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K-5
Public
Gilroy, CA
Students enrolled: 499
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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325 Santa Clara Avenue
Gilroy, CA 95020

(408) 842-6471
(408) 842-3563
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March 24, 2014
Best school in town. GATE program is OUTSTANDING! Newly renovated, awesome full-time theater program, field trips, and experienced teachers make Rucker Elementary a complete package!

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2013
Awesome school. Could not be happier to be part of the Rucker community. The GATE program is superb. Teachers, staff and student body is amazing.

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2013
Teachers are always willing to help. Great GATE program. Good after school program. Go COUGARS

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2011
I absolutely agree even still till this day I pulled my daughter and decided to home school her bc they ignored all signs of bullying and the clicks are ridiculous never thought I would be dealing with these HS games in elementary including love triangles this school needs to be reevaluated ms yard duty teachers need to go through more exstensive training. If you don't have the heart and patience to teach our young children do us all a favor and don't TEACH!!

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating October 30, 2009
Rucker has the best teachers!!! They care. They're involved! Rucker has great parent participation. They give their time! Rucker has great students...they are curteous kind and caring. The Rucker Way!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 30, 2009
It is a very quaint little rural school where kids from all walks of life come to learn. The staff are engaged and truly dedicate themselves to educate the next generation of children. As with all schools, our little school is suffering and in desperate need of the essentials. Thank you, Marti Wyatt Anshutz

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 01, 2009
I am very pleased with the gate program at Rucker.

- submitted by a community member
May 16, 2009
I am very dissapointed in the principle, the teachers, the staff in general...except Sam... Most of the yard duties are very rude to the children..Ghetto rude.. The teachers, when they do yard duty, are rude. All of the staff need to be reminded that they are there to guide the children to be a contributing member of society, not...it is a dog eat dog world out there everyone is out to get you! No one takes the time to listen to a child or a parent with concerns, They come up with some paloozi of a story and can not get off it.. There are deffinate clicks..If you are not in then neither is your child...which also means the child will lack in education. There are second graders that have no clue what the alphabet is...can not recognize the letters of the alphabet! No special help for themleft behind!

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2009
Both the new principal and the new district leads have brought great changes to this school. The parents are given a full update on what the kids will learn, full year plan and then month to month updates. There is a feeling of competency that is beginning to really show through. The school runs a encapsulated GATE program which really gives the more advanced students an opportunity to excel. While this is not an impressive school from the outside, it shines from within with all the hard work the teachers and students put in.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating February 03, 2008
The new principal is a source of great frustration for both the parents and staff. From day one she has been trying to get rid of the Theatre Arts program and now that the 'honeymoon' period is over, test scores are down slightly. Because of it's location, Rucker has largely been unaffected by problems commonly found at other schools. The teachers are wonderful, excellent educators with outstanding longevity. They do the best with what they are given, even with a principal like this, even the best educators suffer. I give the teacher 5 stars and the principal 1 - for being a warm body.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2007
Yes school has just started but....Rucker is off to a great start with us! They are totally into giving our kids the best possible learning experience with out forgetting other activities the kids need to be kids.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2006
The last 2 years have been extremely tense. The new principal may be what we needed to pick up the spirits of not just the children, but the educators as well as the parents. We are looking to a brighter year 2006/2007.

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
October 21, 2005
Rucker is great if your child speaks only Spanish. Students that are from English speaking homes suffer because classes are intermixed so children from English only speaking homes suffer in learning as the teacher takes time translating.

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2005
My time at Rucker Elementary was a great part of my life. Great teachers, from whom I learned all of the basics very well, great administration, who were always my friend first, and a nice, safe environment all contributed towards a very well-rounded and happy elementary school experience. Under kind and knowledgable musics directors, I learned to play the clarinet while at Rucker and have continued with my music ever since, even though I play the tuba now. Recess and other organized activities were always fun and safe. Lastly, my parents were always invited and encouraged to be a part of school functions. Rucker was a great place when I attended.

- submitted by a former student
March 01, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
January 19, 2005
My daughter attended Rucker throughout elementary school and received an excellent education. Teachers are very helpful. I highly recommend this school to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2004
All of my children attended Rucker School and we have had a wonderful experience there. The staff is outstanding from kindergarten through fifth grade. My kids were in the GATE program and it was wonderful for our family. I think all of the teachers are wonderful classroom teachers. We have never had a problem with the staff, we love the smaller size, and there are a nice mix of kids and families who are loyal to Rucker School. GHS students who went to Rucker are highly successful. I have not been happy with the current principal.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2004
I attended Rucker Elementary School from 2nd through 6th grade (1988-1993) and absolutely loved my experience there. I would highly recommend the GATE program to any parent, as I felt the program did an excellent job of preparing me for junior high, high school, college, and beyond. It made the gap between elementary school and higher learning much more manageable. Thank you Mrs. Krahenbuhl, Mr. Hentschke, Miss Rubio, Mrs. Oteri, and all of the staff at Rucker. You were a part of some wonderful times in my life.

- submitted by a former student
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Rucker Elementary School
325 Santa Clara Avenue, Gilroy, CA  95020
(408) 842-6471
Last modified Rucker Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Rucker Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 22 reviews. Top