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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C-
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    A
  8. Sports
    NG
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    D+
Dr. TJ Owens Gilroy Early College Academy is a top rated, public school located in Gilroy, CA. It has 305 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 29 to 1. According to state test scores, 87% of students are at least proficient in math and 95% in reading.

Dr. TJ Owens Gilroy Early College Academy Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
95%
Percent Proficient - Math
87%
Average Graduation Rate
90%
Average SAT
1270
143 responses
Average ACT
29
21 responses
AP Enrollment
51%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    D-
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    C-
Median Household Income
$116,178
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$2,126
National
$949
Median Home Value
$913,000
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
73%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.22 responses
Poll
50%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.22 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 36 responses
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  • Dances
    33%
  • Spirit Week
    19%
  • The walkathon
    17%
  • They all suck
    11%
  • (Video) Game day
    11%
  • This school has almost no events.
    6%
  • Homecoming
    3%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
305
Free or Reduced Lunch
36%
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.25 responses
56%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.25 responses
12%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.25 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
29:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$85,434
Teachers in First/Second Year
10.2%
54%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.28 responses
61%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.28 responses
61%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.28 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Very Low
Expenses Per Student
$12,336/ year
National
$12,239
52%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.31 responses
13%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.31 responses
32%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.31 responses
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Dr. TJ Owens Gilroy Early College Academy Reviews

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Dr. TJ Owens Gilroy Early College Academy is a school that has an extraordinary dedication to cultivating an environment in which education and academic achievement are the utmost priorities for their students. However, GECA accomplishes this at the expense of the availability of extracurricular opportunities in socialization, clubs, the arts, and, most of all, sports. Therefore, any middle school student considering to apply to GECA should be prepared to sacrifice the traditional high school experience for a premier education with nearly full access to 11 units of community college classes per semester. With that said, the academics offered, though excellent, aren't perfect. GECA silently suffers from the staff's culture of indifference and ridicule towards student opinion.
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Love the dual enrollment option here. Saves my family lot of money for my college tuition later and gives me an awesome opportunity to work towards an Associates Degree while working on High school Diploma. We start early here but its best as when we get out of this school, we're independent and can survive anything. Our principal and counselor are awesome and make 4 year plans fool proof so we can get graduate with our HS diploma and have at least 2 Associates degrees from college simultaneously. Teachers are very nice friendly and helpful. THE BEST place on earth!
First I would like to start by saying that my school, Dr. T.J. Owen's Early College Academy "GECA", has been an amazing experience. I was taught about what is important in life as I progressed through high school. The amount of support that is provided by the staff is unbelievable, I have never felt alone. GECA is special because it integrates college courses into your daily schedule at Gavilan College. The ability to gain college credits while in High School is very helpful because students can earn credits that are transferable to most 4 year universities after graduation.