Sakamoto has one of the best Parent Teacher (PTO) Organizations around. They are very proactive and have a great working relationship with the teachers and principal. As a result the school has an amazing amount of extra support. My kids have been on the receiving end of this support with a new computer lab, Science Program, PE Program, Art Program. It is diverse and offers the children a very well rounded experience both academically and socially. As a professional with a Master's Degree, who is VERY connected to my children's long term academic success I am very pleased with the foundation my children receive here.
Sakamoto is a great school because so many of the parents participate in helping make the school a great place for the kids to learn.
My daughter started kindergarten this year and has had such a positive experience. She has a wonderful teacher, good friends, and the parents I have met have all been friendly and helpful. I have had an even better experience than expected sending her to this school!
My child has been at his school since K and she is now in 5th grade. She has had a great experience so far. Every teacher has been able to give her extra challenging work to meet her needs. The school also has a great art program for the lower grades 1st to 3rd ran by parent volunteers and a visual performing arts program ran by professionals for the upper grades 4rd to 6th. For extra curricular activities they offer Spanish (extra cost), Music Matters (extra cost), and for the upper grades they offer chorus, no cost ( 4rd to 8th grades), and for 6th grade they offer Band, no cost. We also have a good Gate program ( thanks to parent involvement) The teachers are caring and interested to see the students succeed. This year we have a P.E. teacher, that is exciting!
There seems to be a revolving door as far as principals are concerned. There have been four in the past six years. The climate of the school is totally dependant on the principal, so it changes each time there is a new principal.
My son joined the school in the 3rd grade and now is in the 5th grade. The teachers are able to give individual attention and give incremental classwork to students who are capable of doing more than the class average. This type of distinction helped my kid to keep moving up in his reading/writing/math skills instead of just getting stuck in what the whole class is doing. Currently my son is a 5th/6th combo class and he is all excited to be with higher grade kids and is confident that he is going to be learning more this year with his teachers and fellow 6th grade students. I am very happy with our school choice. The Gate program is satisfactory but is currently limited due to funds availability and parent volunteer efforts ( I am culprit too, I could not volunteer, yet). Great school, overall.
My son is in 5th grade and joined Sakamoto in the 2nd grade from private school. Good solid school- excellent teachers, good community involvement and a safe, nourishing and positive environment with good parental involvement.
We are in our second year (1st grade) at Sakamoto and have been very please with the school and the teachers. We would recommend the school highly. Physical education is a weak point, that is true, but the academics are more important to us and their scores remain quite high for a public school.
Sakamoto is a great learning enviroment. The teachers really care about the students success. GATE activities are great - the parents and home & school club have worked together to provide a wonderful creative learning enviroment.
My son is a 3rd grade student at Sakomoto. We've been happy with the school so far. There could be improvements, but, overall, I think Sakomoto is a bit above average in most areas.
My son went to Sakamoto for Kindergarden. It was a good experience in general. I like the program designed by the teacher, although at K level, the goals were not all that clear. One of the things I found missing is a focus on excellence. At K level, this is probably not as important as helping the children develop social skills to fit in. My son wanted more structured activities. He was a little confused about what he was suppoed to do to be 'best'. I think other kids seem to enjoy the less structured setting. I guess it depends on the personality of the child.
Quality of academics is above average, level of parent involvement is above average. Extracurricular activities needs improvement.
My child has been at Sakamoto since First grade and is now going into Third. He has loved it there and has had a very positive experience so far. We have been very pleased with his teachers as well as the academic curriculum at this school. I would highly reccomend this school to anyone I know.
This is a very nice school, my son was in kindergarten and I was very pleased with what he learned. I had some concerned and they were handled in a very good manner. The teacher was excellent. There was a lot of parents involvement.
I am not a parent but I am a student. I go to this school. I have seen alot of things at this school, about 80% or 70% of them are nice. There is not alot of p.e in my class if we ever have it we only have it at least 3 to 4 times a month. I think we should have more p.e and nicer teachers.
It's a very nice public school. It does well academically while maintaining a diverse student body. The staff is very accommadating and easily accessable. You really get the sense that the people who are there really want to be there. The school is also very clean and well kept. The janitor and grounds keeper does a great job. I've even checked out the boys bathroom.
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