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Folsom, CA
Students enrolled: 723

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775 Russi Road
Folsom, CA 95630

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(916) 294-0334
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April 27, 2015
I would love to give this school a higher rating because my daughters teacher is amazing, but the front office staff is horribly unfriendly. They talk down to you and are not quick to help you with anything. I am seriously considering moving schools because of how rude and unfriendly the front office is. Very sad too because my daughters teacher is fantastic.

- submitted by a parent

March 19, 2015
All this school cares about is test scores and ratings. just like another parent mentioned my child is getting psychological help from the pressure that they put on him through countless pages of homework and chapter tests. His teacher Miss Jones told us he is bottom of the class when he came from a preschool where he thrived. I am so disgusted with this school and the office staff is extremely rude and unfriendly.

- submitted by a parent

July 24, 2013
This is a wonderful school with top-notch, dedicated teachers and volunteers. I have had multiple children at Gallardo, and I couldn't disagree more strongly with the previous reviewer's claim that this is not a safe or joyful place to learn. The previous reviewer by his/her own admission had only been at Gallardo a few months and had already made a snap judgment about the whole school based on their limited experience. The assertion that anyone who had written a fantastic review of the school simply didn't know any better is the height of arrogance. Parents know when their children are happy, safe, and learning well (as I feel my children have been at Gallardo) and they don't have to have experienced schools elsewhere to be able to assess that. My children have had teachers who work hard to make learning fun through enrichment, and they have thrived in what I would call a joyful environment. My child's instructional aid has been a fabulous support in helping him succeed in a mainstream class. Gallardo's high test scores are more an indication of a high-achieving student population from highly educated parents than they are an indication of any undue focus on testing by teachers.

- submitted by a parent

December 05, 2012
This is our first year at SJG (2012) and I am sorry to say that our experience has been disappointing. We moved from an out of state public school that had the resources to provide smaller classes, better technology (and more access to that technology), employ well-trained teachers, and offer more school days per year. It's my opinion that Gallardo's reviews sound fantastic because--thanks to CA's budget cuts--no one around here has experienced anything better. While I am assured by my neighbors that there are some really fantastic teachers at SJG, we weren't lucky enough to get one of them, this year. Our child has felt so stressed and unhappy in her learning environment that we have sought professional counseling to help her cope. Her therapist, sadly enough, reports that she sees quite a few children from SJG who are also struggling deal with the stress of keeping up in a fast paced environment with more emphasis on standardized test success than individual needs of children. Both teacher and principal have been less than responsive to our concerns for our child. If you are looking for a safe, joyful learning environment for your child, look elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
April 19, 2010
I have two children at Gallardo and one is in 1st grade and the other in 4th. I love this school, the teachers, the parents, and the children. My children learn so much and still have fun. My children have been lucky enough to have teachers that make them feel good about themselves and inpsire them to do more and go better. These teachers go out of their way to teach and love our kids. Go Gators!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
March 29, 2010
THIS SCHOOL WAS SO awesome and amazing for my child. It improved his confidence and skills.His teachers name was mr.Gex. my child came home with stories of fun and learning but it was not boring for him at all, thank you Mr.Gex . (=

- submitted by a parent

August 07, 2009
One of the best schools in Folsom. Great teachers, great campus and wonderful kids!

- submitted by a parent

August 26, 2008
I personally have found Gallardo to be an excellent school! My children have attended since 2004 and I have nothing but kudos for the Principal, teachers and staff-even the janitors who make the campus look beautiful! I don't know what planet 'we moved to Folsom in Summer '05' is on, but I have to defend the Principal as having a warm personality who puts safety as a priority! Plus she is always out greeting students and families. Both my daughter and son's classrooms have had good 'learning environments' with caring, dedicated teachers! Especially back in first grade- and both their early/late reading groups were wonderful I recall. The only thing you should watch out for at this school are rattlesnakes on the playground and high maintenance mothers. Just my 2 cents!

- submitted by a parent

June 10, 2008
Due to finances, my daughter switched from a private school to Gallardo (1st grade). We have loved everything about the schoo. The principal is very active with the kids, her teacher was awesome, the rooms are play grounds are safe and clean. Comunication was frequent and informative. The curriculum was not as advanced as the private school, but certainly above average. have no complaints whatsoever about this school. It's a great place! Go Gators!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
May 28, 2008
We moved to Folsom in Summer '05 when our oldest was starting Kdg. My husband was an elementary Vice Principal at the time (in Elk Grove) and I was/am a credentialed elementary school teacher. We HATED the fact that there could be up to 32 kids in a Kdg. class....insane and not conducive to learning at all! Very basic, at best, Kinder curriculum. First grade, the following year, better academically, but discipline in classroom almost non existent. Learning environment severely compromised and our daughter not challenged in her 'later gator' supposed 'challenge' group. My husband accepted a principalship back in the Bay area for the 07-08 school year and our daughter attends his school. Teachers very dedicated @ SJG despite being some of the lowest paid in Sac area (a travesty!) Administrator, while nice person, lacked true leadership skills and this was never more evident than on the issue of school safety!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
September 20, 2007
Gallardo is simply great! Strong academics along with parent involvement makes such a difference. You can definitely see it in this school.

- submitted by a parent

June 04, 2007
Just great . Great teachers and lovely atmosphere

- submitted by a parent

June 13, 2006
Great school! Outstanding teachers and parental involvement.

- submitted by a teacher

May 06, 2006
Gallardo is a good school for many reasons, but mostly because the teachers care. The GATE program is good in the lower grades but is just extra paperwork in the 5th grade.

- submitted by a parent

April 15, 2006
Very high quality academic programs. Music for 4th and 5th graders. Most parents are involved on some level either in class or by doing tasks from home. After school programs include chess, sports, and stock market club just to name a few.

- submitted by a parent

November 07, 2005
SJG is truly a superb school. The standards are taught with committment and creativity. The teachers are caring and genuinely interested in their students. Parents are highly involved with school volunteering, activities and supporting teachers in class and at home. The school is well kept and everyone does their very best to maintain it's new structure. SJG uses a positive behavior system. It is the best school in Folsom! If you're moving here, you'll want to move to the SJG boundaries to ensure you'll attend our top ranked school.

- submitted by a parent

June 04, 2005
The SJG Elementary School has great teachers with valuable experience, working under the direction of an extraordinary principal. Even though it's a new school, in only two years has accomplished great academic results, is very well organized, it's teachers work efficiently with a great deal of parent collaboration. Has good discipline, extraordinary teacher - student relationships. Supports extracurricular activities and sports. We are delighted to have our daughters attending to this great school.

- submitted by a parent

February 27, 2005
Verry impressed with the leadership and credentials of principal and teachers

- submitted by a parent

October 19, 2004
Great school! Friendly teachers and principal. Beautifully kept grounds and very involved families.

- submitted by a student

July 06, 2004
Great school. Faculty is superb! Parent involvement is very high.

- submitted by a parent

May 25, 2004
Great school! I have a kindergartener and a 5th grader- The teachers are superb! This is the schools first year in operation, and they did a wonderful job, I am sure it will only get better! Wonderful principal, wonderful teachers, wonderful parents!

- submitted by a parent

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Sandra J. Gallardo Elementary School
775 Russi Road, Folsom, CA  95630
(916) 294-0334
Last modified Sandra J. Gallardo 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.
Sandra J. Gallardo Elementary School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 36 reviews. Top