The overriding difference between this school and most other public or private schools, is the principal Mr. Peterson makes himself readily available to the children and parents. He knows every kid`s name and personally takes the time to interact with them in a consistent manner. He is in front of the school greeting the children, escorting them across the street, assisting them with any requests as well as repeating this activity in the afternoon when school has ended. I challenge anyone at any school to say their administrator does the same. This professional ethic carries over to the teachers, who are phenomenal in their approach to developing the students desire to learn. They actively prepare them for middle school, the next level of education, by giving them assignments that challenge them by using computers for research, presentations and weekly homework. The Gateway Academy for those students with extra educational needs above the normal classroom standards, provides curriculum above common core with opportunities for group work, and individual growth in public speaking and topic exploration. A great choice for any parent!
Theodora Judah: I am very disappointed in this school. In grades 3rd and lower, the school looks the other way on student behavior. Bulling, name calling, physical hitting and kicking. Teachers teaching academics are great. But physical safety of students lacking. I would never recommend this school.
Awesome...only school in county and nearest area with Academy Program ...Principal Mr. Peterson is very dynamic and good...I think getting in this school is tough nowadays ...
We just absolutely love this school! It is now our 4th year and we are so pleased to see how it is so fruitful and multiplying by the year! Our principle Mr. Peterson is a wonderful influence and mentor to the kids as well as the rest of the staff. It feels more like a family then a school! We are so blessed to have this as our homeschool and look forward to the years to come!
Theodore Judah is a wonderful school. Its very clean and orderly. I love the teachers and my daughter seems very happy indeed !
Theodore Judah is an amazing school. The teachers, principal and office staff are all amazing. My daughter came to the Gateway Academy from another local school and we could not be happier.
My child entered a Waldorf inspired charter school for two years. She was required to go back a grade by the rules and regulations of their philosophy. The children in the charter school wanted to know why she was there because she could already read in first grade. By second grade her math skills, reading ability and spelling suffered for the sake of song singing, plays and dance. Wonderful are the arts, but in this day and age one has to be concerned about academics At Theodore Judah, I am all amazed at the staff of teachers, office staff, and principal and in particular Mr. Pierce, where his care and interest shows in developing his class room into an inquiring, busy objective of learning.The principal, Mr. Peterson exudes a buoyant, energetic, helpful demeanor, willing to work with staff, student and parent(s). He is seen here, there and everywhere keeping in contact with all of the workings of the school in a positive up beat enthusiasm that is infectious. Theodore Judah is one of the better offerings of public schools in Folsom. It is a joy to be part of the bigger picture that is there for the advancement and development of young minds. BRAVO!
We have two children at The Gateway Academy at Theodore Judah. Agreed, the school has wonderfully trained teachers, an awesome principal and front office staff. The Gateway curriculum is primarily enrichment based but they do offer some subject acceleration at the higher grades. They use the Jr. Great Books literature program that you won t find in most public schools. Our children have enjoyed some of the many after school club choices like Lego s, robotics, chess and academic contests. There seem to be more high achievers in the younger grades vs. gifted and large class sizes. There are also a number of red-shirted kids but no more than you d see in a typical classroom. Held back does not equal gifted. Overall we are happy with the program but do feel it is a better fit at the upper grades. We feel so lucky that FCUSD has a program like this in these days of budget cuts.
Our son started the Gateway Program in TJ this year. We were a bit apprehensive as this is the first year for the Gateway program. Two months later the program is beyond our expectations! We came from an K-8th private school in Folsom and Gateway program beats it hands down. The academic program is top notch, communication with teachers is timely and before and after school care is good. Our son is very much enjoying his new school. The best thing about this is this is free! We would pick this school any day over our private school experience.
Theodore Judah is one of the oldest schools in Folsom. It is also the school of greatest need ... 40% - 50% of families live at or below poverty level. The children are proud of their school, teachers, & principal. Many parents and students volunteered time to clean and spruce up the school last month. The principal really cares about the students. For example, she has implemented and volunteered her time on a month long Saturday morning math program designed for those students who need extra help.
This is a school where the children COUNT!! There are wonderful teachers and staff that make every day special for the students attending this school. Learning is the first priority, but caring about each student is # 1 also.
My daughter and I love Theodore Judah! The Principal communicates with parents, and the teachers and PTA are very dedicated to the school. I wish there was a little more parent involvement, but those that are involved really give 110%. I enjoy helping there and it is safe and clean. It may be one of the oldest schools in Folsom, but that doesn't matter at all! Great school!
We decided to remove our child from this school. We had too many experiences with parents using bad language while waiting for our child to get out of class. We volinteered in our childs class several times and noticed that the kids had no respect for the teacher. We talked with other parents and heard of many other issues in other classes. Kindergarden was a great experience, but after that be cautious! some parents will rell you that it is a great scholl, but what are they comparing it to? Our child now attends a high performing school in Folsom, and what a difference! W I suggest before sending your child to this school, make a point to sit in a few classes and you will see that the well behaved kids do a lot of sitting waiting for the majority to get focused so that the teacher can teach!
Theodore Judah is one of the best kept secrets in Folsom. It has a diverse staff in terms of experience and styles. There is a teacher for every student at this school. While extra curriculars are not a strong suit at Judah, it is not due to a lack of desire by the teachers. The teachers here go above and beyond for each student, at all levels. It is a true family environment. Teachers and parents (that so volunteer) form bonds that last through the years, which in turn benefit the students. Leadership at this school is lacking. Yet it is the teachers who make up for this discrepancy.
The program quality is excellent. The parent involvement is not as good as it could be. Extracurricular activities available cannot be compared to those in other schools in the district.
Wonderful ciriculum and very nice teachers. Have colunteered, and had a son go here. Excellent shcool.
I work at a local after-school program and enjoy the contact that I have with this school. I have been involved with Theodore Judah Elementary School for about 8 years now and I have been impressed. All the teachers help the students get involved with after school activities as well as their education. There are plenty of after school activities available for the students and parents to participate in throughout the school year. The school is an older part of Folsom so a lot of the parents or care-givers have been in the area all of their lives and like the school.
My two granddaughters attend Theodor Judah elementry one in kindergarten (Mrs. Young) The other is in the preschhol program.( Mrs. Braun) I have been to many of the schools functions and programs and am impressed by the parent participation as well as the overall spirit this school has. The children here seem to all be happy and the envirorment is safe.
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