My daughter went to this school for K and the 1st. Had no problem. Great teathers. Parking is kind of messy still not that bad. Class size is 32 which is higher but it is not them but the district. Parents don't seem friendly as much as the other school in the city where my son goes. My daughter is going to another school next school year due to close to home but had to fill out a choice form. Then I can campare between two schools. As a whole it's a great school till now.
Natoma Station has a new principal who doesn't have a lot of experience. the kids are crammed into the classrooms like sardines. Forget about going there if your child is Special needs. they will not give you ant services unless you have an advocate.
Natomas Station Elementary school has some of the best, most dedicated teachers I've ever met. I'm proud to send my daughter to school knowing that she will get the best education available. Their 'no bullying' policy cuts down on the destructiveness that I've seen effect schools in other neighborhoods. I get reports online about my daughter's progress from her teacher that could warn me if she's getting off-track. Most of these reports, I'm proud to say, are of my daughter's stellar performance. (pardon the bragging)
Every child we know at this school has many many homework assignments and feels a bit overwhelmed. They rarely have time for other activities. This is great for children who are advanced, normal kids may just hate school.
My child went to Natoma Station last year for kindergarten. There were 32 kids in his class!!! They justified this because the a.m. teacher and p.m. teacher were in the class at all times. I have seen quite a few kindergarten classes (at different schools) and both teachers are also there most of the time, but they still keep it to 20 kids. I was impressed with how well behaved 32 kids in one class could be, but I did feel that the younger kids and the kids that were slightly behind didn't get as much attention as needed. The centers were not as hands on as they should have been because there were just too many kids to keep on task if a project needed a lot explaining. Lots of printables! The principle and teachers are great, they just have too many kids to work with at a time.
I am a student in 6th grade at Natoma Station. I just started going to this school this year and I always went to a school that was not the greatest. At this school I feel safe and I know there are not going to be any 'gangs'. You can tell that the kids are great, but when it comes to teachers it's not that 'fantastic'. My teacher does not care for the kids and acts like he has a whole other job and that 'other' job more important. I have two other teachers, one is plain rude and practically scares the kids with yelling. The other teacher is fine, she is nice, but ways to much homework for the avrege kid. As it goes for the principle, he is a cool guy. He is nice, funny, and always put a smile on your kids face.
My kid is always bored in his 3rd grade class. He's in GATE but they don't seem to do anything challenging--he almost never has any homework at all. In math they have him doing division over and over again when some of the other kids in the same class can't even do subtraction. I have to struggle to keep him interested academically because there's no instruction of value. The class sizes are too large and they won't skip him to the next grade level.