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Rod Kelley Elementary School

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $382,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,410.

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Posted September 27, 2013

As with any school or institution, how involved you are really paints the kind of experience you are going to have. I have a daughter in the dual immersion program and am very active/participate. The teachers are excellent, they have high expectations and follow through. I have always had attentive teachers willing to listen to my inquiries. I would have given five stars if it weren't for the secretaries at the front office. They are nice and try to attend everyone to the best of their ability, but sometimes I feel like they cannot handle the work load and maybe need more staff. There is a disconnect between them and the main offices at GUSD (the secretaries will say one thing on their end and GUSD will say another on theirs so obviously there is miscommunication), I wish there were more clarity. As far as the principal is concerned, the general consensus is that he has a huge chip on his shoulder, but I have yet to experience that with him. I think he has pride in his school but schools also operate on limited budgets, even so the new library is excellent and the new fence is also a comfort for every parent. There is also renovations inside the cafeteria and it looks great!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 2013

My child has attended Rod Kelley for 4 years now. All of her teachers have been amazing. I'm very pleased that the new gates have been installed. My only complaint is the Principal. He walks around never speaking to a single parent or child. He is full of himself and shows no sign of school spirit. 20 years ago Gene Sakahara was the Principal and new every parent and new every students name. He came in to sub for a week and it was the most comforting week my daughter has had in the 4 years. I wish he were still the Principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 19, 2012

This is my daughter's first year at an elementary school and is in Kindergarten. She loves going to school and hates to miss any days. Her teacher is very dedicated and you can tell that she really pays special attention to each child in her class - and there have been many new students assigned to her class since the start of the year. I left out two starts because of the principal. I had my first ever encounter with him earlier today and he spoke to me as if I was a child that got sent to his office after getting in trouble. Instead of simply and politely, especially because I'm NOT a student and a PARENT, stating what it is he had to say and get to the point he starts off by questioning me in a very harrowing manner and stood there as if I needed to explain myself in the freezing cold. He definitely exudes "fear to gain respect" as his way of leading but he ends up just coming off as a bully and a jerk - very sad and displeasing especially if he is the main representative/example of the school. It's a good thing this school has excellent teachers to make up for his lacking.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2012

This school has some of the best teachers who are truly dedicated to the kids. The principal is amazing! He is a hands on principal that knows all 800+ kids on campus. He listens to and supports parents. He is also a big proponent of the parent club and Elac. My kids have both excelled at this school and I can't say enough great things about it. I would agree with a previous reviewer that reading is very BIG at this school however, science and math don't seem to be stressed as much. However, with that said my kids do well in math and science because I encourage and support them at home in both those subjects.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2010

Rod Kelley is a very safe and very family oriented school and I love it! The principal and teachers are always putting the education and safety of the students first. I had attended the school as a student myself and now I have 3 children there, I LOVE this school and wouldnt have my childrens future out into anyone elses hands but Rod Kelleys!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2010

The principal needs to be replaced by someone who takes pride in the school they are in charge of. The school grounds are a mess. I believe his leadership skills are lacking big time. I have had issues with a couple of teachers that have belittled and teased my child. Not pleased at all . my child will not attend this school next year!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2010

My daughter has been attending this school for two years now. I am very pleased with the quality of the teachers. The principal is not nearly involved as he could/should be, however the teachers defiantly make up for his absence. The shool grounds are poor and very unkept. I would think if the principal had pride in his school, he would make a beautiful place to come everyday and the children would then also take pride in it. However, that is not the case. Overall I keep my daughter here because of the wonderful experiences she and I have both had the teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2009

This school has been great to my children. I have a 2 children, who exceed in all area's. Teachers here are great and the principal is very involved with the children. I think he does a great job!! My concern is that although reading is big here, other areas like math and science don't seem to be a top priority. More of this and the school would be great. I am disappointed with the parent involvement at this school! If you are home or have any extra time I feel you should give that time to the school! The more involved a parent is the better their child will do!!. I find if you have a child who exceeds at their grade level, you pretty much need to keep them going with activities and other such things on your own!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2009

This school is ok. The principal is full of himself and not necessarily doing the best for the kids. The traffic gets really bad before and after school. My daughter's teacher this year is great. Last year was not so great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2009

I used to like this school but with more kids coming in around this area is getting really crowded. The staff is polite but they need to improved big time on the traffic during drop off and pick up of the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2008

I have had a great experience with the staff at this school. My daughter is in K and she is learning so much. Wonderful teacher.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 22, 2006

My childs first year at Rod Kelly has been the best expireince for her.The Kindergarden Staff go above and beyond anyones needs, A team of great teachers I can Honestly say I have never seen such effort in a group of teachers to come together at Rod Kelly Kindrgarden has for the education and safety of my child and many others..great team,I look forward to her sencond year as well. Thank you Kindergarden Staff!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2006

Rod kelley has a great neighborhood location within the city of Gilroy. The School offers a varity of special aid programs such as speach teraphy. Music and choir activities, and arts alive program given by volunteer parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2006

Kindergarten and 1st grade so far have been great for my little girl. There is some parent involvement, the teachers are very helpful, accessible and concerned about student's levels. RK is weaker in music and art and extracurricular as it focuses on reading and math. There is no emphasis in science so far (1/2 way into 1st grade).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2005

Rod Kelley has been wonderful for my two children. The teachers and staff are always available to discuss school or personal matters. The principal is very involved with the children and parents on a daily basis making sure all concerns are dealt with in a fair and timely manner. The office staff are caring and concerned with anyone needing their attention. The curriculum has been designed for maximum improvement and learning. The teachers make sure that parents are informed about their childs strengths and weaknesses and are available to discuss ways to guide the children to perform their best. I have been very happy with the overall performance of this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2004

This school needs money to buy books and supplies and I watch the cafateria give out free food to kids, siblings and their parents on a daily bases. The school has fund raisers and would make better use of the kids time if the parents would just write a check for $20.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2004

My child is in first grade at Rod Kelly. In the 2 years she has been there I have been very active in the volunteer program however the school could use more parents. The teachers are top quality, the office staff is amazing my daughter has learned a large amount from the begining of each year to the end of it. The school makes great effort to help the children with extra reading programs as well as any other topic they need. The library on site is fantastic I feel this school is the best in our district I'm glad I made the choice to send my child there.
—Submitted by a parent


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This school's
API score

856

Change from
2012 to 2013

+15

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

7 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

8 / 10


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856

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English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 56% in 2013.

122 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
33%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

122 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
40%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 46% in 2013.

118 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
32%

2010

 
 
26%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

119 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
43%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 65% in 2013.

135 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
61%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

138 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
66%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 60% in 2013.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
62%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
74%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
57%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students51%
Females47%
Males55%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino45%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged41%
Non-economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability53%
English learner34%
Fluent-English proficient and English only75%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate36%
Parent education - high school graduate43%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)67%
Parent education - college graduate76%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students64%
Females62%
Males66%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino59%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged55%
Non-economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability67%
English learner51%
Fluent-English proficient and English only82%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate50%
Parent education - high school graduate65%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)67%
Parent education - college graduate90%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students42%
Females54%
Males31%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino39%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)69%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Non-economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability41%
English learner12%
Fluent-English proficient and English only54%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate29%
Parent education - high school graduate26%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)48%
Parent education - college graduate55%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate64%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students73%
Females77%
Males69%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino70%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)92%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Non-economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability72%
English learner53%
Fluent-English proficient and English only81%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate62%
Parent education - high school graduate78%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)76%
Parent education - college graduate75%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate91%
Parent education - declined to state55%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students78%
Females80%
Males75%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino76%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged70%
Non-economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability78%
English learner49%
Fluent-English proficient and English only89%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate83%
Parent education - high school graduate68%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)81%
Parent education - college graduate92%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate77%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students92%
Females91%
Males94%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino91%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)100%
Economically disadvantaged89%
Non-economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability92%
English learner87%
Fluent-English proficient and English only94%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate92%
Parent education - high school graduate85%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)92%
Parent education - college graduate96%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students68%
Females64%
Males73%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino63%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)100%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Non-economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability67%
English learner26%
Fluent-English proficient and English only81%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate53%
Parent education - high school graduate62%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)76%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students98%
Females98%
Males98%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino98%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)100%
Economically disadvantaged99%
Non-economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability98%
English learner92%
Fluent-English proficient and English only100%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate100%
Parent education - high school graduate100%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)97%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students54%
Females56%
Males50%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino48%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)75%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Non-economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability55%
English learner16%
Fluent-English proficient and English only65%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate44%
Parent education - high school graduate48%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)60%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
Hispanic 85%
White 10%
Asian 1%
Black 1%
Two or more races 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0%

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 56%N/AN/A
English language learners 45%N/AN/A

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 9%N/AN/A
Source: CRDC, 2011-2012

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Gilroy, CA 95020
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