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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Grattan is a safe learning environment with several caring teachers. Diversity is embraced and supported with involved teachers.
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!
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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