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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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