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The mission of John Gill School is to provide an excellent education for ALL students in a collaborative and structured environment that is academically rigorous and joyful, setting students on the path for success in college and in life.
Have a Great Summer - First Day of Instruction August 24
Schedule: Grades k-5 Start Time 8:15 am
                 Dismissal Grade k             1:30pm
                 Dismissal Grades 1-5        2:40pm


Art Program Not Funded Next Year


Dear Parents,


Our wonderful art program, Art 4 Schools will not be returning to John Gill next year. Our parents have supported this program for the past several years with generous donations and fundraising efforts. If you would like to work to save the program for future years, the next Parent-Teacher Organization is meeting Thursday, June 18 at 6:00pm in the John Gill staff room. The PTO accepts direct donations from families in cash or check, every dollar counts.

Save the dates:

Student-Family school orientation:

Wednesday, August 19       5:00-7:00pm for grades k-2

Thursday, August 20            5:00-7:00pm for grades 3-5

Monday, August 24               First Day of School


You can find out your classroom assignment, meet new friends and learn about the John Gill Parent Group from parents and staff. If you cannot attend the orientations on the above dates make an appointment with the school principal during the month of August. All students and families MUST participate in an orientation meeting before receiving a class assignment.

Why Choose John Gill For Your Child?
John Gill is housed in a beautiful, historic building in the middle of the family-friendly Mount Carmel neighborhood of Redwood City.  The school is in the midst of a transformation, with the current academic program undergoing a redesign process led by Principal Katherine Rivera and Assistant Principal Nikolaos Fanourgiakis, and a new Mandarin Immersion program available in 2015-16. 

We believe families are our strongest partners at John Gill.
Families play an active and vital role in the education of their children, monitor academic performance, work with teachers to emphasize the importance of education, and model a commitment to learning.  Because the values and vision for John Gill School are developed with families, parents strongly support our school program.  John Gill parent leaders participate in the life of the school by attending and planning programs, volunteering services, and assisting in the process designed to enhance the aspects of the school.
John Gill offers:
•    An integrated curriculum that focuses on science and social science.
•    A math rich curriculum; teachers in grade k-3 work in partnership with the Early Learning Math Initiative teachers.
•    Parents support dance with dance performances, art with a professional artist and physical education with coaches.
•    Technology, chromebooks and ipads in classrooms with a technology teacher.
Please contact me if you would like to know more about John Gill School or the Mandarin Immersion Program. - Principal Katherine Rivera
Starting in the Fall of 2015, a new "School of Choice" Mandarin Chinese Immersion Program will be offered at John Gill Elementary.  Students will graduate bilingual in Chinese and English, and will follow the California Common Core Curriculum.  The Program will be initially available to pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and 1st grade students, and will continue through 8th grade.
Benefits of the program include:
  • A highly involved parent group working actively on curriculum, after school enrichment and 2nd language support programs alongside top educators, immersion specialists and experts from other successful RWC District Immersion Programs like Adelante Elementary.
  • Diversity and exposure to multiple cultures. The program is targeting an equal mix of non-native and native speaking students from all backgrounds
  • Availability. In and out-of-district residents may apply
More information can be found on the blog of the parents who have been working hard to bring Mandarin Immersion to Redwood City:
John Gill Mandarin Immersion for TK, Kinder and 1st Grade Application Period is November 8, 2014 - January 9, 2015. Round 2 applications are being accepted now. Parents must submit an online Schools of Choice Application.

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