"Our school is best known for collaborative staff and a caring school community."
Students enrolled 534
Hours 7:50 - 1:50
School leader Sheila Maffei
Transportation options Yes
District San Francisco Unified School District
After school Yes
Summer program Yes

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1530 43rd Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94122

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5 stars
Based on 36 ratings

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January 22, 2014
Being part of this school has been an amazing experience. When you have such a great community and so many parents involved you know you are going to a great school that your student will excel in! The teachers are all amazing and really take the time to learn about the students and teach them according to their learning style.

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2013
we are moving and are going to miss this school, the teachers and special ed department(you know who you are) are the most caring and helpful we have ever met, the children love the school and that is what it is about cannot say enough

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2012
FSK is an amazing jewel! My son has had such wonderful warm, dedicated, creative, organized, and inspiring teachers at Key. This year, the PTA has brought a year-long art curriculum called, Art in Action, into the classroom (K-5.) This means that all of our students will be studying 12 different artists each year and will be introduced to new art mediums such as charcoal and watercolors while learning how to create their own ancient cave paintings and works of art based off of Picasso, Van Gough, and the many other great masters. Overall, FSK has a strong sense of community that feels very inclusive.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2012
I am a parent of 2nd & 4th graders at FSK. After going on 14 school tours, FSK was my favorite. I was impressed with the principal, teachers and parents back then and continued to be amazed at their dedication to the students. I appreciate the principal, who is takes time to listen to parents' concerns and encourages parents make teacher requests for the next year. The teachers are wonderful! They differentiate their lessons so my boys are challenged and enjoy their classes. Also, they have worked to include technology in the classroom with electronic touch whiteboards and a shared set of classroom laptops. There is a large special needs population, which develops empathy in all students. The school also has very extensive after school offerings - Beacon (free for 2nd-5th), CDC (sliding scale) & CYC (fee-based). A huge plus is the tuition-based Mandarin program that runs 4 days a week onsite. There is also guitar lessons taught by parent & teacher volunteers. One of my main reservations of this school was the early start time, but have found it to be beneficial to start the day early and get out early. Overall, we are extremely happy that we are here.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2012
I had a good feeling about Francis Scott Key from my first visit, and it turned out to be right on. The school, from the top down, sets high standards for leadership, education, citizenship, family and friendship. The principal, Mr Wong, is a strong leader, and the kids like and respect him. The teachers are excellent. The school is warm and inclusive. While volunteering at lunch recently I saw an older student stop her friend in the lunch room so she could sing her a song. She had hurt her friend's feelings and the song was her way to apologize. It was a humble act of kindness that tells me Key is teaching our kids well.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2012
FSK is such a wonderful school. The teachers are fantastic and are involved in EVERY aspect of your childs learning. Their dedication shows in all they do and they are supported through the leadership of Mr. Wong. It is so nice to see a Principal who participates and is always there to greet you. They have a great PTA who are dedicated to making FSK a community by funding programs and putting on really fun communtiy events. The school also has a great After School Learning Program. FSK truly is the hidden gem of SFUSD!

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2012
This is a terrific school, with high academic standards, fabulous teachers, and great new facilities. The parents are very involved, and new programs are being developed all the time. There is a terrific on-site afterschool program with Mandarin classes and judo, chess, guitar, etc. There is a great sense of community with most of the students leaving in the neighborhood. The school has an exceptional special ed program as well as many extra activities for gifted kids.Overall, exceptional school.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2012
My son is an inclusive student at FSK. FSK was my first choice after visiting more than 20 public schools at SF. As my son gets older (3rd grader this year), he shared more fun activities that he did at school with me. And he LOVE going to school every day. All his teachers not only are very caring, but communicate frequently with me to address my son's certain needs. Most importantly, I heard so many good things from other parents about teachers at FSK. I think this is because our principle, Mr. Wong, sets a high standard for teachers and himself. Mr. Wong is very approachable, and a great communicator as well. In addition to teachers, all staff, paraprofessionals are great, too. No wonder my son can't wait to get back to school after long summer break each year.

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2012
Our son started Kindergarten at FSK last year and is now attending first grade. Wanted to wait one year before writing a review. We listed FSK as #1 choice in the lottery. Everything we expected from the tour turned out to be true. You and your child feel welcomed, teachers are there because they love to teach, great PTA/Principal relationship, good diversity of students, wonderful Mandarin after school programs. Child comes home happy and eager to tell us about what he learned that day. Oh... the remodeling is pretty much done... new play structure... bathrooms... yard... classroom... etc...

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2012
Friendly. Inclusive. Academic. Superb test scores. Best after-school program in the city. Principal of the Year. Teacher of the Year. Great activities. Strong PTA and School Site Council. Second to none and getting even better!

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2011
I was not sure if I should send my boy whom turned 5 this Oct 2010 and I was able to speak to the principal before my son started kindergarten and had my questions answered by the principal. When we started school, I feel all my worries are gone since my son enjoys going to school so much that he wants to go to school on weekends too. The teachers both during school time and afters school are all excellent. Also I feel welcomed by the PTA and the whole school. Also there are mandarin after school program and chess and cooking and gardening classes.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2011
I love this school. Having moved from an excellent school out of state I was nervous about having my kids join the sfusd. We were placed at F S Key and we were so lucky to get into such a wonderful school. From day one it was obvious what a welcoming community this school has. The PTA is very involved and super friendly. The principle is fabulous. The kids like and respect him and it shows by their actions. This year my younger son was able to start kindergarten and begs to go to school. I feel both my boys are getting a great education in an excellent learning enviroment. The on going remodel is just icing on the cake.

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2011
This is my son's second year at FKS now as a first grader. I am so glad that the lottery placed us here. Last year, when my son was a kindergartener, I was really worried that he would have a hard time in school. He is a whirlwind of activity and energy and I was concerned that an overworked public school teacher would find him too distracting for the class. However his teacher actually embraced who he was and still managed to easily get him into the rhythm of learning and structure. She was awesome. Now he is in first grade with another amazing teacher. But it's not just great teachers that make this a great school. It's a great principal (Principal of the Year), teachers, librarian, parents, kids and programs!

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2011
Excellent Leadership (Principal) Excellent and caring teachers and staff. Students are academically challenged and taught to respect and care for each other.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2011
Both of my daughters goto this school and i have nothing to worry about cause you have the Principal of the year Mr.Wong and all of his teachers are great and actually take there time in teaching there kids.Great support from the PTA and parents too!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 18, 2010
My Kindergarten nephew has settle into this school like no other! He loves it. He knows everyone and everyone knows him. Can't ask for a better transition from preschool!

- submitted by a community member
October 07, 2010
FSK is a very special school and community. We feel so lucky to have our eldest in Kindergarten. Amazing Principal and teachers -- great PTA working to improve on an already great school. Resources for the kids -- we love it, love it, love it.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 29, 2010
the teachers are great, good location, large yard open on weekends, excellent after school care. it was my 1st choice school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 29, 2010
Teachers put a lot of effort in teaching the students. Parents get up to date info on students academic progress consistently. Very engaging school, love the principal, Mr Wong, teachers and the PTA. FSK has a good curriculum, esp. their learning programs in school enhances my child's academic and computer skills. I have seen a lot of improvement from my child and it's really fun to hear what's been taught daily from FSK.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2010
Best school I could wish for my daughter! Stuff is incredible and professional. You should see how kids' eyes shine when they see their principal Mr. Wong, how excited they are every morning to see their teachers and friends! Great school for the kids with special needs (not to mention that Mr. Wong's second degree is for Kids with the special needs). I would highly recommend this school to all parents! No exceptions!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 28, 2010
Francis Scott Key is a great school with excellent staff dedicated to the children and school community! The school works seamlessly with community based organizations which enables the delivery of additional school services that benefit every child. The principal's door is also open all the time. He never gives you the feeling that he is too busy and welcomes everyone. Mr. Wong's drum beat is always "It's for the kids." Key also has the largest population of inclusion students in the district. Mainstream classes are brought into the inclusion classes where they learn about the children, their needs, and their needs - a teaching opportunity that fosters dignity, understanding and compassion. Parent involvement is always welcome and participation in volunteer events is high. The school/parent relationship is a large focus at Key and brings with it an additional layer of resources every school needs. Key is a Great School!

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2010
Nice principle, great teachers and good after school program.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2010
Our oldest child went to Kindergarten last year at FSK. I was a nervous wreck and frankly not happy that we didn't get into what we perceived as a better school. Our teacher Mrs. Leong was amazing. My daughter transitioned in right away and fell in love with her teacher and learning. You can tell the principal Mr. Wong cares about the students and tries his best every day. The PTA is picking up steam and actively involved in making FSK a great place for students. There are several after school activities for children who have working parents. And the parents step up at every function to make sure that it goes off without a hitch. If I had known during the kindergarten sign up process what I know now, I would have made FSK my number one choice.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
The principal is extremely prudent in spending money for betterment of students and teachers, the teachers are all dedicated,caring, and long-time veterans, and the students are getting brighter each year. After school programs are numerous to choose from, and fundraising is non-commercial. It's a great place to learn.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
My child has never been happier at school. He is in Kindergarten and loves it there. I believe this school provides a comfortable learning evironment and has the best teachers to stimilate young minds. My son tells me something new he'd learned each day. The amazing part is that he actually remembers and is able to talk about it with a lot of interest and excitement.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Caring, committed teachers, principal, and parents. It is our first year at FSK and everyone has made us feel very welcome!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Of all the schools I toured during SFUSD's lottery enrollment process, Francis Scott Key Elementary was the only full inclusion public elementary school that was warm, welcoming, and open. The Principal himself made an appointment with you to give you a 1:1 tour instead of how other schools would do parent-led tours with 50-100 other parents. Principal Wong answered all my questions, was honest and candid about improvements that could be done and was proud of the school's accomplishments. I feel he genuinely cares about all his students, special needs or not. He's also very supportive of the teachers, who are all very dedicated, caring, committed, loving and nurturing. One of the teacher's received Mayor Newsom's Teacher of the Month award and I believe she greatly deserved it. Even when I asked to observe and sit in during class time, the teachers and the principal were always very accomodating. FS Key is truly a caring and inclusive school community. The inclusion teacher is also very committed to her students' needs. I absolutely adored, Ms. Lily Lee, my son's kindergarten teacher. If there is such a thing as a perfect teacher, Ms. Lee would be her! I also love our PTA! I invite you to check out our school's website: http://www.francisscottkeyschool.org/home. Good luck in your search!

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2009
From the principal to the teachers, parents and volunteers it is all about the kids and community. The way special kids are included brings tears to my eyes.

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August 06, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating March 20, 2009
This is a great school. My son is in Kindergarten and has really learned a lot. The staff are genuinely concerned about the students and work very hard with a lot of patience to educate the children. And education means not just academics but socialization as well. The school also has a wealth of after school offerings to futher enrich the children. Among current programs my son has participated in are Mandarin and an art class. Older kids can participate in after school music, martial arts and more.

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2008
I am a new parent at FSK and feel like I just won the lottery (Actually, there was a lottery involved, but that's another story). Walking four blocks to school can't be beat. Accommodating and caring teachers and a stellar Principal. Great afterschool care and enrichment programs fill the bill. Real family feel, strong, but not pushy, PTA. Oh how I wish this school went to 8th!! LOVE IT!!

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2008
This is a great school. I am so glad my son is going here. The principal is fantastic and involved in everything; he even teaches an after school class. The teachers are great and very caring and they put so much time into their classes and planning their classes that I wonder if they have any time for themselves. The PTA always has something going and that really excites me. They may not make a lot of money, but as our principal says, we don't really need to. How many schools can say that now-a-days? I consider our family incredibly lucky to have been assigned to Francis Scott Key!

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November 11, 2008
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- submitted by a student
October 07, 2008
This is the place where you want to be for your children and yourself. FSKey offers many parent and community involvement. I continue to be tremendously satisfied. During my initial visit to the school, I went unannounced, arrived after the dismissal and the principal was extremely welcoming and very friendly. Upon my return to revisit the school I was encouraged to conduct classroom visits so that I can feel comfortable on finding a good match for my daughter since we were transferring from another school. The principal made it a point to help ease the transition for my daughter and played with her during recess. FSKey has a wonder staff and a great parent community. It offers FREE after-school programs that is full of enrichment of every kind. I have found a true gem in a quiet neighborhood.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2008
This is our 5th year at FS Key. We have watched it evolve over the years into a 'better than we thought' school. The afterschool programs are wonderful. The PTA helps to bridge the gap when it comes to extracurricular activities. The teachers are great, the principal is understanding and the children trust him and the staff! This is a great place for families who are looking for a safe, trustworthy place to have their Elementary aged child.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 24, 2008
I am a mother of 3 and they've all attended this school. I am proud to say this school taught my children and I a lot. The principal is wonderful. He focuses on the the education of children making sure every child is learning and having fun. During PTA meetings his leadership skills really show, which lead me to the PTA system here at this school. The PTA provides and fundraise for many activities. They also talk about things going on about school which is crucial. The teacher and facility excellent as well. My children all received great education from the supportive teacher and staff. The school is pretty big and clean. Overall I really suggest any parent who has a child going in elementary school to apply to this school. It truly is an awesome school.

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2008
This is the best school in San Francisco. I have two children went to this school from K to 5th grade. The teacher are fabulous and professional and the principal are great!

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March 08, 2008
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- submitted by a student
October 04, 2007
I have a daughter 2nd grade at Francis Scott Key Elementary. The school has been just a wonderful place for her to grow academically and socially into her own person. Her teachers have been top-notch--caring, creative, and experienced. The principal is hand-on, knowledgeable, and goes to the nth mile for the students and the school. The free after-school tutorial/enrichment programs work with classroom teachers to complement the curriculum. The PTA is active and friendly, never aggressive, and engages the neighborhood and community throughout the year. FSK is a community, a family. My daughter has thrived during these 2+ years and I continue to expect great things from her at Francis Scott Key.

- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2007
After nearly a dozen school tours, I am very impressed with Francis Scott Key's programs and teaching staff. The teachers are experienced and kind, and the principal is very approachable. I found that this school has many perks and solid programs in addition to the regular curriculum: a nutrition program and coordinator, instrumental music, opera education, symphony education, poetry and storytelling consultants, art consultants, and various support staff. The after school possibilities included enrichment activities such as martial arts, Chinese language classes, Academic chess, crochet class, cooking, dance, piano, guitar, as well as academic tutoring and homework help. An added plus was the huge playyard. I was also happy to hear and see an energetic and enthusiastic PTA supporting new and existing programs. With the school's solid test scores and extracurricular civilities, this is a community worth checking out.

- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2005
FSK is a great neighborhood school in the Sunset district of San Francisco. I have two children at FSK and have loved every teacher we've had. I have one child in Special Education and one child in general ed. Both programs have met my needs, and the inclusive environment of the school made us feel very welcome. The principal is very hands-on, and the staff has been helpful and kind. The student body is diverse, but mostly local families that care about each other. We have been very happy here, especially with the sped program. Francis Scott Key Elementary is a great neighborhooh school in San Francisco!

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2005
My younger son went to FS Key for kindergarten. We felt that the school is doing a good job given the population it draws from (lots of lower income and English learner students), but wanted a better school in the end. His first kindergarten teacher was very good; however we were disappointed when she was replaced before the end of the year with another teacher who was not as good. This was done with only 8 weeks of school left, which we felt was inappropriate and we were unhappy with the way it was handled. The school is well run generally, with good discipline and attention to learning. We did wish there was more parent involvement.

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February 03, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2003
This school is a great learning environment filled with great activities throughout the whole school year. The teachers are well experienced and helpful.The principal and staff mambers are fantastic.

- submitted by a former student
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Francis Scott Key has 3 after school programs that serve over 350 students in grades K-5 from 1:50 to 6:00 p.m. daily. There are many enrichment programs available for students after school. They include: Academic Chess, Mandarin, guitar, ribbon dance, ping pong, Judo, sports clubs, and gardening, etc.

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Key (Francis Scott) Elementary School
1530 43rd Avenue, San Francisco, CA  94122
(415) 759-2811
Last modified Key (Francis Scott) Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Key (Francis Scott) Elementary School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 46 reviews. Top