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Gardner Academy the neighborhood school for you!

Two academic programs offered:

  • Structured English Immersion (SEI) – offering one class at every grade level.
    Teachers modify their instruction and employ strategies to make the core content understandable for English Learners, helping them maintain grade level competency.
  • Two-Way Bilingual Immersion (TWBI) – offering two classes at every grade level.
    The TWBI program features native Spanish-speaking students as role models for English speaking students in primary grades. During the Academic English Language class (20% of each class day), English speaking students become the role
    models. The language model grows over the years with more time each year devoted to learning the English language

Percentage breakdown by grade:
K-1: 80% Spanish: 20% English | 2nd -3rd: 70% Spanish: 30% English, | 4th – 5th: 50% Spanish: 50% English.

502 Illinois Ave., San José:

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March 7th,
April 4th and 25th,
May 30th

Please RSVP Amparo 408-535-6225

Your voice is important! Every family matters!

Do you feel welcome when you visit your child’s school?
Are you satisfied with how your child’s school communicates with you?

Pleased with the academic progress of your child?

Help us reach the ambitious goal of 100% response rate to our climate survey.

You can make a difference.

Share your thoughts on our schools and your child’s education
experience by taking a few minutes to complete this year’s survey.

Go to our survey link:
and use the survey password: parentsurvey2019

Understanding the California School Dashboard

Does your school measure up? Find out using the California School Dashboard.

Hear from California State PTA leaders about this resource for families and schools. The California School Dashboard was released last fall and a new and improved Dashboard is on its way.

It’s mobile friendly, has new information and is translated into Spanish. The Dashboard is becoming the go-to place to find out how well your school and its students are doing, and where improvement is needed.

This brief webinar will show you how to access the Dashboard and how to use it to identify questions that need asking. We’ll also talk about how to get answers to those questions.

Join our webinar discussion on Wednesday, December 12 at 6 p.m.

Register today to learn more about this important resource from the California Department of Education:


Guidance on Student Walk Outs and Marches

We’ve heard the voices of our members – the hundreds of thousands of parents, teachers, students, administrators and community members who are outraged at the senseless shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida that took the lives of 17 students and faculty members. Our students across the nation are using their powerful voices to ask for meaningful policy changes at the state and federal level to address the all too common issue of gun violence that is affecting them in the place they should feel safest: their school.

The following are walk outs and marches we are currently aware of:

  • On March 14, students and teachers are planning to walk out of their schools at 10 a.m. local time for 17 minutes to honor the 17 lives lost at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. This event is being planned in part by the organizers of the Women’s March
  • On March 24, the kids and families of March For Our Lives will take to the streets of Washington, DC. March For Our Lives is created and led by students across the country
  • Another National High School Walkout is planned at 10 a.m. on April 20, which will mark the 19th year since the shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado.

California State PTA supports the rights of students to express themselves on campus through organized demonstrations, but believes that care must be taken to ensure the orderly operation of the school is not disrupted and the physical safety of students is not threatened. Leaving during school hours to attend an off-campus demonstration places the student outside the safety zone of the school and unnecessarily jeopardizes that school’s education funding.

We entrust our students to their school leadership to ensure a safe environment for their voices to be heard. Be sure to talk with your local school district about possible student demonstrations that may affect your school or community.

Take Action to End Gun Violence: March 14 “Call Out” to Federal Legislators

On March 14, students across the country are planning to “walk out” to make their voices heard. California State PTA is asking for your help to “call out” our federal legislators and demand action.

Stand together with the voices of students and call your federal legislators on March 14 to demand stronger gun-violence prevention legislation including:

  • Prohibiting the sale and possession of assault weapons including automatic and semi-automatic weapons
  • Mandatory background checks
  • Waiting periods for all firearm purchases.

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Silicon Valley Reads 2018

Silicon Valley Reads is an annual community program that selects books focused on a contemporary theme and offers free events throughout Santa Clara County to engage the public in reading, thinking and discussing the topic.
Books selected for this year:
  • Adult: My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward – Mark Lukach (memoir)
  • Adult: Goodbye Vitamin – Rachel Khong (novel)
Kick-off Event: Thursday, Feb 1, 7:30 pm, Cupertino
More information at Silicon Valley Reads

Reflections Reception – “Within Reach”

Please come celebrate our talented students. All are welcome to attend.
Reflections Reception will be held on Thursday, January 11 at Santa Clara Office of Education.
  • 6:00 – 7:00 – Gallery/Open House
  • 7:00 – 8:00 – Awards Ceremony
Santa Clara Office of Education, 1290 Ridder Park Drive, San Jose. [map]
Questions? Please email Susan Canty, Reflections Chair.

National Arts in Education Week September 10 – 16, 2017

Whether you are a student, educator, parent, organization or principal, you can find a way to celebrate the arts in education during National Arts in Education Week!

The arts are an essential part of a complete education, no matter if it happens in the home, school or the community. Students of all ages – from kindergarten to college to creative aging programs – benefit from artistic learning, innovative thinking, and creativity. Celebrating National Arts in Education Week is a way to recognize this impact and share the message with friends, family, and communities.

National Arts in Education Week is a national celebration recognizing the transformative power of the arts in education. Passed by Congress in 2010 through House Resolution 275, the celebration is designated to bring attention to this cause for elected officials and educational decision makers across the country and to support equitable access to the arts for all students.

Learn about how to get involved.