Students enrolled 493
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School leader Mary Lou Cranna
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1725 Irving Street
San Francisco, CA 94122

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5 stars
Based on 47 ratings

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May 07, 2014
Very good School, it is because of the dedicated teachers and a very warm , loving,hard working principal Ms. Cranna. She knows each kid by the name. She greets the parents , she is there in the morning and the afternoon at the school gate helping the kids and ensures safety at all time. PTA here is very hardworking, tries to take advantage of every possibility to raise money for the school activities. There is a green environment strongly preached, which is obvious with the garden that has vegetables, flowering plants, fruit trees grown with the help of little volunteers- the students of Jefferson. The kids come home with a lot of enthusiasm and narrate what they did at school. There is hardly any day my little ones have had a low moment at school. There is parent involvement, parents can go volunteer in their childs clasroom by signing up at the office. There are educational field trips to various places in and around San Francisco. Even the K kids get an opportunity to go overnight camping. Fun!

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
I am so thankful that my husband persuade me to check out Jefferson Elementary School . They have wonderful teachers. Ms. Cranna, who is the principal is an amazing influence to the Jefferson community. Parents are helpful and friendly.Our PTA is very active and dedicated. We are very happy here and so is our daughter.

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2013
Jefferson has been a lovely community for my son, who is now entering 1st grade. We were assigned there with very little knowledge of the school and could not be more grateful for his placement. The teachers are easily the secret ingredient to making the school and community so inviting and successful. Though located right on 19th Avenue, the greenery and garden at Jefferson are beautiful--and are an amazing resource from which children can learn science. Our PTA continues to grow and focuses on raising funds for extra activities for the children. Jefferson is a gem.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2013
Jefferson is excellent because of its' amazing staff of teachers and professionals. Every year, we are blessed by great teaching and a compassionate understanding of kids. Jefferson encourages direct parent participation and volunteerism. It is one of its' strengths. Jefferson is working toward ambitious goals in outdoor and garden education, updating its computer and tech learning capabilities, and keeping true to providing a great deal of art and supplements to science education. This is a school you will want to take a look at!

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2012
We are extremely lucky to get into Jefferson. Our son is in 1st grade and the school is awesome - well coordinated, safe, responsive. Principal and staff are aligned, strong PTA though there could be more involvement. The kindergarden classes have a lot of field trips, perform an opera where they decide the theme, make the sets etc. The school is adjacent to the Sunset library and all classes go to the library often. There is an annual Track & Field day at Kezar stadium, Math Night, Science Night, buddy system between younger grades and older grades, good balance between academics (strong) and creative arts and sports (Jefferson has a kickball team).... overall it is fantastic. Yes the school is affected by state budget cuts just like all schools are but the PTA and staff are responsive and communicate to address and prioritize needs, like all public schools kids that are presumably above grade level find it less challenging but in most cases parents are the ones that think their kids are unusually gifted and do not focus on well rounded development. My one big complaint is that the school is not as diverse, especially low on African American and Latino families.

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2012
Their after school program fee increased to 520 per month. It is crazy. We have no money to support my kids there. I am thinking to move to others schools.

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2012
We ve been at Jefferson for 3 years. I am surprised to see that the school still maintains a high rating. Community at Jefferson is good. The PTA carries a heavy burden. We are leaving Jefferson because of gross misrepresentations about their offerings. Started K 09. At that time the school had all of the opportunities claimed, such as PE, Mandarin, poetry. However, many of these programs have disappeared. A majority of the programs that Jefferson claims to have are only offered as afterschool enrichment at a high cost. Afterschool is $460/month, add l for holidays even if you don t attend. You will pay for any add l enrichment classes. Chess, it is an add l $135/sem. If your don t enroll in the summer, you are not guaranteed a spot in afterschool the following year. The cost of the summer program is $995/month, even if you don t attend. If your child is above-grade level, the school does not do anything to provide a challenging experience. In 1st grade, one playground rull was "No Running." Seriously. In 2nd grade, the teacher told us that this is the time when the children must sit still that s what 2nd grade s all about. Common consequence is to be benched at recess.

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2012
When my child entered Jefferson in the 2011 school year I was nervous about the transition from preschool to kindergarten. It was not our first choice in the lottery but we decided to go to this school anyhow and I cannot be happier. This is an excellent school with fantastic teachers and families. Such a good community and the PTA is excellent. I feel like the teachers really know and care about the students and the students care about each other which is one of the most important things to me.

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2011
I am thankful every day that my family is a part of the Jefferson community. The principal (Mary Lou Cranna) and faculty are committed to educating the whole child, so while Jefferson's test scores are excellent and the classrooms focused, there is much more to my son's days at school. There is a concentration on social, physical, and artistic exploration. A focus on healthy eating habits and environmental responsibility. Two beautiful gardens/outdoor classrooms. A public library next to the campus, and Golden Gate Park is a block away. The PTA is active and enthusiastic - in 2010/11, we raised $150,000! I am constantly impressed with the level of parental support in the school - both financially and in the classrooms. It truly does feel as if we'd won the lottery with this school assignment!

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2011
Hello there, first, I would like to introduce myself. I am a former student and now an eighth grader, and this school has shaped how I am. It is a beautifully strong and excelling elementary school, and it was wonderful back when the principal was Ms.Rosen. She was a very strong and excellent principal, and it was sad to see her resign. For my fifth grade year I had Mr.Tam as a principal, and I was upset to see the quality of the school dropping a bit. The year after I left, a very good teacher was let off, and the principal changed once more. I was happy to hear some A+ quality teachers were still left. All teachers were very supporting, and it was a very homey school to me. Parents of students were very involved, and there was a lot of extra curricular activities. I loved it, I still love it,. Fabulous school.

- submitted by a community member
October 08, 2010
i am a sixth grader and former student of jefferson elementary (class of '10)and i had a great time at jefferson. akk the teachers are supportive and did a very good job of teaching the students on all subjects and including art, poetry, and they have a lot of great plans on field trips. currently, they had a new principal, but im pretty shure that she does a great job at jefferson, although she changes a lot of the original things and activities at jefferson. well, since this school has an average rating of 9/10, they say this is an awesome school and so do i.

- submitted by a community member
no rating May 03, 2010
They have supportive teachers and an after school program.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 28, 2010
We love the teachers, the staff, the extracurricular activities, the arts, music, poetry, library, science, fieldtrips, and all of the fun activities that bring our community together like potlucks, gardening days, junior olympics, science and math nights etc. etc. An excellent school all around!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 28, 2010
I love the programs, and the community feeling that the parents, teachers, and staff give to the school. I feel that this community cares about it students, and works hard for the best education possible! I feel lucky to have my child in such a wonderful school.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2010
great school with caring teachers, administrators and parents. we just went through renovations so we totally updated and sparkling!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 27, 2010
Jefferson is a wonderful school! It has great teachers, kind families and terrific students. We love Jefferson!

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2010
jefferson is a creative and brave community - through all these hard budget times........our families and staff have come together in incredibly supportive ways in defense of the most important elements of educating the whole child....the arts! viewed with the utmost respect, as a way to reach all children in a variety of the most creative ways - to make them all feel successful in the most imaginative and inspiring ways... what an amazing place and parent body, promoting play at the center of the curriculum - the best tested, tried and true way to learn no matter what age, language, or academic ability........thank goodness for schools like jefferson.

- submitted by a teacher
April 27, 2010
I am also a parent who has a child attending this school. This is a great school community. The parents and staff work together to ensure the best education for our students. We have a strong PTA who help and are involved in the school in a variety of ways. I am also a Jefferson School alumni.

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
no rating January 27, 2010
One of the best Public Schools in San Francisco. I was a student of Jefferson in the early 60's and my two daughters go there now and it has only gotten better with age.Outstanding teachers and learning!!!

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2009
cuase there teaching school is well improve and my son got straight a

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 07, 2009
Jefferson is a compassionate and supportive second home for my children where they LOVE to learn and where I can be involved as a parent. Teachers give 100%. The breadth of curriculum is amazing, from our Science Paraprofessional, to our Arts programs, extensive fieldtrips, and new after school enrichment program. Jefferson teaches their students not just how to learn, but how to be caring individuals, and how to respect others of all ages and differences. It is one of the few schools I know that has a strategic balanced homework philosophy - emphasizing reading and enhancing learning but not busy work, allowing kids time to do extra-curricular activities and just be kids.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 27, 2009
My daughter started Kindergarten this Fall and we couldn't be happier!! Jefferson is definitely a hidden gem in the community. The school principal is a warm and caring man who knows all the students by their names; all stuffs and teachers are dedicated and nurturing; however, most impressively are the engaged parents who volunteered their time and efforts as room parents and PTA members. My daughter loves the school and her teachers, and we are just thrilled to see the smile on her face!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2009
It has engaged and encouraged my kindergartner. What we feared would be a difficult transition, has become a boon to our family!

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2009
Our son just stated Kindergarten at Jefferson. It already feels like home. Everyone knows him and calls him by name.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
Our kids a getting a fantastic education, we have loved every teacher they have worked with.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Wonderful and dedicated staff, with a focus on the well being of all the students.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
Good teachers, community centered and caring environment.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
Jefferson is just filled to the rafters with fabulous teachers, a terrific principal and staff, parents who always go the extra mile, and students who do their best to get the most out of the excellent education given them.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
We have fantastic teachers who really care about the kids and in additon to good academics we have some super art programs, and a great garden!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Jefferson is truly a neighborhood school. Most children come from the surrounding neighborhood truly created a sense of community. Our community is made up of different cultures, languages, religions and socio-economic backgrounds joined by a common goal--the best education for our children. We have wonderful, supportive teachers, staff and principal and a highly involved parent body. We are a school that believes in the principal of community and inclusion rather than heavy handed fundraising. For the past 20 years we've had a highly successful parent-led art program as well as other enrichment programs such as music, dance, poetry and opera. Our students regularly go on educational field trips allowing them to learn about our city as well as instilling in them a love of exploration. I feel so blessed and lucky that my children attend Jefferson and that our family is part of such an unique and special community.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Weve only just started but Wow what a community!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Great art program and involved parents!

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
In addition to the outstanding teachers, innovative math instruction, on-site childcare, and caring community, Jefferson has an amazing diversity of languages and ethnicities in the student body. This teaches our child sensitivity to and value of cultural diversity, exposes all students to language skills, and provides a personal basis for learning about the world. These attributes on campus are combined with field trips to amazing places such as the world-class Academy of Sciences, arranged by an active parent-teacher-association, and you have an ideal learning environment. Plus, we can walk, ride a scooter or bike, visit Golden Gate Park, and enjoy a meal at more than a dozen local restaurants within three blocks of the school.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
Jefferson is a wonderful elementary school. The principal, teachers, and staff are top-notch and have the children's best interests at heart. My son now in his second year at Jefferson never complains about going to school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Great School, nice diciplinary steps for kids, good way of teaching and hard working teacher as well as principal.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
My daughter just started Kindergarten at Jefferson this fall and she absolutely loves it. Her teacher is terrific and there are many parent volunteers in her class and I have seen lots of other parents working in the classrooms as well. The principal is terrific and a very visible presence at the school, my daughter knew his name on the 2nd day of school. We love this school and look foreword to the next 8 years here, we have a younger child who will start Jefferson in 2 years.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Jefferson has the BEST PTA in San Francisco. We're able to go on fieldtrips other schools only dream about, AND we have a music department that provides instruments free-of-charge.=)

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
Parent involvement is great! Lots of PTA support, which is wonderful for the students. They get the fine arts throughout the year. I love the new renovations too. It makes the school warm and inviting. The teachers and staff are caring and nurturing. I feel my child is in a safe and loving environment.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
our daughter just started at Jefferson and we couldnt ask for a better more perfect environment to start her education. we love the teachers, staff, students and families

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2008
I have a 3rd grade daughter and a Kindergartener. I agree with all of the reviews so I will not repeat them. In addition, I love: 1) Caring school community - Jefferson is one of only 20 schools which institute a program teaching our children conflict resolution skills and mutual respect. This program reflects an overall philosophy at Jefferson to embrace kindness, understand differences, and respect others. Teachers gently guide students to grow into mature, kind 5th graders. 2) The buddy system is also part of this philosophy. Lower grades are paired with upper grades and read to each other through out the year and do art projects together. The big kids look out for little kids. 3) Use of Golden Gate Park - K students go to the park weekly. Other grades are in GGPark's Children's Garden Ed. program. Many fieldtrips making nature a priority. 4) Teachers encourage parent involvement in classrooms.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 23, 2008
Jefferson is just slightly off the radar and we love it! It has a wonderful arts programs with visiting artists who do poetry, dramatic arts, dance and pottery. We also have a great PE teacher and there is lots of parental involvement. Our new principal is full of energy and loves kids.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2008
We have a 4th grader who has been in Jefferson since kindergarten and it's been a great experience! All of our teachers have been exceptional, the principal, who joined last year is super nice, and the other kids are one of the best parts. All nice kids seem to go to jefferson! All the students behave very well. My child hasn't even learned any 'bad' words. Even thought it's somewhat a larger elem. school, it has a small school feel. We're very happy!

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September 18, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
December 07, 2006
My son entered Kindergarten this Fall, and we are exceptionally happy with Jefferson, even more so than we expected! It's immediately evident that the teachers, principal and staff work together incredibly well and with great mutual respect. The students seem focused and the environment feels very calm. Over the last couple of PTA meetings, I've learned about the school-wide math program (which is phenomenal) and rotating artists program which provides students with exposure to visual arts, poetry, theater arts, etc. We knew from the test scores and talk that Jefferson was good, but being inside, we see so much more that makes it a very special place.

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2006
Jefferson is a great school.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2006
We absolutely love jefferson school. The principal, teachers and pta are all wonderful and keep the school running smoothly with many fun field trips, school activities, athletic events and productive fundraising. There is a great art program that the parents do in the classroom, music for older grades and rotations of dance and poetry as well as some drama in certain classes. The academics is top quality and the students seem to really enjoy their classes. The campus is great with wonderful classrooms, a well-stocked, organized library, a big auditorium, large yards with play-structures and recent gardening which has beautified the school. We are happy with everything about the jefferson.

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2006
Conveniently located to golden gate . Diverse student body.

- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2005
Both my girls attend Jefferson Elementary. I am so happy with the school. The principal is wonderful and the teachers are all great. The PTA is very active and has over 250 members.

- submitted by a parent
November 26, 2005
The level of parent involvement in this school is very high. The school has a good arts program that is supported by parents.

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September 29, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2005
This is an excellent school with a very supportive, caring environment. The Principal manages the school with ease, while being very involved with the teachers, students, and parents. Many parent volunteer bring extras such as Art, book fairs, motor perception, and special events. The teachers are all very devoted to the kids, and are exceptionally devoted to their children in the class.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2005
Jefferson is a wonderful school with a dedicated principal and experienced teachers. There is quite a bit of parent involvement. Language, arts and math is strongly supported. The two draw backs are 1) no designated P.E. teacher and kids only participate one a week. 2) after school program impossible to get into and not very good.

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May 29, 2005
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- submitted by a student
January 03, 2005
Good parent involvement and lots of activities.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2003
Jefferson is a top-notch school. The school has caring, dedicated teachers who address the needs of each child. The principal is a wonderful leader. Through the PTA and additional grants, Jefferson provides students with art, dance, music, theater, and poetry. We feel so fortunate to have our child at this school.

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Jefferson Elementary School
1725 Irving Street, San Francisco, CA  94122
(415) 759-2821
Last modified Jefferson Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Jefferson Elementary School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 64 reviews.