I am a teacher at the school and feel I have been completely supported by the staff and administration. I feel that it is an incredibly supportive place to learn how to teach EL students. There is also a lot of space to become a teacher leader and develop as a professional. The teachers here are excellent and push each other to teach better. There is alignment in so many ways through true authentic collaboration. The comments before are about a very specific case in which the admin had to make a tough call about who would be able to support our students the most. I do believe they were acting in the interest of the students.
I agree with the teacher review dated 5/18/12. It is an accurate picture of SF International. The school works well for resilient students who are motivated to learn English in this country. But, for those that struggle in any way, this is not a safe environment to challenge oneself to learn a new language/culture. It is true, there is no room for those students or staff members to express ideas outside what is deemed acceptable by the administrator. She has pushed out students and staff members she finds undesirable.
The school has some truly gifted and dedicated staff, and the students are the best I've ever worked with. Unfortunately, the administration chooses to not support staff and students as much as they deserve. This past year they chose to non-re-elect two staff members who had dedicated themselves completely to the mission of creating a place where immigrant students can adapt and thrive in the American educational system, and that process revealed some serious problems with what kind of autonomy and independence students and staff are given. It's the kind of place where if you follow the rules perfectly, you can do very well, and I do believe students can and do thrive there. But for those who want a place where they can feel independent and valued, or for staff who are looking for a place where they can do their best, find support and appreciation, and rely on a real team to have their back, best keep looking.
SFIHS is the best school for all new comer students who are an English Language Learner. They provide the necessary education and attention for the student. Students get self confident in meeting friends, having an understanding in academic subjects , courage and challenge in their daily activities in life. Even this school is new, they already developed students who are excellent Academically and as an English Language Learner. Congratulations to the Principal, teachers and staffs who make a big effort of participation for the success of the students and to the parents who are trusted their students in SFIHS. Congratulations to their new school location this coming school year 2011-2011. Keep up the good work. Good Luck
San Francisco International High School is accomplishing the difficult task of providing an academically rigorous education to students with limited English ability and interrupted formal education. Students at SFIHS are thinking, writing, and analyzing in ways I rarely see English learners being asked to do in school. While this is a new school and still developing, they are already providing a great service to English learners in SF.
SFIHS is a fenomenal because that prepares and inspires students in high school for college and beyond. It is a small school for recent immigrants who have been in the country four years or less and are still learning English!!! I am a SFIHS student that learned how to be confident everyone and also i love SFIHS because I'm learning English!!!
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