My granddaughter attends Citrus Heights Elementary. I sat in on her Kindergarten class.The teacher engaged her students in alphabets and art activities with her teachers aide. Kids seemed to enjoy her class. Parents also assisted in classroom acting as aides for teacher. The kids followed classroom rules and their behavior was admirable.
There are a lot of issues with this school. I don't want to get to much into it right now as it is under investigation. The class sizes are 31 children per 1 teacher. I believe this is Ok in the classes with the older children but not in the classes with 4/5 year olds. There are not supervised enough in my opinion. I pulled my son out of this school with good reasons and will never allow him to attend our "home" school again. It is unfortunate that his first experience at school was a horrible one.
The new principal has made a tremendous difference in our school. The new PTA team has out done themselves as well this year! The entire school community has thrieved this year! Next year will be even more amazing!
I have 3 kids at this school. I have never seen such parent involvement as I have at this school. I have a son with Autism in the first grade and the help he gets is awesome. My two daughters are in the first and third grade and both have excellent teachers. I volunteer in three classrooms at this school and I see some of the most caring teachers and parent communication is the best I have ever seen out of three schools my kids have been at. The office staff knows me and my kids by name which is amazing for the number of students even though this is a smaller school. Finally we have a new principal this year (Mr Martinez). He is the pied piper when it comes to interacting with children. I have never seen a more hands on principal. He introduced himself to me his first day and he is always available to talk to a parent. We would live in a one room shanty to keep our kids at this school.
i have 2 children that attend the school currently. Over the past 2 years of having my children here, I have enjoyed all experiences with the school and staff. All Staff is very freindly and welcoming. They have wonderful programs that help the children while challenging them.
Great programs, activities, and opportunities for parent involvement. Staff really cares about all students. Parents feel welcome on campus during morning walk and monthly parent lunches. Principal Legarda is always visible and positive in interactions with students and supportive with staff and parents.
Some teachers are pretty good and do the best they can with what they have to work with. However, the principal is awful. My son is in first grade there and has had some behavior issues stemming from his ADHD and the fact he's 7 and doesn't feel the need to stay in (someone else's arbitrary) line. Even though he has been sent to the office a few times, even though I have had face to face time with her, she never recognizes us. It's a small school. She should know the students and families. When I asked her about the GATE program at the school she had no real information. I am looking to change schools so my child can be challenged. I have a lot of complaints about this school, too many to list here, so if you are considering this school, don't. Not worth it. We will move just so we can get in a better school (and school district).
Citrus Heights Mission Statement: "Citrus Heights Elementary is an innovative family-focused neighborhood school where our inclusive learning community ensures each student acquires the foundational skills, strategies and personal qualities to thrive and compete in an ever-changing world through supportive, nurturing relationships and a challenging, relevant curriculum."
My son is currently in 2nd grade. He absolutely loves school because of the fun, involved teachers and the hands-on Principal. Mrs. Legarda is always interacting with the kids, sitting in the classrooms, participating in morning walk, having lunch with the kids.
My child attended 5th grade at this school. First 3 reports card grades were awesome. End of school year her grades went from 3's and 4's to 2's. Never once did teacher request a conference or made me aware of the drastic drop in grades. No comment was made on the report card - teacher did not have them ready last day of school. Had to wait for them. I emailed the teacher with my concern - never got a email back. Principle was not people friendly at all.
This school has some good teachers however, my son has been there for kindergarten and now first grade. Both years, he's had a change of teachers in the middle of the year. His principal has changed. They underestimate his ability and focus on only one method of teaching which isn't working for him. When he's at home he does great with his homework. Then, during parent teacher conferences, they claim that he can't do certain things that we have seen him do just fine at home. They also pull him out of class for tutoring, which would be fine if it was helping, but all it really seems to be doing is lowering his self esteem. We are currently in search of alternative options.
My daughter was in the first grade last year and I have nothing but positive things to say about the school, the principle, her teacher (Great Job Mrs Magee) and the facility
Solid Special Ed program. Lots of parental involvement and community events. Student pick up and drop off is difficult.
This school was the third highest in the district for a gain in the API test scores! The student body is most diverse: classes for children with autism, the developmentally delayed, special day class and preschools through Discovery Club and Head Start. Music assemblies, band, after school Reading Academy, before school math classes, and a dynamic staff all provide a real boost for the young learners.
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