Gateway Academy, the Valley’s Top School for Autism, is Ready to Start the New School Year Off by Welcoming the New Director of Education, Anthony Terrill

A new school year is about to begin and with it, the welcoming of a new Director of Education who will bring a fresh perspective.

With a new year comes new opportunities for learning, for growth, and for connection. With that in mind, Gateway Academy, the Valley’s top school serving students diagnosed with High Functioning Autism, is proud to announce its new Director of Education, Anthony Terrill.

Terrill will be filling the role with years of educational experience after beginning his career as a physical education teacher and since devolved to hold positions such as Dean of Students, Vice Principal and Principal at many schools throughout the valley.

Terrill received his bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of Arkansas and his master’s degree in Education from Texas A&M Kingsville. He is accomplished in a variety of areas having worked and volunteered with youth for many years with an emphasis in behavioral health, social work and education.

With an educational philosophy based on his belief that all students can learn at a high level, given a positive learning environment, strong and knowledgeable leadership, a committed and focused educational team, an encouraging community and a supportive household, Terrill will be a great asset to the Gateway Academy team.

“Gateway Academy is a school like no other and I am excited to be able to join a remarkable school and community that strives to provide a great education and experience for its students. The staff have been extremely welcoming and encouraging as I make the transition into the role,” said Terrill. “I am most excited about getting the opportunity to enhance the educational experience for the students, staff, and families here at Gateway Academy.”

Gateway Academy is an established leader in educating Twice-Exceptional students and students with High Functioning Autism for grades 6-12. Gateway highlights a curriculum that supports academic, social and emotional development. Gateway has the staff that makes them the number one choice for families with who have been diagnosed with High Functioning Autism.

Gateway currently has open enrollment for the upcoming school year and is offering free tuition through scholarships. As an accredited, non-profit school, Gateway Academy accepts both Empowerment Scholarships as well as State Tax Organization Scholarships. They encourage parents of prospective and current students to visit their ESA Parent Support page, where they can find a list of eligibility requirements.

Gateway faculty will be returning on July 5th, with an Open House and a “Meet the Teacher Night” on July 8th, and the first day for students is set for July 11th. Students will dive into STAR Assessment sessions at the end of July and beginning of August, and Curriculum Night is scheduled for August 18th.

For more information about enrolling at Gateway Academy, call (480) 998-1071 or visit


About Gateway Academy

Gateway Academy was established in 2005, and offers a private education for students, in 6th through 12th grade, with a diagnosis of a Level 1 Autism Spectrum Disorder, and students who are Twice-Exceptional. The school operates a year-round program from July – May of each year, and enrollments are accepted throughout the year.