I have 2 kids in this school and having been through 2 other schools in town (including one private one), I have found this school to be the best. The reason is not only the Gateway Academy and its advanced curriculum but its dedicated and enthusiastic teachers and principal Mr. Peterson. Keep up the good work!
Theodore Judah school is a great community. The school principal, Mr. Peterson is very involved and dynamic; he knows all students by name, greets them, and always available for questions and comments. The staff in this school is wonderful, teachers are very professional and work hard for their students' success and development. One thing that is noticeable on campus is parents' involvement; parents are always welcome to join classroom parties or field trips. In addition, our PTA is amazing with all the activities they arrange for the school through out the year. Also, my kids had the opportunity to be part of one of the after school clubs offered by the school, chess club. Chess club was a great opportunity to learn the rules of chess and play with other students. Over all, we had a great experience in this school and my kids like to go to school and learn a lot.
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.
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!
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.