Heard horror stories about Gilroy. Read the great schools reviews and noticed that the review were quite a while ago. I moved to the area and was concerned. I called school and asked to speak to the principal... I was amazed that he was available and answered all my questions. He asked me if I wanted to visit the school with my daughter. He took us for a tour! I was very surprised to see a very neat orderly and clean school. I talked to a few teachers and were very positive and enthusiastic about the school. My daughter is enrolled now and is having a great time! The campus is beautiful...impressed so far!! Looking real good.
The majority of the staff genuinely care about the kids at GHS. Their expectations for students are that they will be productive and creative, caring members of society and many of the staff live and teach by that philosophy.. I've been a teacher here for 17 years and have seen the school change dramatically from being overcrowded with aging facilities and huge teacher and administration turn over rates, to now a beautiful campus with a strong administration team and teachers and students who truly care about the students, school, and each other. I feel the difference daily in my attitude and especially the students' attitudes. A true vibe of pride in ourselves, each other, and our school.
I agree that we do and I have witnessed the students' compassion and empathy countless times over the years. Teachers like Jeff Manker who teaches science consistently provides students with opportunities to care for the environment on a personal and group level. And compassion and empathy is at the core of Janet Lavelle's anti-bullying club. Saying that, I would like to see more community outreach and involvement by the students and teachers . I would love for students to have even more opportunity to really show what they can do in service to society and the world. Wouldn't it be great if each discipline had a particular program for students to volunteer and not only get their service hours, but learn even more what it means to be part of an actively caring society.