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Citrus Heights, CA
Students enrolled: 625
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8319 Lichen Drive
Citrus Heights, CA 95621

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(916) 971-5237
(916) 729-4578
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Map of Lichen K-8 address.
Teacher effectiveness: Effective
August 13, 2015
I have only experienced two teachers. Math teacher was terrible. I can't remember the other one, but she was okay.

- submitted by a parent
Amount of homework: Not enough
August 13, 2015
7th grade math homework should amount to more than random worksheets and telling parents they are reviewing much lower math because other students are struggling.

- submitted by a parent

August 13, 2015
Math teacher for 7th grade needs much more structure, support, and better planning including goals. The class seems extremely unorganized as far as what is being taught on a daily basis. LIke the previous parent, I requested a heads up on upcoming tests and assignments. I was directed to the zangle site. Teachers did not up date it, so it was not useful at all. Unfortunately we are still attending at Lichen, but I have a great feeling about Mrs. Malone who teaches Math. Another issue here is bullying. The best that happens is the principle gets involved, which I think is great. Behavior is something related to home and tends to be a family or parent issue that comes to school. The principal is great though. I like his style of dealing with the issue.

- submitted by a parent

February 01, 2013
Our son just entered 7th grade and was an honor roll student all of last year however this year, he has fallen off the mark due to the lack of interest from his teachers. At the beginning of the school year at the parent teachers conference, we specifically asked for a heads up on upcoming tests so that we could better structure our son's study schedule. They agreed, took notes and we have yet to receive any notifications of any tests since then. I had even sent a reminder after Christmas break and still nothing! Pathetic!

- submitted by a parent

January 28, 2013
i went to this school from K-7 and i was bully everyday i went there. this school was bad. my 7th grade teacher hated me for no reason. i lost hope iin everything in my life. in my opinion this school sucks. i hated when i went there and istill hate now.

- submitted by a community member

August 13, 2012
My two children attend Lichen. The best thing about Lichen are the teachers and there music program. My children are now in 7 and 8th grade, I did not want them to go to Syvan. I've heard such bad things about them. I here there are a lot of drugs and disapline problems. I prefer my children be safe and they are at Lichen.

- submitted by a parent

June 27, 2011
Not a good school for 7th or 8th grade. Teachers are limited. No extra-curricular. Too much brow-beating going on under the guise of "preparation for high school." Kids are just beaten down and lose interest and hope. Although the principal is great - the teachers don't follow her leadership nor do they have her level of dedication to the students. The lower grades teachers - many of them are good - a few are not and should not even be still teaching there after numerous complaints years ago.

- submitted by a parent

November 07, 2010
I have four kids in my family from KG through 6th grade going to this school.All the kids are doing well in studies. Academically and discipline wise its a good school. Teachers are caring, hardworkers and keep us informed about kids progress time to time. I recommend this school to other parants as I didn't observe any negative aspect of this school in last 10 years period.

- submitted by a parent

March 02, 2010
This reviewer got it right. It is 2010 and the same problems still exist in the 7th & 8th grade. While it is a cut above sending your kids to Sylvan Middle School (shudder) - it will not get your kids ready for high school. The AVID concepts that are supposed to be embedded in the curriculum are nowhere to be seen. My sister was an AVID teacher - they don't trash kids!

- submitted by a parent

August 07, 2009
lichen is a great school. the teachers are terrific. I have 3 kids at Lichen and would recommend the school to everyone.

- submitted by a parent

January 20, 2009
Lichen has come a long way. In 2008-2009 we continue to see an increase in academic achievement which can be directly attributed to our teachers' hard work with our kids. Lichen's scores are above the district average and continuing to climb. With the addition of a band and choir program this year wonderful things are happening. We have a great PTA that strives to bring fun actitivities to our school. Our new principal, Ms. Butorac is excellent. School discipline is maintained, academics, sports and arts supported and parent involvement strongly encouraged. Lichen is a great place for your kids to get an education.

- submitted by a parent

September 09, 2008
Terrible school, they hardly watch the children, they cannot handle any bullies on the playground. My child went from k-5th grade not being able to read, and they didn't even notice. I spoke to the teacher and they said my daughter could read fine, but I knew different, it wasn't until after I pulled her out of that school and put her into another that she was finally able to read and write good. DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD TO THIS SCHOOL!

- submitted by a parent

April 14, 2008
While the school has some wonderful teachers, the 7th and 8th grade teachers seem to work against the parents instead of with them. They refuse to try to work this out with me and my son's education is suffering because of it.

- submitted by a parent

March 10, 2008
My son has been having issues since the 2nd grade his 2nd grade teacher was wonderful and we worked closely with her,but when we requested a sst meeting not once,but twice he was denied because 'he was considered academically too high'He is now in 3rd grade and had to hire a special educational advocate just to get the ball rolling.We are still having issues and we will decide to push for my son to have a proper education in a safe environment.Would NOT recommend this school to any parent.

- submitted by a parent

May 29, 2007
I've had four children in this school,(one still is)and have had no problems. They've recognized learning disabilities and responded quickly to my children's needs. Their programs are exciting and educational,leaving the kids wanting more. Parent involvement is good here, I've never seen a lack of help during events. I've seen this school evolve over about twenty years, and it has never slowed in improving. I feel my Daughter is safe here, and she loves her teachers. The campus is clean and well maintained.

- submitted by a parent

May 18, 2007
My Gate identified child went to this school, for the 4th grade and a few days into the 5th. I can't recommend it. The principal always supports her staff above the needs of the children. One teacher was seriously in the wrong line of work. He seemed very 'burnt out', frequently absent due to substituting as principals at other schools. At 1 point he was gone for 3 weeks. Class room inst. was poor. Academically sad environment...Don't send your child here.

- submitted by a parent
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Lichen K-8
8319 Lichen Drive, Citrus Heights, CA  95621
(916) 971-5237
Last modified Lichen K-8 is a Public school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Lichen K-8 Rating: 2 out of 5 based on 26 reviews. Top