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K-5
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Gilroy, CA
Students enrolled: 759
Before care: No
After care: Yes

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8755 Kern Avenue
Gilroy, CA 95020

(408) 847-1932
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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
September 06, 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
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
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
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
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
no rating 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
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
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
March 08, 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
no rating 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
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
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
February 05, 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
March 03, 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
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
June 22, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
February 02, 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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Rod Kelley Elementary School
8755 Kern Avenue, Gilroy, CA  95020
(408) 847-1932
Last modified Rod Kelley Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Rod Kelley Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 18 reviews. Top