Students enrolled 1353
School leader Dave Rodriguez
Transportation options Yes
District Sacramento City Unified School District

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3150 I Street
Sacramento, CA 95816

(916) 264-4150
(916) 264-3436
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4 stars
Based on 65 ratings

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October 17, 2014
I give it a 5 only because vice principal is the best loving person there. I wish they would make her the principal. I feel sad at this school, like everyone is afraid to talk to me, teachers, know the principal rolls his eyes at me. All because my dad defended me. But Ms. Martin the vice principal she's always smiling at me she doesn't care she still makes me feel welcomed, but other people are mean, teacher kick me out of class, the principal points at me, when I'm with my friends. But I won't give up I show them I'm strong and this is not going to hurt me. I love this school, and I'm not leaving because some teachers or principal don't like me.

- submitted by a community member
October 14, 2014
Cockroaches, dead rats. Who knows what is found in the food, they haven't took care of this for 2 years. Teachers SOME are terrible bullying kids making them cry. Staff are rude, principal is awful. Yesterday I noticed the principal being very rude to a mother I heard the entire conversation I was behind the mothers car, I will be speaking to her today.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2014
School staff members need to be shining examples of the behavior they hope to see in their students," -Treat all students with patience and respect. Avoid sarcasm. Expect the best, not the worst, from students. Encourage students to ask questions when they don't understand. Vice principal should be the principal. They changed a event from family to kids only because a specific parent was going that the school dislikes. I don't like this school. I'm finding out more information as it is provided to me and will keep this site or other sites posted.

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2014
As a Sutter parent I just wanted to say that Principal Rodriguez is already impressive on the first day of school. After 6PM he is still instantly responding to email and fixing issues that Rocklin School were always rediculously beauracratic about. +1 Sutter! Jeremiah H.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2014
Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today. This is a great school, let teachers do there job! And parents you will get positive results..and kids will succeed...Principal is professional And very helpful. As well as all staff members! 2 of my children will attend this school for there 2 year....and they love it....

- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2014
Sutter has so many students, I feared my daughter might get lost in the shuffle. But she really wanted to go here, because her friends were going. We've been very pleased with her academic success. There are lots of options of things to try (she was thrilled with what she learned in woodshop!). The principal and vice principal are easy to contact and concerned about the quality of the school. Teachers are concerned and easy to talk to, as well as highly competent. Parent involvement is high. In fact, every parent of a former student that I talked to was very positive in their reviews. We're looking forward to another great year.

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2014
As we are approaching the end of 7th grade at Sutter Middle School, I have been humbled by the dedication of the teachers and administration. I expected that a school of this size would treat its students like a number and I have been so delighted to find the opposite is true. Our son has thoroughly enjoyed his first year at Sutter and stated today that although there's been a fair bit of homework, he feels the school is preparing him well for high school and his future.

- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2014
I loved this school always nice and a special kind of way that would feel like a home in sutter middle I'm a proud miner and always recommend Sutter. The teachers were always helpful, and kind to help you with the homework what you don't understand or help with some of the notes you missed in class, help with your problems that your having with your friend,anything their always their for you. " Once A Miner, Always A Miner" and a proud one.

- submitted by a community member
November 10, 2013
Hello... My daughter loves this school... And the kids are great... The teacher are great (Ms.Thomas) science she's awesome my daughter loves her... And her gym teacher mr.faith .. And of course the principals ms.martin and mr.rodriguez everyones great.. And also the front office personnel very polite.... I love this school..great education and great people...keep it up sutter.....

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2013
Sutter Middle School located in Sacramento is a great school for kids with big brains. Socially the school is good and my son enjoyed it completely. My daughter is currently attending and she loves it too. I just wish they could have kept the Spanish teacher... from what I hear he was good.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2013
I am a seventh grader too and I do think many of the students aren't too nice. But the teachers there are so helpful and dedicated to their job. I truly believe they want their students to succeed. I am in the SAS honor classes which has great teachers and some awesome students. There are bullies in every school, and Sutter is no exception to that. But I've found some genuine people there who want me to do my best all year long at Sutter.

- submitted by a community member
February 04, 2013
This school isn't any better or worse than Mitchell Middle School. We put our daughter in this school after a rough sixth grade at Mitchell, she did worse than at Mitchell for 7th grade. We then switched back to Mitchell. I believe that the school isn't the problem, it's the student. If the student wants to succeed, it will happen anywhere. There isn't anything special about Sutter that doesn't happen at Mitchell.

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2012
I am a seventh grader and I just started here at Sutter. I love that it so BIG. That doesn't necessarily mean everyone on is nice, but if someone is mean you report it and find some new friends. I came from a small elementary school where there was BULLYING. All of the kids from there went to Sutter but I have no classes with them and found so many other great friends. Everyday i recognize someone that I hadn't seen for a really long time. (from soccer, volleyball, baseball, swimming, ect.) Now for academics. I love all of my teachers. I am in G.A.T.E. and I am challenged a majority of the time. I have woodshop for my elective and it is so much FUN! I am also excited to TA (teacher assistant) next year. My class teachers asked for supply donations that ranged from $3-$20 but understood if you couldn't afford it. Also Mr. Rodriguez and Mrs. Tahara-Martin are a little intimidating, but I have become great friends with both of them. My mom, dad, and I are in PTSO (parent teacher student association.) My brother, who is an eight grader goes here, too and he loves it. Sutter has lot of SPIRIT and SMARTS. Also at lunch there is music and it's a nice break after four periods. GO MINERS!

- submitted by a community member
February 26, 2012
I am a parent of a current 7th grader and my older daughter was at Sutter last year for 8th grade. They both are having and had wonderful experiences at Sutter. I can't say enough about the fantastic teachers at this school. The teachers take extra time to offer tutoring during their lunch time or after school. They are caring and keep the parents updated on Zangle. The find the teachers at Sutter to be really exceptional. I know that now since my older daughter has moved on to high school, & I don't get the same kind of current feedback like I did from the Sutter teachers, especially with posting their grades on Zangle or on their class website.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2012
My son is in 7th grade at this school. I cannot say enough about how wonderful it is! There is a lot of school spirit, and PTSO is outstanding. Mr. Rodriguez and the office staff are fantastic. I'm not certain why any parent cannot contact the teachers, the emails are on Zangle, the school website, and maybe classjump.I really love using Zangle to keep up with my son's progress. I saw a B go down to a D one day and IMMEDIATELY emailed the teacher. I received a response right away, and always have!! The teachers are always wonderful about helping if my son or I ask. I hope all parents are using Zangle!

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2011
I've never encountered racism and the school is absolutely wonderful. You would be doing your child a favor by sending then to Sutter.

- submitted by a parent
December 11, 2010
this school is terrible. racism still exsists , and u find that there is so many snobby kids. It is a big popularity contest and youll be better off sending them some where else

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2010
Great school. Best teacher in the state (Jody Cooperman). I came form a catholic school and found compassion, love, learning and direction. I will always remember the welcoming Sutter community as a safe place in a hostile world. From the office people to the classroom it is a total atmosphere of unconditional love. It is a shame I had to leave my church to find it.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 13, 2010
Excellent teachers! Great Gate Program!Challenging. Teachers really want the children to suceed!

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2010
This is an excellent school!! My daughter will enter her second year at Sutter. As for the remark below..it is not the school's job to raise your child-you need to do that at home. I am glad that they are strict with discipline at this school. Excellent learning environment.

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2010
easy to suspend for punishment-appears they want kids out of the way instead of figuring problem - "OUT OF SIGHT - OUT OF MIND" theory!

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 10, 2010
My son went to this school two years ago and want my daughter to go here next year....great great school for our kids

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2010
best school ever!!!! i will hate to leave next year... :-[ but i am really enjoying it you make a ton of new freinds and get a great education... :-]

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March 01, 2010
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- submitted by a student
no rating January 30, 2010
i am currently attending this school. it has a great academic program but the students should focus more on academics than social status and popularity. overall, the school is great and im so sad that next year i have to go to high school. ;(

- submitted by a student
no rating January 03, 2010
This school...I graduated from this school last year and I can't say enough about it. It's a great school with great teachers and great students. This school has a wonderful principal and vice principal [though I heard they got a new v.p.]. The staff is very warm and welcoming. I know anyone who attends this school will leave with graditude in their hearts - I promise that.

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January 02, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
no rating January 02, 2010
i love sutter middle school it is the best school ever and i cant even tell you how fun it is! i go there know and i love it mucho!

- submitted by a student
no rating December 01, 2009
a review is definitley not enough to complete this school. words cant describe it. i am already crying because i have to leave next year. there are no words in the dictionary to evaluate Sutter. words cannot describe the spirit and passion of a Sutter Miner.

- submitted by a student
November 20, 2009
This school is just fun. I love it.

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November 01, 2009
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October 13, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2009
this school is awesome and i hope all my friends from elementary school will come during the next school year

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November 22, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2008
This school is one of the best schools I ever have been at. I just graduated from there a few months ago and I am already missing it. Some classes were challenging, but I learned a lot more than I ever thought I could. The electives were extremely fun and I was glad there was a music program. I was able to learn how to play the cello because of the great teaching skills of Ms. Vigil and am now glad about pursuing music. I also enjoyed the math classes. Students are tested to see what math they are in so that no student is over- or under-challenged. The science classes were fun and exciting and very updated on new science discoveries. I highly encourage middle school students to go to Sutter.

- submitted by a student
June 23, 2008
This was a fantastic school! I recently graduated and have realized how much I owe the school and faculty. The teachers were great, if my grades went down, they would be glad to help me and were extremely nice. I improved my grade in one quarter by 1.3 points GPA. The school is a great experience and is great prep for highschool. If you would like your child to have a balanced social and educational life this is the school for them.

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April 19, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
October 18, 2007
this is the best school ever i came here last year and i can't believe i have to leave this year! the teachers are so nice and always remeber your name and try to help you out and if you get bad grades they will really try to help you get good grades! this year we got a new principal im sorry that i don't remeber his name but he is excellent and so nice and even nos mostly everyones name and always talks to everyone and is never mean!! although i miss mr.purcell our new principal is awesome and seeing all the new 7th graders and meeting new people just makes this experience so much better! people should really send thier children here it is so fun and has a excellent eduacation you will love this school!

- submitted by a student
September 06, 2007
We came to Sutter last year because of the acedemic reputation and raves from other parents who had children already enrolled. I must say that I was disappointed by the vocal encouragement for parent involvment that never really extended into an open hand when I put it to the test. Not that anyone was not helpful...it's just that I had to be one step ahead always. My child was enrolled in the Resources program and her core teacher was caring and sharp. In fact, most of my daughters teachers were wonderful, but they are busy and they have hundreds of students. If you don't go point out your child, show your interest, chat with the teachers; don't expect them to come to you. My daughters review is positive. She loves the school. That in itself says a lot for middle school period.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2007
This is the best school Ihave ever went to! I love it! All the teachers are soooo helpful and nice! I love Mr. Purcell and am really sad that he is leaving!

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June 21, 2007
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- submitted by a student
September 18, 2006
We moved my gifted student from a private school for 7th-8th grade in preparation for high school. Although we have no regrets, it has been a mixed experience. Sutter has a very good academic reputation primarily drawn from the high number of GATE eligible students enrolled. Parent need to recognize that the gifts of the few exceptional teachers do not necessarily translate into exceptional education for all students at all levels. Extracurricular activities are actually few and mostly limited to competitive sports. Parent involvement is limited to fund raising. Safety is highly valued but that philosophy does not extend to after-school outside of formal sport or club program hours. Sutter has a huge enrollment and the students are just one of many. Make sure that's the right environment for your child before choosing this school.

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2006
The academic program at Sutter Middle School is geared for GATE and regular level students. What makes Sutter so special is the personalized attention that each child has access to no matter their level of achievement. The principal Mr. Purcell is awesome. He take special care to notice and remember each and every student by name which with 1200+ kids on campus is a miracle. Personally, I have never seen this type of dedication by all staff to help each student reach their potential. This school is amazing!

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2006
The best middle school in Sacramento. Both of my son's attended this school and both are doing wonderfully in high school. The best skill my children learned was how to be organized, use their time well and keep on top of the homework required. I can't say enough about the social, educational and overall atmosphere of Sutter Middle school. It is a great place to send your middle schooler.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2006
Sutter's academic program is very rigorous. To be successful at Sutter, your student should plan to work hard, adhere to behavior standards and consistently attend class. If your student is GATE identified, there is more than one GATE-track class in Language Arts, History & Science. Math choices include Geometry for qualified 8th graders. Sutter sports programs are competitive so 'average' atheletes will not make the team. Other than that, the large student population is not a drawback. The administrative and teaching staff does know individual students and will ensure placement in appropriate classes. Most teachers offer lunch or after-school homework help / tutoring. If you ask a Sutter student about their middle school, they will overwhelmingly tell you they 'love' Sutter and that it is a fun place to go. Sutter students go on to McClatchy HISP, West Campus, Christian Brothers, St. Francis, Jesuit, Kennedy's PACE program and more.

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2006
Great academics. Real feel of community. The students take great pride in attending and rise to the challenge of the heavy work load.

- submitted by a parent
December 27, 2005
My daughter attended Sutter 3 years ago and it is the best run school I have ever seen. The principal, Greg Purcell, should be studied and replicated throughout California. Everything at this campus is geared to setting a high bar for student success. Academics, athletics, and extra-curricular activities are expected to be performed at the highest level possible. I saw kids from all over Sacramento that parents pulled out of their private schools when they reached the middle school age to attend Sutter. They then returned to private school for high school. It is a great, diverse, challenging environment.

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December 19, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
December 12, 2005
excellent staff and best involved principal. Knows the kids and parents by name. All of the staff put in 150% to help the kids succeed. Before and after homework assistance is a plus.

- submitted by a parent
December 04, 2005
My daughter loved this school . She went there for a year and half.

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2005
My son just started 7th grade and loves this school. His teachers are all on top of things and I've found the school year to be very pleasant so far. He has been looking forward to joining a football team through school for awhile now and they do not offer football at the school. He did say in 8th grade they can do a flag football season.

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2005
Academic programs: very strong. Avaliablity of extracurriculars: good. Parent involvement: fantastic.

- submitted by a former student
August 27, 2005
Sutter Middle is a great school to be in.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2005
A large and busy campus, can be overwhelming to students used to a small school environment. Safety and discipline excellent considering size of student body. High academic standards. Very high homework expectations, especially in GATE program. Many students (and families) experience stress and distress over homework load. Young and enthusiastic teachers. Quality of electives disappointing. Very popular principal.

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July 25, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2005
This school is very good. My daughter says she loves the classes and the teachers are great! The teachers are very dedicated and have great enthusiasm! The programs are good and the extracurricular activities are very good. Many parents are involved!

- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2005
The teachers are amazing and the programs seem fun. The extracurricular activities seem enjoyable. Parents loved gettting invlolved.

- submitted by a parent
June 28, 2005
Good, many cultural backgrounds, much social activity, well commended sports teams (cheerleading, baskeball, soccer, etc.)

- submitted by a student
April 22, 2005
From my childrens experience Sutter has one of the best academincs programs in town. My youngest went to a different Junior High however and his workload was aquivalent. Sutter seems to handpick the sutdents who attend where other schools seem to serve neighorhood kids. Hence why the scores are better. Parking and traffic are dismissal, and I also object to playing hip hop music at lunch period! I like the other parent dont allow my kids to listen to this type of music ever!

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2005
Great academics and sports programs. I think the kids love school at Sutter because the teachers are great and really relate well to the kids. I also think the principal shows a lot of creativity by encouraging so many extra cirricular activities and rewarding the kids with school dances and music at lunch. Despite being such a large and diverse student population, there does not appear to be discipline problems. I think they really pay attention to the kids and try to make the campus a fun place to be for learning.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2005
As an educator and a parent, I would not hesistate to suggest that a child attend Sutter Middle school. The faculty is excellent, caring and patient. Their dedication is evident in not only student work, but in the students. The school offers numerous programs for students including sports, music, art, and leadership. Parents are friendly and work collaboratively to support the school, and students. Mr. Purcell and the teachers of Sutter are among the best that Sac. City Unified School District has to offer. This is why Sutter is academically heads and shoulders above the rest.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2005
I have found the principal, Mr. Purcell to be extremely approachable and available. His day begins long before the students show up and he is there long after they go home. I wish he could be cloned. This is a principal who cares about his school and his students! If your child is struggling, as mine has on occassion, call the teacher. I have found all the teachers to be responsive and more than willing to meet and discuss ways to improve my childs grades. And, I might add that Mr. Purcell has attended these meetings. I wish that Sutter went through 12th grade. I have met several former Sutter students and ALL have said that they were more than prepared for High School. My child travels 30 miles round trip to attend this wonderful school!

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Sutter Middle School
3150 I Street, Sacramento, CA  95816
(916) 264-4150
Last modified Sutter Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 7-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Sutter Middle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 71 reviews. Top