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About This School

Lichen K-8 is a public middle school in Citrus Heights. The principal of Lichen K-8 is Sandy Butorac, whose e-mail is sbutorac@sanjuan.edu. 670 students attend Lichen K-8 and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Asian. 18% of the Lichen K-8 students have "limited English proficiency." 66% of the 670 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Lichen K-8 is 20:1. St. Albans Country Day School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Photography
  • Languages Taught

    • German
    • Italian
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Bicycling
    • Cheerleading
    • Field hockey
    • Football
    • P.E. classes
    • Softball
    • Swimming
    • Ultimate Frisbee
    • Water polo

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 62% 66%
Black, non-Hispanic 5% 8%
Asian 5% 5%
Hispanic 26% 17%
Filipino 2% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 1% 2%
Pacific Islander 1% 0.9%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 1% 46994%
Multiracial 0.5% %
Unspecified 0% 0.6%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 66% 36%
Limited English proficiency 18% 10%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Our son just entered 7th grade and was an honor roll student all of last year however this year he has fallen off the mark due to the lack of interest from his teachers. At the beginning of the school year at the parent teachers conference we specifically asked for a heads up on upcoming tests so that we could better structure our son's study schedule. They agreed took notes and we have yet to receive any notifications of any tests since then. I had even sent a reminder after Christmas break and still nothing! Pathetic!

  • (1 year ago)

    i went to this school from K-7 and i was bully everyday i went there. this school was bad. my 7th grade teacher hated me for no reason. i lost hope iin everything in my life. in my opinion this school sucks. i hated when i went there and istill hate now.

  • (1 year ago)

    My two children attend Lichen. The best thing about Lichen are the teachers and there music program. My children are now in 7 and 8th grade I did not want them to go to Syvan. I've heard such bad things about them. I here there are a lot of drugs and disapline problems. I prefer my children be safe and they are at Lichen.

  • (3 years ago)

    Not a good school for 7th or 8th grade. Teachers are limited. No extra-curricular. Too much brow-beating going on under the guise of "preparation for high school." Kids are just beaten down and lose interest and hope. Although the principal is great - the teachers don't follow her leadership nor do they have her level of dedication to the students. The lower grades teachers - many of them are good - a few are not and should not even be still teaching there after numerous complaints years ago.

  • (3 years ago)

    I have four kids in my family from KG through 6th grade going to this school.All the kids are doing well in studies. Academically and discipline wise its a good school. Teachers are caring hardworkers and keep us informed about kids progress time to time. I recommend this school to other parants as I didn't observe any negative aspect of this school in last 10 years period.

  • (4 years ago)

    This reviewer got it right. It is 2010 and the same problems still exist in the 7th & 8th grade. While it is a cut above sending your kids to Sylvan Middle School (shudder) - it will not get your kids ready for high school. The AVID concepts that are supposed to be embedded in the curriculum are nowhere to be seen. My sister was an AVID teacher - they don't trash kids!

  • (4 years ago)

    lichen is a great school. the teachers are terrific. I have 3 kids at Lichen and would recommend the school to everyone.

  • (5 years ago)

    Lichen has come a long way. In 2008-2009 we continue to see an increase in academic achievement which can be directly attributed to our teachers' hard work with our kids. Lichen's scores are above the district average and continuing to climb. With the addition of a band and choir program this year wonderful things are happening. We have a great PTA that strives to bring fun actitivities to our school. Our new principal Ms. Butorac is excellent. School discipline is maintained academics sports and arts supported and parent involvement strongly encouraged. Lichen is a great place for your kids to get an education.

  • (5 years ago)

    Terrible school they hardly watch the children they cannot handle any bullies on the playground. My child went from k-5th grade not being able to read and they didn't even notice. I spoke to the teacher and they said my daughter could read fine but I knew different it wasn't until after I pulled her out of that school and put her into another that she was finally able to read and write good. DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD TO THIS SCHOOL!

  • (6 years ago)

    While the school has some wonderful teachers the 7th and 8th grade teachers seem to work against the parents instead of with them. They refuse to try to work this out with me and my son's education is suffering because of it.

  • (6 years ago)

    My son has been having issues since the 2nd grade his 2nd grade teacher was wonderful and we worked closely with her but when we requested a sst meeting not once but twice he was denied because 'he was considered academically too high'He is now in 3rd grade and had to hire a special educational advocate just to get the ball rolling.We are still having issues and we will decide to push for my son to have a proper education in a safe environment.Would NOT recommend this school to any parent.

  • (7 years ago)

    I've had four children in this school (one still is)and have had no problems. They've recognized learning disabilities and responded quickly to my children's needs. Their programs are exciting and educational leaving the kids wanting more. Parent involvement is good here I've never seen a lack of help during events. I've seen this school evolve over about twenty years and it has never slowed in improving. I feel my Daughter is safe here and she loves her teachers. The campus is clean and well maintained.

  • (7 years ago)

    My Gate identified child went to this school for the 4th grade and a few days into the 5th. I can't recommend it. The principal always supports her staff above the needs of the children. One teacher was seriously in the wrong line of work. He seemed very 'burnt out' frequently absent due to substituting as principals at other schools. At 1 point he was gone for 3 weeks. Class room inst. was poor. Academically sad environment...Don't send your child here.

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