I have been extremely pleased with the level of parent involvement at this school. The staff encourages parents to use their talents and skills to enhance the childrens' educational experience. There are many extracurricular activities not found at many other public schools: a yearly talent show, Spanish, music, Science, Scouts, 6th grade plays, carnival, Ice Cream social, dances....I am sure I am forgetting something. The student body is small at the time of this review, so the teacher to child ratio is very good. That doesn't mean it can't change in the future, however. This school uses Saxon Math (which maybe all the schools in the Sac Unified do, I don't know) and it has been a wonderful tool for my child to learn math. She is learning and understanding math so well that I feel soon I will not be able to help her---she'll know more than I do.
My child has attended this school for a few years now and there are many great things they offer. They have arts. which the last school did not have. I have seen a decline in student behavior and principle abilty to deal promptly and seriously to problems that arise. There has been an increase in school bullying. Children were beat up on one occasions while yard duties talked to each other and did not catch this without children getting them. It was a wonderful school, but I do feel that the children are not as safe as they could be and that the teachers and staff have dealt with these things a little too late. I am very unimpressed. I have never had problems with this until this year. The principal is very kind with the kids, just not very good at being a principal.
I think Bancroft is an excellent elementary school. It's biggest attraction to me is the high level of positive parent involvement. It helps the students, significantly adds to the quality of the schools programs, and keeps the administration and teachers on their toes. (The quality of the teaching staff is quite good.) From a parent's perspective, being involved also gives me a network of friends and colleagues that makes the whole K-6 experience more meaningful and fulfilling.
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