Students enrolled 422
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School leader Cami Okubo
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680 18th Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94121

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4 stars
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March 18, 2014
A school is only as good as the strength of the partnership between committed, present parents, and a staff that is supported by the district, the leadership and those parents. Argonne has all of this going for it. The PTO is a large group of very talented and active parents; so many wonderful things have come to fruition as the direct result of their hard work. Our new Principal (2011-present) is a delightful chapter in Argonne's story. She is bright, cheerful, caring and so engaged. The children love her. It is surprising Argonne averages four stars, and is rated 8 of 10. Perhaps it's a reflection of the former Principal. She'd been driven out of another SF school and somehow hired at Argonne. She would have been removed if she hadn't resigned under pressure after only four months in her role as Principal. Hopefully this gives readers some perspective on the reviews in 2011.

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2013
I have two daughters at Argonne and every morning they are happy and excited to go to school. They are both thriving academically and socially and enjoy the many benefits that come from having a Principal with great leadership skills, an amazing PTA, great teachers, a new and beautiful school, many opportunities for in and after school enrichment, an excellent after school program (rdsac), and a longer school year with many field trips built in.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2013
I have a 2nd grader and a kindergartner at Argonne and could not be happier. Great teachers, great parental involvement (via active PTA and otherwise), now joined by a great principal whose initial appointment last fall (2012) has been made permanent. Facilities are new and getting even better with the new playground structures and new gardens. Enrichment is solid with the PTA-raised money helping to pay for some which is beyond the district's budget. While we do miss the Russian language teaching which was offered 2 years ago, Russian and other languages and activities (science, music, etc.) are offered on site after school for a fee. Great after school care is available too through YMCA, RSDAC, Chinese after school care (all on site), and a bus which goes to the JCC (we have been happy with the Y).

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2013
Argonne is a fantastic public elementary school in the Richmond neighborhood of San Francisco. We've been thrilled to have our daughter attend Argonne. It boasts a skilled a devoted team of teachers, an energetic and creative new principal and a caring and engaged parent community. Our daughter is thriving and we couldn't be happier with the school.

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2013
Argonne is one of the best kept secrets in the SFUSD! As the parent of a 2nd grader and a 4th grader, I can attest to the well-balanced education my children are getting at Argonne. We have committed and wonderful teachers and support staff, a phenomenal principal, an extremely supportive parent and family community which devotes time, energy, service and financial resources to make Argonne a wonderful school for all students. The extended year calendar provides students more opportunities for enrichment activities, such as art, PE, dance, chorus, science and garden education, as well as field trips and project-based learning. We love Argonne!

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2012
My kids started kindergarten this year. I was already impressed by Argonne in the tour. Now, I am blown away by the parent involvement, dedication of PTO, teacher commitment and the new principal. My twins are in separate classes, and both teachers are excellent. The kids have tons of activities outside of the standard curriculum, such as computer lab, chorus, dance, PE, art (parent-led Art in Action), field trips, gardening, and more. The year-round schedule (four and a half weeks of instruction for grades 1-5 and two weeks for kindergartners) gives the teachers more time off during the year, which helps keep them "fresh". Because there are two, summer, kindergarten sessions, the teachers can focus on getting to know only eleven students at a time, and kindergarteners can acclimate to a new school with less chaos. One of my children is slow to adjust to change and new situations, so this time (and the added structure we will have in the future) was excellent. And, we ll still gives us plenty of time for summer vacation! Our family already feels part of an excellent community, and look forward to our years at Argonne.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2012
This school has the most talented, committed and caring teachers you will find anywhere. My daughter's kindergarten teacher was unflappable, experienced and nurturing. Kindergarten was everything I had hoped it would be for her. We have had excellent teachers every year. My daughter is a bright child with strong math and verbal skills. She has been challenged and engaged throughout her experience at Argonne. Teachers strive to meet her academic and social needs. This year, we have a new, charismatic, responsive, knowledgeable and effective principal. Principal Okubo builds relationships with all of the families, teachers and staff. She is one of the best principals in the district. We are lucky to have her! We have an extended school year, so we have an additional 5 weeks of instruction every summer. By the time the regular school year begins, our kids have already adjusted to their new grade level and teacher and are already meeting the academic challenges of their grade. Students do not suffer "summer learning loss." We have a welcoming and friendly parent community with a strong culture of involvement. We provide myriad volunteer opportunities that fit into any schedule.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2012
Wonderful things are happening at Argonne Our new principal, Ms. Okubo, has brought amazing leadership to our school. She is kind, intelligent, energetic and works well with the teachers and our parents. Most important, she loves the kids. We have bright and passionate teachers, involved parents and an extended school community committed to education. Our new garden is in bloom and serves as an outdoor classroom, our new play structure is an exciting addition for the kids. At this point we think Argonne is one of the best schools in SFUSD. If you are looking for a school in SF, come take a tour and see what is happening at Argonne.

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2012
Great teachers, great and newer facility, great parental involvement. Wonderful after-school options (we love the Y run one). The Russian language teaching is also a nice bonus (not immersion at all); however the grant funding for that may end this school year (2011-12). The only other hesitation, keeping this from a 5 star review, is that the old principal left in summer of 2011 and the new one has not been embraced by the teachers and parents (and vice versa). That said, we parents have been told that she will be transferring out this summer of 2012, so a 3rd principal in 3 years should be starting Fall 2012. Fingers crossed, if it is a good fit than this is an incredible school.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2011
Our son started kindergarten here this year. We feel very fortunate to have this public school option. The teachers are outstanding and with a new engaged principal we hope the school continues to improve. The PTO is very active and creatively raises lots of funds to supplement horrendous budget cuts - kids get art, music, Russian language, PE and they fund reading specialists and class size reductions in the upper grades. The school building is among the nicest in the city and our son heads off to school excited and happy every day. The challenges these schools are facing are unprecedented but this school works hard to make sure the kids don't feel it. This public has it all: expansive library, large school yard, computer lab, clean well-lit art-covered walls and an experienced and caring faculty. The year around school year is not for everyone though so people should look carefully at the commitment of 5 extra weeks of classroom time but that extra length allows for lots of field trips and extracurriculars fit into the year in a way you don't usually see with the state mandated testing being the number one focus. We are happy to have gotten in; most families feel the same.

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2011
I love my public school! I love Argonne! We feel so fortunate to have gotten a spot for our daughter at Argonne. She has loved it from her first day! The teachers are very dedicated. Parents are involved in every aspect of the school. Students benefit from the year round calendar and enjoy the many enrichment programs at the school. The building, relatively new, is bright, clean, and filled with beautiful student art work. Argonne is a happy, vibrant, and high achieving school.

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2010
I love the unique year round school calendar. It's the only year round public elementary in San Francisco. I love how involved the parents are. I think that we have an excellent teaching staff who really care about the kids.

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2010
The teachers really care about giving these kids a great education. Also love the year round school schedule, it helps the kids retain important knowledge that they would have otherwise lost. This allows teachers more time to work on new material and less time on review.

- submitted by a community member
June 05, 2010
A very good school overall, with very strong teaching. However, in my opinion, the principal is a liability. I have to doubt her motivation. She lacks tact and communication abilities. My child just completed kindergarden, and he loves Argonne. On the last day of school, we bought him Argonne sweatshirt in the office, then went to talk to the principal about an issue. Out of the blue, the principal told me to take my child to a different school. My child -who is a really good student and was named a student of the week once during the year- was really upset hearing this. Lots of crying afterwards. Needless to say, we are puzzled and upset by this.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2010
Amazing school! Great teachers. Beautiful facility. One of the most beautiful public schools in the city! I am so thankful to be at this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 28, 2010
Great teachers,friendly atmosphere,safe for children,my child loves this school

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March 03, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2010
Argonne overall has some great things going on for it. Many involved parents. Facilities are newer, great library. Kids act like kids, no inappropriate behavior / dress, and no cliques and definitely no gang influences. Kids are happy to be there each day. It feels like 1950's America, but more diverse. Academically, the school is really two schools. Teachers in K-3 are newer, coming in over last decade, and responsible for turning this school around. Some of the K-3's are among the best teachers in the city, including private schools. Teachers in 4-5 are uniformly mediocre - not bad but not stellar like the K-3's, burnt out, no love for the kids, no passion for the job, no inspiration. Luckily by 4th grade the kids are already on the right path, so overall they do pretty well.

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January 25, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2009
Our family feels really lucky to be at Argonne. Here are several things I love: 1) A school-wide commitment to integrating social justice into the school curriculum across all grades; 2) Teachers who use a reward system to encourage positive behavior and empower students to express their feelings/opinions and jointly problem-solve more difficult situations; 3) An engaged parent community that regularly volunteers in the classroom, on field trips, in organizing fundraisers, and with administrative tasks; and 4) Recognition of the value of field trips (we've averaged two a month since this school year started) to enhance the learning that takes place at school. I also really get a kick out of the fact that my child's coming home using words she's learned from her classmates in Russian, Mandarin, Spanish, and Japanese. The fact that she's excited about going to school every day lets me know she feels safe and loved.

- submitted by a parent
December 14, 2009
Strong fundamentals Enriched curriculum including cool and educational field trips Joyful atmosphere

- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2009
I have 2 children at Argonne--one in 4th grade and one in 1st--and we have been tremendously happy with the school. The community is warm, inclusive and diverse. The principal is a caring and dedicated administrator. We have been delighted with the teaching for both our children across grade levels. The PTO works hard to raise money for all the extras, including art, music, dance and PE. Argonne is a wonderful school and a happy learning environment.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2009
I m the parent of a kindergartener and I m both pleased and impressed with Argonne. We transitioned from a small, loving preschool and I worried that Argonne (or any public school) would feel large and institutional. Instead, our family has felt supported by the teachers and principal. The kindergarten orientation sessions are fabulous and we would have been thrilled with any of the teachers. The principal is very focused on the needs of her students and can detail what is taking place throughout the school at any given moment. Very innovative curriculum and enrichment opportunities, especially arts and science. We ve had great communication with our teacher. Our child started reading within the first three weeks of class and is very engaged. My only concern is the PTO, which is a tight group of parents and not nearly as warm and accessible as the teachers and principal.

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2009
My son just finished his first year here. I have been very disappointed with the lack of communication. Point number two: Just yesterday I called the school to find out where my son's yearbook was. I was told my money would have to be refunded because all the yearbooks have been distributed and he didn't get one, despite the school having cashed my check back in January. Next point: It seems I was supposed to have received a white envelope with my son's report card and 1st grade assignment. Never received it. Every time I ask the principal a question, her response is 'I don't know.' Guess Argonne's principal is merely a figurehead collecting a wage she certainly does not deserve! I gave this school a chance and donated hundreds of dollars. Well, not anymore! I would write more, but I'm out of space!

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 08, 2009
Argonne is a great school and it is only getting better...it is being led by a great group of parent volunteers who have thier hearts in the right place. The school has an excellent staff who also do a wonderful job in the classroom. I have two kids here and I have had a terrific experience. Parents and the community are working to make it better and we will!

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2009
We are concluding our first year at Argonne and have been extremely disheartened by the entire experience. Frankly, when someone now, especially someone in Parents for Public Schools, tries to tell me all the 'positives' about our schools I think of the people who told their friends to invest in Madoff. Just saying the school is good or has good scores does not mean the school is providing a good education or educational experience. From lack of adult supervision in the classroom and on the playground, to poor communication between the principal and parents and the principal and teachers and teachers and parents, we feel we plunged from a nurturing & caring preschool straight to a large, uncaring urban middle school. It has been a scary and daunting experience -- some parents here defend this as 'just life' -- I believe the school can more to nurture a true caring community.

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April 25, 2009
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April 02, 2009
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December 08, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2008
For the most part, the school does not provide sufficient information and communications to the parents of incoming kindergartners. However, once you become familiar with the school, you will find the positives in the teachers and the curriculum- such as the science program, Art in Action, and the new russian language program. In addition, The YMCA after school program that is offered on-campus is very well run and a great complement to the school. All this would have added up to a 4.5 star school if it wasn't for the principal who doesn't have good rapport with the parents nor show adequate leadership. Unfortunately, this principal brings the overall score down for the Argonne experience.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2008
Argonne was my first choice for my child, and that choice has not disappointed! The library is bright, spacious, and staffed. There's a new, state of the art computer lab. The teachers, fellow parents, YMCA-staffed after-school program and community in general are open and friendly. The school, classrooms and afterschool programs welcome parent involvement/ volunteering. The school is bright, with great creativity shown in the work in the hallways. I don't hesitate to recommend Argonne to prospective parents.

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May 13, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2008
I am also a parent at Argonne and have recommended this school to many families searching for a quality school in this neighborhood. I have only had positive interactions with the teachers. Argonne has a number of programs promoting a caring community environment. Parents volunteer to lead Art lessons and support the Science lessons. Upper level students have reading buddies in lower grades. According to my daughter, they have play-yard conflict resolution plans which involve student moderators. She has friends throughout the school, not exclusively in her class and looks forward to going to school each day. That is a mark of a good school.

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2008
I am a parent at Argonne and disagree with the previous review. I am sorry this child is having problems with bullying; but actually our feedback from parents, students and teachers indicates that our school climate is quite good. Anyway, greatschools is not the place to take up an issue like this; come to the parent organizations meetings and lets talk about it!

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2008
Our family has been at Argonne for four years. I am truly impressed by the quality of education at this school. The teachers, particularly the third grade team are highly educated, thoughtful professionals. The principal welcomes parent participation and manages the school with the quiet confidence that accompanies competence. Contrary to the previous poster's comments the staff and parent group have spent considerable time dealing with the issue of bullying. Attending the monthly school governance meeting would allows a concerned parent to voice their concerns and work to resolve issues with the school.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2008
My daughter goes to Argonne elementary school. The kindergarten was fabulous, and same with the first and second grades. Third grade is the last year that this school is going stick with average. The environment is unsafe. She has come home bruised and bleeding. She doesn't feel safe at this school. The teaching is awful after the third grade. And the staff simply does nothing about the excessive bullying! I do not recommend this school if you are expecting your child to stay until 5th grade.

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2007
My son started at Argonne this year and so far we love the school. All the Kindergarten teachers are great at this school. The students and teachers are a diverse group and the parents are friendly. My son loves going to school and has learned so much in such a short time. The school has good academics and lots of extras, so they have a good balance of fun and learning.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2006
Argonne is a good school and getting better all the time. We always need more involved parents, but even families who can't volunteer time or money do their best to contribute something. The principal is not a PR-type, but a serious, committed educator who has the right priorities and a good rapport with kids. The year-round curriculum is a huge plus, as are the parent-provided extras like a P.E. consultant, Art in Action curriculum, Dance instruction and Math/Reading teams for struggling students. And don't forget our fabulous library! (I do wish there was more music.) I would say the biggest challenge facing Argonne is a somewhat uneven teaching staff. Most are fabulous, creative, committed and energetic, but (bluntly) there are a few that are very burnt out & need to consider a change. Still, we have been pleasantly surprised by this school & would recommend it to any family.

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March 22, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2006
I have two children in this school and I am very happy with it. Parents are very involved in school life. Discipline and academics on high level.

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2006
Both of my children (3rd and 5th grades) are currently attending Argonne. Overall very good school. Strong principal and some very good teachers.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2006
A good school if you have to choose a public school for your child in San Francisco. Prinipal has good relations with students, although seems a bit shy with parents, but who cares, I think the kids are most important-good teachers and a nice building as well. Parents of other students seem to care about kids education.

- submitted by a parent
January 01, 2006
'Year Round' means school starts in July. 5 extra weeks of school. The school's application of Multiple Intelligences theory varies from classroom to classroom. In general the instruction is fairly traditional with enrichment activities (Art in Action, PE, Dance). Unfortunately all the enrichment activities are not necessarily integrated into the curricululm. There is a high level of parent involvement - shared school governance, fund raising, teaching Art in Action, etc...

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October 31, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2005
This school is a year round school. Children spend six weeks in the summer at school. That really appealed to me in terms of social and academic growth for my children. We are very happy with the teacher's and the extra curricular activities at the school. We could use more parent involvement, but what school could'nt. The parent's we do have are outstanding. Each may we have our annual fundraiser 'the argonne mayfair'. Each year I have been there (five) it has only gotten better.It is for the whole community, not only school participant's. Come see for yourself.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2005
I am going to switch schools while the year is just started.Do not recommend this school. If your child is smart, good student the school will bring him down to the same low level with the rest of the students.The children don't get graded so nobody knows if they dont do well

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2005
This has been one of the best kept secrets in San Francisco, although the test scores are now attracting attention. It's a fantastic school, with new facilities, and great teachers. We have been very happy with the school. Like all SF public schools, it is somewhat limited in enrichment activities, but the education is very high quality.

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August 16, 2005
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March 23, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2005
Great school and getting better all the time. Lots of parent involvement. Commitment to arts, sports and lots of extras.

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January 03, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2004
Argonne is a great community school with some unique things to recommend it and room to still improve. The year-round curriculum adds 5 additional weeks of education to the regular district schedule. This gives kids more time with their teachers and in class rather than in an expensive summer-school program. This is a primary reason the school has worked for my family. The facility is new and safe, very bright and encouraging. There is terrific diversity in the families and staff. The school is small enough (400 kids) that the students know eachother across grades and classes. There is good parent involvement, and a growing focus on building a community that brings principal, teachers, parents and students together for shared projects, programs and goals. The staff is a mix of older and younger teachers and has provided enough differences in teaching styles to appropriately support each of my children.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2004
I have three children who have had Argonne experience: a sixth grader who attended Argonne for all of her elementary career, a second grader, and a kindergartener. All three actively want to go to school every day; this tells me that they feel safe, secure, and engaged at school - and do not feel either fear or boredom. Argonne has a tradition of multi-age classrooms; our family has experienced a K-1, a 2-3, and a 4-5. This is a great option because the children stay with one teacher for two years - the teachers really get to know their students. There are single grade classrooms as well in K-3; all the 4s and 5s are mixed. This gives all of the kids a chance to both mentor and be mentored by the time the leave for middle school. We also have a good parent-driven art program, Art in Action.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2004
The year round curriculum has been great for my child. There is a nice range of teachers so we've been able to find a teacher whose style works with our child's learning style in every grade. Argonne has a great library and on-site after-school. They do a fair amount of field studies as they are close to Muni and Golden Gate Park. There is a good amount of parent participation at the school and the families we've gotten to know are wonderful.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2004
Argonne is a nice school. It's great to that it is year round. The students are nice and there is always great art work up on the walls in the hallway. There is a nice mix of teachers and the parents seem pretty involved.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2004
This is our family's 8th and (unfortunately) final year at Argonne. I wish that we had a 6th - 8th grade so we could stay. What drew us to Argonne was: 1) parental involvement and 2) a willingness to look at the whole child, rather than trying to put square pegs in round holes. On parental involvement, Argonne is infused with the 'co-op' model. Parents help in the office, teach art classes and make fundamental decisions about how things run. (This was the case even before it became more common to have 'site based decision' making.) My kids have mild learning disabilities. The 'hands on,' multiple intelligence approach, along with caring teachers, principals and staff made us feel comfortable and in competent hands. Argonne prepared us for middle school, where my oldest is on the honor roll. He volunteers at Argonne whenever he can, as do other alumni.

- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2004
Argonne was my 1st choice of schools for my daughter. Her teacher for kindergarten and now 1st is one of the best teachers I have ever met. The rest of the kindergarten teachers are very old school and cold. Her teacher is warm, loving, and very involved with the children. The parent involvement is lacking some. The meetings have the same 10-15 parents running everything. Other parents need to become more involved to make Argonne a stronger school. I do worry about the lack of supervision on the play ground. I am often there throughout the day and see the children at recess. Also, I don't feel the kids have enough supervision while they are waiting to be picked up at the 17th ave gate. If you plan on sending your child to this school, which is good, please get involved!

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2004
I have two children at Argonne and have had a positive experience every year. My children love their school and teachers. The teachers are all very experienced and caring. I love the extra touches: a dance teacher, P.E. teacher, computer lab teacher and a great reading team to help children who are struggling to read in the early grades. All these extras are funded by the parents at Argonne who I find dedicated to make this school a wonderful and positive place to learn.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2004
Argonne Elementary is an average school. My son was there for 6 years. The principal is new and is somewhat unorganized. They lack parents participation in fund raisers. Overall school is clean. YMCA aftershool program is on-site. Ratio is 20:1 in kindergarten to third grade and 30:1 in fourth and fifth. There are three classes for each level. I do not see any safety measures at the school. I walked into my son's classroom on a few occasions without anyone noticing. Now, someone off the street can do the same. Overall, this is a decent public school but can be better.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2004
My child is starting for the first time this year. The teacher and the principal have been responsive to parent interest and concerns. However, the students and teachers do not seem to stop bulling and accept it which is a shame at such a early start in a child education.

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Argonne Elementary School
680 18th Avenue, San Francisco, CA  94121
(415) 750-8460
Last modified Argonne Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Argonne Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 61 reviews.