School Loop Usage
The purpose of this message is to let parents and students know that due to the demands and responsibilities of their teaching positions, teachers may or may not use School Loop. Those teachers using School Loop will update grades and/or post assignments at their discretion. Please contact teachers if you have questions about current grades.
Fall Finals Schedule is the week December 16-20th and students will be dismissed at 12:30. ALL STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND EVERYDAY! Please review your students finals schedule as some students who have college classes, etc. may have some unscheduled time(s). Open classrooms are denoted on the finals schedule form (search Fall 2013 finals schedule on web page) as we have opened up classrooms of teachers not testing for those students who may be unscheduled and want a quiet place to study.
We now have a free website that allows us to sell tickets to the winter ball
API Scores are out! GECA is Up!
GECA API up to 932!
Dr TJ Owens Gilroy Early College Academy once again showed improvement in the 2013 Academic Performance Index Growth Report (API) according to data released August 28, 2013 by the California Department of Education----improving1 point in yet another gain from last year! Even though scoring only “one point” seems like not a big deal, it is! With our scores in the 900’s, to continue a gain, even a little gain is significant!
The API score is the cornerstone of the state’s academic accountability requirements. The API is a numerical index (or scale) ranging from a low score of 200 to a high score of 1000. It reflects a school’s academic performance based on annual high school results of statewide testing at grades nine through eleven. Each year, schools receive two API reports, the API Base (reported in March) and the API Growth (reported in September). Statewide, forty-nine percent of all California schools are now at or above the overall statewide target API of 800. Needless to say, GECA is well beyond the states goals!
Equally important is that the API measures and compares the academic performance and growth of schools on a variety of academic measures and identifies significant populations of a school. Scores for these specific subgroups at GECA also improved in most areas. Results for the significant populations of GECA are identified by the Department of Education. GECA significant population of students are: A subgroup entitled "Hispanic or Latino" which gained a point (898) and “Socioeconomically Disadvantaged” who also scored much higher than the average in the state, gaining 8 points from last year (900). The state goal for all schools is 800 on the API. These results continue to place GECA as the highest high school in Gilroy Unified School District, be ranked 10 in "like" schools and 10 in Great Schools, as well as, number 20 of the 1,939 high schools in the state of California!
GECA Awarded the California Distinguished Schools Award
State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces California Distinguished Schools for 2013
What makes extraordinarily successful schools different from other schools? The answer: school climate, according to a new study from WestEd, a San Francisco-based research agency.
Recently, researchers identified 40 as consistently and significantly outperforming similar schools on the California Standards Tests and the California Academic High School Exit Exam. Researchers dubbed this group the “beating-the-odds” schools because their test scores were better than would have been predicted, based on the students they were serving.
2013 Grad Class