Gate City Elementary is recognized as an Idaho Merit School—a classification earned when a school significantly exceeds all accreditation standards and meets the requirements outlined in the merit recognition process. Opened in 1982, Gate City features classrooms surrounding a central media center, minimizing corridor area and architectural barriers. Floors and walls are carpeted, and exterior walls are bermed with earth to a height of five feet for energy efficiency.
Gate City and Jefferson Elementary School are sister buildings, sharing the same design and being built at the same time. Jefferson sits on the west bench while Gate City was built on the east bench. The name Gate City was chosen as a tribute to Pocatello, known as the "Gate City to the West."
2011–2012 Academic Performance
|Gate City Average||District Average||State Average|
|ISAT Reading Proficiency||99.1%||94.4%||93.2%|
|ISAT Math Proficiency||97.8%||89.3%||87.9%|
|ISAT Language Proficiency||Goal Met||Goal Met||Goal Not Met|