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K-6
Public
Sacramento, CA
Students enrolled: 447
Before care: No
After care: Yes

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6870 Greenhaven Drive
Sacramento, CA 95831

(916) 433-5432
(916) 433-5285
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June 15, 2014
Principal Yang is taking our school to new heights! Our PTA rocks! Our student body is filled with intelligent, studious, creative and kind hearted individuals. The teachers, office staff and support staff are eager to serve. Our before and after school programs are caring and innovative. We are a onward and upward school!

- submitted by a teacher
June 02, 2014
In the past, the school went through transitions that were rough. We now have a new principal that is available at all times, Mr. Yang. He really cares about the students. They have brought back activities that were lost in past years and parent participation is looking to be promising after the carnival this year. Exciting changes are happening and I am glad I get to watch this school grow up and out of the darkness it plunged into many years ago.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2014
my g-daughter has gone to caroline wenzel from K-6 grades. it is a very good school.

- submitted by a community member
September 20, 2012
The absolute best part about this school is Ms. Marshall. Shes DEDICATED. Its really hard to find amazing teachers like her in these times. With budget cuts the staff is insanely busy so please be patient with the front office. They really do try their best. On Fridays the entire school even staff participate in mob dancing. It's hilarious. Parent involvement is scarce here and can improve. There is plenty of opportunities to volunteer. They have 4thR- AWESOMENESS! a free ASES after school program, and reading partners, LOVE it. The cafeteria is always clean and orderly. Kids are required to wear uniform which I really like.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2012
My son attended Wenzel last year as a kindergartener. I found the school to have a warm, inviting atmosphere. His teacher, Mrs. Bender and co-teacher Mrs. Janigian were both excellent. They were highly informed about the education of young children and were patient, kind and warm hearted people who genuinely seemed to love children. Parent involvement was highly encouraged and it was wonderful to see so many parents participating in the first 15-30 minutes of class. Such a warm environment invited more class room volunteers than I have seen in other settings. Wenzel may be an older school without some of the bright shiny brand new tools of the trade, but you can't put a price on good old fashioned caring teachers and a happy setting in which to learn. Principal, Judy Montgomery really set the tone for a successful, happy learning environment and it is my hope that the new administration will continue with her efforts.

- submitted by a parent
July 03, 2012
I have never been so irritated with the transportation system. My daughter is suppose to be picked up at 8:35 every morning. The bus is either an hour late or at the least 35-40 minutes late,leaving my daughter sad and wondering if she is going to make it there or not. Now if it did show up on time and she wasn't out there she would be left and then get a mark against her for missing school. I am just saying someone needs to fix this transportation problem. I do not like starting my daughters or my day frustrated.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2012
During the blending of Caroline Wenzel with Bear Flag Elementary, emotions and frustrations were high. However, that was over five years ago and our school has morphed into a wonderful learning environment. Our students are engaged and happy. Our staff is dedicated and caring. Creative, innovative and thought provoking activites are always taking place. The surrounding neighborhood and park provides a lush, positive playground experience as well. I feel very fortunate to be a member of our Caroline Wenzel team.

- submitted by a teacher
March 27, 2011
The best thing about Wenzel is the principal, Judy Montgomery. She's very hands-on, proactive, and sincerely cares about the children's learning. The downside is the lack of parental involvement and almost no extracurricular enrichment activities (GATE, band, chorus, computers, etc).

- submitted by a parent
February 14, 2011
This is my first visit to greatschools and I was appaled at some of the comments made about Caroline Wenzel School. My children transfered here from Bear Flag when the schools were combined. I found many of the original Wenzel parents to be rude and judgemental about the children from Bear Flag. They often refered to them as "those" children. Principal Montgomery has been working hard with her staff to meet the changing and challenging demands of an economically and ethnically diverse student and parent poulation. She has had to make some tough decisions, including addressing some very inapproriate, rude, and disrespectful parents that feel they are entitled to be above the expectations for behavior. My kids love the teachers and the principal. Learning is fun at Wenzel and the expectations high. Principal Montgomery is not afraid to handle issues head on as she is fully commited to supporting an environment that is inclusive of all children and one that promotes ethical development as well as academic development.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2010
My daughter started Kindergarten here this year. While I think her teacher is amazing, and Principal Montgomery is very congenial and easy to speak to, the front desk staff are NOT. If you don't need anything (like a volunteer sign up sheet or a place to park while you deliver water to your daughter's class while you are pregnant and in need of assistance or a cart or a spot to pull up closer), you are out of luck with the main clerk. She's unhelpful, non-collegial, not forthcoming, and likely to raise an eyebrow that you're making any sort of request, and you'll give up. Additionally, the assistant in the front office last Spring sent me back to Kaiser 2X to get my daughter's vaccine records up to date....WHEN She just couldn't READ a record. Teachers, principal and 4thR=great. Can the staff.

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2010
My own children went there and now my grandchildren are attending. This is a fantastic school with caring teachers.

- submitted by a community member
April 17, 2010
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- submitted by a student
January 05, 2010
I interned at this elementary school in the Healthy Start Resource Center, and it was a great school. Some really awesome teachers, and very sweet students. I found the principal to be very approachable and professional.

- submitted by a community member
September 19, 2009
Principal Montgomery and her staff of teachers have done a wonderful job in constantly improving the quality of education at Caroline Wenzel. Recent test scores are proof of that. I've observed the teacher student relationship to be outstanding. As a parent I would encourage all parents to get involved as much as possible to support the effort.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
Great Principal, Awesome Teachers and Staff and involved parents is what makes this school great! My daughter has done fantastic and is advanced in all subjects. She is happy and loves her teacher. My son is in Kinder and loves it! He looks forward to going to school everyday and learning. They both do! That's the kind of feedback that matters the most! They hardly go on any field trips but at least the school is still open! With all the budget cuts you have to count your blessings.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2009
The Pricipal here is very rude and short on comments when asked about certain problems in school. She does not seem like a caring principal more like an employee working for a check! They do have a very sweet and caring teacher there name Mrs. Marshall she loves those kids truely! We need more teachers and principals like that!

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2009
My dughters started at this school when they were in 1st & 2nd grades. They are in 5th & 6th now. Our principal is wonderful and she works her butt off along with the rest of the staff. They have very hard jobs and have to deal with a lot on a daily basis. So I tip my hat to everyone at Caroline Wenzel :)

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2009
This school is not as bad as other Sacramento Schools my child has been going to Caroline Wenezl since we moved to this area a few years ago my child has an awesome Teacher the only thing I am not happy with is since my child has been going there he has never went on any field trips the only students that go on field trips are the 6th graders which is unfair the school is always asking for donations since Principal Montgomery has been there it has not been the same I wish the old Principal was still there she was very much into activities with the children and was a very up bright person who cared about the students there my child has be harrassed about his race and the people who work there don't take racist slurs from one student to another student serious.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 03, 2008
Since Bear Flag school has joined Wenzel, the students and principal from Bear Flag has made this school worst. The students run the class rooms and policies do not allow the teachers to actually teach. Due to bad behaviors from students, teachers are forced to focus what little time they have on 'baby sitting' those students which wastes valuable class room time with the good students. The blame lies with not only the school policies, but the principal and the parents. Most parents do not care whether or not their students succeed in school, therefore, in life. This is why the behavior problems have increased since Bear Flag joined Wenzel. Our old principal was excellent, she was strict and she set ground rules that everyone had to play by. This is the type of discipline that is needed at this school. Good students and parents are leaving.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
July 02, 2008
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- submitted by a student
June 19, 2008
Principal Montgomery is an amazing addition to this school. Test scores were amazing this year (2007-2008) and students happy and learning. My son had the best teacher ever in Kindergarten even though he went into the school year reading. He wasn't bored and was pushed at his level. what makes a good school great is mostly parent involvement!

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2006
This school is very poorly run and has a deplorable curriculum. The focus is on 'feelings' rather than actual education. They have policies of punishing an entire class for one students infraction which only teaches the good children that it is pointless to behave. In addition, the principle is dismissive and aloof, unwilling to give a parent the time of day unless it has to do with multi-culturalism. We are currently moving out of the area with the sole purpose of getting out of this school district.

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2006
Playground equipment is so limited. There are no field trips. Parent involvement is low. They are always asking for donations, but it is spent only for below average students as far as I can tell.

- submitted by a parent
January 01, 2006
parent involvement seems to be strong, teacher dedication also

- submitted by a parent
July 09, 2005
My son attended Kindergarten in 2004. He had a very positive experience. He was excited to go to class every day. His teacher really built up his self esteem and taught him to be comfortable in front being center stage in front of his peers. I was surprised that with so many kids attending preschool that 1/2 his class had no experience with the alphabet -- it took about 2/3rds of the year to get to reading. Very little parent involvement -- myself and two other parents.

- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2004
We love this school. the school backs up to a huge park so there is lots of playground room. the principle is very active and involved classrooms and is often seen overseeing the kids at recess. There is an city-sponsered after-school program called Fourth R. This lets us drop our kids off early, if we have to work early, or they can go to Fourth R after school to be picked up when we get off work.

- submitted by a parent
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Caroline Wenzel Elementary School
6870 Greenhaven Drive, Sacramento, CA  95831
(916) 433-5432
Last modified Caroline Wenzel Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Caroline Wenzel Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 28 reviews. Top