Specialized Programs

Below are supports and services in place at WGMS to support students with specialized programs.


After School Programs

Willow Glen Middles School houses an After-School YMCA Program daily.  The mission is to provide comprehensive out of school programs that keep children safe and help them achieve in school and in life.


At-Risk Students

WGMS students who are at-risk work closely with our school counselor and YMCA interns. In addition, they are offered specialized instruction and intervention in either the Homework Center or in an intervention class after school. We also have an Academic Counselor who meets with all 7th grade students in regards to academic achievement. 


English Language Learners

English Learner (EL) students at Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced levels participate in structured English Immersion ELD classes with full-time teachers in language arts, reading, science and math. They are mainstreamed into regular educational classes for physical education and electives. Those more proficient in English (students scoring 4-5 on the CELDT) are placed in a less restrictive environment. They participate in Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English (SDAIE) classes. ELL students are monitored closely and assessed often in accordance with the English Language Development State Standards in listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students are encouraged and supported through the reclassification process. As soon as students have developed academic language proficiency in English and score proficient in Language Arts, Math and Writing on the state standardized tests, they are reclassified as a “fluent English”.


Gifted and Talented Education: GATE

The Gifted and Talented Education Program in the San Jose Unified School District is based on the belief that every child deserves the opportunity to develop his full potential. The program shall include the establishment of:
- An environment for association with the child’s intellectual peers
- A flexible enriched curriculum to meet individual needs
- A program to cultivate critical thinking, self-directed learners and foster leadership skills
- Stimulating and challenging methods of study using differentiated instruction.

WGMS GATE students choose their own electives in 7th and 8th grades. They may apply for advanced High School Equivalent math courses such as Algebra I or Geometry. In addition, we offer High School equivalency Spanish and French. If any student moves beyond the offered advanced courses, he / she is able to participate in high school courses taught next door at Willow Glen High School. GATE students also engage in stimulating after-school activities and lessons such as challenging science, literature, and robotics projects. For those gifted in Math, we offer membership into our Math Club.  Our Math Club has successfully competed and placed in county level competitions for the last several years.

To learn more about the district Gifted and Talented Program (GATE), click here: GATE Program


Special Education

We have three full time Resource Special Program or RSP teachers and three full time Special Day Class (SDC) teachers. Students receiving special education are placed in classes that follow their current Individualized Education Plan (IEP) plan. All students are mainstreamed for the maximum number of periods each day in accordance to their abilities each day.


Students with Disabilities

Our Resource Specialist assesses students with disabilities. Should a student qualify for assistance and receive an individualized educational plan, he/she is assigned to our special education caseload and is monitored by the resource specialist assigned to the student case.


Teacher and Peer Tutoring

The staff at WGMS is strongly encouraged to assist students who are struggling. Many teachers open their classrooms at lunchtime as well as before and after school to help students who need additional help or a quiet place to complete their homework. Mr. Hanks, our 8th grade Algebra teacher, offers math tutoring to all students at lunchtime each day.  Teachers also offer tutoring in other content areas after school and in our Homework Center.  Teachers are also encouraged to provide peer tutoring in content areas within their classes