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35 Keyes Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94129

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(415) 561-5800
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Teacher effectiveness: Somewhat effective
June 11, 2015
It's a mix. I have seen Humanities teachers and foreign language teachers be very effective (although not all). Math and science have been so-so.

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Develops grit: Agree
June 11, 2015
The school tries hard to do this and is largely successful. Still, sometimes it does feel like there is a bit of a public school mentality. Example: One teacher refused to give credit on a test for a question that was ambiguously phrased. Stuff like that happens occasionally. It never happened to my older child who went to a different school.

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Develops empathy: Strongly agree
June 11, 2015
This is the school's GREAT strength. It has a student body with divergent personalities. But, they seem to get along very well. The caste system of jocks, student government types, OK kids, greasers, and nerds that I experienced does not come near Bay.

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Develops honesty: Strongly agree
June 11, 2015
Like I said in my review, the school really walks the walk in terms of values. The one drag is the emphasis on grades. I think they could downplay that to help the kids focus on learning.

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June 11, 2015
Our son has had a mixed experience. On the positive side, it is a wonderful, supportive community. Bay really walks the walk with respect to values. It knows how to embrace the uniqueness in each student and make them feel part of a greater community. Our offbeat son has found a place where he belongs. In general, teachers are supportive. They make themselves very accessible to help students. And once a student requests help, there is a powerful and impressive infrastructure to give it to him or her. I have reservations about the academics. Overall, they are good, especially in Humanities. But, the supportive nature of the school can create a focus on not leaving kids out at the expense of challenging students who are talented. That is especially true in math and science. In the equivalent of his Algebra II class, my son was revisiting a fair amount of work he had done in middle school and not seeing significantly new challenges of it. The introductory science class, Conceptual Physics, attempts not to alienate kids by minimizing math. But, doing so makes it less efficient to convey the ideas and the school loses an opportunity to make math real. It was slow and confusing. If Bay were to figure out how to support kids' academic gifts in class, it would be close to perfect.

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June 09, 2013
Bay is phenomenal. The kids learn to truly respect each other as they build close relationships with their teachers. This is a rare place full of happy and inspired people. Bay is doing an excellent job creating competent and confident young adults. As a parent it is a joy to have these smart and funny kids over to our house, apparently that is rare for teenagers these days.

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March 31, 2010
We couldn't be happier with the school. From the very beginning admissions process we could tell that this was the school for our son. He is very bright but quiet but he was very much put at ease through the interview and his visits. Now that he is there he is not pushed to be something he is not (which was the case at his previous school where there was a lot of emphasis on being social) and he is blossoming. If you are looking for a school that has strong academics, a diverse community and where all personalities can flourish, I highly recommend Bay.

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September 04, 2009
This school was incredible. Engaging classes, enthusiastic top quality teachers, focus on raising ethical, compassionate and responsible human beings, athletics, welcoming and diverse community - all under one roof, and in a National Park setting. Can't imagine a better place to be for a teenager.

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May 26, 2008
I am a graduating senior and have had a wonderful experience at Bay School. It turned me on to subjects I had previously believed were beyond my reach, and provided great support academically and otherwise. I would support anyone's decision in attending the Bay School and I would do it all over again if given the chance: I have been very happy

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March 07, 2008
I am absolutely ecstatis about the Bay School. My daughter is graduating this year as part of the first class and she is my third child. She went to a different school for freshman year and of all the schools my kids attended I am most impressed with Bay.

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The Bay School Of San Francisco
35 Keyes Avenue, San Francisco, CA  94129
(415) 561-5800
Last modified The Bay School Of San Francisco is a Private school that serves grades 9-12
The Bay School Of San Francisco Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 14 reviews. Top