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Sacramento, CA
Students enrolled: 454
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3919 Mckinley Boulevard
Sacramento, CA 95819

(916) 277-6364
(916) 277-6388
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June 08, 2014
Wonderful school with caring teachers and a beautiful facility. Even the library is great for an elementary school.

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2014
We have been at Judah for 5 years and have 3 children that attend here. The staff, teachers and PTA are very dedicated to my children and making sure they are being educated in a diverse environment. The school offers many programs and is always pushing my children educationally to be the best that they can be. I recommend this school to everyone. There is a nice comforting feeling when I go to work and know that my kids are in such great hands.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2014
I have 2 children at TJ. We were lucky to get in during Open Enrollment, and do not reside in East Sac. In fact, we are residents of Oak Park. I was concerned at first that we would not fit in and might even be left out, but my concerns were unwarranted. We transferred from SCUSD's #1 school after learning they were unable to meet the needs of one of my children. The team at Theodore Judah has been so supportive and encouraging to my special child and our family as a whole. Principal Celeste has always been kind, and fellow parents have been warm and inviting. My children are educationally challenged and receive art, music, and garden lessons that keep them engaged. I love this school.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2014
We are so excited about our experience at Judah. The staff has been very accommodating and welcoming to our child. The philosophy the school has about the inclusion of art, science and music in the school day make the learning environment very engaging. The facility is old and in need of TLC but parents and community members are doing a great job of keeping that front and center so the district makes improvements. The families that attend watch out for each other and come together to make smart decisions for our children and the education they receive.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2014
This school is WONDERFUL! After reading the last few reviews, I am so confused and saddened by the negative and odd comments people are making about our school. Sure, it is old and class sizes are big, but that is city wide and we need to take that up with the district. If your kid has special needs or behavioral problems, maybe that's a separate issue, but don't blame the teachers and staff who work so hard to make this school amazing. The PTA works hard too and should not be blamed for "taking over the school," or raising "cliquish children!" Such silliness! This summer we are getting many improvements made to the school and our programs continue to be some of the strongest in the district. This is a lovely neighborhood school and it hurts my heart to see it spoken so poorly of. People are waiting to attend here and the community of parents is outstanding. I guess some folks just have a hard time seeing how tremendous our little school is.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2014
My wife and I are not sure we did the right thing by transferring our son to this school. The building is old and smells horrible. People from the surrounding neighborhood bring their dogs in and let them poop on the playground area and he has ruined three pair of shoes from stepping in it. Our son has always enjoyed school but has become withdrawn and does not like going to school anymore since starting here. We have tried discussing our concerns with the principal but she is less than helpful. The teachers seem like they are unhappy and under stress all of the time. The school has safety issues.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2014
I was drawn by what seemed like a true sense of community and good academic programs. My daughter really wanted to go to this school, but after a few months she begged me everyday not to go. The very first day of kindergarten, she came hone full of anxiety asking about the bench, the principals office, and calls home for bad behavior. When I asked her what she did at school, she said they had to sit all day and any playtime was short. I volunteered and noticed the kids were in trouble for minor offenses... hair twirling, squirming, sitting the wrong way. I'll also have to agree with previous post that there is a non-inclusive, clique mentality prevalent among the highly involved pta parents. Even worse, the same attitude seemed apparent among their kids. My daughter has always been outgoing with lots of friends. She was left out by the other girls in her class. The teacher didn't seem to notice or understand how to create a class culture of inclusivity. My child became more isolated, anxious, and unconfident as time passed. After finally leaving the school, I sent a message to the principal requesting to aire my concerns. I never received a reply. Don't believe the hype.

- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2014
This wonderful gem of a school is run by an excellent administration and teaching staff. The parents are supportive and help fund music science and the arts. The best part is the community if families. We all watch out for each others kids, good diversity and smart happy kids. And they have chickens in the garden program!!

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2013
We moved from the east coast to Sacramento several years ago. My son started Kindergarten at TJ. We live a five minute walk away. I was hoping that we'd be able to find a real neighborhood school in which parents were fully involved in their kid's education and with a high standard of educational excellence. TJ is all of that with a good core of teachers and a better group of kids. I would hope that the dissension witnessed this past year among the diverse parent make up will be resolved through better dialogue particularly with a new inflow of students coming in from several of the schools which were closed. I am confident that this will happen.

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2013
As far as the learning experience goes this school is top notch. But the principal is very cold and unapproachable. She has a certain group of parents whom she plays "favorites" with. If you complain she retaliates. We enjoy the teachers and most of them have been great!

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2013
The learning environment here is outstanding. Excellent teachers who are very approachable. Having said that, a few parents from the PTA control the school and Principal which makes for a very unpleasant experience for a lot of families. No real diversity among staff at all.

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2013
TJ is the very best a public neighborhood school can be, pushing the envelope with success in countless directions. With all the funding challenges and students' diverse needs, success is not simple - but that much more special when it happens, which occurs daily. Much relies upon the willingness of the teachers to challenge themselves and the tremendous parent involvement. An unfortunate occasional ill-effect of the volunteerism may be that some parents feel left out. Ideally, we all keep reaching out to each other, learning from each other, healing, and growing sronger together. The opportunity and desire are very much there.

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2012
I agree with the review posted on 10/7/12. We heard such wonderful things about this school, and at the open house we attended we were told that this school was different from other Sacramento schools in that they don't just "teach to the test." So far our experience could not be more different. High-pressure academics - in kindergarten! - with a focus on eventual standardized tests. Too much homework, too much pressure, teacher who loses her temper in class. If this is kindergarten I can't imagine what sixth grade will be like.

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2012
We had read the reviews on here for Theodore Judah and were excited that our son would be attending school here. That excitement has diminished. The hallways smell like urine and so do the areas around the building. The students and teachers seem to be nice but many of the parents are cold and on the "snobby" side. It's okay but nothing that lives up to the hype.

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2012
We have been very happy with our experience at Theodore Judah. My son had a wonderful kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Marshall, who made sure that he was challenged. And he loves the after school program at the Children's Center with Ms. Gretchen, Ms. Unique and Ms. Irene. All of the parents are very involved and allow the school to offer a lot of enrichment activities that they would not otherwise have the staffing for.

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2011
This school seems to give preferential treatment to the Caucasian students and families. Very cliquish!

- submitted by a community member
September 21, 2011
My son just started Kindergarten and he has been learning the Pledge of Allegiance so I'm not sure about the previous posters assertion that this is not allowed. We love the school so far! The principal is awesome!

- submitted by a parent
November 10, 2010
This school is good school but we are moving our children out. We are a military family and were shocked that our child was not allowed to recite the Pledge of Allegiance in class. There was also a class room that had several flags of another country hung up yet no American flag. We want our children in a school promotes American pride and patriotism more than this one. The Principal is really nice and the parent involvement is great, just disappointed in the pledge issue and the fact that the teacher was rude when we inquired.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2010
Amazing community feeling at this school. Off the charts parent involvement that has enhanced the students classroom learning with Art, Science, Garden, Music and Greening the School Programs.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 29, 2010
Outstanding & hardworking team (parents, teachers & staff)

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 26, 2010
The teachers, students and faculty are great. It's a great place to learn and for children to thrive

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 26, 2010
Theodore Judah Elementary School has endured many difficulties in the past decade that my children have been attending. The school's students, parents, teachers and staff, have come together as a community to not only overcome these difficutlies, but also improve its student scores and the environment as a whole. The school is constantly improving academically, socially, and in its facilities. The one element that stands out for me is the parental involvement that we have at our school. Their positive, can do attitude reinforce, and sometimes enhance, the cirriculum that the teachers and staff present to our children. This is truly a community school, that has excelled because of its teachers, staff, parents, and the children of this community.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2010
Theodore Judah is a true community school, with much needed enrichment programs supported directly through community and parent volunteerisim, monetary support and in-kind donations. It's also a small community where teachers, parents, and students are responsive to and supportive of one another. It's reassuring to be on campus where the principal, teachers, staff, other parents, and other students know my children by name and my child knows them.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2010
I have loved this school since I was a student here in the 60's. This has always been a community of very supportive parents and teachers. Most of the staff have been here for 13 or more years. Many of us have graduate degrees and all of us have CLAD or BCLAD certification. We all love our school, the community and our students. Theodore Judah is the best elementary school anywhere, the teachers teach the required curriculum with passion, and the parents through the PTA are very involved in our school with great art, science, physical education,music and garden programs...Its a great place!

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2010
We LOVE our NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOL. It is community at its best! Very diverse in students as well as in programs. Awesome Science and Garden program, and wonderful Arts program as well. Have been there for many years, and have another kinder ready to start in the fall.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2010
Wonderful school. My step children when there and now my dughter does too.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2010
We have a great community of kids and parents who are willing to put in the extra time it takes to make a difference!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2010
T.J. is a wonderful community for my son. He is encouraged to thirve and be a kind citizen.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2010
Theodore Judah rocks! This is a neighborhood school that has been 'up-and-coming' for the last few yeers, and now it has arrived. The Art, Science, and Garden programs rock! My kindergartner is lighting up light bulbs and making volcanos. The teachers are great, the pta is strong, and the families are amazing.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2010
The teachers rock! The parents rock! The school feels like a big family-

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2010
What my daughter loves about Theodore Judah Elementary is her wonderful teacher Mr. Bovert. He has the class sing and do many fun activities. He is professional and a model teacher. I am so glad my daugher is enjrolled there.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2010
Theodore Judah Elementary is a (K-6) neighborhood school located in East Sacramento, nearby McKinley Park. The school s population is about 316 students. We integrate music, art, and science with regular curriculum. We offer after school enrichment classes for a fee. We have START (an after school program) on campus which the city provides at no cost from 2pm to 6pm. They offer one-hour homework study time, teach academic subject matter and organize play activities. Theodore Judah has an outstanding dedicated teaching staff and classified staff, even our custodians are involved. We have a very active Parent Teacher Association (PTA) that put out an excellent Harvest Festival in Oct, at least two Movie Night for the whole neighborhood, Family Dance Night, Science Night, Winter Fest, Jog-A-thon, and in the spring a wonderful Art & Music Festival. Parents are very active and you ll find many of them on campus being docents to the garden or art program. We have Parent Room who are parent assigned to each classroom to help the teacher and the principal communicate to all the parents. The parent beautified the campus and are continues find ways to my our little school the best. Our 2009 API scores are 863 a growth of 29 points! We are doing great! Oh, I almost forgot, we also have a GATE program for the gifted children from 4th to 6th grade and preschool. I have a 4th grader and we love our school. It s the best!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
It is a true neighborhood school! The art, music, science and garden programs truly enrich my son's learning experience. He is thriving!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
My son is performing great and is loving school. Ms. Daswon is phenominal, detailed and dedicated to seeing children excel in kinder so that they can continue success in first grade and beyond. The PTA is awesome and they works overtime to put on plays that the kids help produce and perform in, there is an onsite garden, they also bring in a music and art instructor to expose the children to fine arts. There are two afterschool onsite daycare programs and even the Mad Science program is available. With the recent budget cuts and changes to Title I requirements the funding has dropped dramatically and yet parents work side by side with the principle, teacher and school staff who have a genuine interest in seeing kids achieve success in school; Overall Theodore Judah provides a quaility curriculum that in inclusive of extracuricular activities (such as movie night, harvest festivals, auctions, plays, spring art festivals, dinners, etc.)that most public school just don't or can't provide in the current times.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
The parents and families are involved and helpful in providing extra activities, raising money and building community. I think the art, gardening and music programs are great for my students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
My nephew goes to Theodore Judah and they have great science/garden, and art/music programs. The kids love it!

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 22, 2010
This school is absolutely wonderful. We've had one child complete K-6 who still feels so connected to the school. We have another child attending who is thriving and filled with school pride. The PTA and the awesome partent participation have brought on and supplemented several wonderful enrichment programs. Truly a great neighborhood school!

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2010
I love the fact that my son has an awesome teacher Mrs. Wilson. My son is in Special Ed and his teacher is so patient with her students. She treats each and everyone of her students with respect and continues to help them to strive to do better. Just because theses students have a different way learning. She has never once made my son or the other students feel like they could not do what the rest of there peers could do. Since my son has been going to Theodore Judah he continues to amaze me on how well he is progressing and that is all I want for my kids to know they can do it. With teachers like Mrs. Wilson I know my kids can be anything they put there minds to it. She is a sweet, loving, patient, and humble person and my family is blessed to have her as a teacher.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
Terrific set of parent supported enrichment options. The Art Program, Science/Alive and the unbelievable Garden Program. Top notch! Strong community support, strong teachers, strong administration.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
TJ is in a unique status of a school moving forward with support from students, parents and the community. A renewal of education for the right reason,...the students and their future. Top drawer PTA support and involvement is bringing the school back to a top rank elementary school in conjunction with teacher and staff interaction. McKinley Park is a community and Theodore Judah is our school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
Theodore Judah is great because of its active PTA which contributes to provide such programs as science, art, music, garden, and computers.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2010
this school is amazing! it is for sure a school on the move. the pta is very active and has worked with the teachers to make some fabulous things happen - music, hands-on science, and in-the-dirt garden time for each class each week! come to our open house on may 27th if you want to see an amazing place where you will want to enroll your kids for sure!

- submitted by a teacher
November 13, 2009
We transferred our daughter here after two years at a charter, we are amazed at the progress she has made. Awesome structure, the parent participation makes all of the difference. They have a garden that the children work in, it is a wonderful place for kids.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 14, 2009
There is a true partnership between teachers, parents and administration at Theodore Judah to provide a well-rounded experience for our students. The school brings traditional academics, art, hands on-science, music, and physical education to every student. It is a true community effort and everyone feels part of the Theodore Judah family. I'm so excited for my son to be part of this fantastic school.

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2009
Theodore Judah has an amazing garden and Science Alive program that has captured the participation and interest of the entire neighborhood including many seniors. The entire community definitely feels that the school welcomes their participation.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 06, 2009
Because the parent involvement is incredible. The kids are excited about school, and we have an amazing principal who has improved the quality of the (already great) school by leaps and bounds.

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2008
As a parent I am always impressed by the level of dedication the teachers and principal of this school have. Most of the staff has been with the school 10+ years. The principal has proven to be a wonderful asset to this school. Her open-door policy is great for us parents that have questions/comments. The PTA has changed, a new Board and president. Events seem less traditional and very sponsor driven at every event. Some of us think it has lost it's 'home-like' feel. It is not the PTA that makes the school, it is the teachers, students and parents. My child enjoys going to school there. As a parent I am very pleased with the academics.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 10, 2008
I am so glad the neighborhood is taking back the school! I look around the campus during recess and think what a gem of a school. As a small neighborhood school the children receive individual attention and are known by name by all the teachers and staff. I am impressed by the spirit of the school, the dedication of the PTA, and the support of the local community. I see the positive direction they are heading in and feel lucky to have such a wonderful school in my neighborhood.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2007
I have worked at T.Judah for many years. We have wonderful teachers, great instructional programs, and the nicest kids in Sacramento! It's a fun place to work. Come and visit us.

- submitted by a teacher
August 15, 2007
I am also a parent of a child who luckily had Mrs.Dawson for kindergarten this past year. She was absolutely the best teacher to have for this critical introduction to public education. I am hopeful that First Grade will also prove fruitful, but I am disappointed that a number of kids are not returning to Theodore Judah -- opting instead to attend Phoebe Hearst. // While this is a personal choice, we should all keep in mind that Theodore Judah's principal will begin her second year when the school bell rings in a few weeks. Her leadership, direction and vision for her school and for her students -- her kids -- are definitely worth keeping my child at her school.

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2007
The school has won many awards this year. My son loves his teacher and his tutor. He has a lot of friends and the school feels friendly and helpful. I have been very happy with the school and plan to keep my son there for 4th grade next year

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2007
I had a son go to Theodore Judah for kingergarten and then moved him to a parochial school. I thought most of the kindergarten teachers were great... My son had all year with Mrs. Dawson.

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2006
Theodore Judah is a great little school tucked away in East Sac. We have a new principal that brings a burst of energy with him. He takes time to get to know the students and parents and listens. We have some great programs continuing this year like our Art Docents, music lab, and a great new science lab. Our Library is beautiful and our auditorium has been renovated. A new marquee is on the way to grace the entrance. Our PTA continues to bring great enrichment to our students and last but not least our teachers are priceless.

- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2005
There is a new principal, so I'm waiting to give him marks one way or the other. They have a music program, science program, GATE program and 4th R. However, I'm not seeing all these programs integrated into high scores from the kids. In fact, many neighborhood parents don't send their kids to this school, because of low test scores. Although the local parents are involved, I would hesitate to say that all parents are involved. Part of the issue, I think, is that the territory for the school is too large and pulls from too large of a student pool. It probably brings down test scores, but I couldn't say for sure.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2005
Although the curriculum looks great and the first impression is good ...the children have complained that there is not a good learning envirnment as there are too many behavioral issues and the issues are not being handled in a positive manner. The children are labeled and not given the opportunity for constructive input.

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2004
Sad to say, since another parents note in January 2003, there has been no change in extracurricular activities. Educational field trips is basically non-existant. Though this school is in a great neighborhood, it really needs help in their overall program - from their educational curriculum to the personal enrichment the school should provide our children. We do our part to development our children and the school system needs to do their part to add to that development. Our children are limited by the education program at this school. I look forward to my child moving on to Junior High where my research has discovered a greater system of education and an even better opportunity to get involved in extracurricular activities. Unfortunately, the new principal has not offered hope for the near future.

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2004
The school is going through changes that I think will be for the better. My children have excellent teachers. The PTA is quite strong and I expect there will be more extracurriular activities in the future.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2003
Located in a lovely neighborhood, this little school has had its ups and downs. The principal of many years has left and the new principal is rigid and has terrible people skills. The art program is by the PTA. Due to low enrollment many students had to change classes three weeks after school started. Now the worst school in the district, the parents do what they can, but over all the administration hobbles them.

- submitted by a parent
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Theodore Judah Elementary School
3919 Mckinley Boulevard, Sacramento, CA  95819
(916) 277-6364
Last modified Theodore Judah Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Theodore Judah Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 59 reviews. Top