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Athletics Overview: “Citizen, Scholar, Athlete”

Mission Statement: To physically prepare, and academically qualify our athletes for a scholarship to a college or university that fits them.   For those scholar-athletes who do not desire playing competitive sports at the next level, participation in our athletic program will give them valuable experience in personal fitness, team work, overcoming adversity, and the discipline needed to achieve their personal goals.  We view athletics participation as an extension of the classroom.  What is taught in our school about character, integrity, concentration, and hard work, also applies to sports participation

Athletic Master Plan: Because of this mission a competitive athletic program is offered. Gateway College Preparatory School is one of the few public charter schools in Texas that offers a highly competitive athletic program.  The sports we have chosen to offer are boys baseball, girls softball, boys basketball, girls soccer, boys lacrosse, girls volleyball, co-ed cross country, co-ed swimming, and co-ed track & field.  We have no plans to offer any other team sports, but we are committed to be the best in those sports we do offer.
    
We are a member of the University Interscholastic League (UIL) and the Texas High School Lacrosse League (THSLL). Over 1,000 Texas public schools compete in the UIL making the UIL one of the world’s largest extracurricular youth organizations. UIL member schools are assigned to UIL conferences and districts based on total high school enrollment. Because the UIL does not sponsor lacrosse, we joined the THSLL.  Most of our sports teams have made the UIL/THSLL playoffs, won district titles, and even regional titles.  Many of our athletes have competed in the UIL State Championships, and some have gone on to play at the collegiate level.

Our basketball, baseball, cross country, softball, track & field and volleyball teams compete in UIL Conference 3A (high school enrollment aprox. 200 - 500) against similar size schools such as Jarrell, Lago Vista, Florence, Manor New Tech, Blanco, Johnson City, etc. Our soccer and swimming teams compete in UIL Conference 4A and 5A (enrollment aprox. 500 - 2,000), and our lacrosse teams compete in the THSLL against large club programs and private schools. All of our teams seek the best competition so we schedule non-district games against UIL Conference 3A, 4A and even 5A size schools, and local private and parochial schools in the Central Texas area. 

Students who participate in our UIL/THSLL school sponsored sports may do so during the school day athletic period and receive credits toward graduation. Club team (non UIL/THSLL sports) participants, or those athletes receiving training in sports that we do not offer (gymnastics, hockey, etc,), may also receive PE credit on a case by case basis.