Step One: Online Application

Click here for the online application portal

Click Create an Account

Complete an application for ADVANCE within the portal

Step Two: Download & Complete Forms

  • Applicant Form (on FACTS)
  • Authorization for Disclosure
      – All mental health providers and last high school
  • School Transcript and Records Release
      – For last high school only
  • Teacher Recommendation Forms
      – For students graduated in the last 24 monthsDownload necessary forms here.

Step Three: Gather Necessary Documents

  • Photo of Applicant
  • High school transcript(s)
  • College transcript(s) if applicable
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Current pyscho-educational evaluation

Step Four: Pay Application Fee

There is a $300 non-refundable application fee, paid through the online application portal.

Step Five: Submit All Materials

Return all forms & materials

Fax: 713-659-7901
Mail: ADVANCE Houston
C/O Gateway Academy
3721 Dacoma, Houston, Texas 77092

Step Six: Schedule a Visit

The final step in the application process is scheduling a visit.
Please contact our Executive Director to schedule your visit:

Scott Adams, Executive Director

The primary focus of ADVANCE is to provide an environment that offers students real world transition experience with skilled, professional oversight. Fees are paid as shown below with the exception of the “room, board, and expenses.” The student pays these from an account set up for this purpose and funded monthly by the parent or sponsor. When the student obtains employment, their income offsets these expenses.


Fee Amount Due Date
Application Fee $300 With Application
Enrollment Fee $1,000 One-time fee with Contract
Technology Fee $1,000 One-time fee with Contract
Additional Fees $170 Monthly fee for phone & fitness
Tuition $44,000 With Contract
Room, Board, Expenses Fee variable Funded monthly according to student’s budget

Student living expenses such as rent, food, transportation, and leisure expenses are reviewed in a planning meeting.  This short discussion scheduled after the initial enrollment will allow us to set the student’s budget. Monthly budget varies on student’s dietary habits, medication, and apartment selection, but typically falls between $1,700 to $2,000 monthly.

For any questions or concerns, please contact Michelle Henderson
Phone: 713-659-7900
Fax: 713-659-7901