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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


Principal's Corner

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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 3; Beckem and Bentley, (twins) age 2.

    As you can see, the past nineteen 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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    “The Pearl Club, an organization that has a mission to educate, empower and
    support each of our young women to overcome poverty by fostering advanced
    educational pursuits is hosting “Paving the Way to Success” a conference to educate,
    empower and inspire young women aiming to pursue higher education and reach their
    full potential."
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  • Poet
    Contest Open Now: Sept 17-Oct 22
    Since 2016, St. Louis has had two youth poets laureate: Bisa Adero and Zack Lesmeister. This fall, we will select our third. A big part of that is getting the word out. Please let your students know about this excellent opportunity to represent the youth poetry movement that's growing in our region. 
    Additionally, you should name one of your students the youth poet laureate of your school. Let UrbArts help with that by emailing us at
    Learn more HERE!
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  • Girls Cross Country Wins Afton High School Invitational! 

    Cross Country

    Justine Edwards 4th place, Aigner Williams 6th  place, Marshaun Bostic 9th place, Kayla Nevils 13th, Aniyah Hutchinson 17th, Keiarra Cotton 21st.

    Congratulations!!! Go Jags!!!!! 

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    Sprint to Join SLPS and Gateway High School
    for 1Million Project Foundation Event on 8.13.18


    High School Students Will Receive Free Devices and Free Connectivity 
    as Part of Initiative to Help Close the Homework Gap


    SLPS will host Sprint for a joint news conference announcing their participation in Year 2 of the 1Million Project Foundation. ParticipatingGateway STEM high school students will receive free devices with free wireless service. Speakers will also be available for interviews.

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  •  GoFundMe: Gateway HS Athletic Equipment


    Gateway High School is the largest urban high school in the St. Louis area. As a product of St. Louis Public Schools, I know what it’s like to walk in the shoes of our students. I have walked the same hallways, and encountered some of the same challenges that our students face today. One of the things that I depended on in high school was sports.  Through sports I learned values and life lessons that made me want to give back to my community. 

    Student Athletes in at risk communities and city schools are often left behind because our school system lacks the resources and equipment of other schools districts.  Other area school districts have the luxury of additional athletic resources.  These resources provide additional funding for coaches, equipment, uniforms, and provide additional support in areas needed. My goal is to give the athletic programs and student population the best opportunity to compete at the highest level and prepare and develop their future endeavors.   

    As coaches, we want what’s best for our athletes, and we want our athletes to compete on the same level as other elite schools in our area. Therefore, it is imperative that our students are given the best opportunities and resources that can be offered.  The goal is to update and add some additional features in our weight room that hasn't been updated in over 30 years.

    Your donation will make a huge difference in leveling the playing field for our athletes at Gateway High School , and may launch them on a path to compete in sports on a collegiate level.

    Thank you for your support!!!! Go JAGS!!!!!


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  • Culture Day

    Culture Day is back at Gateway! 

    It will be held on Friday, November 30th and this year, we are expanding Culture Day to include a morning and afternoon celebration of our diversity and culture! During 1st and 2nd periods, we will hold a "Gateway to the World" Fair in the gym where students and staff will create booths that feature as many cultures and customs as possible. During 4th hour that afternoon, we will hold the performance, where students will perform dances and songs from cultures around the world!

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      Free Scholarship Fair

    SLU is hosting an Infinite Scholar’s Fair on Sept. 23, 2018 on their campus. This is a free event and students are encouraged to bring transcripts, test scores, letters of recommendation from teachers, resumes, and an essay titled “Why I want to attend college.” This event students will be able to apply and receive scholarship dollars on site.  Click on link above for more details. 

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    The CNA Program at Gateway STEM is participating in The Walk to End Alzheimer's on October 28, 2018.  We are raising money to support the fight to end Alzheimer's.  The team has set a goal of $2000.00; 77% of funds collected goes directly yo Alzheimer's care, support, research awareness and advocacy.  Please join us in our fundraising efforts to end Alzheimer's. 

    If you choose to donate or would like to participate in the walk and join our Gateway STEM team you can follow this link  to register. 





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  •  District Bullying PolicyGraphic

    Conduct - Bullying, Cyberbullying and Hazing

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