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Gateway College was established in 1997 in a converted house with 33 students and 8 members in the tutorial staff. In January 2005, the school decided to change from Gateway International School to Gateway College signaling a new era in the history of the school and in the International School System of Education in Sri Lanka.

In 2013, a decision was made to change the school motto from ‘Gateway to Knowledge’ to ‘Gateway to Learning’. The decision that was taken after much thought, signifies our vision in educating our children as we believe that the one skill that will be required for the future, is the skill of being able to learn.

Provision of learning of the highest global standards while retaining the culture of the land was the raison d’etre for the establishment of Gateway College. Gateway proudly proclaims that it is an international school in a Sri Lankan environment. The school has taken meaningful initiatives to inculcate in the minds of children, be they Sri Lankan or of other Nationalities, a sense of belonging and love for their Motherland and respect for its customs, norms and values.

Students engage themselves in daily religious observances and a variety of religious, charitable and social service activities throughout the year. All Gateway students are exhorted to pay obeisance to their parents daily according to the customs of the community they belong to. The student teacher relationship in the school is essentially friendly and the management style is firm, friendly and fair.

2020 Moving to a hybrid model of teaching and learning. Even in a challenging year Gateway thrived due to its early embracement of technology.
2019 Unveiling of the state-of-the-art 50m pool, equipped to Olympic pool standards, at Gateway College Negombo. This is the first of its kind in an International School.
2018 Gateway College Ratmalana was opened, bringing a state-of-the-art football ground and modern pavilion to the Dehiwala and Ratmalana schools.
2013 Gateway College Dehiwala was established as a result of the acquisition of the American International School, Dehiwala by the Gateway Group, and its amalgamation with the Gateway College Bambalapitiya school.
2009 The remaining sections of Gateway College Kandy were relocated to the new site. Expansion of Gateway College Bambalapitiya to include Year 7 and Year 8.
2007 Gateway College Negombo opened at a scenic location between Negombo Road and the lagoon. Since then, the school has thrived and expanded at a rapid pace and acquired several adjacent blocks of land to accommodate the expansion.
2005 Gateway International School became Gateway College, and was relocated to the new and current premises of Royal Gardens, Rajagiriya.
2002 The Foundation section of Gateway Colombo was moved to 175, Castle Street, Colombo 8. Similarly, the Secondary School expanded further at Rodney Street, Colombo 8. Gateway College Kandy, expanded its premises from Anniewatte to Asgiriya, where the school's foundation and Key Stage 1 sections were housed.
2000 The first purpose-built building, on 1st Lane off Gothami Road, was completed and named the "Millennium Tower" as it was completed in year 2000. The school grew rapidly in number from its humble beginnings.
1999 Gateway acquired the Kandy International School, which later became Gateway College Kandy. Establishment of Gateway International School Bambalapitiya at Vajira Road.
1997 Gateway College, then known as Gateway International School, first opened its doors to 33 students who were supported by eight teachers. The school then operated from two locations with the Secondary School at Rodney Street and the Primary School at Gothami Road.