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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 (Virtual Hours 8:00-3:22)
           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!






  • Dear Gateway Family Member(s):

     We are pleased to announce that school uniforms and apparel can NOW be purchased online and via credit card prior to registration.  

     Uniforms and book bags purchased at the store must be paid in CASH, credit will not be an option.  

     All uniforms will be available for pickup on your assigned orientation day and the first week of school (Reminder: school starts on August 23).  Please note that specialty uniforms for Business Administration, Fire, EMS, Law, and Nursing will be available on or before September 13.

     We hope you enjoy our online store at, .If you have questions, please email me at

     In closing, please have a great rest of your summer and know that we are excited to see you!  

     -Dr. Polkinghorne

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  • Gateway Jags Spring Sports Information! 

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  • The Complimentary 5x7 photographs of the graduation handshake at Busch Stadium are in. You can pick yours up between 8am. And 1:00p.m. any week day at the front security desk.

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    Œ     Tuesday, August 3rd- Seniors 10:00 a.m. Last Names A-K            10:00a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Last Names L-Z

    Œ     Wednesday, August 4th-Freshman 10:00 a.m. Last Names A-K           10:00a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Last Names L-Z

    Œ     Thursday, August 5thJuniors 10:00 a.m. Last Names A-K            10:00a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Last Names L-Z

    Œ     Friday, August 6thSophomores 10:00 a.m. Last Names A-K            10:00a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Last Names L-Z

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  • Gateway STEM HS Summer Sports Camps


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  • Congratulations to :

    Victoria Leto (Special Education Department Head)


    June Berry (Assistant Principal)

    Who both earned and were awarded their doctoral degrees this past weekend through Maryville University.

    We are extremely proud of the work they both completed in preparation for this program and also for our school and district.

     Ms. Leto has been in SLPS for 19 years, with 11 at Gateway STEM.

    Ms. Leto’s Dissertation topic was:  Preparing General Education Teachers to Support IEP Student Learners in Their Least Restrictive Environment

     Ms. Berry has been in SLPS for 23 years, with 2 at Gateway STEM.

    Ms. Berry’s Dissertation Topic was: Implementation of Reading Interventions

     We are excited to have to new doctors in the houseJ

    Congratulations to  these ladies who will from here forward be known as…….

    Dr. Leto and Dr. Berry

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  • New Student Orientation 2021-22

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    St Louis Public Schools Fire & EMS programs adds an Aviation Branch! 

     Recently, the Fire & EMS program acquired a small Unmanned Aerial System (sUAS/ drone) to incorporate into the program.   As everyone knows, drones are becoming more prevalent in today’s society and the Fire Service is finding innovative ways to incorporate drones in their operations.   Drones can be used to provide an aerial view of a fire scene to determine the spread of the fire, monitor fire teams to help promote their safety, assist ins searching for lost/missing people and many other ways as well. 

     St Louis Public Schools Fire & EMS is keeping up with the current trends!  The addition of the DJI Mavic Mini 2 marks the first entry by SLPS to learn to implement the new technology in use by other departments.  

     Currently in the training phase, we plan to teach students how to operate the drone for fire service use in a safe, responsible manner.   All drone operations will be supervised by an FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) certified sUAS pilot and follow the FAA guidelines. 

     Ken Riddle, Paramedic – Firefighter

    Chief, St Louis Public Schools Fire & EMS

    @Gateway STEM High School


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