great showing, taking home 10 of the possible 15 trophies in our pool! Here are the students that participated:


    Pukar Basnet (1st Place)

    Sun Minsheng (2nd Place)

    Chibale Anwisye (3rd Place)

    Kamela Dervishaj (4th Place)



    Ethan Henning (1st Place)

    Obike Anwisye (2nd Place)



    Alexander Petronilo-Morales (1st Place PERFECT SCORE!!!!!)

    Terrance Snipes (2nd Place)

    Kiet Ly (3rd Place)


    Algebra 2:

    Timothy Schumaker (1st Place)

    Moses Thau Ceu (2nd Place)


    Algebra 1:

    Terrance Cannon (4th Place)


    A special shout out to our geometry students as they placed top 3 out of ALL participants and not just their pool. Thank you to Mr. Ceric for the contest pictures!


    When you see these students, make sure to ask them the most obscure math question you can google, just to see if they can do it.


    Have a great day!


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    UMSL awarded student Hella Momand the OSP Scholarship from UMSL today. There were only 5 students awarded this scholarship. It pays for tuition, fees, books, and housing for all 4 years, equally $100,000!

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    Please join us in celebrating student Sandrea Cogio who has accepted a full ride scholarship to SEMO for track.  Sandrea has been an excellent student here at Gateway as well.

     We wish her much success in her postsecondary pursuit! 


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  • Both our boys and girls basketball teams are playing for the district championships tonight at St. Mary’s!

    The District Girls Championship game between Gateway STEM & Ursuline Academy will be played @ St. Mary's @ 5:00pm. It will be video streamed with commentary and can be watched on your devices FREE.   It may be watched LIVE and/or LATER (on demand). Following is the link to view the game:  District Girls Championship Game

    The District Boys Championship game between Gateway STEM & St. Marys will be played @ St. Mary's @ 7:00pm. It will be video streamed with commentary and can be watched on your devices FREE.   It may be watched LIVE and/or LATER (on demand). Following is the link to view the game:  District Boys Championship Game


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  • What you need to know.....

    Download the form HERE!

    Helpful information from the CDC located HERE and HERE!



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