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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Both of my children (3rd and 5th grades) are currently attending Argonne. Overall very good school. Strong principal and some very good teachers.
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.
'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...
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.
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
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.
Great school and getting better all the time. Lots of parent involvement. Commitment to arts, sports and lots of extras.
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.
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