Students enrolled 73
Hours 8:35 - 2:35
School leader Ricky Riley Mendoza
Transportation options no info
District San Francisco Unified School District
Before school Yes
After school Yes
Summer program Yes

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3125 Cesar Chavez Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

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4 stars
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April 02, 2014
My son is a 2nd grader at Flynn and is doing very well. His teacher is amazing. He has grown so much academically this past year and couldn't be more happier. The staff is very nice and helpful. He has done so much better since I moved him from his previous school to Flynn.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2014
Parent (4) at flynn since K. Teachers uncommonly terrific. nine = certificated master teachers - more than any other SFUSD school. teacher won national award for Teaching Tolerance pgm. sense of community that families value and enjoy -- despite language barriers, always a welcoming nod/smile when you see another new-to-you parent. afterschool program reenvisioned into one shared program for free/subsidized and paying families, eliminating the weird split in past. 'why can't i play with my friends after school?' was common question when no unified program. PTA raises about $100K a year, covers cost of Playworks coach, computers and tech, arts and garden programs, Mission Science Workshop and annual teacher grants. newish principal, formerly school IRF, coming into his own and got best overall set of teachers we've yet had. former principal (Karling) Asst Superintendent for Flynn area so best outcome possible. Both General Ed and Immersion programs are well subscribed and popular. School is real community center for programs to support health care and food insecurity challenges; parenting skills including homework help. It's a beautiful loving place that we really dig.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2014
My son started kindergarten at Flynn this past fall. He is in Spanish Immersion. We are very pleased with Flynn so far. Flynn s strong community is amazing. Recently we had a large group of Flynn volunteers spend a Saturday planting a new garden at the main entrance on Harrison Street. Then, today, I saw a Flynn classroom out working in the garden, cleaning it up and keeping it beautiful. The kindergarten teachers are super. There is lots of mixing throughout the kindergarten classes and my son has gotten to know and love all of the kindergarten teachers. He is learning in Spanish and now understands Spanish very well. He can recite his alphabet and numbers in Spanish and, on occasion, he actually speaks a few words in Spanish. We ve made great friends at Flynn, too. We do play dates with several of the kids at Flynn and there are always lots of Flynn friends to play with at Precita Park. We have also become friends with several of the parents and are excited to be building friendships with other neighborhood families who share our excitement about Flynn.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2014
I have wanted to write a review for years, but I thought I'd wait until my kid was at Flynn for awhile. Everyone loves the amazing kinder team, so I wanted a broader perspective. My daughter is now a 3rd grader in the General Education program. Every year I think we won't enjoy it as much as the last, but we do. She has had some amazing teachers. They know my kid with all her quirks and truly love and accept her. She has struggled a bit academically and never once have I had to advocate for her. Her struggles have been recognized and addressed before I could bring them up. It has taken some time but she is almost caught up academically. Her friends that are above grade level are met where they are at, and given the appropriate challenges. The teachers and staff really meet each child where they are at. After the amazing teachers, the best thing about Flynn is the community. It is beautifully diverse, both racially and socioeconomically. Both the kid and I have made some really good friends. We didn't apply to Flynn and after multiple rounds, we decided to roll with it. I'm so happy the crazy lottery put us here. It has paid off big time.

- submitted by a parent
December 04, 2013
I LOVE LEONARD FLYNN!! My daughter started Kindergarten this fall in the Spanish Immersion program, and she loves it! She comes home singing songs and telling me about all the new things she is learning. She is excited to go to school every morning which makes me very happy! At first I was a bit nervous about her being in the Spanish Immersion because we only speak English at home, but within the first week of school starting I was positive I made the right decision. Leonard Flynn gives you this a warm, safe, exciting feeling when you walk through the gates and as a working parent I feel that is very important. The Community and Teachers are wonderful! I can guarantee every time I'm on campus I'm greeted with a smile or a hello from everyone that I encounter. I plan on keeping my daughter here until it is time for her to graduate.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2013
Flynn is a terrifically inclusive, hard-working, vibrant community with great kids, great teachers and staff, and great potential that is realized more and more every year. Our test scores are improving, our immersion program is thriving, our ELL students are advancing, and we are having fun doing it!

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2013
This school has a warm, active community of parents and many truly wonderful teachers some national board certified. It's faced with all the bureaucratic burdens of any public school, but it's a special place. The PTA raises around $100,000 a year to fund the garden coordinator, Playworks (recess games organized using conflict resolution skills), extra arts programming and more. The garden coordinator is a certified teacher who creates curriculum and special projects like a water cycle station and a pollination garden. The library is always open for families and there is a full-time librarian. There are lots of support staff- even more this year thanks to the recent public school funding boost- teacher coaches, social workers and even a full-time nurse. One suggestion is that leadership work at being communicative with parents + responsive to problems. It's hard when there is a new principal every couple of years. Some administrative stability would help this wonderful school community.

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2013
As a parent I can say that Flynn has made many improvements from the past years. They are on the right track and thanks to the new national board certified teachers creating a new foundation, I see a great future for Flynn Elementary. Flynn is rated 2 out of 10, unless you know the school and the teachers well you will see that the 2 rating could be a 5 if people in the SFUSD can get off their chairs and really give a proper evaluation to the school. As a parent of a fifth grader I will not see the future of the school but I know it will be rated higher in the years to come.

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2013
Flynn is a great school with fantastic dedicated teachers, students and parents who excel under difficult conditions. Flynn is always needing more financial help but perseveres as a community with volunteer and staff spirit that energizes the children. Flynn's student population is very diverse but the whole school always comes together for the sake of the kids. An inner city school serving groups ranging from first generation English learners to those who qualify for student lunches to kids of affluent professionals, everyone chips in and helps. While in many schools this means parents writing checks, at Flynn it means so much more like parents in classrooms helping teachers everyday, repairing broken technology, taking time off work to help on field trips and teach, teachers spending their own money on books and furniture, the PTA scraping up every penny and covering PE, arts and science education that the district cannot pay for. Most telling of all, the students love this school. It is Flynn's diversity that make it successful in the face of steep challenges. It is this hard fought success that make it deserving of so much more.

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2013
I love being the Teacher Librarian for six years at Flynn(currently on Sabbatical). The whole community believes that children at our school can be part of a model Spanish bilingual library media center. I am so fortunate to have such a supportive community. The Flynn students are super lucky to have this gift of a full time library and this year a F/T library tech assistant as well! Did I say that our students LOVE reading? We have an amazing collection of books that excite children to read. My own two children have spent their public school life in SFUSD and they were not as fortunate to have the type of resource that we have at Flynn. Love LR Flynn!

- submitted by a teacher
September 14, 2013
3 weeks into Kindergarten in one of the Spanish Immersion classes, our daughter (with minimal Spanish background) is coming home singing full songs in Spanish and is bouncing off the walls while spouting out Spanish words with each bounce. Her mind is clearly being stimulated and she is having a ball. Her teacher is very warm and caring and after morning exercises on the yard, greets each child by name and with a handshake on their way into class. The principal seems to enjoy and care about the kids, but seems somewhat inexperienced and is not particularly inspiring, yet. Hopefully that will come. We haven't gotten too involved in the classroom or PTA yet, but hope to do this. Can't say we know a lot about the school yet, but so far so good!

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2013
Dear parents, If you live in San Francisco & are looking at schools trying to decide, I have been where you are with the worry and debate over what's best for your kid. I can only give my experience, but I hope it helps someone make decisions for their own family. We have been at Flynn for 5 years, some of which were better than others for parents/leadership/PTA but ALL of which were FANTASTIC for my daughter - the only real one that counts in all of it to me. She learned to read there, made friends there, gained confidence in herself there. She has loved her teachers, her principal, her after school programs. She's 9 going on 13, in my mind, but those formative years have been spent making friends & learning about her world. All schools have some challenges, I hope that you will be open to looking at schools that don't fit what you thought you wanted, & see what is actually of value at the school. My daughter loves her school, & so with our parent eyes, we know there are challenges but we accept them & try to make a difference for her & all the other kids there. Because they all deserve the best that life can give them & an education is the first step in that. Kind regards, A Mom

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2013
I've been going to school for 4 years and its a really great school and I love the teachers and staff and helpers and PTA staff they rock lets go LEONARD R. FLYNN you ROCK!

- submitted by a community member
January 14, 2013
Our daughter is in first grade and has totally thrived at Flynn. She loves school, reads several levels above grade level, and is consistently learning on a daily basis. Academics have been good as well as the social aspect. There is a lovely and very active parent community here and a great neighborhood feel, and the diversity is something we were really seeking. We appreciate the opportunity for her to be friends and classmates with kids of all backgrounds.

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2013
Our daughter is a first grader in the General Ed track at Flynn and we are extremely pleased with our experience there. After swallowing our disappointment over not getting a Spanish Immersion spot, we have been delighted with the quality of her education so far, she reads above grade level with expressive ease and finds math to be an interesting puzzle.The community is amazingly diverse-last year there were at least 7 languages represented in her class of 20 peers. Conflicts among the kids are handled through a district wide approach referred to as "restorative practices" which coaches the kids through a communication process that ensures that all sides of a situation are aired and the children collaborate on mutually agreeable solutions. Community is the core value at this school which is astounding considering how diverse it is. When we step onto the campus every morning we step into a happy atmosphere where the children enthusiastically greet each other, the staff are purposefully organizing the flow and promoting connection and keeping an up-beat attitude. Yes, the neighborhood can be "sketchy" but to be real-that'slife in the big city.

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2013
I have been pleasantly surprised by the quality of teaching at Flynn. The teachers are always moving forward and remain firmly committed to engaging each child. The school also impresses me in how it is moving faster than the district on employing Restorative Justice--which is an important tool in addressing conflict and bullying. My child was facing physical and verbal aggression from another child during second grade and I was responded to over the weekend by both the principal and the teacher. A conference with my child, the other child, principal and teacher were conducted the following monday. Parents were spoken with and the problem was done. I am not a parent who has alot of time to spend at the school but Flynn staff and parents seem to have a great partnership.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2013
As with everything, there are pros and cons. Pros: diverse student population, caring faculty and staff, warm community. Cons: School does not address bullying and does not really prepare students academically for middle school. The neighborhood can be a little sketchy too.

- submitted by a parent
November 28, 2011
We have our kindergartener in the Spanish Immersion program. He is having a fabulous year. All the kindergarten teachers work as a team, the principal, Mr. Karling, is very skilled with the kids and the PTA is quite active. If you're looking for diversity in the broadest sense, this school is a model for diversity in action! We've been most impressed with the recent Read-a-thon, where the kids raised over $20K for reading books. There was an author night, story-telling assemblies, bilingual book fairs, and a closing ceremony/spaghetti dinner for all. It was a great fundraiser--lots of school spirit, a strong focus on the fun of reading, and of course it brought in much-needed funds for school supplies and books. We highly encourage anyone looking for a good public school to visit Flynn...we're so happy here!

- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2011
I think this school is amazing. The new principal is focused and his energy towards the children, teachers and community is unparalleled! I am the parent of a kindergartener and seeing him thrive socially and academically is incredible. Great parent involvement too! Teachers are so talented!

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2010
Great School with a clear path toward a top notch curriculum which will benefit all.

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2010
The kindergarten team is amazing, after that the teacher quality goes downhill. The teachers engage their kids, and care for them, but many of them do not teach the basic standards. This is a problem especially in the upper grades.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 20, 2009
I'm quite disappointed in this school. My third grader (last year) was far under challenged. The school isn t doing what it should to bring students up to speed. In addition, the parents of the children who are not doing well don t seem to care much. I don t see a sense of urgency or concern coming from many of the families. I think that the school should do the following: 1. Enforce basic rules of behavior and homework. I ve never seen any consequences of incomplete homework. 2. Establish a school culture that says, We expect effort from our students and families. 3. Enforce school uniform policy. Uniforms are required, but at least half the kids don t wear them and nothing is done about it. 4. Many families are lower income, and student performance is affected for various reasons. However, Flynn incorrectly has a lower standard for many of its families. Raise the standard!! They can do it!!

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2008
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- submitted by a student
August 15, 2008
My daughter was in Kinder in 2007-08 and is going into 1st grade. We are very happy with the staff, facilities (Library, Precita Park), and the English Language Strand. The cultural divesity is also a big factor in attracting us to this school.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2008
I have two students in the English program at Flynn and one who will attend in the fall for Kinder. My oldest has been there for 3 years and we love it the teachers and staff is very attentive and the communication lines are always open .

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2007
We're a double-dad family and new at Flynn this year. Our son is in the English-language Kindergarten and we are really impressed with the teachers, staff and parents at this school. We live nearby, and it's great having a good public school we can walk to. The recent test score improvements show that the dedication of the entire school community is really paying off.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2007
My son just started at Flynn and we are all very happy. The immersion program is strong, and he really likes his teachers (the regular Spanish teacher, his hour-a-day English teacher, and his music teacher). One of the things I liked from the very beginning, and that I didn't see at other schools is the daily book program. Each child is brings home one book a day to read with their parents, and they write down in his log how long and how many pages they read. I also like the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program the school is starting this year, which will focus on science and will use inquiry based learning. Lastly, I really like the diversity in this school -- it's representative of San Francisco's population.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2007
Our son and niece are in first grade Spanish Immersion Program and we are extremely happy with the school and the way our kids are thriving ! The school provides a fantastic teachers team for every grade, great communication skills from the staff to the parents, strong PTA, deep sense of community, many extracurricular events for kids + families which is a great way to meet one another ! In Kinder, after the first month, we already had a carpooling system in place, a phone tree set up and a way of communicating on a weekly base among parents of the same grade. I am an ESL so you will have to forgive my spelling but take my enthusiasm seriously !

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2007
As a foreign mum, I'm more aware of inclusion - or exclusion - of anybody from any group. Flynn has simply been amazing. All parties are welcome - not with words but with respect, interest, excitment, sharing, encouragement, care, and yes, love. Children are welcomed, parents are welcomed, sibblings are welcomed, and we are all encouraged to include ourselves in the big Flynn family. I observe the kids from the parents center's window during recess, and they are truly happy. I've only heard of kids praising and loving their teachers. Flynn doesnt look like an excellent academic school, however it focuses on making the children feel safe, appreciated, and eager to read, learn and do better in school. Teachers challenge each kid, smart kids and struggling kids, making each of them progress. For me, this is the dream school. (did I mention it's one of the fabulous elementary buildings in the city?)

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September 22, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2007
Exciting things are happening right now at Flynn - an amazing school that is getting even better! The staff recently chose to begin the process of becoming an International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program school (PYP program www.ibo.org for more info) for the entire school - both the Spanish Immersion and English Language side. It is an internationally recognized rigorous academic program that emphasizes peace, understanding, arts, health and community service all with a world view and through inquiry based learning. The school will begin this process in fall 2007. This new program combined with the increase in arts programming, science activities K-5, the greening of the schoolyard, the emphasis on healthy living and our fabulous new play structure, and of course our dedicated community of teachers who teach to all abilities and levels, principal and parents/guardians - are turning Flynn into one exceptional place to be educated!

- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2006
My daughter is in Kindergarden at Leonard Flynn in the Spanish Immersion Program. It would be tough for me to be any happier with our decision to send her there. We got into two desirable private schools, but after meeting with the Principal twice and meeting a number of the other parents, the decision was made. And our experience since starting school has been great. The Principal, Mr. Addcox, is fantastic. A really driven charismatic professional. And the 4 Kindergarden teachers are all awesome. It s only 2.5 months into the program and our daughter is already singing in Spanish. And our Spanish speaking friends say she understands almost everything they say to her. Please don t be duped by the attitude that prevails in San Francisco of Only a private school education is acceptable . There are lots of great public schools, and Flynn is one of them!

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2006
What I love about Flynn is the high parent participation at this up-and-coming school. There are so many challenges, and the parents are stepping up and taking control. I know the kids feel it, that there are so many parents sticking around and helping in the classrooms, in the cafeteria, before and afterschool. And those parents who work fulltime are often as committed, bringing in food for teacher appreciation day, working on grants. It's definitely contagious and we are just so lucky to be in a school where we are all working together to build a better community.

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August 22, 2006
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- submitted by a teacher
July 01, 2006
Called a 'hidden gem' by the SF Chronicle, Flynn's dual Spanish Immersion program will span K-2 in 2007. The building is undergoing retrofits for earthquake safety and ADA compliance this summer and the first phase of a 'greening' program will transform the blacktopped play areas soon. Fall 2007, a fee-based, enrichment-centered aftercare program will complement the existing income-tested aftercare. And more changes are to come as an increasing number of dedicated families, many from the Bernal neighborhood choose this 'diamond in the rough.' What won't change, is the dedicated, energetic and loving staff of the school. Thank you from all Flynn parents!

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2006
Would I recommend Flynn? Defintely! The teaching staff is great. I have been impressing with their quality of teaching and their desire to bring out the best in all the kids. Our teachers work really hard to prove quality education. The principal was new this year but I have been very impressed by him as well. He is accessible to parents as well as teachers. He proves necessary leadership to our school. The Flynn staff values parent involvement. They are many ways to be involved at Flynn: Serving on the newly formed PTA, voluntering in your child's classroom, tutoring kids that need extra help, serving on committees to help improve our school. Flynn is one of the up and coming schools and people are beginning to take notice of what a good school Flynn is. Come check us out!

- submitted by a parent
December 10, 2005
The teachers at Flynn are dedicated to their students. The district on the other hand does not support the staff and that affects the students tremendously.

- submitted by a teacher
October 25, 2005
We started in the Spanish Immersion program at Flynn this Fall and we have been really happy and enthusiastic at what we've experienced in our first six weeks. Our children are learning so much (and enjoying it!) and we have been impressed with the interest other Flynn families have shown in jumping in to help out when and where needed. There is a real community participation happening that is exciting to see and be a part of.

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2005
My daughter is in her second year at Flynn and is a first grader in the Two-Way Bilingual Immersion in Spanish program. We are very happy with the school. I am really impressed with how much my daugther has progressed since she's been at the school. When she started at Flynn she only knew English and by the end of her first year she was reading and writing in both Spanish and English. Her teachers have been excellent. The school has a P.E. teacher the kids are crazy about and offers students classes once a week. Flynn is also one of the few school to have a full-time librarian and a FT technology paraprofessional. The library and media center were combined this year in a sunny large space. Flynn offers English classes in addition to the immersion program. Both programs have a strong teaching staff.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2005
My daughter just started in the Spanish Immersion program. In just four weeks she has come home singing the alphabet in Spanish and counting to 20. I have been very impressed with the new Principal Mr Addcox and all the great supporting staff at Flynn. There seems to be a lot of parental involvement too. I think in a couple of years time Flynn will be as popular as Alvarado!

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-Built in 1924-25, the historic classical style building was designed by architect John Galen Howard who also designed the UC Berkeley campus. -In 1977 the exterior walls facing Precita Park became the canvas of local muralists who later founded Precita Eyes Mural Arts Center. The building is graced by many beautiful murals and mosaics.

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Flynn (Leonard R.) Elementary School
3125 Cesar Chavez Street, San Francisco, CA  94110
(415) 695-5770
Last modified Flynn (Leonard R.) Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 2 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Flynn (Leonard R.) Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 43 reviews.