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Charles Peck Elementary School5
Posted November 07, 2014
- a parent
My daughter goes to charles peck and she loves it. We resently moved to the sacramento area and was a bit worried about the schools. But the first day when I took my daughter to school everyone was very nice and friendly even the principal was outside welcoming all the students and parents I felt very welcomed and comfortable when I left. The staff is always very helpful and friendly. Thank you
The principal is great! Offering extra help and resources. He even gave us a 45 minute personal tour of the school and our sons classroom, library, lunchroom. In my opinion above and beyond what a typical principal would do! The teacher my son has (Rachel Votaw) is amazing! She is friendly and encouraging of my son, a huge change from his preschool teacher. She's very sweet and quick at responding to emails. The office woman (melinda) is awful! She clearly has no idea what's going on at that school nor does she act like she cares. Had it not been for her lack of care, concern, or knowledge of school activities or simple knowledge of what's going on in the school, I would have easily given this school 5 stars.
Charles Peck is a school that offered many different levels of help for my daughter. She received extra help for reading and math. The teachers were kind, supportive, and encouraging. The environment was positive and provided a strong educational experience.
My son just transferred to a different school. When the teacher found out because my son was telling friends good bye, she called all of my personal phones & emergency ctcs leaving msgs that there was a problem with my son at school causing a panic. She made 5-6 calls over the 10 min I was away from my phone. Also my son went into the hot lunch line following his friends where they proceeded to feed him & let him run up a bill. He has never had an acct & is always sent to with a lunch. The teacher even had a list saying which kids were eating hot lunch. I was furious because the office staff tried to blame my son (he's 5) rather than owning up to their negligence. They did not call me to ask, did not care that he did not have an account or any money and did not bother to look into his backpack check for a lunch. When I called to confront them after I received the bill in his backpack the only response they had was that he said he was hungry so they fed him. They said they had too many kids to check back packs or call parents. Wyatt was threatened by a boy in his class. I called to report it, the teacher was supposed to investigate and call me back but I never heard back..
My daughter has been going there for 2 years. The teachers have been wonderful. There is a new principal this year and she is doing well. The problem is that a lot of kids are clearly not being worked with at home whatsoever. They swear a lot and are not achieving what they could be academically. It's not fair to pin it all on the teachers. My dad volunteers in my daughter's class once a week and the kids love it. They call him "grandpa". People complaining that the school isn't doing enough for their child should look at what they are doing to improve the situation. I donate moderately to them and the teacher always looks shocked because most people don't. A simple box of tissues that she doesn't have to pay for out of her own pocket is enough... I have the option of pulling my daughter out of Peck at any time. I choose to send her there because frankly, they need more good kids and people like my dad to provide positive examples for the rest of these kids who clearly have few role models in their daily lives.
The teachers are a joke...they only teach what is on the state standards test...no more, no less. Seriously, I found a sample state test prep book for 4th graders at the local book store and showed it to my son, who immediately said, "mom, these are the exact same homework and class assignment we are doing right now". He could even recite one of the questions from memory. They provide no alternative for different learning levels at this school. The leadership and teacher quality is sub-par here. If your child doesn't fit in their little perfect gift-wrapped box that they expect, you can expect your child to be spending a lot of time outside their classroom in what they call "on-site suspensions". Check out their suspension rate on sanjuan.edu - it's over 20%, which is ridiculous for an elementary school. They yell at the students constantly, so it is no wonder the kids have started to tune them out and start rebelling. But really, these aren't bad kids...just bored, under challenged, unmotivated. It's just a bunch of bad teachers and staff who don't know how to relate to the children individually, and are in a hurry to get through the end of their work day.
This is an absolutely HORRIFIC school. Lots of foul language, bullying by most kids. My special needs and gifted child attended school here for a year. We got out before any permanent damage was done. Principle leadership is lacking, believes bullying is a "right of passage". I was actually verbally assaulted by a student several times. Two seconds walking by some students on the sidewalk keep ears open and you would be shocked at the language that is heard. Lots of physical stuff too. Run far away is my advice but first make a written complaint to the CDE.
Charles Peck has been a wonderful place for my child to prepare for middle school. I am very pleased that my child will move on to 7th grade and be part of the AVID program. The support and encouragement we received from the teachers was very personal and individualized. Thank you Charles Peck!