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Folsom, CA
Students enrolled: 718

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1830 Bonhill Drive
Folsom, CA 95630

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(916) 983-0120
(916) 294-2484
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May 03, 2015
My children have been at this school for 5 years from Kinder through 5th grade. This is an excellent school with great teachers who keep the kids on task (rated at 10). It is a nice blend of academics and fun stuff as well. Educational/fun field trips and Meet the Masters art is offered throughout the year. After school activities are also offered (fee)... Early Engineers, Firefly Art, Spanish class, Cooking class, Musical Theatre, Sing with Ping (free), and many more. Throughout the school year the PTA holds fun family events such as Royal Gathering of the Nuts, Snowflake Festival, and Donuts with Dad, Muffins with Mom, etc. They also raise money for much needed school supplies like Google Tablets for the kids. From what I've learned throughout all these years is... the more you put into your school, the more you get out of it. Most teachers really value parent volunteers and welcome you in the class. One thing I wish would change is the fact this school does not currently do overnight trips with the 4th/5th grade kids like other neighboring schools do (Coloma/Sailing) only 1 day trips. I hope this will someday change. Other than that, this is an excellent school.

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April 07, 2014
Empire Oaks Elementary School is wonderful school in a wonderful community! The teachers truly care about the children and are helping them succeed in academics and life skills. They encourage well roundedness in the children by suppporting extra curricular activities such as science, choir, drama and atletics. The PTA is doing a great job with fund raisers and is using the money to fund key programs on campus such as the computer lab and library. The children have access to computer programs that are individually talored to help each child learn at their own pace and to help teachers note problem areas and strenghs of each child. Parents involvement in the classroom helps make the high student to teacher ratio manageable.

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August 31, 2013
One of my children goes to this school and another goes to another one nearby. To use an analogy, this school feels like the Sales and Marketing department of a company while the other school feels like the Science and Engineering department. They're both very good but have a different culture. Hope this helps. : )

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July 06, 2013
Empire Oaks has wonderful teachers working under the confines of producing high test scores so that the enthusiasm on the first day of school diminishes and is quickly replaced with a few very stressed out teachers and kids with their normal emotional needs not being met. I remember on Oprah's last episode she said the most important thing we "need" is to know we are "seen and heard." The kids "needs" are not met and the parents are overly involved with many of the events catering to the parents recognition rather than for the kids that the kids somehow seem lost in the dysfunctional shuffle of it all. I agree with the cliques that are formed and the kids just mirror what they see resulting in some seriously bratty kids, parents and office staff.

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May 16, 2013
I highly recommend Empire Oak ! We have a daughter in first grade,and we are so excited that she is going to the best school in Folsom:) We absolutely love her teacher Mrs.Ping,we love the staff in the office and think the principal is great. There are so many activities in class next to all the regular schoolwork,great fieldtrips,a super music program,the parents are very much involved. I highly recommend our school! Our other daughter will go to Kindergarten next year,and I can't wait for her to be part of it all.

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October 29, 2012
It is good school, but like other people mentioned, this school doesn't have very friendly atmosphere. Staff members are not very welcoming and because it is the biggest school in the area, it doesn't feel very cozy. People seem too busy to get to know each other.

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August 12, 2012
Empire Oaks is an EXCELLENT school. We came from a private school with a high level of academic expectation. Empire Oaks far exceeded what we expected from a public school. Parent involvement is a HUGE priority and encouraged. The teachers are all VERY good and the Principal is a strong leader. It's a school who deserves the Blue Ribbon for certain!

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September 21, 2011
I have a daughter in 3rd grade and a son in Kindergarten. Our experience with Empire Oaks has been nothing less than stellar! My children love going to school and adore their teachers. I don't ever hesitate to recommend Empire Oaks to new members of the community!

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September 20, 2011
My daughters absolutely love this school. One's in 5th grade and one's in Kindergarten. They can't wait for summer to be over every year they've attended. The number of parent volunteers are extremely high, which is what makes a school absolutely outstanding. Our absolute favorite teacher has been Mrs. Donovan, my older daughter's 3rd grade teacher because she has a very strong educational background to bring confidence into each and every child no matter how shy they are. Most teachers are not educated in this area, so we felt so blessed to have had her.

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July 27, 2011
Although I find that this school can produce high test scores, I find the staff to be very cold. I felt there was more attention to the "looks" of the classroom than to making the education experience well rounded. Absolutely no creativity, purely institutional. I know if I was a child, I would not want to be at this school, so my child will be attending a different school where people are kind and happy.

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July 08, 2011
I have been at Empire for 6 years and have 3 kids that attend. The teaching is top notch, the principal is supportive and the parent involvement is super active. There are a lot of PTA sponsored events which are well attended.

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June 26, 2010
My daughter goes to Empire Oaks and we are really happy with the school administration, teachers and excellent students in this school.

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May 22, 2009
I have 3 kids who went through this school, the best school in Sacramento County. Most schools in Folsom are great. The teachers at this school really pursue excellence in your child.

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February 12, 2009
my general experiece @ this school with staff members and teachers were simply the worst. first off, office aids (pardon my choice of words) need to find a new job in new york city where they can stay so hot or in l.a where they can get paid by being unprofessional (poor mannerism -tone of their voice seem 'rude' rather than just being confident - i was purplexed when they were calling me to let me know that my number was not in file (due to their mistake!! ). second, i have'0' idea where my child belongs in the school . it's as if ones not capable of getting involve often -that's just too bad -your child's not visible. - ridiculous amount of parent involvement - uh.. i remember sending my kid to school- not an adult's daily party. teachers focus was not with my child resulting major 'grade-decline'

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January 17, 2009
Empire Oaks is an awesome school. The teachers are excellent and the level of academics is the best in the county.

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December 16, 2008
My oldest son went to this school from K-5 and was very prepared for middle school. The Teachers challenge students to do their best. The former Principal was outstanding in guiding the staff towards excellence. The new principal while not as visible, seems to be doing well. They are open to parent participation, encourage community involvement. This has helped this school to attain BLUE RIBBON STATUS ! The front office staff are sometimes pre-occupied with busy work and not always as helpful as they could be. That seems to be the pattern at most elementry schools-not sure why ? Folsom schools on a whole are all outstanding. Clearly this school stands out as one of the best!

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November 25, 2008
While this school rates high in academics, it lacks the moral and community structure of a collectivistic society. A cold egocentic environment greets you and cliques are formed among children and parents. The initiation into the groups mirrors that of fraternity hazing. I would not recommend this school unless you fit the homogenized population profile and possess the strong-will to sustain you though the iniation process. After four years in this environment, I am glad my child will be leaving for middle school!!!

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May 19, 2008
Empire oaks is a great school. They have many educational field trips. Also the teachers are great.

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September 13, 2007
Empire Oaks is a wonderful school. We have been impressed by the many opportunities offered to the children in terms of field trips and activities. The teachers are incredibly dedicated to their jobs and it really shows. The PTA is very involved and raises funds for many 'extras' that make the school experience even better. It seemed very fitting that it won 'distinguished school' status in CA!

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March 22, 2006
Empire Oaks Elementary School truly cares for each child and their success. From the principle to the teachers to the entire staff, you can tell their priority is to have the best environment, tools, and teaching skills for the kids to achieve their best. They include and excel in every aspect of a well-rounded education including math, science, reading, writing, technology, an incredible arts program, physical education, and more. Parent involvement is exceptional and encouraged. I couldn't imagine a better school (private or public) for my kids to attend. We feel very blessed.

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no rating
November 03, 2005
This is one of the best public schools available in this county. The teachers are able to bring out the best in the children. Academic programs, music, sports and other extracurricular activities keep the kids learning in a fun way and parents meet with staff on a regular basis to share ideas on how to raise the kids

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July 24, 2005
Nice campus, high level of parent involvement.

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January 10, 2005
Excellent academic program, lot of extracurricular activities,good parent's involvement.

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Empire Oaks Elementary School
1830 Bonhill Drive, Folsom, CA  95630
(916) 983-0120
Last modified Empire Oaks Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Empire Oaks Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 25 reviews. Top