Gilroy Early College Academy
|Dr. TJ Owens
Gilroy Early College Academy
|Type||Public, early college|
|Motto||Be someone. Go somewhere. Seek Excellence.|
|School district||Gilroy Unified School District|
|Oversight||Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Schools|
|Color(s)||Red and Black|
Dr. TJ Owens Gilroy Early College Academy (known as GECA) is an early college high school located in Gilroy, California, at the southern edge of Silicon Valley. Founded with a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, GECA ranks among the top 10 high schools in California and consistently ranks as one of the best high schools in the United States.
Dr. T.J. Owens, GECA's namesake, was the former Dean of Students at Gavilan College and president of the Gilroy Unified School Board. A prominent member of the national organization 100 Black Men of America and civil rights activist, Dr. Owens was a key figure in GECA's inception, but died two years before the early college academy was established.
Approximately 90 percent of the class of 2011 graduated and entered a four-year university or continued their education at Gavilan with the intention to transfer to one.
The school's non-weighted average API from 2011-2013 is 929 schoolwide, 900 for socioeconomically disadvantaged students, and 869 for English learners. Statewide, students of all groups average 790, socioeconomically disadvantaged students 742, and English learners 717.
GECA is one of ten schools participating in A Study of American Public High Schools with Academically-Competitive Admissions sponsored by Stanford University’s Hoover Institution and the Thomas B. Fordham Institute.
GECA is the best performing of the 28 early college high schools in California.
GECA is one of 40 Beat the Odds Schools in a study conducted by WestEd, which identified 40 schools that consistently and significantly outperforming schools with similar demographics on the California Standards Tests and the California Academic High School Exit Exam.
GECA was awarded the California Distinguished Schools Award in 2013,
GECA was awarded the California Gold Ribbon Award in 2015.
- 236 students: 114 Male (48.3%), 122 Female (51.7%)
|Asian||White||Hispanic||Two or More Races||African American||Filipino||Pacific Islander||American Indian||Not Reported|
GECA ASB organizes events to foster school spirit and assists students in setting up clubs. Tribunal is the judicial branch of student government and addresses honor code violations such as bullying, cheating, and other behavioral issues.
Chicken Scratch (which has since disbanded as of 2016) GECA's writing club, has created a full-length theatrical production which was later performed in the Gavilan theater. Other groups include the gay-straight alliance, FLC club, film club,  CSF (California Scholarship Federation), Robotics, and TEDx GECA. 
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- "GECA ASB - Clubs".
- "Honor Tribunal".