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About Gateway Educational Options

Gateway Educational Options (GEO), formerly (SLAS), offers independent study (IS) options to students in grades K-12.

All GEO teachers meet requirements for “highly qualified” as defined in No Child Left Behind guidelines. In addition to the traditional IS programs described in California Education Code, GEO offers parents the choice of a hybrid form of IS known as home study. Home study teachers help parents design their student’s curriculum, which is based on standards developed by the Gateway Unified School District.

This program encourages students to excel in special interest areas and allows for the individualization of curriculum to meet the needs of all students. In both IS options, students are entitled to all services offered in the traditional school setting and, in grades 9-12, students are eligible to join athletic teams at Central Valley High School. In the fall of 2011, GEO relocated to a spacious and modern facility, in the Gateway Learning Center, at 3500 Tamarack Drive, in Redding. Please go to room 16 or 17 for grades 9-12, or room 10 for grades K-8.

Reminder: Our mailing address is:

Gateway Unified School District

4411 Mountain Lakes Blvd

Redding, CA 96003

What We Offer

Books that Cross Borders

Books that Cross Borders is a multi-cultural, multi-age, community writing project. Participants create and illustrate and 8-16 page story. The typed manuscript and illustrations are then bound professionally to create a hardbound, library quality book. The book is free of charge to the participant. For participation, contact Heidi Hillesheim at hhillesheim@gwusd.org


Are you having difficultly understanding the assignment? Need some face-to-face help in math?

GEO offers open tutoring, no appointment necessary, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 11am-12pm.

For more information, ask your teacher of record.


  • Books that Cross Borders
  • Turtle Bay Museum's Famous Artists Program
  • ROP & Work Experience
  • Concurrent Enrollment - Shasta College
  • California High School Proficiency Exam Preparation (CHSPE)
  • Community Relationships:
    • Sundial Assisted Living, Creekside Nursery, GUSD Community Gardening
  • Career/Post High School Exploration
  • Distance Learning
  • High School Athletics
  • Individual/Group Tutoring
  • Multi-age Garden Science (weekly class)
    • Collaborating with UC Davis Extension (4-H) & National Gardening Clubs

GEO High School Diploma Requirements

230 units 

Subject Units
Math 20
Algebra 10
English 40
Social Science 5
Personal Growth 5
World History 10
U.S. History 10
Life Science 10
Physical Science 10
Government/Economics 20
Physical Education 20
Visual Performing Arts 10
Vocation Arts 10
Electives 60

Carnegie Units

  • 1 credit = approximately 15 hours of work
  • 1 college unit = 3.3 high school credits
  • A 3 unit class=10 high school credits

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