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Howard Gardner Community School

Charter | K-8 | 150 students

A caring staff, a safe environment and goal setting for each child.

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12 reviews of this school

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Posted August 25, 2014

This school has potential, but what it really lacks is resources. Do they really only have one copy machine for the whole school? It's impossible to foster the sports oriented students if the only place for P.E. is in the parking lot. The math they use is what my daughter's former school used 2 years ago. I had to pull my daughter out. The teachers are nice, but the school itself needs to be moved
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 20, 2014

My daughter thoroughly enjoyed her kindergarten class with Ms. Elizondo at Howard Gardner. Ms. Elizondo is a creative and compassionate teacher. My daughter was very shy when she started school, but Ms. Elizondo was always positive and encouraging. Not to mention, she's very organized and communicates well with parents by maintaining clear goals and objectives for the students. Among other traits, I saw lots of growth in my daughters confidence this year, and I contribute this to her teacher. I'm so thankful that our family had the opportunity to be a part of Ms. Elizondo's class!
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Posted July 3, 2014

I had to move my daughters from this school. It promised many challenging programs, and its building doesn't have space for PE. The teachers were the only people who were positive. I do not recomend this school for kids who want to have a better education.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 9, 2013

Small Classes-Big Hearted Teachers! My son is in K, my daughters are in grades 7th and 8th. They love their teachers, I love the teaching technique! Rare school with small classes and individualized attention on each student. They focus on their strengths NOT their weeknesses. Im happy to hear they are opening up a high school to match their middle/elementary school services. Teachers stay after class to tutor. Director is always available with her open-door policy. My daughter had a child 'sexually taunting her' and the director took care of it IMMEDIATELY!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 23, 2013

This school is one of a kind. The Teachers and Staff are all very helpful and really take the time to get to know each of the students that attend the school. The children that attend are not just another face in the crowd but individuals who are looked at as unique and their differences in learning, celebrated. I only wish my son had started his school career in such a wonderfully caring and rewarding environment. Thankfully, we found this school and my son enjoys learning again!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 9, 2013

My school is my second home. It is where my children learn and get to experience a one of a kind learning experience, all based on Howard Gardner, Psychologist. It makes me happy and proud to be part of this school thanks to the theory it's based on and all the teachers and staff, specially the Director : Shannon Richardson.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 3, 2013

HGCS is a wonderful school! The atmosphere is so welcoming and positive, the teachers are extremely dedicated to each and every student, and the director pours her heart and soul into the school. The office staff consists of some of the nicest people you would ever want to meet. I highly recommend HGCS!!
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Posted May 15, 2013

It has been a blessing for us as parents because of my two children with special needs, and we did find the help that we were looking for. I only regret that there will be no high school. Keep up the good work .
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Posted April 23, 2013

I rated this school with five stars because are great with the kids. My son has issues with his attention span and they have greatly helped with this situation.
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Posted April 22, 2013

My school is amazing! Parents and grandparents are always at the school helping out. The office staff is always very friendly and helpful. The teachers are amazing. They really care about the kids and they make learning fun! Everybody I talk to say that they are very happy attending this school, or their child is much happier going to Howard Gardner community School.
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Posted April 22, 2013

My school is great. My twin daughters are in the 3rd grade and they have the same teacher. The girls love their teacher. The school has a set set enrollment number of 150 students. This enables the students to be able to have a vioce instead of judt being another face on school grounds. The staff are all nice and pleasant. If there are any special fundraising events at the school all the teachers, director and staff are there participating in helping school succeed. I love this school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 22, 2013

Our school is very unique. The director, teachers, and staff support students and their families in many ways. Teachers are extremely engaging and charismatic as well. Students are able to receive individualized attention and they therefore have more success academically. I have spoken to many students who report having greater self-esteem due to an increase in academic success. Furthermore, many students report having more positive social interactions here at Howard Gardner Community School than at their previous schools.
—Submitted by a teacher

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  • 8:30 am
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  • 3:30 am
  • Coed
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647 E St.
Chula Vista, CA 91910
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Phone: (619) 934-0300


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