August 11, 2003
My child attended Maple School for 3 years (K-2) Maple School is located in a socio-economically low neighborhood. Most students are ESL (English as a second language) and/or below average students. I believe that this fact is represented in the low priorities of the Sacramento City Unified School District. Adequate resources, such as classrooms and staff, as well as extracurricular activities, educational programs, after school programs, and overall funding are neglected or non-existent. My child's learning potential suffered amongst many classmates who were below average. My child, an average to above average student, was always extremly bored in class. Since all available resources were concentrated on the below average students and ESL students, my child was not encouraged to blossom and develop her thirst for learning. Instead, my child was utilized on a daily basis as a 'tutor' or 'helper' to assist the other students with their classwork. This went on for 3 years, from Kindergarten through second grade. Yes, that is correct, she tutored students in her Kindergarten class. Disciplinary guidelines which are set forth by the school district, printed in a booklet, and required to be signed by all parents, are not enforced at Maple School. My child was very unhappy at this school and I was very unhappy with the school's progress (or lack thereof).
- submitted by a parent