This school has a caring and dedicated staff. It is a neighborhood school and also contains a gifted and talented magnet program for high achieving/GATE identified students. The PTA works really hard to offer fun family oriented activities. Our family really enjoys the movie nights. The principal knows the students by name and most of the parents as well. Mather Heights is a wonderful school and we are happy to be a part of it!
I'd like for my child to attend this school but it really does seem like alot of teachers are kinda stuck on themselves and patting each other on the back. Are they in it for the kids or are they in it for some recognition and attention? I'm not doubting you guys are as great as you say that you are but why pitch yourselves as if you're advertising for this school when not everybody can get in? It reeks of desperation. Also anyone that brags about PTA screams goofy cliques that alot of parents are already struggling with and doesn't this school have a gifted program? Is it for all the school or do you also have non-gifted programs? Just getting an arrogant "look at me" vibe. Shouldn't it be more about being proud of the kids instead of look at the adults! My guess is the teachers are smart but instead of doing what they had initially wanted deprived themselves so they could teach children to be more like them but now they are yearning for attention and using children as pawns. This will not work out in the long run. Reflect and take a look at yourselves. Must say though, GREAT TEST GRADES...go kids and go teachers. The scores make other schools look bad.
This school is wonderful. The Teachers are awesome including Teacher of the Year and even a candidate for the Presidential Award in Mathematics. The Academy program is outstanding offering lots of opportunities. The PTA is alive and well and doing incredible things. And there are some nice after school clubs as well.
My son started in the Gateway Academy in third grade where he was consistantly challenged to think deeper not only his studies but life. His mother and I have consistantly taught him at home in this same manner, and now these concepts are further reinforced by a fantastic staff. By the way fantastic staff is meant to be in terms of the entire staff, truly; as he has a principal whom parents, I would postulate, can plainly see as one who loves our children as her own, as well as even custodial staff who care so much that they even welcome the kids on a daily basis to a new day's adventure. List of my favorite things about Mather Heights: I have "never" had the pleasure of such a hard working and fabulous P.T.A., who had movie nights, a Dr Seuss Fun Run, and cocoa breakfast with the kids, the teachers, the academy ideals, walking club for the kids everyday at 8AM to get the wiggles out, the projects that call for my wife and me to work alongside our son, and finally the absolute blessing in hearing my son tell me, "I love school", because that is a fine definition of a school accomplishing its mission to not merely teach but educate.
My child's first year attending Mather Heights through the Academy and didn't know what to expect so was observing for both room for improvements and what the school were doing well. The teaching staff both Academy and Core are amazing! The support staff really shines here because of their passion for their classes and students. The teachers take time to address individual students that need additional help and try to come up with a solution that's positive. The staff invests their own time back into the students and families! The PTA is involved and plans a lot of school activities including Annual Harvest Festival, Dr. Seuss 5K, May Fiesta, plus other campus family friendly events. It makes the school a value to the community! Principal is open and passionate about the school, the staff, and most importantly the students! School has various after-school activities/clubs including Fall Semester Author's Club, Mad Science (throughout the year), Lego Engineering, Music. Outside of Class Learning: PC Pals throughout the year for 5th/6th grade core class. Ping Pong ball launches (shown on NBC News). Junior Achievement Crocker Art Musuem (on campus) Dr. Seuss Engineering Day
Place needs to be cleaned up. Several times driving up to school to pick up my kid, I've seen teens making trouble at the nearby park, smoking near the basketball court which is right by the elementary school. I'm ready to send my child back to the private school instead.
This school is located is a friendly community south of Mather Airport. The academic programs are top-notch! The Advanced Learning Academy has flown "under the radar" until recently, with features on Good Day Sacramento, Channel 13, and rumored to be featured on NBC National News soon. The team of teachers is ridiculously talented - several FCUSD Teachers of the Year, and the first grade teacher is a state finalist for the national President's Award. They have challenged my child in ways that continue to amaze me! My child doesn't just memorize facts to do well on a test, he understands concepts to great depth and solves problems well beyond the typical classroom. The principal has an excellence balance of warmth and professionalism, and she takes the learning of students very seriously. Parents are engaged and supportive. This school is the best kept secret around, but mark my words, it won't be a secret for long!
I have 2 students in this school. One of them heading to middle school soon. Mather is a good school. Even with budget cuts and teacher lay offs, remaining teachers give it their all. The principal is also hard working.
We have two students attending Mather Heights, and have nothing but great things to say about the school and their staff. There is a new principal this year, and so far she seems like a good fit for the school. The previous principal retired at the end of last year (much to our sadness), and he has done fantastic things for the school and set such a positive tone for not only the students, but the parents as well. I look forward to another year with our kids at Mather Heights!
The Teachers and Staff are just the Best, you can tell that the students are their number one priority each and everyday
Both of my children went to Mather Heights and let me just tell you that it is a great school. The teachers are great and the kids are wonderful. Mather Height Elementary is a good school for a child's educational growth.
Mather Heights is a excellent school.My son has been attending Mather for a year now.All of the teachers seem really great and understanding.Most of all I love the principal.He is great! Everytime I go to the school I see him there caring for children.Mather Heights is a excellent school.
Mather Heights is a great school. My son has been enrolled since 2004 & he thinks the world of his teachers & friends. The school offers family movie nights, festivals and strongly encourages parent / family support.
I have 2 children attending Mather Heights Elementary school. One started in kindergarten and is now in 2nd grade, one is just starting kindergarten. I love the small town feel of this cute little brick school house. I have been very satisfied with the teachers and staff and the spirit of the school. We have big parent involvement and a lot of activities including spirit club, drama club and others. I think, because this school is located inside of a 'off the beaten path' community, it is very family oriented. Our families are very involved with the children and the class activities.
I have seen several challenges with this school especially during start up where students were often shifted from classroom to classroom during the first year.
My son has attended Mather Heights for 2 years, the academic programs are much more challenging than other schools. I wanted my son to be pushed to excel & I think Mather Heights provides that!
Awesome school, I am proud to be a parent of a child who attends mather heights elementary.
this school made my son tuff and smartthois school is pretty darn good my son was a good boy i wanted him to go there for the good education and the good physical activity.
Mr. Alan Withers is by far the best pricipal I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. I have two students at Mather Heights, a fifth grader and a second grader. He knows both children by name, encourages extra carricular activities, as well as parental involvement. Both children have compentent and caring teachers and have flourished at Mather Heights.
My twins are currently in kindergarten. I realize that the move has been toward more academics in kindergarten, however, I am greatly disturbed that there is no music or really much art going on in the classroom. These activities help improve children's ability to learn and it is a real mistake on the part of mather heights elemetary not to make this required curriculum. I hope other parents will stand up and voice their concerns on this issue!
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