My children went to this school for 6 years. Horrible teaching, bad attitudes, wasted years was the norm. I ended up "home schooling" every evening to get them through their homework. Finally left after severe bullying to one child, and a teacher so horrible my youngest would often be shaking and crying after school. As for the PTC, they very publicly fired their president one year, no crime or anything committed. I truly do not recommend this school.
My children have been at this school since 2006. I think the current leadership is the best a parent could hope for. Imagine trying to run a business and not being able to fire your worst employees. Imagine. Bill and Melinda Gates couldn't imagine it and thats why they no longer support public (union ) schools. I only wish Jenn Lewandowski had been the principle when my children started. I tell everyone I know in my community that they should take another look at Skyridge. My guess is the unhappy teachers were miserable to begin with. To bad we couldn't clone The Maxwells.
We moved to Auburn 4 years ago and Skyridge had a 9 rating, now a 6. We loved the modern campus and it is kept pretty clean. The problem is that there has been three principals in 4 years which has lead to too many changes. Every teacher has to implement the same field trips for each grade level- poor decision. Seems like the teachers are very unhappy with the changes too. Lunch program is awful with no healthy changes in site. Since all the other schools in the area score so high, I would definitely take a look at other schools.
We are very happy to have both of our girls attend this school. We choose to travel across town in order for our kids to attend this fantastic school and community. The PTC is incredible and, and parent involvement is awesome. The principle is very engaging and also demonstrates strong leadership and vision. The entire staff is committed and dedicated to enriching the life of every student.
I've had children at Skyridge since 2004 and I've continually been impressed at the dedication of the teachers, parents, and principals (there have been three over the years my kids have been there). The teachers do an excellent job of teaching the required state standards, while also incorporating art, music, and physical education. Considering the current economic climate, the school is making the best of a difficult situation: handling cuts in funding in a way that impacts the kids as minimally as possible. It's too bad there are no regular education aides, but that's not any fault of the school or the teachers: there just isn't money for them. The Skyridge parents are making a huge effort to offset the budget cuts by fundraising and volunteering in the classroom and in the PTC. Because of the parents, Skyridge can offer many enrichment activities and programs including educational assemblies, the Running School fitness program, and the beautiful Life Lab (school garden). My kids have received an excellent education at Skyridge and have enjoyed its positive climate. I'm grateful to all at Skyridge for their hard work and dedication to kids and learning.
The new principal is horribly disengaged and dismisses any parental concerns. There continues to be a void of leadership. You may get lucky and get a good teacher or not...they do whatever they want without recourse. I can't wait to pull my child out of this school when a better option becomes available. They are so concerned with getting their numbers for funding-maybe focus on attending to the students you already have first. Another example of why public schools are failing.
Starting off another excellent year with a new principal and so far I am quite impressed. I am thrilled with my daughter's new teacher and so is she. I still see a lot of parents giving their time in the classroom and it's great to partner with everyone at Skyridge. I really feel like my daughter is getting a well rounded education - she has excelled in all her subjects and looks forward to learning. Keep up the great work Skyridge teachers!
My daughter has been at this school for 2 years, this will be her last. I was so happy to be in the Skyridge zoning when she started K, but then they dropped the K-8 and went back to K-5. We do not want our children going to EV Cain so a K-8 was very important to us. We did love Skyridge last year....this year not so much. I feel that Skyridge is perceived as something it is not. There is no money in this school. The library is only open 1 day a week for the entire school and there are NO aides to help these teachers with anything. I am aware that the other 2 elementary schools in this district have aides and open libraries. The class size is too big this year and I fear what it will look like in the future. I feel the PTC will get better in the coming year now that the HORRIBLE president has been dethroned. All in all I believe this school needs so much help. Not just with parents helping. These teachers wont make it through much longer at the rate it is going. The principal's main concern this year was the parking lot!!!!! I know in CA there isnt much to work with, but something has to happen. I am excited to join a charter school next year out of district.
Although I loved the teacher that my child had, there wasn't much else I liked about this school. My biggest problem was that there were no aids in the classroom. The layout is confusing for small children, the parking lot is horrendous and the parents tend to be a little on the trashy side. I was happy to pull my child out of this school and enroll him in a local charter school that is light-years ahead of Skyridge.
Skyridge is an excellent school. Unfortunately They are closing Alta Vista, another Auburn school, and Skyridge will be changing a lot next year. More kids, more grades. We'll see what happens. It might make the school even better.
Skyridge elementary is a very good school. The level of parent involvement is high and the PTC(even with the tight budget constraints) helps to provide many activities for the kids and parents to participate in. There are also quite a few after school classes to sign up for including art, choir, and physical ed. There's a reader's program called Passport to reading that rewards children with prizes for reading a lot of books. There's a noontime activity called Trekkers where kids get credit for running laps around the field and, in additon to some small prizes, they are rewarded with staying in good physical shape. The teachers are all wonderful as well and encourage the children to work hard and learn while making school fun. Our principal is always available and is seen around the school frequently talking to the kids. My kids are very happy here.
Its a bit early in the school year, but my first grader is excited to go to school everday.
My older son went to Skyridge K-5 and my younger son started in K and now is in 3rd grade. The entire staff from teachers to janitors are wonderful. Great school.
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