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K-5
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San Diego, CA
Students enrolled: 455
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6811 Bisby Lake Drive
San Diego, CA 92119

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(619) 463-0202
(619) 463-0534
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October 29, 2014
This is my neighborhood school, and I am so happy that we decided to attend Gage! Prior to enrolling my daughter in the new Spanish Immersion program last year and actually getting to know the parents, staff, and students, I was wary of Gage. I had heard negative things about it from people whose children do not/did not even attend the school. It seems worth noting as well that when a person has a perceived negative experience, he/she is MUCH more likely to head online and write about it than when one has a positive experience. Over the past year I have spent quite a bit of time in various classrooms and gotten to know many of the students and teachers, and I have only ever witnessed thoughtful instruction, thorough lesson plans, and engaging classroom environments. I also appreciate that Gage is more ethnically and socioeconomically diverse than some of the surrounding schools; it seems as well that the immersion program is bringing together students from around the district and neighboring districts who otherwise may not get to interact.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2014
My son now in first grade has been attending since kindergarten. The staff is amazing... they really seem to care about their students. I am very proud to have my child attend Gage, it is a great place for him to begin his academic experience.

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2014
I am very impressed with the progress and growth I have seen at Gage. My daughter has been at Gage since Kindergarten of 2008 and I must say that tremendous changes have taken place. Their Spanish immersion program seems to be very successful and I am excited to have my son start Kindergarten there in the fall.

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2013
My son is now in 2nd grade and my daughter just started the new Spanish Immersion Kindergarten. I love it and my kids love it too. Running Club is great to teach kids healthy habits. Teachers have been good so far, available and enthusiastic. There are various after school programs (art, soccer, basketball, martial art, mad science) for those who can afford it. And the PTA is working on getting a free after-school Glee Club. Parent Involvement is getting better each year.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2013
Scores are improving every year. Great principal, fantastic teachers and a fun productive PTA. We transferred from Benchley and glad we made the change.

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2013
We moved into this school from another when my son was in Kindergarten. Now he will be starting second grade. It was the best move we could have made for our son. Principal is present at the events. She is very interactive with the students and always makes time to talk to parents. We have been happy with the teachers he has had. He is learning a lot and doing very well in the run club the school provides every morning.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2013
Our family has been in Gage for almost 10 years and every year gets better and better. Our two children have had excellent test-scores through the years, been in art, music, dance & gardening clubs at Gage and have been taught by some of the most caring, creative teachers San Diego can offer. We love the warmth and community feel of Gage's campus and together with the dynamic principal, tireless custodians, energetic PTA and patient teachers our family has completely flourished in our many years in Gage Elementary! We HIGHLY recommend this school!!!

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2013
I have been pleasantly surprised by Gage. I had heard some negatives from people, but haven't found any of them to hold true. My daughter has gone to Gage since kindergarden and each teacher she has had so far is excellent. They each have a lot of experience, seem to really enjoy their job and are easy to talk to. She has excelled so far and I am happy with the education she is receiving. My son is in the new transitional kindergarten and the teacher and principal have been very helpful working with me as it has been a big change for him. I'm very excited to enroll my now 2 year old in the new Spanish immersion program when he is old enough. I also really like how many programs are available during and after school. My kids both enjoy the running club every morning which has just become part of our morning routine and I think it will benefit them forever. There is a diverse group of students that attend which I like. I think it allows the kids to learn about and embrace each others' differences rather than end up becoming prejudiced because someone looks or talks differently.

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2013
Great School! The principal, teachers, parents and students all make up a wonderful educational community. We feel lucky to have this school in our community.

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2013
This is not just a school, it is a source of support, friendship and community. Every teacher we have encountered so far (4th year there) has been outstanding and the least senior teacher on campus has been there over 15 years! The principal is very engaged and knows every child on campus as well as many of the parents. The PTA is strong and open to new opinions, ideas and members....not the stuffed-up group you see at other schools. The campus is nice and clean with gardens that the kids can harvest fruits and veggies from to take home to their families. There are also always amazing PTA sponsored and teacher-lead events that I have never heard of at other schools...the 1st graders went whale watching!! Before you listen to the opinions of people who have never cared enough to see Gage for themselves, take the time to tour and meet some parents and faculty. You will NOT be disappointed. Also, if this is your neighborhood school, remember the benefits of living near your child's classmates. It is a priceless sense of belonging and safety to know that the people in your community are there if you need them.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2013
GHETTO - BEWARE!!!!! This school is full of ghetto kids that come from the HUD housing and cheap apartments across Navajo. These kids act just like their lower class parents, which is SAD. Teach your kids some respect! Stereotyping is just TOO easy to do with this school. Too bad my neighborhood is zoned here, but it's all good because I'm moving. Don't move in this school zone, you'll regret it!!!!

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2013
I was very suspect about sending my son back because I was not impressed with the Kindergarden teacher my son had; however, after seeing to see how my son did in 1st grade, I will say I am impressed with how much he has improved and is doing a fantastic job. The negative reviews on her mostly seem to me like parents who aren't paying a lot of attention to their kids at school. My son loves going to Gage, and he is ahead of his cousins who go to private school at foothills.

- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2012
Seems like the only focus at this school is their PTA. Well the PTA doesn't teach or improve scores. Proof is in the pudding so to say.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2012
The other parents writing reviews are EXTREMELY involved in their children's education, that is why they left. You may not think you need to worry about test scores but when your children go off to middle school you'd wished you'd been more AWARE of the scores. As for me leaving was the BEST thing ever and the same prinicpal was there and unfortunately she did nothing, nor did the higher grade teachers. This will be something you need to figure out for yourself. I on the other hand found out that there is better out there. My childrens education is the most important thing to me. Now my children can know what real GATE educated teachers and structure in a Seminar instructed atmosphere is. The stories aren't questionable, they are fact .

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2012
My two children have attended Gage for the last four years and we love it. I had heard questionable stories about the school from others that had been here years ago with the prior principal but I wanted my children to attend our neighborhood school. If you are interested in test scores alone, then maybe you should take your kids elsewhere. If you want that great small neighborhood school feeling that is getting better every year, than Gage is for you! Parent participation is growing every year too! My child's test scores were wonderful. After all, your child's education is a team effort between you and the teachers...not just the teachers.

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2012
I cannot say enough great things about Gage! The staff and the teachers are an extension of my family. Or a at least it seems that way!! My daughter has had excellent teachers and done extremely well. The school has many free programs and a very well organized PTA. Its all about how you follow up with your childs education in the home. The people complaining on here are probably the parents that are not involved with the school.

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2012
Great community school with lots of caring teachers and staff!! Lots of enriching extra curricular activities and a WONDERFUL PTA!

- submitted by a community member
March 19, 2012
Being a teacher, I know what it takes to make a great school. This school is wonderful. They have strong academics and numerous activities during and after school. I was concerned the first year as the staff seemed complacent and happy with status quo. However, since 2009, Kathy Burns has been the principal and she has made great improvements all around. In addition to after school dance and science classes, they have recently added art classes! In these struglling times for schools with cutbacks to numerous programs, Gage Elementary is a great choice.

- submitted by a parent
December 29, 2011
Gage has provided my two children fine educations. My older daughter was in GATE and excelled, my son is not and has received the extra instruction he needed. Free after school tutoring is a very nice offering that caught my son up to pace by attending 2x a week for 1 hour.

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2011
My kids went here from Kindergarten on, this is bully central I pulled one son out mid year because of the problem and choiced out my other son the following year. They have a new principal now, but the problem teacher is still there. It was a horrible experience for my family.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2011
If you like bullying you will love Gage.Our son was bullied and beat up and we could not get the staff to help us! We had to move our son to another school. We did not understand why so many parents were pulling their children out of Gage untill we had a problem. My sons teacher was abusive and out right cruel. When we complained the teachers retaliated against our son. My son is Gate and we were told Gage does not participate in the gate program because it will make the other students feel stupid!!That hurt my child and held him back!! Now in another school my son is a star student and is getting the treatment he deserves. Gage is rated as one of the worst schools in San Diego so beware before you enroll.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2011
Gage is a great school!! I have 3 children attending since 2008. The teachers are great/roseman, deleon, morton.The best things are also the PTA sponsored activities like the Halloween Carnival, Math,Science and PE nights, movie nights and dances! The principal Mrs. Burns is very friendly and cares about all families and students. My son has been in special day classes since first grade and all the teachers praise and support him. My daughter did not qualify for special classes, but the teachers were on top of it before I could say anything and they still let her attend, knowing that she needs the help no matter what a test may say. I know the API scores are lower than wanted but everyone agrees this school is just as good as Green. If I had to give constructive criticism , it would be regarding the front staff secretaries. "Just give a tiny bit of customer service", it will go a long way.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2011
Gage is a great school!! My daughter attended Kindergarten thru 5th grade here.My son has attended this school since kindergarten and he is now in the 3rd grade. The teachers are great!! The best things are also the PTA sponsored activities like the Halloween Carnival, Math,Science and PE nights, the talent show and movie nights and dances! The prioncipal Mrs. Burns is very freindly and cares about all families and students.

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2011
My daughter is a 1st grader at Gage and she LOVES going to school. Every 7 weeks they recognize students who attend school everyday, are on time, and have good behavior. They attend a "Student Star" assembly and are recognized for their hard work and effort. The school has many family activities (Math, Science, and PE night). There is also an afterschool Garden Club that meets every other Wednesday and a Running Club. The teachers are very nurturing and really care about the students and their academic success.

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2011
We did a lot of research on schools but were too late on our paperwork to get into the school with the highest ratings so, we ended up at Gage...best thing ever!!! The kindergarten teachers are a parent's dream (especially Lori Miller) and so far, the 1st grade teachers have left the same impression. Mrs. Burns, the principal, is always available to discuss your concerns & she truly cares about her staff & students. If you allow yourself, you will have the opportunity to extend your family here, it is truly a community. We have been blessed to make a lot of friends by meeting other parents. The school also has a lot of fun groups & activities. There is a School Beautification group that has planted some beautiful flower and produce gardens with the kids so the students take a lot of pride in the campus. There is a running club that starts every morning 15 min before the first bell. I didn't realize how cool this was until I saw my son learn to love a morning run. He has run 50 miles so far this year! There are family math & science nights,a monthly Principal's Tea (to learn about current school/district news), book exchanges, great field trips (whale watching!). You will love it!

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2011
We moved to Gage from another school in the track with a higher API score as this is our home school. We have been extremely happy with the quality of my child's teacher and the principal, Ms. Burns, is wonderful and trying very hard to improve API scores, attendance, and keep each parent informed and involved. API scores should not be the only measure of a school's worth. This is a very close knit school where you can get to know each other and support one another. The small PTA board does a lot for this school and really cares. My only complaint is I wish there was more parent involvement. But the ones who are involved are super nice and this is a very friendly school. If you are thinking of Gage, I definetly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2010
I have 3 children in Gage elementary and we all loved our school and take pride. The teachers are fantastic as well as academic program too.There are many activities going on during the school year like Science night, Math night, P.E. night, talent shows, spelling bee and many more. We would like to invite kids and parents to come and see.There is a new club on campus where children are working on to make school more pretty, they paint , plant the seeds and take care of nature around the school.We love our school and she will always be a part of our future.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 12, 2010
Great teachers and great kids.

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2010
I could not wait to take my daughter out of GAGE. They academic programs has very low standards. About 60% of the kids in my daughters class had to attend summer school! Not to mention, the teacher has been there for so long she didnt know any interest in her job. Everytime a child would get into trouble the whole class had to pay for it. They never had any class parties because the class always paid for 1 kid's trouble.

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June 25, 2008
Gage Elementary is a good school. My daughter was in kindergarten K-2 in 2007-2008 school year. She enjoed going to school every day. Learning process was fun, creative and covered many areas to prepare children for 1st grade. My daughter's teacher Mrs. Youngman is a great teacher. I wish she could teach my daughter's class K-2 in 1st grade. She is very good: knowledgable, experienced, great personally and much more. Svetlana Hodges Svetlana Hodges

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April 14, 2008
I really like and apprecuiate the Special Day classes and help my son has gotten from Mrs. Guitowsky. She is a very Caring and understanding teacher.

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2007
My Daughter who is now in 4th grade has been attending Gage since last year. We have been very happy with the academic programs and activities at the school. At first I didn't feel I was getting enough communication from the school to the parents, but that is not an issue anymore. We get plenty of newsletters sent home. The teachers are available if we ever have any questions or concerns. We're happy with the after school care on site and cafeteria prices of school lunches.

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2007
I hate to write these types of reviews, but hearing all the parents in our neighborhood complain at this school I was a little pessimistic going in. Our first experience was with the front office staff, moving from out of the area we asked for a tour of the school and were immediately let down. Our first day of school was another let down as the teacher didn't even introduce herself to us and we did not receive any typoe of inofrmation coming in. We could not move our son out of this school fast enough. I hope the Principle reads this note and maskes drastic changes for teh future students.

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- submitted by a parent
no rating March 27, 2006
The quality of the academic programs at Gage are fantastic. The level of parental involvement is very high, and is exciting to see so many parents involved in a public school. I woudl like to see more extracurricular activities.

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2006
Descent programs, some very motivated teachers, School grounds locked after school unfortunately, mediocre parent involvment however those that are do alot

- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2005
Gage elementary is excellent! My son has attended K-first grade there,I have been impressed with this school. The teachers show great interest in the students. The school offers variety in teaching the children. I loved the fact that even in kindergarten they were being taught not just basics like reading/writing/arithmetic, but also science, physical education, and lots of fun in learning. This school has lots of spirit, and kids really seem to enjoy being there. I also want to say that 'running club' is WONDERFUL! I don't understand why all schools don't have this. The kids run laps around a large field to earn tickets to go towards popsicles, running ribbons, and top runner awards. I think this program is an excellent idea to encourage physical activity and a sense of achievement. My son ran 75+ miles over the course of kindergarten! More than my entire life! Gage is great!

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January 26, 2004
Gage is a fantastic school. My daughter is in the second grade and has had three great teachers - Ms. Youngman, Ms. Scott, and Ms. Lindstrom. We look forward to third, fourth, and fifth grade at Gage Elementary.

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Gage Elementary School
6811 Bisby Lake Drive, San Diego, CA  92119
(619) 463-0202
Last modified Gage Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Gage Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 45 reviews. Top