My daughter is in the Chinese Immersion Programme and loves it. Teachers and staff at the school are committed to the students' success. Principal Rivera has been very supportive and responsive to parents' feedback and we have confidence that she will be able to lead the school to greater success.
Under Principal Katherine Rivera, the school has blossomed into a cohesive group of outstanding, caring teachers, administrators and care givers. She is exceptional and we're grateful to have her as our principal.
My son has gone from a painfully shy child to a member of the student council in four short years - often presenting in front of the entire school. That never would have happened if John Gill didn't offer a safe, nurturing environment.
Our son is in the 3rd grade at John Gill and has attended school there since kindergarten. We've had a phenomenal experience with the school and my son has blossomed, but not just academically. He's grown more confident and he's created nurturing friendships with his fellow classmates. Katherine Rivera joined the school in the fall as our new principal. She's tireless in her efforts to improve the children's test scores while still keeping the art and dance programs that make John Gill so special. I'm really excited to see the additional improvements that will be made in the coming months and years.
My daughter is part of the pioneer class in the Mandarin Immersion Program at John Gill. There have been fits and starts as there would be with any first year of a new program, but we have been impressed with how much Mandarin (both written and spoken) she has learned in just a few months. On top of this, one of the parent founders of the MI Program has put together an amazing play-based Mandarin Immersion after-school program called PlayThrive. It supplements an existing after-school program provided by the RWC school district, and together, the two after-school programs work well together to provide a fun and educational after-school experience (with activities that include music, dance, kung fu and gardening) until 6pm each day. The RWC school district and entire school (principal, PTO and community) has been very welcoming to the MI Program.