School Details

Gardner Elementary School

502 Illinois Avenue, San Jose, CA 95125
(408) 535-6225
1

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 560 students 18 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

19%
57%
56%
32%
63%
65%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • San Jose Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

24%
51%
46%
40%
69%
66%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • San Jose Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

42%
68%
65%
46%
75%
72%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • San Jose Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

41%
67%
60%
46%
64%
65%
15%
58%
57%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • San Jose Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Gardner Elementary School is a public elementary school in San Jose. The principal of Gardner Elementary School is Janis Hubbs. 560 children attend Gardner Elementary School and identify primarily as Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 62% of the Gardner Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 74% of the 560 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Gardner Elementary School is 18:1. Escuela Popular Accelerated Family Learning School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Dance

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 86% 52%
White, non-Hispanic 4% 27%
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 3%
Multiracial 3% %
Unspecified 2% 2%
Asian 2% 13%
Native American or Native Alaskan 1% 0.8%
Filipino 0.9% 2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.5% 33271%
Pacific Islander 0.2% 0.6%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 74% 48%
Limited English proficiency 62% 27%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is in transition. After years in program improvement new leadership as of 2012-13 and 2013-14 is paying attention to putting students first as well as to academics and accountability. The new PTO board of 2012-13 is active and supportive of the administration. Parents are more involved than ever and the new staff is hopeful this is the year a long trend will be reversed to the benefit of the kids.

  • (1 year ago)

    this school is not so good I should know because i went there and it did not help me at all it just dropped me behind and trust me know it just harder for me to learn in another school I mean its a great school but its not giving students the education they need

  • (2 years ago)

    The new principal (Claudia Barba) is great. She listens to parents students and she puts a lot of efforts on changing the school's situation. She changed the school's boring website she added in a lot of activities for kids she is always the first person in the school very early in the morning and stays until very late. She cares about what parents and kids say. The TWBI in Spanish program is great for Spanish kids as well as none English speaking. I am a Vietnamese but I feel really comfortable with this program. During the 2nd cup of coffee meeting it is a little confusing for none English speaking parents since the Spanish parents are dominant. The principal tries to translate but she doesn't have time to do that. Finally I love her beautiful smiling it really shines when seeing that. I support this school and the new principal. My kid is lucky to be in this school.

  • (3 years ago)

    This is not a review of the current situation at Gardner but I am happy to see that it is strong in bilingual education. I was a student there in the 1950s and the parents in the neighbourhood working with principal Irene Henderson made sure that we celebrated the Mexican-American culture of the community. I am very sad to see that those old beautiful buildings are completely gone. Dale Fuller

  • (4 years ago)

    This school was reconstituted five years ago due to low academic progress. The make-up of the school is a heavy mix of ESL which due to testing standards in English have made the school's comparison to other schools in the district more unfavorable. Since re-constituion the principal Janis Hubbs has brought huge improvement to academic performance and now five years later despite the multiple language issues the school is performing well. The school's greatest program is an optional two-way bi-lingual immersion which teached kids in Spanish with a gradual introdcution of instruction in English. This really works! My second grader is befomeing proficent in Spanish and neither of his parents speak Spanish. This is primarily a low income school but worthy of consideration. I moved into the neighborhood to send my kids to this school.

  • (5 years ago)

    I m very dissatisfied with the school. My kids are falling behind academically in a school that is falling behind. I can wait to take then out of the whole. My experiences with the teachers and the principal had not been good.

  • (5 years ago)

    Great bilingual education. It is sad that not all schools offer a dual immersion. Gardner Elementary School is among the few that is left in the state. The school is in need of resources just like many public schools across the state of California. Other then that I give the school four stars for the bilingual curriculum that is offered there.

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Overall score

(based on 11 ratings & reviews)

  • Teacher quality
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