The main objective of our family and consumer science program is to positively influence our students' nutritional and financial decision making through a cross-curricular, hands-on approach. Building nutritional knowledge and skills encourages our students to make healthy eating decisions because they become keenly aware of the contents and costs of food options. While at Gates students integrate their experiences from mathematics and science classes into the foods lab environment via Paxton-Patterson’s Growing Up Ready interactive technology-based modules (Math in the Kitchen® and Science in the Kitchen®). The introductory Experimental Foods course at the high school is an elective class designed to teach basic food preparation skills with sound nutritional choices as the core underlying theme. Advanced high school culinary arts courses complement social studies and history curriculum by connecting how migration and immigrant groups have influenced American and international culture, customs and cuisine. Understanding historical developments, cultural traditions, geography,climate, etc. are essential to broadening a student’s culinary and historical insight. High school business education courses such as Economic Concepts and Independent Living afford students the knowledge and skills necessary to obtain, manage, and evaluate financial resources to become savvy consumers and financially autonomous.

In addition to Family and Consumer Science programming during the school day, the following supporting/extension opportunities are also available to enrich student experiences:

  • Gates MCAS Café
  • Interdisciplinary Empty Bowl Project
  • Community Service Activities (Pumpkin Breads baked and donated to the Senior Center and Holiday treats to the Scituate Food Pantry)
  • Culinary Arts Career Exploration


  • Grade 7 & 8: Receive approximately 30, 45-minute classes.
  • Grade 9 – 12: Have the opportunity to experience Family and Consumer Sciences programming if selected as an elective.


Jenn Wade Baker

Scituate High School

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The Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP), an organization of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, was established in 1994 to improve the nutrition and well-being of Americans.

The John C. Stalker Institute of Food and Nutrition

The John C. Stalker Institute of Food and Nutrition (JSI) supports healthy students and schools in Massachusetts with The A-List, an up-to-date and ever-expanding list of vending and snack products that meet the Massachusetts Nutrition Standards for Competitive Foods and Beverages in Public Schools.

TeenHealth Food and Fitness Information


This is a place for teens who need honest, accurate information and advice about health, food, fitness, and life. TeensHealth is accessible 24 hours a day so you can get the doctor-approved information you need to make educated decisions.

United States Department of Agriculture Partnership For Food Safety Education

Fight BAC – Fight Bacteria! An excellent resource for a variety of food safety related questions as well as a great educational tool for students, families and teachers!

Hungry Girl

A great website for both males and females that assists people adults in making modifications to their diets, recipes & overall health.