Wonderful school with caring teachers and a beautiful facility. Even the library is great for an elementary school.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We were very disappointed in Theodore Judah Elementary for the 4 years we were there. Theodore Judah is not the school to send your child to if he or she has any sort of learning disability, autism, or attention issue. The principal is uncooperative and not supportive of learning differences in children, nor are many of the teachers. There is hardly any one on one attention given in the classroom, and teachers feel it is a hardship to deal with any child that is different. Every year, during the IEP process, the principal would continually brush aside our input as parents, making it nearly impossible to get our child(ren) a suitable and constructive IEP. Although the speech therapy staff are somewhat supportive in their efforts, the principal and teachers are not, which negates any real progress. We tried our best to be happy at Theodore Judah, but dealing with disagreeable teachers and an inconsiderate principal made for a miserable experience for our family.
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!!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This school seems to give preferential treatment to the Caucasian students and families. Very cliquish!
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!
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.
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.
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