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K-8
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Sacramento, CA
Students enrolled: 837

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5151 Banfield Drive
Sacramento, CA 95835

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(916) 567-5680
(916) 567-5689
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February 25, 2013
I have two childeren here with the oldest currently in 5th grade. I have been very impressed overall. Most of the teachers we have had are impressive and still seem inspired to be in their proffession. We have had a couple of teachers that were soso, but no bad ones. The class sizes are appalling - but typical for where we are and CA budget (33 kids in the class). The PTSA is very active and provides and great amount of support to the school. We see kids and parents from this school constantly throughout our community and enjoy the small town feeling. As the kids who started in this school fill out the upper grades, I am excited to see development in their middle school program.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2012
We have been with the school since it started. The teachers in 1 - 3 grades are good, 4-6 grades are so-so. No teachers we had communicated with us on regular basis(no emails, nothing). Teachers did not put anything on their web site. The school web site has out-dated info. Most teachers sent their kids to the Charter school after 5 grade. The test score improved recently; no sure what tricks the teachers used; I did not feel any changes in the recent years.

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2012
My kids have been attending this school for 5 years. I feel our principal is so dedicated to this school, always finding new and creative ways to make it better. Both of my kids are challenged in their classrooms with differentiated learning targeted at their abilities. The new science focus of the school helps bring about well rounded students rather than focusing only on testing. New after school clubs offer art, drama, science and engineering. There is a strong community feel. We are really happy and plan to keep our kids here through 8th grade.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2011
For those who complain about the education their child is getting, your child is not trapped in this educational system. You have choices: change school, pay for private school, or home school. With the budget the way it is and schools closing, teachers should not be blamed for the pie being cut smaller. There is a huge difference teaching 20 and 30 students and even 25 and 30 students. Heron is a great school. It's very organized and the parents are very involved. Yes, monetary wise, a lot is being asked, but they have more field trips than most schools provide. I think teachers wish teaching is a baby sitting service because they would be making way more than they are now minus the lesson planning, the grading, the prepping and all the other paperwork, and just sing,dance, and make sure the children are safe. Miniumum $3/child x 30 children x 6 hours/day x ~175 days=$94,500. The public should be grateful that teachers are there to "babysit" and provide a quality education. Thank you Heron teachers and every teacher out there!

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2011
Last few years being in the school, have come across just couple of teachers who are dedicated to the progress & growth of their students, whether it be a below avg, average or a gifted child. Most teachers in this school are there just to teach an average kid nothing below or above that, their attitude is, they can't be bothered about doing anything extra. Regrading the previous posts about parent involvements, what we have seen is, there are few parents/ families who dominate the scene both in school & class. Many teachers favor the children from such families, neglecting other children. We have seen that partiality in our child's current class. The current principal ( Aug2010) has no leadership qualities, a puppet in the hands of his older teachers. He does not know to keep his word, we felt he is still inexperienced for the post,most senior teachers wanted him so that they could have their way . Previous principal had better leadership qualities in her. Our child is trapped in this education system. This school ( in fact most public schools) is just a free baby sitting place, there is no good teaching in terms of subjects materials or morals appropriate for the grade level.

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2010
Heron school's teachers are excellent! My child is able to get advanced work to keep her challenged, although I have concerns that she will be held back academically due to budget cuts. I'm extremely disappointed that Heron does not have the GATE program at their campus! This year classroom size has increased, which is tough on teachers as well as our children. I am happy to bring in school supplies, drive on field trips, etc., to help out because without volunteers, the future for our schools looks bleak. I am happy to see that many parents feel the same way and help out whenever they can. I would really like to see P.E. increased to five days a week instead of only two! It would be nice if more extra-curricular activities were offered.

- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2010
Class size has been increased from 24 to 30 and the closing of a nearby elem school will increase it more. The teachers constantly want kids to give money and do fundraisers. Parents must drive the kids or they don't go on field trips. P.E. is only two days a week. There is no GATE program. More cuts are expected.

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2010
My child attends Heron school. I have been impressed year after year with the teachers. Some of the teachers have been excellent, while others are very good. They have all been experienced teachers and none have been bad. Both the teachers and the principal are caring and very much involved with the students. There is a strong sense of community, as the parents are very involved at this school. The only problem at this school have been district problems with increasing class sizes and budget cuts. It is a shame that NUSD can't get their act together otherwise it would be a phenomenal school. Still as long as the teachers and parents stay involved, we will still come out ahead...

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 11, 2010
Heron is a wonderful school full of wonderful teachers. By far most of the students at the school are wonderful and engaged in the learning process. The parents seem interested in what their children are doing in class and there is a lot of parent participation in all aspects of the school. The PTSA has bridged some of the gap with the budget crisis and only hopes to do better things next year.

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2009
The teachers, staff, and students make Heron School a wonderful community. There is a core of dedicated teachers lead by warm, caring principal which allows the students to feel safe and nurtures the learning environment. The tremendous outpouring of parent and community involvement is also extremely important in making Heron School such a huge, all-around success.

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2009
I love heron school because all the teachers are great.

- submitted by a student
December 28, 2008
I am actually kind of tired of the fundraisers. I have a daughter in the fifth grade and this is her last year because I would prefer for her to change classes and have a bouquet of teachers, an actual middle school experience rather than extended elementary. We have had awesome teachers. I think Mr. Breckenridge is awesome as well as Mr. Talbot and Mrs. Wilson for kindergarten.

- submitted by a parent
December 16, 2008
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- submitted by a student
April 21, 2008
I have four boys. Three attend the school in grades K (Mrs. Wilson), 1st (Ms. Alfaro) and 3rd. (Mrs. Norris) grade. I volunteer in each class and I have found that all three teacher are amaizing with the kids. They each are very patient, caring and wonderful with the kids. Each teacher that we have all know the kids learning levels and really take the time and go the extra mile for every one of their kids. They really work hard and it shows. My kids love them and I do too.

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February 02, 2008
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August 28, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
no rating August 15, 2007
The Kindergarten program is excellent. The teachers are some of the best in the district. The facilities are brand new and the campus seems adequately safe. My daughter had a great year in Kindergarten and we have no major complaints.

- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2007
This is our district's first K-8 school. The teachers are incredibly caring and dedicated to our children. They always have the time to spend helping our children succeed and most are involved in after school activities in some way. We have been most impressed with the education of our 3 children at this new school!

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2007
Heron's first year was tough, but with more adminstrative support from the district office Heron will be one of the best K-8's in NUSD. Heron needs a great principal to lead a diverse student population. Though there are many parents that are helpful there is a larger number of parents that want to be involved, but need direction. Parents for the 6th - 8th grades are necessary for the success of Heron.

- submitted by a parent
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Heron School
5151 Banfield Drive, Sacramento, CA  95835
(916) 567-5680
Last modified Heron School is a Public school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Heron School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 20 reviews. Top