Lafayette has really innovative teachers, wonderful staff, and a very involved community of parents! Go Dolphins!!!
Lafayette is an absolutely AMAZING school, with outstanding teachers and an such an amazing parent community. There are so many "extras" to the school...a spring school musical production, Art in Action, Artists in Residence, incredible field trips...the list goes on. I have a graduating 5th grader, but feel so thankful that I will be at Lafayette for many years to come as I have two younger children who are there as well.
I currently have a 1st and 4th grader at Lafayette and we couldn't be happier. The teachers and the parent community are what really make this school shine. My kids have never had a teacher we didn't love and the PTA is strong and welcoming, raising thousands of dollars each year to provide wonderful programs for our kids such as Art in Action, PE, Smart Boards, Artists in Residence, and an awe inspiring school musical. We feel so lucky to be part of the Lafayette community.
Lafayette is a great place to learn. The teachers are really great and teach in a way so everyone can learn. The school is so diverse and fun. I made so many friends and had awesome experiences in all of the six years I was there. Go dolphins!
This is the second year that my child is in the auditiroy/oral pre-k class at Lafayette elementary school and we love it! The teacher is outstanding and does a great job with the kids. I will be keeping my child in this school till the 5th grade. The principal, Mrs. Ruby Brown does a great job with her staff and the PTA is outstanding. I would recommend this school.
Great neighborhood school. Most kids are from the outer Richmond, and the families are committed to the school and the neighborhood.
I can not be happier with Lafayette!!! My daughter is in kindergarten and LOVES her school, her class, her teacher and fellow students. I love the diversity of the student body, the great involvement of the parents, the school staff, the teachers and wonderful Mrs. Brown. The PTA is super involved and very inclusive of anyone who wants to help in any way, big or small. Everyone is super friendly, and while it is a larger school I feel like we are part of a small loving community. My daughter is thriving and we as a family are making great friends and great memories as well!
My 1st grader comes home from school everyday BEAMING and nearly always says, "Mom, I'm ready to do my homework!" as soon as he walks in the door. When I first asked him if he liked his new teacher, he said, "No, I don't like her, I LOVE her!" Lafayette teachers are amazing. They have the right mix of challenge and support and go above and beyond to create a positive learning environment for our kids. A couple weeks ago, two teachers were at my home until 10pm at night helping with the grant writing committee!! The parent community is made up of the hardest working volunteers I have ever seen. They treat their volunteer jobs like actual paid positions. The principal, Ms. Brown, puts her students first and does a great job supporting the teachers and parents. Attending Lafayette makes you feel like you really did win the lottery!
This school emphasizes community. There is strong student, parent, teacher/staff, and community participation. Amazing things happen when so many people come together to ensure a quality education for our youth. There is wonderful access to so many resources: art, music, drama, sports, environment, language programs, civic responsibility, as well as the standard education, all under the guidance of a strong, caring principal. I have a 4th grader and a recently graduated middle schooler
Our daughter is now in 1st grade at Lafayette and we are as ever, impressed by the level of teaching, the cohesive community and the dedicated and hard working PTA. The teachers have high standards and strive to keep the students challenged. In addition, every family is made to feel a part of the school and community building is a priority. Our daughter is thriving and we have really enjoyed being active members of the parent community. Lafayette is truly a gem!
As the parent of a kindergartener at Lafayette, I have been very impressed with the classroom instruction and parent involvement at the school. It has high academic expectations along with a friendly, supportive teaching staff and community. This "hidden gem" in SFUSD won't be hidden for long.
Our child just started kindergarten and we really love Lafayette so far. The PTA members are amazing--hardworking, caring, and inviting--and the PTA membership is quite large at the school. The teachers clearly love their work and there is camaraderie, affection, and team spirit between the teachers and the principal--the AWESOME Ruby Brown--which is absolutely key to a school's success. What a gem.
The bottom line at this wonderful school is that if it doesn't meet your expectations, it's your own fault. The opportunity for meaningful involvement here is astonishing.
Lafayette is a great place. The teachers care deeply about the kids and do a great job teaching them and helping them grow as individuals. Mrs. Ruby Brown, the principal, does a great job of keeping the school on track and on target. The Lafayette community and the PTA are most excellent and helpful people.
We've had a great experience so far and we are so happy to be part of the Lafayette community. My daughter is finishing up a wonderful Kindergarten year. She loves school, has made lots of friends, learned a ton, and is even in the school play. The PTA is active and it feels like a neighborhood school in the midst of a large city.
My daughter absolutely loves this school. The principle is very involved and the students seem to really love her. Definitely a place you want to consider!!
Great PTA, great teachers, and great after school programs! My child is very happy and confident.
In addition to being a great school in terms of academics & arts, Lafayette was the only school I visited when I was evaluating kindergarten placement that emphasized character development as a key component of our childrens' education and of the community. The kids say a pledge of respect each morning after the pledge of allegiance and the school cultivates 'conflict managers' from the 2nd grade on so that children learn how to mediate when disagreement occurs. My son's class is really like a family - very supportive of one another and really caring in how they interact. We feel so happy that our children are learning not only how to think and how to execute, but how to be good people in the community and in the world. Go Lafayette!
Lafayette is awesome--My kids have amazing teachers and they get better every year!
Lafayette is a great school because they have exceptional teachers and staff, involved parents and successful PTA, many extracurricular activities and afterschool care, California Distinquished Award, upgrades to the school, and exceptional students!
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