School History

George Kelly Elementary School opened in July 2006 as a K-8 campus emphasizing Language Arts and Communications.  Our school is named after an outstanding educator George Kelly.  Mr. Kelly came to Tracy from Oakland in 1961 to serve as Principal of North and West Park Elementary Schools.  In 1964, he became Principal of Central Elementary School.  His career in Tracy schools spanned 26 years and many accolades. He retired in 1987.  Mr. Kelly passed away on July 15, 2012.

            Mr. Kelly contributed to our community in various ways such as chaired the Tracy United Way Campaign, the Tracy Salvation Army Committee, the Tracy P.G.E. Reach Committee, and Flag Day for local schools.  He also presided over the Tracy and San Joaquin County Safety Councils, and Tracy Breakfast Lions Club.  In addition he received the P.T.A. Honorary Life Service Award and Tracy Chamber Commerce Citizen of the Year Award.  Mr. Kelly’s involvement in these activities- and the many more that aren’t listed here- were undertaken with a contagious enthusiasm.  With a twinkle in his eye and a gentle, caring manner, Mr. Kelly made significant contributions to our community and its children.  He even visited our campus several times throughout the years, leading our Halloween Parade in costume.  

            At George Kelly Elementary School, we recognize and appreciate the diverse backgrounds of staff and students. We also integrate into the school curriculum and programs by doing many activities such as: School wide emphasis of Tribes and Character Counts, cultural activities, anti-bullying, conflict management, etc. During the morning announcement, “This Day in History” is read in mornings based on cultural themes.  Throughout the school year, many different multicultural events and professional development for staff will focus on cultural diversity.  In conjunction with the CATCH program, breakfast on the blacktop program is implemented during testing time. 

            Our K‑8 structure allows us to nurture and support our students in a personal, in-depth way for nine of your student’s educational years.  Continuity in curriculum, facilities, staff members, and programs mean a seamless transition from elementary school to middle school at an important point in your student’s academic career.  It is a unique opportunity to prepare for the rigors of high school by adjusting to a set of teachers and changing classrooms throughout the day in a familiar, supportive environment. 

            Students in pursuit of success at George Kelly Elementary School are offered a variety of school, parent, and community-led programs that enhance or supplement their daily curricular studies. Both inside and outside of their school day, students are offered opportunities to participate in various activities intended to enrich your child’s education.  George Kelly challenges itself to create partnerships between its children, families, community, and district. Together all stakeholders commit to support and motivate students to become life-long learners and contributing community members.