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!!
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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 !
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?)
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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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