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165 Grattan Street
San Francisco, CA 94117

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(415) 759-2815
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October 22, 2014
Grattan is a wonderful K-5 school with great teachers and a wonderful and dedicated principal. Our kids get gardening, computer, music, and art. The after school program is top notch. My kids love going to school and never want me to pick them up early.

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April 23, 2014
We love the community at Grattan and all the hard work that the teachers, parents, administrators and students put in to make it a fun learning experience for our kids! The mission says it all: All teachers at Grattan implement practices that encourage children to view learning with curiosity and joy. The teachers and children enjoy learning and working together. We believe in the necessity for a strong balanced academic program with an affective component. We are committed to the belief that all children are learners and will take personal pride in accomplishments. We are a small, safe school where low class size is a priority and the home/school connection is valued. Our community is dedicated to creating a positive, caring, learning environment where diversity is celebrated and individual differences are honored. Grattan School exists for children to awaken their unique intellectual gifts, stimulate a moral sense and strengthen their self-confidence and resiliency.

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February 01, 2013
We have two children at Grattan; one graduating this year. If our first child had not been accepted in to Grattan we would have pursued private school. A couple of the reasons that Grattan works so well from our perspective is that there has been a very positive energy loop for lack of a better expression between the principals, teachers and after school staff and the parents and their kids. Most people have great positive energy and enthusiasm and everything else follows. Parents enjoy being involved; we are happy to contribute money because we see it put to work with mostly terrific results. Grattan is not the only great SF elementary school public or private. The parent involvement has been high and we have been amazed or at the very least satisfied with the teachers. Our kids enjoy their social relationships at school and through activities and sports. The staff is thoughtful about how the kids deal with and grow positively from conflicts.

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December 14, 2012
My daughter has attended Grattan since Kindergarten. She's ready to graduate from the fifth grade in 2013. We will miss Grattan. What an amazing experience my daughter has had, and we have had as parents. The Grattan school community is diverse, loving and very cohesive. The principal (5 years ago) and the current one are fabulous and they strive for the best teachers and the best education for the students. We love it and have been so fortunate to attend this school.

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December 01, 2012
I went to this school when I was a child up to the 8th grade. LOVED IT. Had 3 brothers and 1 sister that had attended also. I am 78 years old now and look back at my life on Cole St. Seems it is still a great school. We used to stand in the school yard and put our hand over our hearts and say the pledge of allegiance before class. I had excellent teachers then as it seems you do now. The integrity is built in .

- submitted by a community member

August 15, 2012
My children have been at Grattan for the past 6 years and we love the school! Change can be hard for some people and the departure of our long time and well loved principal left some wondering about the future. The new principal has done an excellent job carrying on the student centered philosophy and supporting the excellent teaching staff. As a parent, I feel welcomed and appreciated in volunteering and helping the staff and PTA. My children's experience has also been consistently positive and they've grown both academically and socially. I highly recommend this school!

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August 15, 2012
I have had 2 children thrive at Grattan. I have always been impressed with the dedication of the teachers and staff. They really know and care about their students. I am a teacher and started volunteering my time. I was welcomed by the community. Eventually, I became part of the staff and am now a librarian at Grattan. I love my job. In all the years I have taught, I have never been in such a pleasant, smart, and supportive environment. Mr. Reedy has assumed the role of principal with ease and dealt with hard situations professionally and respectfully. The teachers love their jobs and their students. They work so hard. I am in awe of my colleagues. Grattan is a happy place, and you can tell from the smiles and the laughter. I am looking forward to another great year. Please feel free to stop by the library anytime and ask me about Grattan!

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November 08, 2010
We feel very fortunate to be here. Kindergarten was a good experience, and first grade has been fantastic. Families are very involved, the principal is incredible.

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August 22, 2010
My son is in 4th grade and we both absolutely love this school.The principal is fantastic and the parents are very involved.It's a safe nurturing atmosphere.My only complaint is that it's k-5,not k-8

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November 24, 2009
Grattan is by far one of THE best schools I have ever experience. As a child I studied in the British, American, Spanish and Danish school systems and never was I challenged or inspired the way my 1st grader and 4th grader are at Grattan. And to the parent who criticized the principal, WHAT? That woman is a class act, amazing, dedicated heart and soul to the school, knows every single child's name and is involved BEYOND the call of duty. She is the heart of the school and Grattan would not shine the way it does were it not for her and the wonderful teachers. GO GRATTAN! I never want my kids to leave! *sniff*

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October 03, 2009
It's a wonderful elementary school for my grandchildren. Very good in academics and involving the parents and the community of Cole Valley.

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October 02, 2009
It's more like a family than a school.

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September 22, 2009
Grattan is a terrific mix of first class academics and community spirit. We foster critical thinking skills, nurture social and emotional growth, encourage respect for self and others, and inspire a lifelong love of learning.- http://www.grattanschool.org/schoolabout.html. Please join us in our efforts to build a society of thoughtful, informed, caring individuals!

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September 16, 2009
Amazing school. This school continues on an upward trajectory academically, while staying very anchored in supporting the whole child and putting time and resources into building the community. The children feel it, the parents feel it, the District sees it. This is success.

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September 15, 2009
Quality union teachers. No debutantes-for-America. Teachers thoroughly understand childhood brain development. For example, what does (or doesn t) a 1st grader see when looking through a microscope?

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May 15, 2009
My son started kindergarten this year and we have loved it from day one. All the teachers and staff have all of the kids interest at heart and you can see it in their faces every morning.

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April 28, 2009
This is a wonderful school with a first class principal, great teachers, very involved parents and a caring environment. Our daughter started as a second grader and we're very pleased. Thank you!

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April 25, 2008
My son is in his 3rd year at Grattan. I never cease to be impressed with the teachers, staff and parents. Not only is my so learning he is excited by learning and can't wait to get to school. I also feel like the school approaches education in a holistic way. The values he is taught (The Grattan Way) Be Kind , Be responsible, Be respectful is honored by students and community alike. If he skins his knee someone is there to really care for him. The principal knows every students individual story. A true success of public education. I couldn't be happier that we are at this school.

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January 07, 2008
My daughter started Grattan in Sept. 2007 as a Kindergartner. She loves it and our family loves it! She felt comfortable with the school, her teacher and class from the very first day!

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August 29, 2007
My son excelled in Kindergarten, absolutely enjoyed his teacher and class. He is starting first grade, and so far, is pleased. I too am pleased with the parent involvement, the school leadership, and teacher quality at Grattan. Definitely a school to consider if you are looking for a strong community that provides engagement and encouragement for your child.

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February 26, 2006
My Kindergartener loves Grattan ES. The teachers and staff are caring and dedicated. The school also offers great diversity. In my opinion the jewel in Grattan's crown is the technology lab. All grades have computer lab once a week. Some of their work is featured on the school website http://www.grattanschool.org/ We are very happy with Grattan.

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February 01, 2006
My first and third grade children love this school and thrive here. It is an academically excellent school within a warm, nurturing community. Grattan has a low student teacher ratio, supplementing teachers with student teacher, retired teacher and parent volunteers. The teachers are very experienced and highly educated and turnover is low. Parents are very involved in the gardens, library, art projects and general classroom support. The science program is excellent, as are the music and dance programs funded by the active and successful PTA. Children of UCSF personnel from France, China, Mexico and elsewhere give the school an international flavor. Because it is an honest, open admission, public school Grattan has some economically disadvantaged students, who do well here. Middle class children rub elbows with some very poor children, and frankly, my children are much less bratty for the exposure. Our family stays in San Francisco because of this school!

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January 30, 2006
This is our 2nd year as a Grattan Family and love everything about the school. It's small size and sense of community allows us the comfort of knowing our son is safe in the place he spends most of is time. Both our K & 1st grade teachers have been wonderful and very insightful and supportive with regards to our sometimes very challenging son. The principal knows every childs name and what happens with each of them every day. We we as parents can tend to be tough on our child she is always there as the voice of reason. 150 words is simply not enough, visit and you will see!

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November 15, 2005
I have had a child at grattan for 5 years, and every year I have been thrilled. The school is diverse, and since it is close to the MUNI line there is a true exploration and participation in the city. The teachers are fantastic and the principal is a truly guiding spirit.

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September 01, 2005
Grattan is a close-knit school, with wonderful teacher, principal, parent, and staff participation. There is a real community feel to it. Most of the academic classes are high quality, and there are a few teachers who are especially renowned (esp. kindergarten, 3rd, and 5th grade). As with all the SF public schools, there is not much funding for art, music, etc. but Grattan's active PTA holds fundraisers and finds ways to bring art, music, language, etc. into the school. Parents also volunteer their time in the classroom. The student population is diverse ethnically, socio-economically, religiously, racially (whatever that means!), and also academically. There are many students struggling to catch up academically, but there are also many students that excel. This can make for classroom challenges but the teachers and principal are dedicated to meeting those challenges.

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July 27, 2005
Overall a pretty good school.

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July 05, 2005
My son has had a wonderful experience at Grattan Elementary in San Francisco, both in Kindergarten and First Grade. Grattan has a very community-based environment -- there is a great deal of parental involvement; the principal is on-site and incredibly involved with all aspects of the school (she greets the kids by name and goes to evening school performances); finally, the overall energy of the place is extremely positive. My son has benefitted from the emphasis on mutual respect and caring; the fine teaching quality (he is doing very well academically at Grattan); and some of the 'extras' -- the dance, computer and science teachers are a wonderful addition to the overall program. Grattan has a great community of caring teachers, parents, kids, and principal working to give Grattan kids the best education possible in the best possible environment -- I feel incredibly fortunate that my son is a student here.

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March 11, 2005
Nice little school tucked away in Cole Valley. The principal cares about the kids and the teachers; and she really seems to like her job. The computer program and teacher is fantastic and they do everything they can to bring art, dance, and music to the school. My second grader had the science teacher today, went to the library yesterday, wrote and constructed a book the day before. And today--his teacher lead the class in some yoga. What's best? The classes are small and the kids are learning.

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March 06, 2005
Grattan has a great core of parents who do a lot to support the school. It would be nice to see a broader cross-section of the parents get involved. Almost all extracurricular activities (and many in-school activities like music) are provided through the PTA. For a small school, it has a good selection of activities- ranging from chess club to t-ball to Mandarin classes. As for quality of academic programs, I think the staff works hard and is dedicated to providing a good education for the students. The staff as a whole cares a great deal about the students, but like many schools/teachers, Grattan struggles some to meet the needs of a broad range of students with different needs and abilities. The school would benefit from additional instructional aide time.

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December 16, 2004
I found this school very welcoming. Small, nice teachers. The early start time wasn't a good match for my kids, but otherwise I would have seriously considered this school.

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December 29, 2003
Grattan is a safe learning environment with several caring teachers. Diversity is embraced and supported with involved teachers.

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August 18, 2003
We are absolutely thrilled with Grattan. A fundamental level of respect for each child is evident in the daily interactions with teachers, staff, administrators and peers. A small school with a wonderful, caring community. Both my boys especially love the dance and science programs. I like seeing the whole community get involved in things like the Film Festival and garage sale - student families and neighbors alike! There is a fabulous diversity in the classroom that truly mirrors that of the city. We love it!

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July 23, 2003
My son just finished first grade. His teacher, in his second year of teaching, was superb. My son is advanced in math skills, so his teacher gave him special math problems. He loaned him a set of books the last day of school that he has been voraciously reading this summer. This is just an example of the individual attention he gave each child, at the same time developing a well disciplined and fun learning community in the classroom. He went out of his way to set up special field trips,like a whole day adventure to Ft. Funston, including a family campfire in the evening. We've gotten to know many other teachers, like the third grade teacher who organized the talent show, and helped her kids serve a salad bar from school garden grown vegetables, our computer lab teacher, who helped kids make their own film about peace for our multicultural night, a 5th grade teacher (whose son also goes to our school) who coached our t-ball team this spring, and a second grade teacher (whose son goes to our school), who started a chess club. A school is made great by the people in it. We have a wonderfully ethnic and socioeconomically diverse group of kids, a friendly school where the principal and teachers know all the kids, and many involved parents: staffing our library, organizing 'bubble day', volunteering one morning a week in the classroom, just to name a few.

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Grattan Elementary School
165 Grattan Street, San Francisco, CA  94117
(415) 759-2815
Last modified Grattan Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Grattan Elementary School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 37 reviews. Top