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5201 Strawberry Lane
Sacramento, CA 95820

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(916) 649-7850
(916) 277-7039
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September 09, 2015
If your child is struggling academically and with behavior concerns, this MIGHT be a good program for you. If your child is advanced or gifted, there is not much available for him/her. There is a one-size-fits-all approach that targets lower achieving students at the expense of those on target or beyond. The discipline system is very controlling and punitive and doesn't allow students to make small mistakes to promote learning; every mistake is treated with severe consequences. Children are allowed to make few decisions for themselves which leaves all the management in the hands of adults. Children cannot learn unless they have opportunities to make decisions for themselves; especially older students. The school lacks resources for staff and students. There is little outside of the four core content subjects and the state minimum requirements for PE. Children have few opportunities to express themselves artistically or musically. If these things are important to your family, this is not the school for you. The new 2015 assessment data show it to be no better academically than the Sacramento City Unified School District as a whole, and much worse than San Juan, Elk Grove or Natomas and the state as a whole. While this years' data is meant to be baseline data, one would expect the school to score at least at a par with neighboring school districts, or if one is to believe their advertising, better than area schools. This is simply not so. Children in this program are taught to be very successful rote learners and multiple choice standardized test-takers. The new standards, which require global thinking and problem-solving skills are challenging to this teaching philosophy. I urge parents to observe classes, ask questions and really think about whether this is a good fit for your child and the goals you have for him/her.

- submitted by a community member
Amount of homework: Just right
July 13, 2015
Well in fourth grade they have math and reading with a common core question to answer.

- submitted by a parent
Develops grit: Agree
July 13, 2015
Persistence, grit, and determination is taught in class, but again the children are so disrespectful.

- submitted by a parent
Develops respect: Agree
July 13, 2015
Some teachers do try to develop respect, while others haven't reach that goal yet! They do try, but the students can be very disobedient.

- submitted by a parent

July 13, 2015
My perceptive will be different, because my child is different. I believe if your child is taught at home how to be respectful, how to sit and read quietly, taught right from wrong, then you wont need the staff to do that for you! The schools will be great for you. Now, I do understand that children have special needs (I have one too)and they are hard to handle and disruptive to not only the class but the school. For them the school has aids that sit with them through most of the day. The rest of the children need parents to step up and make it right, the teachers are not their parents, most socialization skill start at home. My child loves the teachers because she is taught step by step to they all the children get the new skill. Mrs. Hill, Ms. Hurbin, Mr. Hayes and Ms. Brown were wonderful ! I'm sure the principal has had her share of angry parents, she has always been very accommodating to speaking with me and my child. Again, circumstances are always different.

- submitted by a parent

March 12, 2015
Our experience has been just horrible. The school has great people with good intentions, but severely lacking the resources and training to deal with the challenges that come with serving a vulnerable population. The principal does not engage parents and families in a meaningful way; she will only engage if the parent(s) are willing to do what she wants. It was clear to me that she deliberately avoids giving families a chance to voice concerns because it is too much of a headache for her. The school is understaffed and does not work to educate the entire child. The main focus at the school is achieving academic results, and skims over character and citizenship development. The school and the organization does a great job of selling themselves but does not live up to their very own mission and vision. Last, there is a widespread attitude of complacency towards negative behaviors among many children and families. I have heard and seen staff say, "well this is Oak Park what do you expect!" I hope this review will be helpful to families. I would never recommend this school to any family.

- submitted by a parent

August 16, 2011
I LOVE the education and the college experience that my daughter receives at PS7. They begin planting the seeds of getting a four year college education with kindergarden. My daughter was told to view the college that they toured as a potential college for her to attend and it was discussed as if the students were getting ready to enroll. It wasn't just a "field trip" it was an official look at a prospective college. My daughter is very excited about school and the teachers have been very good at making sure that she is challenged so that she continues to grow.

- submitted by a parent

October 17, 2010
There is a reason this school is rated high on the California Department of Education. There are long days ( like a normal work week 7:45-4:00) but the children get out of school for 3 weeks after children are in school every 8 weeks. If your child is behind in any subject matter, during this school break, their instructors teach them the material while their classmates are on break with breakfast and lunch included for half days free . (this is not found in public or most private schools) In my experience, I have had full access to my children's instructors through email and cell phone and instructors normally call back the same or next day even if its 6 am in the morning. There is also free tutoring in afterschool program as well as every Saturday school for middle school students who need or want more help in subject matter.

- submitted by a parent

April 27, 2010
I absolutely LOVE this school. My daughter is in the 1st grade, and although the first trimester was difficult for her, I believe she has accepted 'homework' as HER responsiblity. The staff is experienced, loving, and focused on the children. The children are well mannered and present themselves as a 'community'. The parents are united and all want what's best for their children. I hope to keep my daughter in the St Hope Schools until she graduates and goes to college. (which is one of her goals since touring Standford Univ. with her class)She is learning academics as well as social skills (which were compromised in a smaller private school)

- submitted by a parent

February 19, 2010
This school is not for every child-the principal will tell you that at orientation, too. I believe that they serve a certain student type, but if your child does not fit well into the mold, he/she will have a very hard time. They are very strict and rigid and have a long school day, which is hard for kids just staring school. If your child has behavioral special needs, this is not the school for him/her. They are just not flexible enough to work with kids who need different approaches. We had a very bad experience, but I know other parents who love the school and their approach. PLEASE just visit the school and observe class time, recess and lunch. If you accept the strict approach and your child can thrive in this type of environment, you might have a much better experience than we did.

- submitted by a parent

July 15, 2009
I have so many positive comments about this school. My daughter has attended PS 7 school for two years another child will start kindgergarten in the fall. When my oldest daughter started she was far behind in reading and had fallen in the cracks of the traditional public but within the first semester she was caught up and excelling in all areas of education. The environment is very structured and the kids excell. The field lessons are always helpful and beneficial to the curriculum. The college tours show how the school is focused on exposing the children to a higher levels of educational advancement. The parental support groups are phenomenal. The staff is always open to talk and will help you to assist your child while challenging them to assist themselves..=-) I could literally go and on and on about this school.

- submitted by a parent

September 04, 2008
My daughter has attended PS7 for the second year now. I think their school is excellent.

- submitted by a parent
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August 07, 2008
This is my child's second year at PS7 and I can't say enough about the school! now don't let the exterior fool you it's not a 'pretty' school but the everything going on within it's doors is completely geared towards the success of the child. The curriculum is progressive and rigorous. The teachers and principle are warm and understanding and believe in the potential of each and every child..My son has learned so much in the time he's been there and everyday he wakes up and goes to school he's taught the sky is the limit.

- submitted by a parent

October 19, 2006
Those of you who do not believe inner-city communities have great schools should look again! PS7 is a free charter school that provides children with rigorous coursework, high expectations and more time. College field lessons begin in the 1st grade and every child knows exactly when they will graduate from college. Teachers and staff are committed to providing PS7 students with a top-notch education and excellent customer service to parents. My son continues to grow leaps and bounds academically; my husband and I continue to be active, empowered parents.

- submitted by a parent

April 28, 2006
Very long school day, but very much worth it! Academics are good and the teachers are wonderful! Offers a variety of elective for the students including, music. Every student is expected to excel. Parent participation is required.

- submitted by a parent

April 28, 2006
Free charter school. Long school days. Excellent academics.

- submitted by a parent

April 01, 2006
The quality of education at PS7 is great. The administrators, teachers and students work hard to get the job done!

- submitted by a teacher

March 21, 2006
I have two children that attends PS7, they have been attending since they open their doors. My children really enjoys the school and the teachers. The teachers are very attentive to my children and their needs. Since attending PS7, my daughter has approved tremendously in her reading and math. I also like how they have the one on one with the students in the area that they are having trouble in. My kids love the challenge that the school brings to them with their academics. Both of my children are already talking about which college they would like to attend, because the school expose them to colleges by taking field trips and showing them that they can attend college. PS7 also exposes the kids to music, art, diffent languages, and they do this by taking them to museams and listening to different types of music. Thank you PS7.

- submitted by a parent

January 11, 2006
Small classes, young energetic, enthusiastic teachers, involved parents. Principal knows every students'name

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September 16, 2005
Great school for academics and leadership training for young people. The focus on college preparation is inspiring.

- submitted by a parent

September 15, 2005
PS7 is a great school that strongly encourages parent partication. The teachers are top notch and highly educated. The curriculum level is extremely high, but the children seem to welcome the challenges. They have volunteer tutors from Sacramento High School that provides one-on-one help with homework and other subjects if needed. As a parent, you are in constant contact with the teacher and other staff members(including the principal). The principal knows every single student by their proper names. My son began attending PS7 in the 3rd grade. He truly enjoys going to school each and every day. If you are a parent that is looking for a school that addresses each student academic level individually, then PS7 is for you!

- submitted by a parent

August 31, 2005
PS7 is an excellent opportunity for your child to be challenged. The staff is dedicated to providing the best learning environment for the children as possible. Rules are strict and kids are encouraged to become leaders and to development and enhance their potentials.

- submitted by a parent

August 22, 2005
My son has been attending PS7 since the first day it open.This is his 3rd year and he loves it. The principal demands the best from each student and also from his teachers. The students at PS7 enjoy learning, alot of the courses are college prep. Most of the teachers are on fire to teach and you see it when they are interacting with the students.These students are being prepared for the UC College level. My son is already talking about applying for accelerated courses for high school and he is in the 6th grade. This is a wonderful thing for any parent. I can not sell PS7 I would not even try. It would be like trying to sell Alhambra water. If your child has the opportunity to attend either of the ST.Hope public schools gives them that education. Private Edcuation at public schools. How can you compare that!

- submitted by a parent

August 20, 2005
My children just started at PS7 and so far I am very happy with the program. It has allowed me to participate in thier future and education.

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St. Hope Public School 7
5201 Strawberry Lane, Sacramento, CA  95820
(916) 649-7850
Last modified St. Hope Public School 7 is a Charter school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
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