Posted February 27, 2010
Presentation School is a vibrant, responsive community and school. Teachers are supportive, dedicated, and available. Students are successful both in and out of the classroom as evidenced by standardized tests, community involvement, and expression of faith. We have had a couple of changes in faculty--as all schools do--and the addition of a vibrant Pastor, which have resulted in an even stronger collective commitment to our school. The beauty of the system is that our school, and our sister Catholic schools, are academically and spiritually committed to our students. This is a job, a career, and a ministry for us. If you are a prospective parent, I pray for you to find the right school for your family; if you are already a Presentation family, I thank you on behalf of our faculty and staff for your trust and support.
I am a parent of 2 children that have had the great benefit of the high quality curriculum, teaching and character-building found in the halls of Presentation. Having "shopped" for the best environment for learning, I found it came down to great teachers, a supportive parent/family community and clear communication--especially when things aren't on track. The Principal is especially extraordinary--you don't easily find someone who is willing to talk through difficult issues that come up., and who remains a smart, loving spirit. Look no further---Presentation is your destination!
I am a parent of two children at Presentation. I am also a CA credentialed teacher for grades K-8. I have taught several years for a local public school but have never worked at Presentation as a teacher. Beyond looking for the obvious atributes of a good school, I looked for one where my children would grow spiritually. It is my opinion that there is no better place in Sacramento where children can learn their Catholic faith better. Virtues and theology are integrated throughout much of what learn do each day. My oldest child's favorite class is Religion. The core curricular areas are also very good. Several parents volunteer to give the students more one-on-one instruction and small group break-outs. I understand attendance was very low in all grade levels prior to the Sisters arriving in 2011. Since their integration into the school, many of the classes are filled to capacity and some with waiting lists for the 2013 academic year. There are typically 4 to 6 sisters on campus each day.
Hi all - I am the father of multiple kids in the school. My wife and I have had our kids in 3 schools and Presentation is easily the best. Presentation is without a doubt a vibrant school; vibrant with the Holy Spirit that teaches us AND challenges us to be truly joyful in following His promptings. My advice to prospective families would be to take your kids for a visit and meet all the teachers and ask students in the classrooms and find parents to talk to and see for yourself. A families' opinion of a school can depend on a lot of subjective and even temporary factors. Their is irrefutable evidence that the Principal is not only academically committed, but committed to a rigorous formation that would impress any prep school admissions committee. Namely, Presentation is committed to Character Education using the Virtues - for students and teachers - and to integrating this educational approach across disciples. This is cutting-edge and will make Presentation stand out among other schools. Many new families, including my own, have joined Presentation in the last two years and have enriched the environment a great deal. We hope you will come visit and see for yourself.
Presentation school is not responsive or vibrant. Seven families have gone to the Priest to complain that I know about and nothing is being done. Students who get kicked out of other schools are allowed here. The Sister principal is not academically committed to her students. She is always right. Her staff does no wrong even if it is to the determnet of the child. They do not address learning disabilities even though they have a team in place. It is a hit and miss with teachers. If you are a prospective family, I pray you look elsewhere. Looks pretty on the outside but not too good on the inside- fundraisers constantly, no assistants for large classrooms, Priest's friends and family on staff and in classrooms. The staff does not have a solid reputation. The school almost closed several years ago. If the staff was good, families would have stayed. Same families volunteer over and over again and get burned out. There are better Catholic schools in the area. Several families leaving becasue they lost trust in the school.
Loving and caring community, but this was not a good fit for my son. He was a 4 year old boy when I enrolled him. The class size was just too large to meet his needs. (When I visited the year before, class sizes were smaller!) I felt that the teacher expected kindergarten behavior from a just turned 4 year old boy. In addition, limited outdoor activities. His behavior problems were a mix of the methods and immaturity. When I placed him in a smaller preschool that uses the nurtured child approach he flourished and is well above his peers in reading/writing/math. I think that if your child does well in large groups, can sit quietly for long periods of time, and his/her eagerness does not prevent them from sitting in large circle time waiting, it will be a good fit. I do know other parents who love the teacher and preschool program. I was impressed with the caring enviroment created by the religeous community. It was heart breaking to leave!
I had my child in this scool for 4 years and at the begining I found that it was really good. Each year it got worse and worse. My child was getting picked on, bullied and I felt that nothing was being done to solve the problem. My childs grades were being affected and it got to the point that my child would get up to school and beg not to go. I think most of the teachers there were great and the best one is the 2nd grade teacher. She gives so much of her self. She was always staying after school on her own time to help the kids that were strugling. I wish I could take her with me to this school.
The love in this school from child to child is so very very sweet. It is the same felt sweet spirit of the leadership and is contagious.
I have never worked with a more congenial and professional faculty than at this school. All the teachers listen and respond positively to one another. Teachers endeavor to assist each other in helping students attain their highest potential.
This is my first year that I have been involved with Presentation School and I have seen nothing but a close knit community. The staff is very helpful and you can tell that they truly care about the students. The staff and teachers call Presentation their 'second home' because they are always at Presentation including weekends, watching the students games and attending mass. The students are very kind towards one another. The older students are role models for the younger students and often take time out of their day to make the younger students feel special. Students are academically challenged and encouraged to grow in their faith. Students are also involved with sports, starting in first grade. In my opinion this is an outstanding catholic school.
The academic program is good however, there is major conflicts between teachers. High turnover rate. There is favoritism when it comes to children-teacher interaction. Lots of politics on campus.
Presentation is all about the academics. It is the only option in the area where kids can work above grade level and 'move up' a grade or two in math, depending on their ability. Most of the teachers are fantastics. The upper grades are particularly strong. The new principal is energetic, approachable and working hard to fix some of the issues that every school faces. It is a really beautiful campus with surprisingly good sports programs considering its size. It is faith based, but a comfortable place for the non-religious. Parents are nice and the kids are very welcoming to new students.
Our lady of the presentation is a great community and parent involved school. The staff are very involved the teachers are great some even stay after school and tutor students because they care if the children succeed. All schools have there ups and downs but this school strives to have way more ups. We only have a few more years so why would I even want to break the constant security my child has just to not pay for a good education and a loving atmosphere that always continues and grows more with each year.
I am fun friendly kid who goes to presentation. I love my school the teaching staff is wonderful and I always feel like the teachers really care about us and are teaching us with the all the best resources that any private school would give me . I also do not want to ever leave my wonderful classmates. Some kids had to leave because of their parents problems but they are very sad because know they have to go make new friends just because of their parents which is unfair to the kids. There is always going to be changes in a school that is life so I decided that I will stay here through thick and thin I only have one more year here and I love my school!!!!!!!!
We love Presentation School! The principal is a strong leader who puts students first. The teachers have been amazing also. They have been creative, faith-filled educators who inspire our son every day. It has been wonderful to see the love of learning and love of his Catholic Faith grow deeper each year. We have the teachers, principal, staff, priests and coaches to thank for this. The community life has also been a great experience.
The principal at this school does not make academics a priority. Additionally, some of the teaching staff are seriously lacking in their abilities to teach and properly interact w/ the students. The science, computer and music programs are basically non-existent and paying tuition when receiving less than local public schools seems lopsided at best. The family atmosphere is nice, but does not outweigh the importance of academics. It's a shame to see the downward spiral of this community and the school.
This school is very disappointing. The teaching is below standard. The kids don't learn anything during the school day and must be retaught at home, which takes hours and hours. It is a waste of money. Many parents are disenrolling their children.
This is a faboulous school with few recorces. It's potential is endless, however the Parish community is no longer supporting the school. I'm sure if the Diocese looked at making education a priority they could attract more new students.
We are so happy with Presentation School. The moment we stepped onto Presentation campus we immediately felt welcome, appreciated and part of a community, part of an extended family. The staff is supportive and goes above and beyond for our children. The new principal is such a great addition to the school. In the short time he has been at Presentation he has made such positive changes. It is nice to feel confident that my child is being taken care of, that they are being educated to the highest standards, that as a community, they are being looked after and recognized as unique individuals. Thank you Presentation!
Wow. A fair and just, well educated man who respects his staff and students and who has brought much improvement to our community should not be referred to as weak. Our new (2 years) principal has been a catholic school principal for over 19 years. He is by the book and doesn't waver when a parent or child doesn't like rules. He means what he says and he says what he means. His focus is on the success of our children and the betterment of our school-from curriculum to community. Weak is a word I would never think to use when referring to this man who has done so much for so many.
The children and the families are great but the new principal is very weak. The school use to be great but in the past few years, there has been a change of priests and a new principal that has created a very negative and punitive aspect to this school. Enrollment is low for a reason.
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