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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
My own children went there and now my grandchildren are attending. This is a fantastic school with caring teachers.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 :)
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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