Students enrolled 139
Hours 8:30 - 3:00
School leader Mr. Jonathan Molnar
Transportation options None
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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205 24th Street
Sacramento, CA 95816

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(916) 442-5395
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4 stars
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November 01, 2014
We have been overly pleased with the community at Courtyard. The quality of the teaching staff including the after school staff are excellent. It is a loving environment where my child loves going to school everyday and is coming home with a true love of learning, reading and constant self research and exploration. Each year I am enamored by the way the teachers adapt to the class and are able to teach in various styles by not being dictated by workbook sheets and mandatory pacing to teach to a test. Communication from the teachers have helped us know more about how my child interacts in class and what my child needs to do to be successful. I recommend Courtyard to many parents. I recruited over 5 families this year for various grades and they have been extremely happy. It is a great place for those looking at an education for the whole child. Courtyard offers many field trips that tie into lessons and also Chinese classes, Cooking Club, Piano, Lego Club, Chess Clubs, singing classes and much more - all on campus.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2014
Courtyard is a private school run by parents. The board of directors are all parents some with educational background, many with no educational or business experience unfortunately. Courtyard does *really well* at the social side of a school, especially for parents. The size of the school makes it feel like a family. The kids will be very tight together. But it s not a social club, it s a school. The reality is the school is at best educationally average when compared to other private schools, and below many of the best performing public schools. The school is not accredited. There are certainly some fantastic teachers and like most schools some bad, but overall each teacher is an island. Cohesiveness between teachers and grades appears to be missing, and administration unable to solve this. Without strong leadership, the private school money spent at Courtyard is questionable. Your adult experience will be great, your child s experience will be as good as other schools, but the real question is will the average child accelerate in learning - not sure.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2014
We have been wonderfully happy with Courtyard it has excellent academics and a community of learning and support that is unrivaled in Sacramento. Courtyard's greatest strength is it ability to nurture the student to fully realize their potential. With small classes, great teachers and a community of engaged parents, my child is excelling and, loving her school. To address some of the negative comments posted about Courtyard recently, yes we had some personality conflicts and related challenges last year and yes the school has responded vigorously to the majority of those challenges and is addressing the remainder with a strong action plan. Yes we conducted a survey last year and here are the key results: 96 percent agreed with the statements that (1) My child enjoys school, (2) I value the student community, and (3) My child feels safe at school. 92 percent expressed satisfaction with the school s balance between academics, physical activity, creativity, and community. These are satisfaction numbers to be proud of. You cannot please 100% of the people 100% of the time but 92% is pretty damn good!

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2014
This school is not accredited. Courtyard was unable to meet the criteria for accreditation a few years back and have not tried again. Knowing this, if you are still interested in your child attending Courtyard School, please request to see the parent surveys. Although the surveys were scrubed, they still bring to light the many problems at the school that are still unaddressed. For example, 26% of respondents were dissatisfied (14% neutral) with the performing arts program. Yet the program remains intact. This is just one example. I repeat, the school has not been able to pass accreditation.

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2014
Courtyard is a truly exceptional school with devoted teachers, a committed and thoughtful administration, and dedicated and involved parents who create a warm and accepting atmosphere for each child and family. We have been so impressed with our daughter's 1st grade teacher and how she uses positive discipline techniques to bring out the best in each student. Our daughter comes home each day bursting with excitement over the science experiments she has done, her math class, the books she is reading, and the opportunities she was given to shine. The before and after school programs are beyond exceptional -- whenever we try to pick our daughter up early, she asks us to come back later after the clubs are finished. The lunch program is also amazing. We feel so fortunate to have found this school and joined this group of families.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2014
Our children were very happy. Good teachers, attentive before and after school enrichment, small community, and one price covers tuition, before/after school care, and lunch. There are ample field trips that are superb. Unfortunately, the lack of leadership to have a collaborative teaching environment, the demise of specialized programs such as art and Spanish, and the blatant disrespect for parents who would like to introduce technology, a math club, or suggest ways to make the school 21st Century is unprofessional. We understand the the school claims they educate the 'whole child' but our transition to public school showed that our "A" student is struggling and was not prepared for public school. Due to a lack of direction, progressiveness, and leadership the school's strength is the small class size and good teachers. But, those good teachers spend 80% of their time tending to the disruptive kids and the turnover rate is astonishing which is a reflection of the administration. Overall, this could be a fabulous school if it had direction, vision, and a dynamic leader. The teachers work hard and do the best they can but overall, I would look elsewhere for private school.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2014
Our 5 year old is enjoying Kindergarten at Courtyard. The Kinder teacher and her full time aide have been a dynamic duo for nearly two decades and the students really seem to benefit from their consistency and expertise. I m amazed by our child s social development and growth in reading and spelling just two months into this school year. Our child tends to frustrate easily, so it has been helpful to have the sensitivity and levity that the teacher brings to the classroom. Learning is fun. Our busy family appreciates the teacher s approach to homework, which compared to our public school friends, seems to be assigned in moderation. It s just enough to connect us to what our child is learning and makes us aware of what he needs to work on. Lots of opportunities to get his wiggles out before school, morning, lunch and afternoon recesses and after school , all of which are supervised by their nurturing staff.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2014
The way the school could improve most is for staff to speak to and treat students as if that child's parents were standing right there. That's what I do.That's my opinion. I feel that there is no safe and effective way to lodge a complaint or report inappropriate behavior, whether it be by staff, administration, or by board members.

- submitted by a teacher
August 29, 2014
Positives-Majority of the teachers are great, our children have been happy there and the community is great. Negatives-Resources available originally are no longer there, for example an art teacher. The school is behind in implementing common core and the math program is substandard. This will negatively impact those students who will move on to a public school, except for the exceptionally bright ones or those whose parents can afford private school tuition and tutoring. There is a lack of directional leadership. Parents who try to voice concerns end up leaving out of frustration. There has been a great turnover of staff recently as well as families not returning this fall. It is not surprising that parents are unaware of the deficiencies until later grades. Our child received straight A s and a 99% overall in testing at Courtyard. Same child struggles to barely maintain a B average in middle school, as have other peers from Courtyard that are unable to afford tutoring or get additional educational support at home. Summary: Great teachers if they can keep them and poor leadership with no future of improvement unless changes are made. Small school that keeps getting smaller...

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2014
We were at Courtyard for 6 years, and your kids will love it. But, from a parent perspective, save your money and get a nanny. After being here, you will probably need a tutor anyway or need to catch your children up due to the upswing of children with disruptive behaviors in the class. It takes a while for the lack of leadership and politics to show because it's seemingly a nice community. However, if you look at the turnover rate, you are paying for daycare. The longer you are there and if you start to question the administration of why your class had three teachers in one year, or why is your child doing math learned the previous year, or why you cannot receive your child's homework back in a timely manner, you hit a brick wall. We received homework from October in March. My child's report card was signed by three different teachers. After 6 years, our child cannot conjugate simple Spanish verbs - they have had four Spanish teachers over this time span. Parents expect more as their kids age and we weren't seeing progression. We were willing to 'wait it out' but after looking at the price and what we were getting, we hired a nanny and took a family trip.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2014
Why does it take 6 years to come to the conclusion that this school is lacking? It seems to me to have an amazing staff and board. The students seem happy and are a community. I really would like to know what the problem is?

- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2014
Fifth grade was the most disappointing of the seven years we have been at the school. By the time you realize the education at Courtyard is so lacking, it's too late. You can't get those years back for your children. Most parent eventually come to this realization. Next year's sixth grade class will have at most nine. The class would hold 24. It's a small class not by design, but because so many parents "get it" by the sixth grade and leave. If you are still seriously considering this school, ask to see the complete parent surveys. Ask to see the complete teacher surveys. You can really see the "Courtyard difference." I wish we could get some of the time back, but we can't.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2014
Would I send my child there again? Probably not. The school seems to be run by a select few who have no intention of hearing what others have to say. The math and science program are minimal at best, and I have found that most students who struggle at math go out and hire a tutor. The administration is unresponsive to parents who have questions that they can't seem to answer. I also haven't seen any leadership by the principal. Teachers seemed to be isolated and doing there own thing with little academic continuity between the classes.

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2014
Courtyard is a small school with a wonderful learning environment that is safe, creative, attentive and academically challenging and diverse. The single greatest attribute are the teachers all of whom are exceptional, creative, engaged and wonderfully dedicated to the students and to the learning process. Courtyard prides itself on developing scholars who can think, communicate, learn and explore. The school does not focus on test taking it focusses on learning, exploration and creativity. The parents at Courtyard are wonderful, intelligent, open minded and involved and this creates a sense of community that is truly exceptional. For example, we know and interact socially with nearly all of the parents in my daughters grade, fellow parents help each other out whenever it is needed from a late pickup to a soccer team run, to homework clubs and shared projects. Courtyard is way more than a school it is a community of learning.

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2014
Courtyard continues to be a great school for my daughter. The small class sizes, academic success rates and community spirit are complimented by a well rounded curriculum (music, phy ed, drama and lots of art projects). I don't know how such a small school is able to accomplish all that....but we are happy to be a part of it.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2013
I'm a proud parent of a Cougar. I'm a bit surprised to see some of the posting by parents being critical of staff. We got off to a bit of a rocky start when we came in 3rd grade however Mr. Molnar, Ms. Kristi and Ms. Krause are HUGE advocates of ALL of our children. Communication is key and we are fully engaged in school. Mr. Molnar makes the hard decisions and does NOT allow the parents to dictate how the school is run - contrary to previous posts. In my opinion the entire team exceeds our expectations. We highly recommend Courtyard to any family that wants a holistic education for their child. We may be a private school, but we're not snooty. Our personal experience is that Mr. Molnar demonstrates fair and consistent consequences. Trust me, we've gotten called into the principal's office more than once. Mr. Molnar treats the child with respect and uses the experience as a teachable moment and does not just "brush it off". I can assure you that he takes all issues serious. He handles them in a mature, professional and nurturing manner. Regarding diversity - ridiculously diverse, people just need to open their minds. It is not just the color of your skin.Go Cougars!

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2013
Courtyard has been a great place so far for our child. The teachers are very friendly as well as the edc leader and staff. We are happy with all the extra curricular actitvities that the school offers, things that our previous school did not have. The school is a little cluttered right know but that seems to be because they are building a kitchen and re-doing the gym. The principal is always available when we have questions or even just comments, And the EDC leader takes time to make sure our child is always taken care of and lets us know of any minor issue. We feel very comfortable with leaving our child there. But like any school there are a few cliques. And its not the children or the staff who have these cliques, it seems to be the same 5 or 6 parents that try to pull you into a negative conversation about this or that. But the majority of the parents are happy and friendly and support this great school. we are excited for the new changes to the campus and like i said the most important factor for us is that our child is safe and happy

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2013
You will pay for it...and so will your child. Two major weaknesses of Courtyard are math and accountability. We (and many other families) have approached the administration numerous times about the problems with third grade math. We had to obtain outside tutoring, like others, just to bring our child to grade-level. When confronted, it was suggested that there was a problem with our child specifically. The administration has persisted to deny there are any problems; the teacher is still not course-corrected. All the while, we re out more money, and our child is left defeated and frustrated. But, the math just doesn t add up: the standardized test scores (across and within grades) show the disparities and illuminate the curriculum weaknesses. Also, when we taught our child what should have been taught (and that we paid for), our child now is performing at and above grade-level, despite the actions of Courtyard.

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2013
Courtyard is a great community and a great school. This is a small school with an amazing community spirit. Students are treated individually and my experience with teachers (6 different teachers over 5+ years) is that they are all dedicated, competent and great educators. Kids get amazing field trip experiences and the before/after care has a wide range of good programs with great staff. We stay -- and support the school -- because of the strong programs, caring leadership, safe environment and supportive community. The campus is making some much needed investments in the physical facilities, but the physical enviornment is not why we keep our kids at Courtyard.

- submitted by a parent
December 19, 2012
As a parent of a former student and after reading over recent comments, I think the issue for Courtyard is that it excels in some areas--great teachers and EDC staff, small class size allowing for individual attention, superior parent involvement, etc.--but falls far short in other areas that aren't obvious to all students and their families. Unless you are a family that had experienced issues with bullying, for example, (as we did) it is easy to assume all is wonderful at this school. But one way a great school distinguishes itself from a merely good school is how it responds to issues and conflicts and the steps it takes to resolve them. If it doesn't seriously acknowledge that a problem exists, or if it only offers lip service in addressing the problem, it will never evolve to be a great school. I don't disagree with comments that tout Courtyard's excellence in some areas, but a truly fair assessment must include recognition of its shortcomings. It would serve Courtyard well to reexamine how it addresses and resolves concerns/problems so that parents and students who don't have the mainstream Courtyard experience aren't marginalized.

- submitted by a parent
December 17, 2012
Our children have attended Courtyard for 6 years, combined, and it has definitely been a positive experience. We love the teaching and EDC staff. The teachers are very knowledgeable and are encouraged to go above and beyond the basic standards curriculum, which they do! We cannot say enough good things about the quality of field trip choices and preparation, and the inclusion of science, history, foreign language and art and performing art as part of the school day. Our children have done very well in advanced programs in public schools, and we think Courtyard prepared them quite well to succeed. Most of their classmates are also in these programs. Our children feel safe at Courtyard, and they can talk to the principal and to the other staff without afraid. We like seeing the building improvements this year. The principal seems to do quite a lot to continue improving the school. The teachers have well equipped classrooms with new technology tools, the buildings have had lots of improvements, and we see him interacting with students, parents and staff every time we go to the school. This school has a strong sense of community and happy students. It is a great place to be!

- submitted by a parent
November 27, 2012
Would I do it again? Probably not. We've had two children here over multiple grades, & are looking to leave. Private, decent scores....we thought: How could we go wrong? On the up side: half the faculty are solid professionals; convenient before/after care; small classes; centrally located. On the down side: management struggles to keep the other half of the faculty well-supervised and accountable to chronic problems and poor performance; board appears more interested to maintain status quo for a select few; campus climate is less inclusive & welcoming of diversity than talked about; parental involvement is welcomed when it fits into the mainstream agenda. It is really unfortunate that this is the case, when the school could be so much more. We have had this echoed numerous times in conversation with other parents who are also in the minority. After all the advocacy, dismissed offers to volunteer, chastisement by parents of the mainstream, I have been thinking: Is it worth it? If the school produces average results & an average experience, why not attend (any) public school and hire a private tutor & nanny for the money we pay? My time, money, energy, & care could be better used.

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2012
After being a Courtyard parent for 6 years, I believed that the smaller class sizes simply afforded our students more attention with regard to their questions during classroom lessons. Recently, we were delighted when our son reported that his teacher took him aside to discuss his tendency to succumb to distractions. Rather than coming down on him in a punitive way, his teacher calmly asked him to simply consider during that moment when the view outside the window seems so inviting, whether it is ultimately worth it to succumb to the distraction if one considers how much one's parents have invested in this education and whether it is worth it to him, given how hard he works at school, to allow himself to be distracted. I am amazed by the work ethic of a teacher who cares enough to have this discussion with a student who will ultimately earn mostly A's and a few B's and does not otherwise disrupt the class. Most of all we are delighted that we got this account from our son, who evidently got the message.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2012
As a parent of a former Courtyard student, I echo previous comments regarding bullying at this school. While the teachers were exceptional, the administration had a blind spot when it came to bullying. There appeared to be no specific plan for intervention and appropriate consequences and I agree with the September 15, 2012, comment that certain students were favored over others, thus making efforts to address bullying challenging. And as may be the case at many private schools, some parents felt that their students were so special that appropriate consequences should not apply to their students....and it seemed that the Principal agreed. Overall, there are many benefits and advantages to this school, but our own experiences with bullying left us so disheartened that I don't recommend this school to others when asked.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2012
All of my children have attended schools that require parent participation, which is important to me, so I'd accept nothing less. Most Courtyard parents go above and beyond the required volunteer time. Field trips are also important to me and Courtyard provides several field trips during the year with transportation (busses) provided for most. The before and after school care is exceptional, not your typical program with high school-age employees that come and go and don't know the kids. We feel safe at Courtyard; the campus is gated and locked at all times. The school is conveniently located in midtown. Most of the faculty and staff are hard-working and dedicated and many have been at Courtyard for many years. I feel my child, who like most children, excels in some areas and is more average in others, is learning at a good pace and enjoys Courtyard. I have concerns about being ready for a transition to a public or private middle/high school. Will math skills be adequate? I think the school would benefit from a math tutor/lab. Art and science could use a boost with more school wide activities in these areas. Performing arts also needs improvement; time and quality are lacking.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2012
BULLYING. Some of the teachers like the Performing Arts teacher favored some specific kids. These kids never got in trouble. When these kids were bullying others they never got in trouble because they would always go to the performing arts teacher and say it was the other kids. This was one example from last year. I hope this year it gets better.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2012
I agree with a previous poster that bullying was overlooked. The administration appeared to be more concerned with appeasing overbearing parents than advocating anti-bullying measures. I too expected more--much, much more-- from a private school that prides itself on its inclusiveness and fostering tolerance and respect within its student body.

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2011
As our son is several months into his 6th year at Courtyard, we are surprised that we could be even more satisfied with this school than we were before. We have always been pleased with this environment that has fostered his love for reading, learning and concern for others, but this year we have recognized how his school life enhances our home life with its balanced, thoughtful approach to homework assignments and nurturing study hall supervision. With rare exception, he has proudly reported the completion of his homework during study hall and his work is completed with great care. As a family of working professionals, we truly appreciate being able to enjoy extracurricular activities and a relaxed family dinner without unnecessary busy work in the form of redundant homework assignments. In addition to his academic growth, we are humbled by his moral development and compassion for others as fostered by the leaders in this community. Mrs. Krause leads an excellent and nurturing Extended Day staff and Mr. Molnar is caring and responsive as the principal.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2011
My children have been attending Courtyard since Kinder and Transitional Kinder. We were thrilled to find a private school located downtown that teaches the whole student. The children interact with each other from all grades and the older children aften have a role in mentoring the younger students. When my youngest son first started in T-K, it was great to walk into the school and have older and younger kids come say hi to him. I have been very impressed with the teaching staff and there willingness to go the extra effort. My children love to go school and don't want to leave at the end of the day. The extra activities that are offered right on campus allow my children to have guitar lessons or karate or ball room dancing without having to leave school. As a family with two working parents, Courtyard is the perfect place with before and after school care and activities and teaching staff on hand to help with study time. The curriculum is challenging and the approach each teacher takes is unique and exciting for the kids. Recently my kid had a report due about the rainforest and they worked in class on it and he chose to write a song - fun and creative for him!

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2011
Courtyard is a great community, a great school and a great learning and growing environment for the kids. My children started at Courtyard in 2007 and we have been fans ever since. Class sizes for my kids are 15 and 22 and they are known by name to virtually the whole community. The community is safe, supportive, and welcoming. My family is very involved in the school because there are wonderful opportunities to participate in so many activities that benefit the kids. Teachers are terrific and school leadership is supportive with a wide open door policy. Good thing are happening -- come check it out!!

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2011
This is NOT a great school. Bullying is overlooked, teachers show favortism to children of board members - who run the school and determine the salaries. The principal is a poor leader, but, then he must completely cater to the board. We have seen little effort made on his part to improve the quality of the school except to add 2 more grades. The facility is in need of vast overhaul, and there are very few enrichment programs offered. We are looking for another elementary school for our child.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2011
Our son has been at Courtyard for six years. We are absolutely thrilled with the experience. The education is rigorous, the leadership os strong, the faculty and staff are competent and thoughtful. A+++

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2010
The new school year has begun and we are in our 3rd year at Courtyard - kids are in 2nd Grade and Kindergarten. The teachers who have taught our children thus far have been incredible. We have truly appreicated their passion in teaching and their time that they have spent in working with us (parents) so that we can effectively help our children in the areas needing extra practice at home. Good commuication between the parents and teachers is key and we have found that. Both kids representing different strengths and challenges have personally excelled and have enjoyed the process of learning. The field trips (on and off campus)have provided the kids with opportuities to experience hands-on learning , which has been rewarding. We know that no school is perfect and have found the open-door policy with the administration to be a positive experience. Most imporantly, the community is awesome!

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2010
I have 2 sons that have been at Courtyard school since Kindergarten. One is entering 6th grade and the other 2nd grade this year. The teachers are amazing and the leadership of the school is very organized and approachable. The great thing about courtyard is that while other schools are cutting programs, courtyard continues to offer Spanish, P.E., art, theatre arts. The fact that they are open from 6:30 in the morning until 6:00 in the evening makes it great for working parents. They serve breakfast and lunch as part of the normal tuition. My sons love the field trips, last year my oldest spent 4 days at Astro-camp and the year before was at Yosemite for 5 days. If you are looking for a safe community for your children to learn and excel then Courtyard school is the place to be!

- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2010
My child has attended Courtyard from K-5th and is beyond excited about the coming school year. What? A preteen WANTING to go to school? That alone should be the tip off as to what Courtyard offers its students in terms of community, formal education, and learning opportunities. Courtyard offers before and after-school care, competitive sports programs for both boys and girls, drama, art, music, great field trips, on-campus clubs, small class sizes, and meals (breakfast and lunch) are included in the tuition. More importantly, though, my child feels connected with her school community and supported by her teachers in a way that boosts her overall success in the classroom.

- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2010
Education is mediocre. Small community is nice and was safe until they started letting kids with emotional problems into the school. My daughter was threathened by another student. The school's academics is below public schools. My first grader barely learned to read.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2010
My daughter is in her sixth year at Courtyard. My son also attends hte school. The current principal has united the school community after a difficult few years with the previous school administration. The class to class cooperation and interaction is unmatched. The before and after school care is a big help for working families. More school-initiated continuing professional development for teachers would be helpful. Overall, a very satisfied parent. Courtyard has provided a safe, supportive community for my children, for which I am grateful.

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2010
My daughter spent 7th and 8th grade at Courtyard and has gone on to excell at high school. Now co-captain of the debate team, she honed her public speaking skills at Courtyard. After her first month at Courtyard she said to me, 'Mom, our math teacher really likes to teach.' It was amazing to her to find teachers who enjoyed teaching. Courtyard prepared her for academic excellence in high school school and, most importantly, nutured her self-confidence.

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2009
Our son has had an amazing experience at Courtyard School. Our school community is more than I could have ever imagined. The academics are solid and thoughtful, the staff is warm and talented, and the new administration (2008) in focused and strong. Courtyard is a place where a young person can explore and grow. It has been an amazing 4+ years. We are thrilled.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2009
I am a grandparent of a Courtyard student. She is so engaged, 'focused,' (her word) and comfortable in this most wonderful school. The emphasis is entirely on each child, and the before-school and after-school care programs are overseen and conducted by engaged and charming students. My praise goes out to the principal, Mr. Jonathan, who has a fine program. My grandchild started in Transitional Kindergarten and is entering 1st grade in September. I love The Courtyard School family for my grandchild!

- submitted by a community member
June 10, 2009
The sense of community and academic engagement brought us back from public school. The breadth of the kindergarten and 1st grade academic offerings was far superior to that of the public school we tried, with extensive math, reading, writing, science, Spanish and art each week. The emphasis at Courtyard seems to be on teaching kids to become independent thinkers and to engage them and encourage them to pursue learning as its own end, rather than as a means to a test result. Our child loved kindergarten. He begged to go to school with a 103 fever because he was so excited about the work they were doing in class. I didn't let him :-) Facilities, though not beautiful, serve their intended purpose of creating a real community for the kids. Positive adult interaction on the playground was so much better than at public school. Full and engaging days.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2009
My son is a 6th grader and has been at Courtyard since Kindergarten. It has been a wonderful school experience for him. The teachers and curriculum have kept him engaged. Our local public school is one of the best in the area but I sent my son to Courtyard because of the before and after school program, the quality of the teachers, and the small class size. I have not been disappointed. I highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
December 10, 2008
Courtyard is a great school. The teachers are excellent. We are a 'working parent' family and value the extended day program and vacation programs. Courtyard is a great community for the kids and the whole family!

- submitted by a parent
December 08, 2008
In addition to the strong academic program and nurturing environment, Courtyard is an excellent school for working families. Kids love the before and after school programs; our daughter frequently doesn't want to leave when we arrive to pick her up at the end of the day. Winter camp is provided at no additional cost for most of the Christmas holiday period, and last years' summer program was excellent and educational. There is a strong sense of community at Courtyard, and the kids thrive in an environment where they feel respected and safe, and they all know and look out for one another. We have great parents who are actively involved, which makes a huge difference.

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2008
We toured private, charter and public schools when making the choice of schools for our child 4 years ago. We chose Courtyard because of the small size, family-like atmosphere, location, excellent before- and after-school programs, and availability of arts, music, theater and language that were not available at the public schools in our neighborhood. We have been happy with our choice. His teachers have been flexible in keeping our child challenged when he was ready to move beyond the curriculum. Courtyard is going through some changes currently, with a new principal and board leadership, but I see this as a positive point. Our new principal has had much experience as a leader in private schools and will bring a fresh perspective and energy.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2008
I am a middle school student at courtyard and i have been at courtyard since kindergarten and i dont know one kid in middle school who actually likes courtyard. i dont like the teachers they dont reach the education leval we need. Mr. waters was the best principal since we got a new one Ms.lane i find our school has gone down with students.

- submitted by a student
May 07, 2008
Courtyard has been a great school for my daughter. She's been there for 4 years and has had outstanding teachers that have been very attentive to her style of learning. My daughter loves school! She feels safe and secure with her classmates and because it's a small school, the whole staff knows her. We are very pleased that she is receiving a solid education that includes instruction in visual and performing arts, music and physical education. We have many choices in schools, and Courtyard is the best place for our child.

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2008
I love the fact that Courtyard is located Downtown and closed to work. Teachers and parents are focused, not only on providing a great academic experience, but also having a school that teaches independence and the love of learning. My son really enjoys his classes (science, Spanish, reading, performing arts, health, and P.E.), the clubs (cooking, martial arts, computer lab, and many more), and summer camp and all the field trips that are offered at Courtyard. It is wonderful to know that my son is getting the best education, and at the same time having fun and enjoying his day while I'm at work. We have been at Courtyard for the past three years and every year has been a great one. I truly enjoy the communication with the teachers and their willingness to help my child. I highly recommend Courtyard for all of the above reasons and more.

- submitted by a parent
February 29, 2008
We transferred to Courtyard from a high performing public Sacramento elementary school two years ago. At Courtyard our children have received an excellent education. At the other school, all children were tested for GATE, but once accepted into the 'GATE program' there were no special activities or differentiated education opportunities. Courtyard is small enough to provide individualized attention to each student. This, combined with a superior after-school program, which includes sports, dance and music lessons, has made us very happy we made the move to Courtyard.

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2008
When searching for a school for my son I looked at almost all the private and many of the public schools in my area. I chose Courtyard for several reasons: proximity to work and home (it's the best school near the Capitol), quality of before and after school care, and size (it's small enough that you can know everyone). But the things that have made me want to stay are the quality of the teachers, the dedication of the parents, and the helpfulness of the older kids who attend the school. It is amazing to see kids of all ages play together because they like each other! I don't remember this from my childhood. Yes, the school is going through changes, but the good news is the Board's finally including ALL parents in the plan to make the school much better down the road. I'm happy with my choice!

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2008
I moved my child to Courtyard School several years ago when the teacher in the former school proved inefficient. What a difference. The teachers at Courtyard are exceptional and I ve been pleased with every one. The school is going through many changes at present, but all for the better. Parent involvement is phenomenal and the other families are terrific. And there is so much more to do than fund raising! Whatever talent or skill one may have, this school provides the opportunity for parents to be creative all for the benefit of our children. The before and after school programs provided by Courtyard are wonderful for the students. These programs are such a relief for a working parent, such as myself, to know that my child is always safe, productive, and having fun from 6:30 am to 6:00 pm. Perfect for an educational environment and perfect for our family.

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2008
We toured nine different elementary schools (public and private) are very glad we chose Courtyard for our daughter. She is receiving an excellent academic education in a very nurturing and safe environment. The kindergarten and first grade teachers are both excellent and we have heard many positive things about the other teachers. Our daughter loves learning and fully enjoys the after school program (by far the strongest program we saw). We fully enjoy Courtyard's strong sense of community with involved parents and teachers. Most importantly, the kids enjoy learning (rather than being stressed out by testing). My wife and I are both working parents and appreciate the strong after school program and the lunch program that are included with the tuition. We are very happy we chose Courtyard for our daughter!

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2008
Our daughter has been a Courtyard student for three years. The school provides a positive atmosphere that promotes academic excellence, acceptance of others, and creativity. We greatly appreciate the extras that are so often missing in our public schools: foreign language, performing arts, music, physical education, and before and after school care. The school facilities are also a bonus. Courtyard has a library, computer lab, gym, and a gated campus. We are happy with our decision to send our daughter to Courtyard and feel we are getting a quality education at a fair price. I would highly recommend Courtyard to other families.

- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2007
Courtyard has been a nurturing, positive learning environment for our son. The excellent staff to student ratio allows for flexible, individualized learning and a classroom management style that emphasizes individual responsibility. As working parents, we appreciate not having excessive amounts of homework. Instead, our goal for first grade is to spend that time fostering an appreciation for reading. Tuition includes before and aftercare as well as Winter and Spring Camps, all of which offer fun, safe and enriching activities supervised by the excellent Extended Day Leaders. We are fortunate to be part of this amazing community of staff and families.

- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2007
Our daughter has been a courtyard student for two years begining with Kindergarten. Her kindergarten year was so filled with social and academic growth fostered by an outstanding teacher. Her kindergarten year was so good that we assumed her fisrt grade year could never be as wondeful. We were wrong. Her first grade year is even better! Strong academics, great citizenship and social skills, safe friendly learning environment, and an outstanding faculty have made Courtyard the perfect choice for our family.

- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2007
We are very happy with the staff, admin, and families here! Lots of neat new changes including lots of new curriculum. Middle School has cool electives now- even robotics. Caring staff. Family feel to the campus. Our daughter loves it. Great families. Priveledged does not have to mean snobby!

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2007
My 2 children just finished their first year+ at Courtyard after transferring from another private school in Sac. We found Courtyard to be a breath of fresh air compared to their prior school. They were offered a well rounded education in a friendly environment. The teachers/prinicipal were open and took the time to address the few concerns that came up during the first year in an fast and professional manner. The other students and parents were fantastic and made the transition very easy. Courtyard has been a great choice for our family! I you want a top notch education and athletics, Courtyard is a good choice.

- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2007
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June 25, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2007
Past year nightmare. Given the money, we expected/deserved much more for our children. New administration inexperienced, unprofessional. Math unacceptable, our class behind grade level. Art class disappointing. Great classes 'offered' but often taught by unqualified. Poor basic class management, especially middleschool. Bad behavior from a few students tolerated, when entire class disrupted punishment is mass, reactive, often inappropriate. Favoritism from teachers/staff hard for students. Students' privacy not respected. No support for untrained teachers. Some grading seems arbitrary. Behavior standards for students and teachers not as high as at public school. Sports focus on competition, not child-experience. Schoolboard unwilling/unable to improve school. Sad, concepts are there, as are some wonderful teachers.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2007
I have to say I am disappointed with the recent decisions the school leadership is making about the teaching staff. Additionally, they are losing some of their best teachers (the educational anchors of the school, I might add) this year and next. I hope they can find quality educators to replace them, but the history of that doesn't seem promising. I am unsure whether to send my child there next year or not. Though the after-school programs are great, and I love the homework clubs, I am not convinced the education provided is worth the expense.

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2006
My son attended Courtyard from 3rd through 6th grades, and it was a wonderful experience. I highly recommend the school for K-5. Middle School at Courtyard begins in grade 6, and I can't recommend it at that point, simply because the school is too small and doesn't have the facilities or the resources that middle school kids need. The school is building up to that, but it's going to take a few years. The science curriculum is substandard. However, for grades K-5, I can't say enough good things about this school and its teachers.

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2006
No better environment! Academic excellence, culture, community service = balanced approach. Dedicated and caring staff.

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
November 28, 2005
Courtyard has a very dedicated staff and lots of perks -- before and after school care, meals and snacks, arts program, Spanish, field trips, small campus. There is a lot of opportunity for parental involvement -- actually, it's mandatory. The site itself is secured behind a gate, at 24th and B downtown, an easy location to get to but not to find parking during high congestion times. Because it's a private school there is not a tremenous amount of diversity. Also, because it's small, the children do not get exposure to a broad friendship circle. The new principal and the Board of Directors (it's a 501(c)3 non-profit organization) are in the process of assessing Courtyard's strengths and weaknesses so that the school can be improved.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2005
My daughter is in this fantastic school. The curriculum is top-notch; the before-and-after programs are superb for working parents and the kids. Parent participation is required, but that's a plus in my book as I have gotten to know the parents well. My experience is with only the K-2 grades, but those teachers are outstanding. The tuition (which covers care before and after school) is on the high side, but that's to be expected -- given the service you get. They just moved this year to a new facility, different from the address in this Yahoo page, but you can get all the updated info at http://www.courtyard.org for the new address (not far from the old). My wife and I highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2005
The school has been wonderful for my daughter. She has gotten the extra attention from staff that has made the difference. Kindergarten through 3rd grade has been exceptional. I was a bit taken aback by the volume of homework at the younger ages, but my daughter and most all of her classmates have met the challenge. My mother in law and her friends are all public school teachers and they are blown away at the amount and level of the work asked of these kids. It really seems that Courtyard is teaching our children at the highest rate they can consume the subject matter. What is interesting though is the retention of the material. My kid is really the smartest kid in her neighborhood peer group and that is directly related to her attendance at Courtyard.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2005
Courtyard is a small, family oriented school with an amazing amount of attention given to each student. After school programs are included with tuition, as are breakfast and lunch. Field trips are an important part of the school. In higher grades, the class size gets very small - somtimes around 10 kids per class. Standardized test scores are very high - often over 90% average.

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Courtyard School
205 24th Street, Sacramento, CA  95816
(916) 442-5395
Last modified Courtyard School is a Private school that serves grades K-8
Courtyard School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 69 reviews. Top