• Other Programs Offered at Our School

    After-School Care

    Pre-school and after-school care is available on campus through two programs:
    • The Child Development CenterOpen in new window provides before-school and after-school care on the John Gill campus, and is open to preschoolers as well as school-age children. For more information, contact Laura Burgos, site supervisor, at (650) 364-1178.
    • The Redwood City Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department offers an after-school program at John Gill that serves 130 students in grades 1-5. Students participate in one hour of academic enrichment, one hour of recreation and one hour of life skills daily. Students must attend each day of the week to maintain their space in the program and stay for the duration of the program. For more information, visit www.redwoodcity.org/parks/kidstuff/afterschool.htmlOpen in new window.

    After-School Classes

    John Gill now offers after school music lessons for piano, guitar and voice. Students meet individually with an instructor every week for 30 minutes. For more information, visit www.thetravelingmusicschool.comOpen in new window.
    Mad Science after school programs offer children a chance to see just how cool science can be! These hands-on, one-hour science programs are themed around a particular area of science and include such topics as rocketry, magnets, polymers and even the science of toys. For more information, visit www.madscience.orgOpen in new window.

    Special Education Programs

    John Gill strives to meet the needs of the “whole” child through a curriculum that engages the minds, bodies, and spirit of our students. We accomplish this through an academically challenging and engaging curriculum with safety nets for students who need extra support, as well additional challenges for students working above grade level.
    Here are some of the programs and services we offer to meet our students' specialized needs:
    • Special education programs
      John Gill School is home to two special education classes that serve 15 deaf and hard-of-hearing students. These students are fully integrated into the performing arts program, and all our musical productions include the use of sign language.
      The Resource Specialist Program (RSP) provides direct instructional services to students with learning disabilities. The general education teacher and RSP teacher, working collaboratively, will facilitate and support the ability of these students to function in the regular classroom.
    • Gifted and Talented Education (GATE Program)
      The GATE Program offers special services for 4th and 5th grade children who are identified as cognitively and intellectually talented. These children participate in enrichment and affective activities twice monthly at an off-site location with other GATE students from throughout the district.
    • Intervention programs
      Through our Outreach Specialist, Speech and Language Counselor, Resiliency Counselor, and services provided by The Children’s PlaceOpen in new window, we are able to counsel children who have difficult backgrounds and family situations.
    • Even Start
      The Even Start program on the John Gill campus provides classes for parents who need assistance with English and/or parenting skills. Classes help parents of school-age and preschool-age children become acclimated to the customs, expectations and requirements of education and help inform them about how to educate their children. Other classes have helped families understand the importance of nutrition and exercise in daily life.