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.
My son started kindergarten in Spanish Immersion at Flynn this fall. His teacher is great. She spends plenty of time teaching the curriculum and also understands the needs of squirmy kindergartners, giving them time to use their physical energy in constructive ways. Flynn has lots of resources full time librarian; gardening teacher; PlayWorks; full-time nurse; PE teacher and several paraprofessionals who help out in the classrooms. In addition, Flynn has an active community of parents who get involved in lots of different ways. My favorite things about Flynn are: 1) it s a neighborhood school - we run into other kids from Flynn on our walks to and from school each day; 2) my son is making friends and becoming part of the community; after school, my son wants to go to the park to play with his friends from school; 3) Flynn makes learning fun for my son; when he comes home at the end of the day, he is always has a new game or song he learned at school that he is excited to teach us. Lately, he has even been excited about writing his letters and asks me to help him with this at night. We are very pleased with our experience at Flynn.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
Great School with a clear path toward a top notch curriculum which will benefit all.
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.
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.
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