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65 Chenery Street
San Francisco, CA 94131

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(415) 695-5669
(415) 695-5343
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May 13, 2014
Fairmount have a really great immersion program and parents are very involve in the school and also very passionate about the spanish culture. If you like your kids to grow up with strong foundation of the spanish culture and learn the language among native speakers Fairmount is a great option.

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2014
Fairmount is a great immersion school and the Teachers are great. My son love it and all the parents are involve in the school. All the cultural programs are great because everyone is involve.

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2013
A lot of great families left this year. And not because thier kids aged out. If you go to Fairmount-- please take good care of it. It needs love and attention, care and feeding. It has the parents, teachers, kids and potential to be the best school in SF. Stick it out with your heart and soul and help this school succeed. Passion is what will make this school great. Somos Fairmount. (We are Fairmount)

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2013
My family is been part of Fairmount for the past 10 years!!! The teachers are excellent. The Wellness Support Staff are awesome. Great Special Education program. We love our dear custodian. He loves and cares for the kids and the school so much. The after school program is high quality (hard to get in). Fairmount is lucky to have the best librarian. However, I'm a very realistic person. This school is lacking leadership. And this school doesn't have a GATE program. They are working very hard on closing the achievement gap, but unfortunately the high achievers are left behind. They are not engaged nor challenged. Parent participation is ok. It's always the same small group of parents breaking their backs. We used to have more community events, but they went away....I guess the main organizers moved on. But overall, it's a nice small community. The kids are happy. And the teachers are excellent! No school is perfect. Definitely there is room to grow

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2013
We have 2 children at this school- and we absolutely LOVE it. The leadership, the community, the dedication of the teachers. It is a rare gem in the city, and has a small town feel. Highly recommend for a great Immersion education - you will not know what people are talking about when they say SF public schools are not very good. This one's top notch!!!

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2013
This is a very mediocre school - a few great teachers, a few terrible teachers. Poor leadership, great community. Parents do a lot of work to help. Probably not a very good place to send your kid if they are learning English, the Spanish part is okay, doesn't seem that great.

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2012
I have two children at Fairmount, and couldn t be happier. This is a wonderful community and a wonderful school. We started at another school, so I can say that Fairmount is leaps and bounds ahead of other schools in the district. The children come from different backgrounds, cultures and languages. I have not seen the bullying, fighting, and severely disruptive behavior we experienced elsewhere. The parent community is inclusive, involved, and committed. Our experience with the teachers in the lower grades has been amazing. Principal Hilinski is a fantastic champion of our school. We are as proud to have him as he is to be at Fairmount. I have two happy kids who are excelling in their education.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2012
I have two children at Fairmount, one in 5th and one in 2nd. As with any school, public or private, there is always room for improvement, and Fairmount is no different. Yet, there are many ways in which Fairmount is head and shoulders above other similar schools. The sense of community on campus dates back to the days when Principal Karling began morning circle. Parents are welcome to be present for this first 15 minute period. Further, parent involvement in the school, from library coordinator to classroom tutor to schoolyard greener is overwhelmingly positive. There are several strong sets of teachers. Particularly in the early grades, coursework and homework is coordinated. I have found homework to be appropriate, challenging, and varied in nearly every grade level. The school also has a committed, young, and intelligent Principal who has a long-term vision for continued improvement at Fairmount. His door is always open, and he will work with every family that walks through it. Finally, I can say from personal experience that the wellness support staff, particularly the school social worker, is extremely strong. Any SF child would be lucky to be placed here.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2012
My three children have attended multiple public schools here in SF, and Fairmount by far has been my favorite. This is an incredibly sweet school with excellent teachers and a great principal. There is a small cabal of parents, particularly in the last couple of years, that spend all their time complaining about the homework, most often that it is too hard. Different teachers will assign different homework, the sooner you and your child learn this, the easier middle school and high school will be. If you want your children to learn, they should do their homework. Good habits start early. We don't speak spanish in our house, yet my oldest son, now in high school is fluent in Spanish, and my youngest (still at Fairmount) looks like she'll be even more comfortable with Spanish. We couldn't be happier with Fairmount.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2012
My son just started 1st grade at Fairmount, and his sister graduated last year. The energy at the school has been wonderful ever since Principal Hillinski stepped in. We cherish our community at Fairmount, where teachers and parents collaborate to make a positive learning environment. Not every teacher is perfect, but I can honestly say that the majority of my daughter's experiences in the classroom and in the after school program were positive. She has started middle school Spanish immersion with confidence and a strong work ethic, thanks to Fairmount. I know my son is in good hands with caring, involved teachers. We also look forward to a year of fun family activities, which our fabulous PTA makes possible through their tireless fundraising and outreach. Fairmount's extracurricular activities like capoeira, Playsports, and our new, expanded gardens make this a truly special school!

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2012
it seems to me that some teachers agree on what the one homework will be for the whole year, thats rigth, the whole year, its frustrating,kids get discouraged,bored,as they are not challenged,only doing the same homework with a few changes for the whole year.You have to request it yourself if you want a different one.No wonder this school is under the standards...parents are frustrated here but many of them are voiceless.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2012
I have a 3rd grader and a kinder child, and really feel that I lucked out when we got our first choice to this school. We have very involved teachers who work with each other across the grade level and are always looking to better their teaching methods. As well, the parent community is very strong from both the English and Spanish speaking sides (as well as working and non-working). I like the way kids interact at the school and find that older kids treat the younger kids well. The only reason I leave one star missing from this review, is that all public schools are hurting right now and often not able to provide the "extras" that we all wish our kids could have. My kids love their school too, which makes me feel good about our decision to go with Fairmount.

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2012
My daughter went to school at Fairmount. I had to pull her out. The tutoring it was a joke! NO help very disorganize. I volunteer and the tutors did not know what the kids where working on. Also only the spanish speaking (latinos) kids took the spanish test at the end of year and finding out that test did not count like the CST. So is double preassure for our kids. Taking 2 test at the end of the year and only counting 1 not fair. Some teacher had preference on other kids too. Just because their parent participated more, but those where non working parents. Then that lady new principal came very rude did not say goodmorning just walk by you like you where a pole standing there. I have to say the 1st grade teacher Mr. Cuervo he is the best don't know if he is still there. but he know what he is doing and cares about his students. My daughter learned alot with him.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2011
The other day my daughter said to me, "I'm such a lucky kid, because not everyone gets to go to a school as good as Fairmount." She's loved every one of her four teachers, and learning a second language has been just the challenge she needed to stay engaged in school. There is a very active PTA which raises funds to pay for arts enrichment programs, which along with partnerships with the SF Ballet, Opera, and Symphony, have provided my daughter with exciting arts experiences despite the lack of funding for such things in this state. As a parent I appreciate how knowledgeable and organized the principal is. He gets every penny available for the school and has a can-do attitude. Best of all he is here to stay.

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2011
Playworks is a program that has had a tremendously positive impact on Fairmount Elementary School. This is an organization that the school works with - they provide a coach who works with the students in structuring recess and lunch recess periods. She has been terrific at promoting the values of sportsmanship and being a team player. Playworks has revolutionized recess and lunch recess at Fairmount!

- submitted by a community member
January 07, 2011
I have to say that I am always pleasantly surprised at how up-beat the positive energy is at Fairmount this year. It is hard to believe that we are halfway through the school-year, as it feels like we just started. I really liked the Baile Familiar and Dia de los Muertos celebrations. These celebrations make this school such a fun place to go. The community is very much alive with great energy and spirit this year.

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2011
This school is a disaster with no respect for teaching as a profession. The principal is a smooth talker who does not follow through with any action. Don't be fooled. There is no emphasis on curriculum, teaching, or safety at this school. It is a dangerous place for children. We had to take our child out in the middle of the year due to safety concerns.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2010
The 2010-2011 school year is off to a great start under the leadership of our new principal, Jeremy Hillinski. He brings energy and enthusiasm to the difficult task of leading a school that has experienced several leadership changes and a major construction project in the past few years. My daughter is starting 4th grade, and I could not be happier with her progress in mathematics and language arts. Her father and I do not speak Spanish, but her language acquisition, understanding, and accent have been complimented by our friends who do. I worried that she would not thrive in public school, but the challenge of having the majority of her instruction in Spanish since Kindergarten, and the collaborative environment that Fairmount teachers encourage has helped her to flourish.

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2009
The Spanish Immersion program prepares our children culturally and educationally to have great options in life!

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2009
As a first grade parent at Fairmount I am impressed with the quality of administrators and faculty. We have a responsive, caring, and effective principal, Ms. Cranna. My child had an excellent Kinder teacher and a fabulous First grade teacher, and I hear the excellence continues. She's learning, in Spanish AND English. Due to the support of the PTA my child benefits from numerous extra activities: choir, capoeira, social play group, additional PE days, a school librarian. The before and after care program, GLO, is onsite and simply adds to our happy experience at Fairmount. GLO is a quality program, with caring, engaging staff and hours that allow working parents to put in their 40hours without worrying about where their children are afterschool. The school has a fantastic community with engaged faculty and parents. I consider ourselves extremely lucky to be part of this engaged, caring learning-community.

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2009
i have a first-grader at fairmount who transferred there this year from san francisco's so-called 'trophy' public. (among other things, we sought a language immersion program in our neighborhood, which the other school could not provide.) weighed against so strong a competitor, fairmount has performed brilliantly thus far (though it suffers from lack of funding like every other CA public school). first off, this school community is warm. it is welcoming. staff make it their business to know kids' names. it feels like a big family. and the families are wonderful -- all pitching in and helping in the ways that fit their resources and availability. when there is a perceived need that isn't being met or funded, a solid group of active parents gets the job done -- or sets a plan in motion to make it so. and the teaching has so far exceeded our expectations.

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2008
I would like to echo what the previous parent wrote below. My kindergartener is doing great in Fairmount's Spanish Immersion program. She loves it and so do we -- she's learned so much since August and made wonderful friends. The staff is truly excellent, and the school is full of love, support and community spirit. (Last weekend I danced next to the principal in a free class by Loco Bloco as part of the school's Black History Celebration.) Fairmount's before- and after-school program is also excellent. We're very happy. We only wish the teachers and school - and a very well-organized PTA - didn't have to struggle so much with funding issues.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 24, 2007
I have been very impressed with this school.

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2007
Fairmount has the most committed and professional educators & administrators I ve ever seen in a public school. It s an exemplary community where students, families, faculty and staff joyfully contribute to enrich the education experience for everyone. Upon entering Fairmount in the 5th grade, my daughter was shy, lacked confidence, and was negative towards school. Within the first few weeks at Fairmount, she blossomed in a way that was unprecedented. Throughout the year she got involved in extracurricular activities, received math tutoring, and went on several exciting, educational field/camping trips. Her teacher, Mr. Chasse, is one of the finest educators a student or parent could hope for. The Principal has made dramatic social and academic improvements to the school. I learned that test scores are neither a true indication of a great school, nor of a child s success. My only regret is that she didn t start there sooner!

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2007
Multi-faceted, a diverse population, extremities of socio-economic levels, politically correct to the point of being incorrect at times, gay-friendly, traditional and progressive all at once, dedicated staff from top to bottom overall, a principal who is integrated, balanced, top-of-the-line (so to speak) who is loyal to his students first; a blend of parents from all walks of life...this is what Fairmount is about...stumbling to reach the top with every intention of achieving excellence. This school, with it's good & bad, could easily serve as a model school in time. It's got a lot of heart, this school...

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2006
Dynamic qualities of Fairmount are its staff, its principal and above all its parents. Everyone working together has continued to make this a stronger and vibrant school. School wide scores on the state tests continue to rise (dramatically this past year). The overhaul of the dual immersion program is showing its benefits. We will be the leaders of how immersions programs can and should work.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2006
Fairmount is our neighborhood school. We have 2 children in the Spanish immersion program. Like most public schools, it is not without its challenges. But our leadership is finally stable and the principal is implementing changes. The learning environment and test scores are getting better. Our children are learning how important it is to be involved, and how to engage and communicate with our diverse school community. They are learning about social justice. Between the leadership of the principal, the nurturing from the committed educators, the enrichment programs funded through the PTA, the creative and supportive environment of the after school program, and the engagement of the school community, our children are thriving at Fairmount. It s a great school, a safe place, an engaged community and we wouldn t have it any other way.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2006
While Fairmount's staff, parents and principal are caring and involved, the bottom line for any school is academic performance. Fairmount has big issues in this area. The Spanish Immersion program dominates the school focus leaving the lone English class per grade lacking in development and focus. Because of state mandated intervention for low test scores, the curriculum is limited to what outside advisors allow. I agree that the extra-curricular programs that parents have helped bring to the school are impressive. The lack of focus on making sure all students get educated is a big concern. It doesn't matter if a small portion of the students excel if the vast majority are failing. Too many parents take an 'as long as my child is succeeding and enjoying the extra programs' everything is fine approach. Fairmount will truly be a great school when all students are succeeding, not just some.

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2006
Bicultural and bilingual school -spanish/english. PTA is well organized and meetings always have dinner and childcare provided. Academically not as challenging as it could be but a warm social climate overall and a committed group of parents and teachers. They are revamping their curriculum and upgrading to comply with state requirements, it has the potential to be one of the great neighborhood schools in a few years. Really good after-school program - dedicated and really tracking the kids well.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2006
I m a Fairmount parent and there are many things we love about it. It has a wonderful principal, staff and PTA that work closely together. The parents are friendly and always help each other out when needed. They have an annual Fiestaval and other celebrations to help raise funds for the school. It offers Spanish Immersion from kindergarten on. It's a uniform school. School hours are 8:35am 2:40pm, and it has 2 onsite after-school programs that run as early as 7:00am and as late as 6:00pm. The kids come from all different backgrounds and provide a diverse, multi-ethnic and cultural representation of Bay Area families. The school is run like a large, extended family, and the teachers, staff and parents provide a nurturing environment for all our kids. Take a tour!

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2005
Fairmount Elementary has an excellent principal. That is the first most important factor in determining a schools quality, in my opinion. Mr.Aguilera is quite an involved principal and he knows all students by name. He is very progressive-minded and effective. There is a great community at Fairmount. The quality of teaching is excellent, and when it is not, Mr.Aguilera steps in and takes action. Although it is low-performing , technically speaking, my daughters test scores were above average in every area. I attribute this partially to the hard work on the part of her teacher, Mrs. Lawrence. this is a good little school.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2005
My daughter is going into 4th grade in the Spanish Immersion program and loves the school. She now speaks Spanish fluently and her test scores are in the 99th percentile. Her teachers each year have been dedicated, hardworking, caring and resourceful. The afterschool program (FAS) has gotten better every year and now has a lively arts and enrichment program. Nearly half of the students come from very low income homes, so we work hard to find extra funds and resources for supplemental programs. This has pulled parents and staff together into a strong community. Attendance is high at PTA meetings and school events and many parents volunteer long hours at the school. I feel lucky to be a part of this community.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2005
I find the level of parent and involvement impressive at this little neighborhood school. It sets a fine example of building a community around a school

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2005
Fairmount is a great little neighborhood school

- submitted by a staff
May 04, 2004
My daughter goes to Fairmount- that means our whole family is part of a caring community. Fairmount's community cares about high-quality learning experiences, about ensuring equity among its diverse community members, and about each other. Teachers are working to help all students achieve. Parents are involved in arts and other activities. Spanish-speaking and African American parents are taking leadership roles. When a family faces crisis, everyone helps. Like any public school, Fairmount faces problems. But with a dedicated principal, hard-working staff and involved parents, we are working to solve those problems.

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2004
My child has had a wonderful experience at Fairmount in the Spanish Immersion program. The teachers at Fairmount are committed to giving the students the best possible education. We have a new fantastic principal who's also committed to the students. Aside from Spanish Immersion, there's English Only as well as very qualified Special Education classes (both Inclusion and Special Day).

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Fairmount offers a Spanish Immersion Program with dedicated and talented teachers and leaders. We are a TRIBES Learning Community, which uses cooperative learning strategies to develop a caring supportive environment for all children. We have a remarkably committed community that is backed by an extremely active PTA. In fact, our PTA supports Fairmount by funding several arts enrichment programs that allow us to foster an environment of well-roundedness in our students. Our English Language Advisory Committee (ELAC) is strong in membership and truly goal-oriented. The Fairmount School Site Council (SSC) is diverse in elected members and each and every one of our community and school-based meetings is conducted bilingually in English and Spanish. Our Positive Behavior Support approach to student support services has kept our climate and culture at an all time high! Come and check out our positive welcoming environment for more information or a campus tour.


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Fairmount Elementary School
65 Chenery Street, San Francisco, CA  94131
(415) 695-5669
Last modified Fairmount Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Fairmount Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 37 reviews. Top