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1335 Guerrero Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

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(415) 821-0130
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April 13, 2015
What our family loves the MOST about KMS is that its 100% a child focused school. I love that even though our boys are city kids they are having rich childhood experiences we can't give them on our block, from playing outside most of the day and picking them up completely dirty, to eating lunch outside in the beautiful Mission weather, to gardening and creating with their hands to even experiencing moments of independence and risk (safe risks of course). These things are important pieces to a rich and memorable childhood. Yes the school may not be filled with the latest technology or shiny lockers and squeaky gym floors but kids don't care about the latest trends in educational design or tracking their progress on an iPad - they care that their ideas are heard, recognized and elaborated upon. They care about being part of a deeply connected community that is filled with friends and teachers who "get them". I know that they need these tools and skills to grow up to be the socially responsible, caring adults they need to be.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2014
My son graduated from KMS' elementary program and just entered a great middle school in San Francisco, where his performance and capacity of adjustment show he got a great foundation for his academic and personal future. Felipe started at KMS when he still used diapers and grew to become a creative, happy, respectful, and confident middle schooler thanks to the child-centered approach of this school and to its great teachers. KMS follows the pedagogy of Reggio Emilia, an innovative take on education that teaches responsibility and community through exploration, discovery, and play. One of my favorite memories of this project-based school (and I have many) was a couple of years ago, when the elementary program produced a delicious evening called KMS Cafe. The project included visiting a farm to learn about food production, planning the event's budget, creating artistic invitations and menus, shopping for items in Spanish in the Latin stores of the Mission, good cooking, and poetry reading, with the kids sharing their verses to entertain the proud guests. Ah, the kids decided to donate all profits to a philanthropic organization that supports a cause of their choice.

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2014
We have 2 children at KMS; both have attended since kindergarten and our oldest will "graduate" next May. Absolutely wonderful experience and I cannot recommend the school highly enough! In particular, project-based (cross-discipline) learning has really resonated with our children and greatly benefited their conceptual thinking , self-confidence, and individual discipline skills. From a social aspect KMS is like no other school I know of in SF. The mantra "we're all friends" sets a really positive tone of respect and acceptance in addition to guiding self-directed arbitration and conflict skills amongst the students. I truly wish the KMS experience was available through middle school and beyond. I view it as some of the best practice for "real life" that you could offer your children.

- submitted by a parent
June 27, 2014
My daughter just completed her first year at KMS. Second grade. We were previously in a lovely, fancy private school for JK, then in a Spanish Immersion, public school for K and 1st. We have tried the spectrum. KMS has been extraordinary for us. I personally love the passion for science AND art, writing, performing arts. At last, I see true project-based learning; I see a school seriously and successfully help children grow in their social interactions, personal responsibility and genuine respect and kindness for others. The proof in the pudding isn't just current parents like me who are impressed today; the true proof is the graduates (I know half a dozen) who share a hard-to-define feeling that they are centered, comfortable in their skin, look you in the eye confidently and thoughtfully - hard to describe. It's what we all want to see in our children. Emilio Reggio based. Brilliant, giving, caring teachers and admins. Gorgeous space, science room, full commercial kitchen (yes for children's use), garden, dance studio, playground, and dirt mountain. This is NOT for social climbers; definitely don't come here to train your child to take tests. Come here to see them bloom.

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2014
We are now 5 years at Katherine Michiels School. I have two sons there and we started in Kindergarten with my oldest son. They negatives of the school, when we started were communication issues with administration and a constant turnover of directors. Which resulted in inconsistencies and mismanagement. They have steadily been working on these issues and feel that it has vastly improved. They positives of the school, small project based school with great success in social education. They have personally supported my family when my youngest son was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. They stepped up to the plate to support him and manage his diabetes while he is at school. They had never had a case of Type 1 and I personally trained personnel, teachers and a director to understand and manage the diabetes. I am a registered nurse and utilized a diabetes educator for training. So if you are looking for this kind of support KMS is the place.

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2014
We've been at KMS for over four years and our kids love the school. Our son went through the preschool and pre-K programs and is now at public kindergarten. He's doing great and the natural curiosity for learning he developed at KMS seems to have prepared him well for his kindergarten experience. Our daughter is in the preschool program and will be starting pre-K later this year. She's happy, inquisitive, playful and seems to have an all-around great time at school. She's also learning. She's started writing the letters of the alphabet, is doing basic math and brings home armloads of art projects every week. We think our kids have thrived in the self-directed learning environment the school works hard to create. If what you're looking for structure and rigor this probably isn't the place for you (it's a safe bet they'll come home covered in paint or dirt at least a couple times a week). If instead you're looking a place where your kid can be a kid and learn to learn in their own way then you'll probably be happy at KMS.

- submitted by a parent
January 20, 2014
We have two children here, one in Kindergarten and one in preschool. We are very happy with KMS. The children want to go everyday, and my wife and I love the community . I am particularly happy with the science class that is conducted in the after care program. My son actually asked to do science, and having seen one of the classes I know it is because they make science (and learning) fun.

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2014
Our daughter went to KMS kindergarten last year. The bottom line of our experience at KMS was that it is good for some people, but definitely not for everyone. The building is beautiful, the place is very well organized and the kids are overall very nice. However, there are a number of issues people should be aware of. Administration at KMS, and especially everything that involves payments, is extremely unpleasant. Strict rules and fines give a very bad feeling, while there is in addition strong pressure to give more. It is also extremely difficult to interact with the teachers, both because they are always too busy, and because they seem not to think it is a part of their job to interact with parents. Parent meetings are not personal but are rather social events. Lastly, out daughter learnt very little at KMS. The kids mostly play freely with no guidance, and also experience with gardening and artwork, but are taught extremely little. Since our daughter is smart and likes to learn (basic reading, writing, numbers, history, etc.), we feel it was a bit of a waste of time for her.

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2013
.The teachers are great and the only reason to go. The school administration's communication will drive you nuts. No PTA/PTO and the school discourages parents organizing by not supporting them in any way. The guy that runs the place is very brusque to the point of rudeness. My main concern has been safety since the facility is older and it seems like maintenance has been defrayed. For a smaller child this seems potentially dangerous.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2013
Our family loved this little school and remember it with love. That is the best you can say for a preschool. Good summer program too.

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2011
Great school and a perfect environment -- our daughter loves being there. Thank you for having such a unique place. Great academics and a wonderful way to learn.

- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2010
The curriculum is great but the facilities are really old... this school is very expensive and for the price you would expect a nice classroom. However, kindergarten kids are in a basement with no natural light and old furniture. The teachers are great though. My child loves his class.

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2010
KMS is an excellent school - really magical for kids to learn and grow. My daughter really enjoys going there and loves it. They have a great Art, Spanish, Dance and study program. The teachers are excellent and work very hard at creating team work and making them work together. I would highly recommend it. Also, the vegan lunch program is very healthy and reasonably priced. The school house is very beautiful and charming. We are going to miss being there.

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2009
Kindergarten and pre-K are combined at KMS, and it is nothing short of an amazing program! They have a little rock band that is currently rehearsing The Monster Mash (given the season), have folklorico dancing - at least an hour of Spanish every day, and four hours of art a day if they so choose. Funny, smart, experienced teachers. You never know what will greet you in the morning - the last few days there's been a microscope set up to greet kid/parent with some grains of sand from their recent field trip to Ocean Beach - next to it is an open notebook where the parent records the child's observations of what they see. The place is bursting with art, science experiments, amazing block cities the kids have built together. The building is fantastic - full of light, easy access to a garden, dance studio in the attic...

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2008
KMS elem. program is a unique school thay gives kids a small, caring environment to grow as a whole person. It was exactly what my son needed at the time of his development.

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July 28, 2008
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December 28, 2007
A welcoming and friendly place, our child has really blossomed since starting preschool here a year ago. The staff is helpful and very interested in our child's welfare and the other parents friendly enough.

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September 08, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2007
Our family loves this school! It is a very small community where our children feel very at home and feel like part of the family. The environment is very warm, the teachers really care, and except kids for who they are and try to make them the best that they can be.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2006
The school is awesome, the kids really have fun there and the teachers really care. I love the organic fresh meals and the family spirit.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2006
Our son attended prescool there and it was a nightmare for him and us! The parents and famlilies are not friendly and there is no sense of community. Children seem to get lost in the shuffle. Terrible school all the way around.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2006
A wonderful and welcoming place which tailors the lessons to each kids learning style. Kids are loved and accepted for who they are. Wonderful organic meals, art, music, dance and Spanish incorporated through out the day. Kids are free to climb tress and dig in the dirt. Kids come home dirty and very happy each day. Very different from other schools of its type. I couldn't imagine an happier place for our child.

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2006
Very child centered environment. The school works hard to provide children with access to a variety of cultures, through celebration of holidays, cultures, music and art.

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August 30, 2005
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April 06, 2005
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February 20, 2005
Small, coeducation environment. Convenient location for those living in Noe Valley, Geln Park or Bernal Heights (and of course the Mission). Very homey atmosphere, gifted teachers who give the individual students close attention. Great facilities and a fresh new perspective/philosophy on how students learn best (with some of the same key principles as the Montessori Schools).

- submitted by a former student
September 02, 2004
Unfortunately, while KMS has had its great moments over the past 2 years, there has been a noticeable decline in child safety with parents (and possibly licensing authorities) not being informed. Supervision of outside play continues, despite frequent parent/administration discussions, to not meet basic safety standards. The administration has reacted arrogantly and defensively to legitimate complaints raised by parents, resulting in a large numbers of long-time families leaving the school before their children were ready to enter kindergarten. The elementary program is not good, and appears to be subsidized heavily by the preschool program. Good bones, but a program in deep crisis at this time, especially with the loss of 2 out of their 5 most experienced preschool teachers just in August.

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2004
This year my daughter finished her 8th year at KMS. She started as a preschooler and just completed 5th grade. KMS has an absolutely outstanding preschool, with staff that is wonderful, a facility that is exciting for the kids, and a philosophy that builds strong learners. The elementary program is intimate and flexible and vibrant. My daughter has been well prepared to be express herself and move on into middle school.

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Katherine Michiels School
1335 Guerrero Street, San Francisco, CA  94110
(415) 821-0130
Last modified Katherine Michiels School is a Private school that serves grades PK-5
Katherine Michiels School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 28 reviews. Top