For the 2019-20 school year and beyond, the John Gill PTA is disbanding. The new Parent and Teacher organization on campus (still at 555 Ave Del Ora, Redwood City, CA 94062), which will include BOTH the Orion Alternative School and the Mandarin Immersion Program, will be the Orion Starship PTO. To learn the latest updates and happenings with the Orion Starship PTO, please see the PTO Website: https://starshiporion.org/  

Original About Us:
The John Gill PTA is a group of parents, teachers, and staff that works together to make John Gill an outstanding school. We are a member of the California and National PTA organizations and have a non-profit 501(c)(3) status. The John Gill PTA Tax ID is 90-1129558.

Our goals
  • Enable access to enrichment programs for all students
  • Strengthen our school community via social events and activities
  • Provide financial support and volunteer resources to the school
  • Support and recognize our incredible teachers and staff
Through our fundraising and community building events, the John Gill PTA provides needed resources and support for our students.


  • Dance is a cherished tradition dating back to 1999. The program provides one trimester of dance instruction culminating with an end of term dance performance. Students gain the confidence of performing on stage while fulfilling PE objectives.
  • Art Classes taught by a master art teacher from Arts4Schools encourage learning and creative expression through sequential lessons in drawing, painting, sculpture and more. The end of year art exhibit at Open House lets students experience the joy of sharing their artistry with family and friends.
  • Education Outside in our garden space focuses on Next Generation Science Standards while promoting good nutrition and healthy living.
  • The Take Home Reading Program promotes literacy by providing K-2 students with books to take home and read. 
  • Field Trips enrich classroom education for all students.
  • Community Building Events including the Annual Halloween Festival, Movie Night, Performances, Move-A-Thon, Teacher & Volunteer Appreciation, and Literacy/STEAM activities enhance the John Gill School.