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.
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.
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.
Scores are improving every year. Great principal, fantastic teachers and a fun productive PTA. We transferred from Benchley and glad we made the change.
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.
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!!!
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.
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.
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.
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!!!!
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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.
Great community school with lots of caring teachers and staff!! Lots of enriching extra curricular activities and a WONDERFUL PTA!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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