I'm a parent of two children who currently attend Foulks Ranch. We've been at the school a total of 4 years. I am completely satisfied with the school, from the teachers to administration. When we moved to Elk Grove, we specifically bought our home in the area so my kiddos could attend Foulks Ranch.
In regards to the review talking about special needs kids..they are not lumped together. We have a special needs student there and they are fully included as they should be. This school does set high standards for the students and my children have excelled beyond our expectations.
My kids have been at Foulks Ranch for several years. We transferred from a good private school due to the economy, and based upon the glowing reviews, we felt it would be okay. It really seems like our kids are numbers here, not people (literally - each child is assigned a number and that's what they use in the classroom, the lunch room, etc). I realize that I can't expect individualized instruction when there are 30 kids per classroom, but it's just such a one-size-fits-all approach to instruction that I'm left disappointed for the most part. Gifted kids, special-needs kids, they're all lumped together, and instruction is aimed at the lowest common denominator. I haven't seen any enrichment for advanced learners. Perhaps this is the case at all public schools, I don't know. It seems that about 80% of the kids make Honor Roll, so grading is far from strenuous. We will likely be going back to private school next year so our kids will be prepared for junior high. Foulks Ranch is adequate and safe, but don't expect a top-notch or well-rounded education for your child here.
The caring, dedicated administration along with superb teachers & staff are the foundation of Foulks Ranch. A strong sense of pride, unity, & community amongst students, teachers, & parents is what makes this school truly unique.
In the fall, I'll have a 4th grader, 2nd grader and Kindergartner attending Foulks Ranch and we couldn't be happier! The last 4 years have been nothing but a positive experience for our kids and as parents. Fabulous teachers, phenomenal principal, high academic and behavioral standards, and great school spirit. Foulks Ranch is the best!