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Sacred Heart Elementary School

Private | K-8 | 303 students


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Posted September 8, 2014

I would not recommend this school. It is lacking in academics as well as the staff tolerates bullying. There is more concern or their fundraising functions than on the quality of education they are providing.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 25, 2014

This is a great school! Fantastic Teacher's, Awesome campus and nice family's. The principle is outrageous kind,she greets you really good if you are new at Sacred Heart. Inside the school is beautiful!!!! also the gym is huge and pretty! that is why we will always stay at Sacred Heart!

Posted August 7, 2013

I went to this school K-8 so i have been through many of the changes. When i was younger I loved going to school but as I grew older it got worse and worse. Whenever i talk to people they say that is natural but i dis agree. Sacred Hearts principle does not care about the students she doesnt listen to what they have to say. The teachers are puppets to the princple and are in the middle of conflict and when confronted they say not to talk to them. The school makes it really difficult ofr students to voice there opinions. The school also has a severe bullying probelm and does not know how to handle it my class personally bullied out around 10 students! I myself felt bullied but i kept it to myslef. I do not recommed this school.

Posted July 21, 2013

Sacred Heart on the surface looks like a wonderful school nice location, new facilities. However, the leadership at the school is weak compared to other Catholic Schools in the area. The school offers no foreign language, no art lab, PE. curriculum is weak, math and English are ok but depends on who the teacher is. The parents are cliquely and the teachers seem tired and frustrated by the weak leadership. Ten years ago, Sacred Heart was a great school, not anymore. So sad!
—Submitted by a teacher

Posted April 11, 2013

My family was new to this school last year. We have been welcomed with open arms by everyone who works there, families, students and especially the administration. The kids are kind, the academics are excellent and the teachers know and love the students.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 18, 2011

Substandard teaching combined with a false sense of elitism. Catholic schools should be kind and christian not militaristic.

Posted October 2, 2011

I think this is a good school for the average child. Good community (though parents are a bit clique-ish and they tend to "select" who their children play with. Parents also seem to run the school. That's not necessarily bad, but it reflects some of the substandard teaching that is seen. Catholic education overall is very good, but Sacred Heart's CCD program is just as good. If you have kids who are bright and intelligent or if you have kids who have special education needs, they wil have a difficult time at this school. I would suggest going to either Phoebe Hearst (best academic elementary school in all of Sacramento county) or David Lubin (they have a good overall school; good special education program as well)
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 20, 2010

Great schools are a reflection of their core components. It takes effort and sacrifice from parents, teachers, administrators, and students to achieve excellence. My son has grown into a fine young man because of his school experiences, life experiences, friendships, strong academic challenges, and solid religious values. The principal is outstanding and has made great improvements over the last two years in hiring staff/teachers, a transition to a brand new school, implementing advanced classes in math, and dealing with the demands of 300+ families. I have found the teachers to be caring and responsive to parent concerns. They do set high expectations for all students and families, so if you are interested in collaborating to ensure the success of your child....this is the school for you.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 28, 2010

The teachers in the primary grade are not very christian. You will find more nurturing and help for your child in a public school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 31, 2010

I am in the process of using this site to review other schools. I wanted to first see how reliable the reviews were for his existing school. I agree the families are excellent, the teachers in the primary years are far from nurturing and overall it doesn't match my recollection of catholic schools that I attended. in essence, the school has an infallible methodology one must follow. If your main complaint is lack of respect and nurture for your child, they really have no response.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 20, 2010

The teachers at Sacred Heart are excellent. The new principal has really made improvements and holds the students and teachers accountable. I am excited about the new school but more excited about the spirit of all that happens there.
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Posted September 25, 2009

Ten years ago, Sacred Heart was a good school. Unfortunately, a vacuum of leadership by the pastor and principals has left parents in charge. It's more a neighborhood private school than a truly Christian school. Shop around. We did and found a superior catholic school. A new building does not a community make.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 13, 2009

I think Sacred Heart has many unique qualities which set it apart from other Catholic schools. Families return to this school generation after generation, a testament to the quality education. We are also blessed with a wonderful mix of students, coming from different background which are lovingly accepted by the children and staff. We are blessed to have a wonderful principal, Mrs Sparks. She has true character, strong leadership qualities, and above all a good sense of justice. Sacred Heart has won my heart over and I would highly recommend it to any family who is looking for a quality Catholic education.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 11, 2009

Sacred Hear is a great school. I may not have realized it all these years, but now that I am in 8th grade I have realized that it really is a good school, and the staff does have controllof the classes. I recieved a wonderful education at Sacred Heart.
—Submitted by a student

Posted February 10, 2009

My son has been going to this school since kindergarten. I love this school and it's teachers. I would recommend this school to everyone that is looking for a good solid catholic school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 10, 2003

I graduated from sacred heart in 1987 and I used to think that I would never appreciate my schooling there. But after being out of school for sometime and being a parent myself I am very grateful for the education I received at sacred heart. The teachers were wonderful and they all made you feel like you could acheive whatever you wanted to just as long as you tried. There is I believe even 2 teachers still teaching at sacred heart today that taught me when I was there 1978-1987. Its a great school!
—Submitted by a former student

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Ethnicity This school State average
White 68% 26%
Two or more races 16% 3%
Hispanic 11% 52%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 3% 1%
Asian or Pacific Islander 2% 11%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Black 0% 6%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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856 39th Street
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