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K-5
Public
Redwood City, CA
Students enrolled: 465
Before care: No
After care: Yes

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555 Avenue Del Ora
Redwood City, CA 94062

(650) 365-8320
(650) 367-4359
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December 24, 2014
My son is in second grade and we've had a wonderful experience at John Gill. He has excelled at his academics, made great friends and participated in wonderful dance and art programs. The aftercare Reach program is also an amazing and caring resource.

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2014
John Gill is in a great neighborhood and there are concerned people who aren't giving up on it. The campus is lovely, the environment friendly, and we had mostly positive experience there for K-2. Unfortunately, during our time there the multi-age program (the main thing that attracted us to JG in the first place) was taken away. A group of parents fought hard to keep the program but we were overpowered by the district who claimed the mulit-age program was bringing the school down and that big changes had to be made. The next year, no big changes were made and the best teachers left the school. We are not at JG this year (simply because it was not academically challenging), so I can't speak to what is happening there now. However, please note that there is a new principal, a new vice principal (we had no VP before), and JG is on the district's radar as a school in the process of transformation. There are still parents and neighbors who care a lot about John Gill. We are keeping a close eye on its progress, and are hopeful we can join in helping turn it around so that we can send our kids back. There is talk of starting Mandarin immersion. John Gill has a lot of potential!

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2014
we promoted out of this school this year thank goodness!! It started as an amazing school when my oldest began the multi age program however over the pass few years the school has lost all the amazing teachers and has gone down hill bad!! Also if you are not hispanic and do not speak spanish you will have no hope at this school because they only cater to the hispanic culture the last year of the PTA ran but some one who had every child best interest at heart was last year Michelle Masher is now gone and the hispanic mothers have taken that over.. I would not reccomend to anyone

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2014
How can I get a hold of a Staff member from this school if they don't answer the phones? Now im afraid to enroll my son in this school if this is what I'll be looking at if he does go here!!

- submitted by a community member
February 21, 2014
My child went to this school a few years ago and we transfered to Orion Alternative to get a more nurturing environment where active involvement is encouraged. As far as I understand, there is no longer a multi-age option, which is a shame because that was one of the best things about John Gill when we were there a few years ago. Just wanted that to be clear here as many older reviews mention how great the K-2 and 3-5 mixed age classrooms were.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2013
i remembered last year when i got promoted from 5th grade. this school will always be with me. i had the best teachers ever. i always had a great time at this school but now im in a charter school with my best friend from this school. last year i gave a speech on my promotion and all of my teachers thanked me for saying in my speech of how much they helped me with learning even the teachers that were teaching at the moment herd of what i said and thanked me the other day. all i wanted to say was that John Gill was such a great school to be in as a student.

- submitted by a community member
September 30, 2013
Sorry, I meant to say that the school'scounselor did not know how to talk or how to work with kids,not the school psychologist.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2013
John Gill School is a good school which is increasingly specialized in serving the needs of English as a Second Language students, who are largely from Mexico. This is a difficult task, and the principal is very dedicated to all the students, and very friendly and energetic. Bullying and other bad behavior is well controlled, but there are a few rough kids. Lunches are not well supervised, usually by one teacher handling 60-odd children. PTA is vicious and represents the long term local town parents, resisting the new nature of the school. These are generally the parents who are involved, however. Parental involvement beyond PTA is not really welcome, in general. Parents who want to be involved should look at Orion Alternative School. A substantial number of teachers are burned out, a few excellent, and turnover high. This affects all students at some point. The school has a few of the old 'performing arts' programs left, a wonderful dance program, pianos, etc. This can be a good school, with luck in teachers. Nice campus and location. Decent sports. For middle or high achieving students, there is much time wasted. Hopefully will improve, much potential.

- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2011
This school has excellent teachers that really get to know the students needs and work with each child in a caring enriching environment. The Principal, Josh Griffith has been a great asset to this school! He has a great relationship with both the teachers and parents of this school, and really understands the all around needs of every student.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 18, 2010
We love John Gill. We have a vibrant community of dedicated parents, teachers, staff and students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 17, 2010
We love John Gill! Our daughter really loves her teacher.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 11, 2010
I LOVE our school because we have AMAZING teachers, a multi-age program (K-2 and 3-5), and most of all because we incorporate the Performing Arts beautifully.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 10, 2010
I love the great sense of community in our school. I also love the K-2 Multiage Program and the ability for my child to learn at her own pace and be challenged daily.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 10, 2010
The school is great because of the multi-age environment and the dedicated teaching staff.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 10, 2010
because of it's great K-2 program and 3-5 program. Along with committed teachers and a wonderful principal. The hardwork and dedication of the teachers and principal together make this a wonderful school to go to. Especially the involved PTA.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 10, 2010
The teachers are great. My two boys are in the K-2 program. My more mature 1st grader is challenged. My young kinder is nurtured.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2010
Both daughters have loved the K-2 program. Another has graduated to the 3-5 program. We especially love the staff, the dance program, and the 'small-town' atmosphere, even though we're in the suburbs.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 10, 2010
Great school, my child loves her class and teacher.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2010
Beautiful school with great teachers! My daughter loves her school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 28, 2010
I love John Gill because of the wonderful teachers. The multi-age program gives a great opportunity to the older kids to mentor the younger ones. My son loves going to school every day!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 26, 2010
I love John Gill School because of the multi-age program where older children have an opportunity to mentor younger students. The performing arts program provides students with exposure to the arts as a complement to the classroom curriculum. The teachers are very experienced and care deeply for the students and the school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 25, 2010
because the school helps the kids gain confidence in themselves and allows them to explore different areas of scholarship with all the programs available to them at the school.

- submitted by a community member
April 24, 2010
I love John Gill School because there are such dedicated teachers for these greatkids.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 24, 2010
John Gill give parnents a full range of teaching styles an emphasis bases on a childs strengths or challenges. The individual teachers passion fills the staff with the energy and pride it takes to successfully teach in the challenging environment. Diversification and mixed grade classes build relatinships and community that will enhance our childrens' confidence, freinships and network as they become young adults and beyond. Parent involvement will continue to be necessary if we care about supporting our children and teachers and wish to compete at a national and global level.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2010
It is a dedicated to helping students do & be the best they possibly can

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 24, 2010
When students track with the same teacher for three years, as they do at John Gill, there is a chance to build a strong learning relationship that allows children to grow and teachers to teach to the individual child. This is only one of the things I love about this school. The teachers are passionate and have a long tenure at this school. I am sad that my child will be graduating this year, but know that he is prepared for junior high because of his experiences at John Gill.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2010
The multiage and performing arts program at John Gill is amazing! The community their is amazing as well. Great teachers, parents and students. This school is one of very few that offers a quality education to each and every child, regardless of their ability level. Below average, average, above or special needs, this school will have your child feeling amazing each day and will provide them with confidence in their learning and in all areas of life. I also love how the school has an amazing K-5 grade deaf and hard of hearing program on campus and how they are integrated in all that the general ed students do.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 23, 2010
My daughter is a Kindergartener and We love this school. The K-2 program is wonderful the teachers are great, and the principal is amazing.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2010
J. Gill's multi-age philosophy serves the children in the program very well. The parents are engaged and involved, the teachers invested and the new principal supportive. Plus, the 1940's era architecture makes the environment pleasing as well!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2010
I am a teacher at this school. The students are active learners, polite, studious and downright fun to teach.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating April 23, 2010
My nephew attends this school and is really thriving in the multi-age classroom. He loves his classmates, teachers and activities. Thanks for the great environment you have provided for him. My niece will be starting kindergarden there in the fall as well, and she is very excited about it!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2010
John Gill is the home to the Redwood City School District Deaf and Hard of Hearing Total Communication Program. The teachers and students see no difference between the Hearing students and the Deaf and Hard of Hearing students. The warm and welcoming environment is not only wonderful for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, it is wonderful for ALL students.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2010
K-2 teachers are great help not only to each child but to the family and always willing to look for a way to make things work.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
John Gill Elementary has a warm inviting feeling, where everyone is welcome, it like home.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2010
We love John Gill. It's a great community. All of the teachers are engaged with all of the kids. The teaching style is creative and my daughter loves the focus on dance and performing arts.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
This school has a community/family feel when you volunteer in the classroom or at events. I love how involved the parents are allowed to be in their child's learning. The teachers are approachable and knowledgeable. I also LOVE the multi-age classroom. It has been fantastic for my son and I look forward to my other children attending here as well.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
Such a sense of community and such dedicated teachers. I love that they're helping children to be well-rounded and to try things like dance, gardening, art, etc.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2010
I love John Gill and the multiage program. Our principal is amazing, she is really dedicated to the students and teachers. We have a great community of parents and teachers who really care about the school and our dance and art programs are fantastic!

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2010
John Gill has many wonderful, caring teachers who want to help all children. There are many great learning opportunities and the k-2 multiage program provides many benefits for all grades. My daughter loves the school and can't imagine going anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2010
We have not been happy with this school. The teachers are caring but it seems like the kids watch a lot of movies.

- submitted by a parent
November 25, 2009
Our son has been at J. Gill since Kindergarten and is now in 2nd grade. He has been with the same teacher the whole time. We think very highly of her and very much appreciate how in touch she has been with our son's learning style and success, but more than that - feeding his love of learning. As with any school the teacher is a huge part of the experience. He has been in a combined K-2 classroom and that has worked well for him. The new principal, Amanda Kemp seems very invested and is taking charge of the school. I love everything she has contributed so far - 'character awards' weekly, she's vigilant about campus security, has protected the multi-age program and is re-doing the main office, etc. so it actually looks dynamic and professional.

- submitted by a parent
November 13, 2009
My daughter is a first grader in the K-2 program at John Gill and has really thrived there. I have been very impressed with the new principal so far this year. The communication to parents has increased, the campus looks much more organized and the teachers seem happier this year. The PTA is great and really bends over backwards to help and to include other parents. I think the school was struggling for awhile, but through the partnership of involved parents and committed teachers, the future is bright for John Gill and the students there.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 03, 2009
I love the multi age classroom, for my grand daughter. Mr. T is a great teacher.

- submitted by a community member
October 02, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2009
Our oldest son is now in his second year at John Gill and we are really pleased with the school and our sons progress. He is in the K-2 program and in first grade. Both years he has had the same teacher and many of the same student/friends in the class. Our son has learned quite a bit from the older students in his first year as a kinder and it definintely enhanced his development. We can directly see that his educational development has been positively impacted by the older students. We talk with his teacher regularly about about the class, curriculum, his progress and happiness in the group. His test scores are very good. The PTA does a great job suporting the prinicpal, teachers and staff-and the PTA does a great job in developing and operating programs that are successful in raising money for the school and students.

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July 17, 2009
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June 02, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2009
What's with the horrible testing scores? I liked John Gill the first year we attended but I am pulling her out this coming fall! I have had several phone calls asking for the principle or teacher to call me back & nobody will! I want to be part of my childs education and volunteer my time but nobody will contact me. PTA is seriously stuck up too. Done with this school, too bad because it is so close to home but not worth the troubles I have experienced in the past 4 months.

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March 14, 2009
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February 12, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating December 08, 2008
This was a wonder full school like 4 or 5 years ago but now is getting worse and worse instead of getting better or staying in the same is going down very very quickly and but the surprise of elementary schools in the town with less than 400 students since like 2 years ago we have 2 principals and is when the school have been worse.

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2008
i onestly can say that this is a diffrent school i think its a good school but i also think the teachers dont pay inof attention to the students and i would never send anther of my kids to that school again. p.s.i dont enjoy the PTA mettings.

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2007
[My son] has been in the K-2 program from K through 2nd. He went to preschool through the Head Start Program at both the Redwood City and E. Palo Alto locations. He showed signs of learning disabilities at an early age. He received help early on, but really started to show the most improvement recently through the help of the K-2 program offered at John Gill. With the help of his wonderful teacher, Ms. Rolla he has finally connected learning to fun. He comes home from school excited to do homework, excited to read, help other children, sing, dance, interact with people, and shows signs that his self esteem is improving. The K-2 program gave my son the extra time, attention and help he needed to get through the most difficult years of learning. The K-2 program teaches children about respect, nutrition, music, reading, writing, discipline, guidance, attention, confidence, strength, skills, and physical education. My 8 year old son talks to me about the importance of eating right and getting enough exercise. He has made a truly amazing change in his life at an early age.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2006
John Gill is a gem of a school. As a performance arts magnet, the school offers dance and music to all children. It also has an outstanding K-2 multi-grade classroom program. Children in those classrooms have an integrated thematic curriculum that is based on a changing performance arts/poetry theme. It has been taught and spear-headed by a team of 6 seasoned teachers who work closely together. Children are ability grouped in the afternoon by subject matter area across the 6 classrooms and are constantly assessed and moved according to their progress. Because Kindergarterners are dismissed at noon, the class size is reduced to 12 for 1st and 2nd graders -- another added benefit. API and test scores while not the highest in the district or area, reflect the diverse demographics of the school. Compared with schools who have a similar demographic, this school is ranked a 10 by CA.

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February 07, 2006
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October 20, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2005
We've been so happy with John Gill School! Our eldest child is going into 1st grade, our second will be entering kinder this year. The K-2 program is outstanding, offering older children the opportunity to mentor younger students, and offering the younger kids the opportunity to see their older peers succeed. The performing arts aspect has allowed my daughter to not only get some good exercise (dance class happens weekly), but also has helped her 'come out of her shell' a bit -- she's much less shy than she once was, and she loves to perform with her classmates! The onsite afterschool program run by the CDC is also excellent. The kids get to do crafts, play outside, eat a healthy snack and get help with their homework if they need it. We're happy public school parents (both college educated ourselves)! Teachers are very excited about the new principal this year.

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2005
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- submitted by a teacher
May 16, 2005
I love John Gill! The K-2 program is what drew us to that school. The school's devotion to art amd music and technology also makes it unique in Redwood City. We loved the small community and the high parental participation. We were confident in all of the K-2 teachers and were very pleased with our son's experience.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2005
My son has attended John Gill since he was in Kindergarten. I have to say that I very happy with the school's program and staff. I love the diversity at the school, from different socioeconomic background and ethnicities. Diversity is very important to me since my son is biracial. The teachers are great and most parents do their best to help out the school.

- submitted by a parent
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John Gill Elementary School
555 Avenue Del Ora, Redwood City, CA  94062
(650) 365-8320
Last modified John Gill Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 2 out of 10 based on academic quality.
John Gill Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 61 reviews. Top