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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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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