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School leader Matthew Hartford
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220 Middlefield Drive
San Francisco, CA 94132

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5 stars
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February 11, 2014
I've been teaching at Lakeshore for nearly 20 years, and many of my colleagues have been here almost or just as long. There's quite a lot to love about this school, most recently we are loving our new administrator, Mr. Hartford, who has come in with fresh energetic positivity and the ability to parlay that into new academic initiatives that we teachers are fully behind. Lakeshore has touched the lives of a diverse community of San Franciscans over the years. I am proud to have been part of this community and look forward to continuing. Lakeshore staff believe in educating the whole kid, not just the part that gets tested, and we know that childhood learning is a journey not a race and that each child goes at their own pace. We have high expectations and give every child the tools to continue on their path.

- submitted by a teacher
August 22, 2013
Lakeshore has a beautiful campus, great teachers and enrichment programs and a really wonderful new Principal. This week our kids named school as one of their five favorite things. They come home joyful and full of stories and new things learned in the classrooms, gardens, art studio and community room. Most of all we love the multicultural population and the way the curriculum is designed to bring this perspective into all the subjects taught. This is an urban school for the 21st century where children are exposed to a community both international and local, where they learn ecology in nature and where they will form long lasting friendships.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2013
What a difference a year makes! We have a fantastic new principal who is energetic, enthusiastic, and personable. The vibe this first week back has been amazing. Teachers are refreshed and looking forward to having a leader who will advocate for them. Students have a leader who encourages and motivates them to be at their best for their community. Parents have a leader who they feel has their children's best interest at heart and a passion for education. I am so glad we stuck it out and looking forward to the coming year, and years, ahead for our family!

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2013
I believe that in Elementary School, the most important thing is the quality of the teachers, since your child will primarily be spending their teaching time with one person. The reason I am so enthusiastic about LakeShore is the quality of the teachers. They have many teachers in the "sweet spot" - very experienced but not worn out. My son (going into fourth) has had a strong relationship with each teacher, and I have been impressed with how much they accomplish each year. The teachers have been available and open to talking to us about any concerns. Lakeshore is a diverse school with a lot of spirit. The children are happy, and kindergardeners get plenty of recess as well as strong acacemics. "Tours" often don't let you see the quality of what is going on in the classroom, but it is the most important thing.

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2013
Lakeshore has a great history of parent involvement. The curriculum has many enhancement programs paid for by the PTA such as poetry, visual arts, movement, choral music, and drama. The teachers are dedicated and hard-working as they focus on what's best for children's growth. The school community is on a positive trend with new administration and parents working together.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2013
I appreciate the school commitment to environmental awareness through various curricula, including the gardening program. The school's commitment to mindfulness in regard to interpersonal relationships is refreshing. Lakeshore is a large and diverse school. It is inspiring to see students, staff and caregivers work through conflict and emerge stronger and committed to the success of the whole.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2013
We love our school, it's diversity of students and programs like Gardening, Motor Perception and Studio Art. Lakeshore has fabulous, committed teachers and staff. The before and after school programs Everyday Magic and Excel are amazing and accomodate working parents schedules. There are also Mandarin and Cantonese before and after school programs if you are interested in another language.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2013
We have two children attending lakeshore. We have had some very special moments here. The PTA funded programs are amazing: art with Sharon, gardening with Martha and Jean, music with Steve, just to mentioned a few. The teachers are very much committed to the students and to fostering relationships with parents. We are hoping administration this coming school year will bring together the lakeshore community of parents, teachers/staff, and consultants.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2013
I have 2 children who attend Lakeshore and they both love it. The teachers we've had are wonderful and had went up and beyond for them and built a good relationship with each of them. We are so glad we are part of the Lakeshore community ... Oh and the parents involvement is also really good. It's an amazing group effort all around

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2013
Lakeshore is the most diverse public elementary school in San Francisco and it is one of the best. I have 2 children at the school; it was my first choice and I'm so satisfied. Parent involvement is strong, the PTA is active,our core enrichment programs of Gardening, Art, and Motor Perception are excellent and well funded, the teachers are committed and the principal connects with the students, works well with parents and reaches out to all of the communities at the school. Working parents can choose between two before and after-school programs.

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2012
Lakeshore is a school that really supports all the students to become creative thinkers and problem solvers through tons of hands on project based work and many amazing programs. The teachers are phenomenal and seem committed to this integrated learning despite the pressures of the testing system. Parent community is very involved and I am surprised by the last reviewers assessment of the principal. I see her as a dedicated and very hard working leader who takes time to get to know the kids. She has implemented some great curriculum initiatives and a strong message of responsive conflict prevention and resolution school wide. She gets involved in community events and I think she is doing a good job running a school of this size without an assistant, (though she could really use one)!!

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2012
Great teachers, awesome garden, decent facility, and a very diverse student body. PTA is very active and sponsors a LOT of programs: motor skills, gardening, studio art, Japanese, Mandarin, Cantonese, taiko drumming, storytelling. There are many teachers here that are 25+ year veterans - that says a lot about the community! One caveat - the principal is horrible. She's impossible to work with, and sabotages parent involvement in any way possible. I hear that the teachers are not pleased with her either... Test scores and parent satisfaction have plummeted under her administration. She's generally an elephant in the living room - ignore it and walk around, and keep the community solid!

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2012
We have really enjoyed the community at Lakeshore. The school is diverse and has much to offer, including daily Mandarin class. The 9:30 start time works well with our schedule and we have had a very positive experience at Lakeshore!

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2012
My daughter loves Lakeshore and her teacher! We have been very happy here and have found a great community of families. The teachers and staff are incredibly skilled and dedicated to the students. We love the diversity of students and programs offered.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2012
We just started in kindergarten at Lakeshore and are really excited about it . We have three of the four K teachers, all of whom are excellent. The teaching methods have far surpassed my expectations so far and both parents and teachers are involved. Its a really well rounded GE program with integrated enrichment that includes Science in the Garden, Studio Art and Motor perception. After and before school options are affordable and very high quality My kids are taking Mandarin classes five days a week and the after care run by child development professionals rounds out their day really well. Best of all, they love it and are really thriving in this expansive, green environment filled with gardens and places to explore. Many of the teachers had children there or went there themselves, so the community feeling runs deep. Early days for us but so far its an amazing place to be and we feel lucky to be there!

- submitted by a parent
December 28, 2011
My daughter got sent to James Denman Middle School (school rating: 3) in Fall 2011 because she was a Lakeshore graduate. She's having nightmares all the time after she goes to Denman. We tried to apply to other middle schools, but SFUSD still put my daughter to Denman sneakily. If you don't care that your kids will go to Denman after 5th grade, Lakeshore is not too bad to go to. My daughter didn't learn much at Lakeshore because the teachers she had weren't that good. For lunch time, the principle only gives kids 20 minutes from getting lunch, eating lunch and dumping lunch garbage. A lot of kids feel starving after school. It's very unhealthy.

- submitted by a parent
December 19, 2011
My son graduated in May 2011 and has assigned to James Denmand Middle School which is a very terrible school. Although the school district said that the elementary-to-middle school feeder pattern policy is in effective in 2017, the school district has already started putting Lakeshore graduates in James Denmand Middle School.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2011
My son is in 2nd grade and he absolutely loves going to school each day. In fact he often begs me to stay after school. Lakeshore is wonderful for many reasons: dedicated parents that are looking out for all of the children-not just their own; very experienced teachers; a truly diverse student body and wonderful enrichment programs. The school has also gone through ADA improvements therefore the facility is top notch. The gardening program is amazing - there are gardens in several locations in the school bursting with trees, flowers, vegetables and fruit. The PTA also funds Motor Perception, Yoga, Dance, Drama, Music, Studio Art and much, much more. Everyday Magic, the before and after school program is great. My son loved the camps they run in the summer as well. There are several Chinese language programs before and after school. My son is in his second year of Cantonese. He loves that he's learning a language that mom and dad don't know! To conclude I feel incredibly lucky that we found Lakeshore and did well with the lottery. This school is packed with diverse, enriching, learning experiences (and a lot of fun) for your child.

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2011
My daughter is second grader and I don't think she learn much this year. Not like Kindergarden and first grade. It really depend on the teachers. If you are lucky get into the good and responsible teacher, your kid will learn a lot. So it not really the school. I don't like it the field every week and plus the furlong days. what else they can learn?

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2010
The teachers are outstanding the school is a great school academically and I love how they really encourage parent volunteering!!! It's a great little community we have here.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
Lakeshore has great enrichment programs such as plays and gardening.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
Parental involvement help inspire the teachers to work hard in educating their childre, everyone wins especially the children!

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2010
A diverse and loving community! A gem of the San Francisco school district.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
Lakeshore Alternative Elementary provide excellence academic programs, my daughter loves the Yoga, motor skills, library days....etc and many other activities. This a a great school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
My daughter is the second generation of my family to attend school at Lakeshore. She loves Lakeshore as much as I did when I was a student there. The same excellent academic enrichment programs that were there 25 years ago are still going strong with many new programs.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
Lakeshore Alternative Elementary School has great academic programs and teachers, plus an amazing collection of enrichments made possible by the staff and the PTA and parents. The gardening program, drama/music/vocals, poetry, motor skills, librarians among other activities plus lots of cultural diversity. A great, well rounded school!

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2010
I love teaching at Lakeshore. The rich diversityof the community make it special. Lakeshore maintains its focus on high expectations, the arts, mindfulness, and community building, which all make it a very special place. I feel lucky to have found Lakeshore to be my 2nd home.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating April 21, 2010
Wonderful programs (art,poetry,gardening, motor perception) and excellent teachers.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2010
Great community and teachers with fantastic extra programs. Ms. Keener makes it happen.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2010
Lakeshore provides a great community environment, where parents and teachers truly work together to promote core academic achievement as well as a wide variety of enrichment activities from gardening to taiko drumming. The school emphasizes respect, and really walks this talk, welcoming all of its families to contribute to their children's education however they can, regardless of backgrounds, financial position, or ability to volunteer a lot. Lindsay Keener does a fantastic job balancing the logistics, the learning, and the fun at Lakeshore.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2010
A big school that is filled with adults who seem to really see the individual kids, and reach out to address their needs. We've been here less than two years yet it seems like everyone knows my kids. And likes them!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2010
Lakeshore has an active and supportive parent community, great teachers and office support. The programs like studio art, acting, music and garden are 'icing on the cake.'

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2010
Lakeshore comes through with strategies for each and every child who attends. There are opportunities every day for successes and growth.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2010
Lakeshore Elementary is a must see school. We have a great diverse community of kids, parents, teachers, and staff. Many of our teachers picked this school for their children to attend.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating April 21, 2010
Teachers at Lakeshore go above and beyond. They value education over test scores.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2010
Lakeshore is a very special place. The whole school community works together to provided a top notch program for our students.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2010
The school has given my children much more than an education, they have given them a second family.

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February 06, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2008
Lakeshore is my elementary school, and it's the best school i've ever seen. Clean, good students, good learning. Absolutely no complaints. And the teachers are great!!!! My favorite teacher was Mr.Rich. Keep going!

- submitted by a community member
no rating February 27, 2008
My daughter has had a wonderful experience over the years at Lakeshore. Though I'd started to sense that teachers were getting tired and frustrated several years ago, the new principal has done a great job. We are sad that our time here will end after this year. The consultant programs (arts, motor perception, PE, gardening) are all outstanding as are the vast majority of the teachers who go well beyond what you'd expect for their students. Great school!

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2007
Lakeshore has really become a great school again. The new principal is providing excellent leadership. There is a wonderful garden program that all the students learn from, and my child loves. There is a wonderful community here.

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August 15, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2007
Lakeshore is a great school. It has an active parent body and lots enrichment opportunities for the kids. It's one of the larger elementary schools in SFUSD, but somehow manages to maintain a small community feel. The new principal has provided excellent leadership.

- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2006
The new principal has brought a great breath of fresh air to the school. Safety is a priority. The very involved parents help with fundraising, classroom help, yard supervision, motor perception, gardening, kickball coaching, etc. Lake Merced, just across the street, is a great resource for regular field trips. Library is extensive. Community-building events happen regularly (math night, literacy night, read-a-thon, multicultural potluck, welcome to kindergarten night) Poetry consultant compiles a book of kids' work each year. Teachers can also choose from a pool of professionals to bring movement & music, cooking, dance, and theatre into the classroom. On top of all of these enrichments, the test scores are great.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2005
Overall Lakeshore has an excellent, dedicated teaching staff. A very involved parent base. Wonderful extras, such as art and poetry. Its academics are not always strong enough, however. The class size increase from 20-33/34 students after third grade is too large and there is no paraprofessional in the classroom to aid the teacher with these large classes. Lakeshore is very caring and warm community. It is very diverse and open.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2005
My daughter attended Lakeshore from K through 5th grade a few years ago. She went on to a small private middle school that has a rigorous academic program. My daughter was well prepared for this middle school both academically and socially thanks to Lakeshore. She continues to consider the friends she made at Lakeshore 'life-long' even though they all went to different schools. She and many other Lakeshore alums return to the annual Spring fundraising event year after year to see their old school, teachers, and friends again. I especially liked the diversity (ethnic,cultural, and economic) that I found at Lakeshore which truly reflects that of San Francisco. If I were looking for elementary schools (instead of high schools!)I would definitely choose Lakeshore again.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2005
My younger child just graduated from Lakeshore, and overall it was a wonderful experience for both my kids. We went through a major transition with a new principal and a wave of teacher retirements and replacements. My older experienced the 'old guard' and my younger the new wave. Both got a solid education and came out well prepared for middle school and beyond.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2005
Very liberal school. Not much focus on discipline, or order. Children seem to enjoy learning experience. Very geared tward nature and respecting the earth. Children have fun, teacher have a lot of freedom.

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2005
Lakeshore has many wonderful teachers and students. Unfortunaetly, the principal is not providing quality leadership.

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2005
Lakeshore has an extremely active PTA that works hard to minimize the effects of budget cuts on our programs. We have art, dance, drama, music, architecture, library, p.e., and a sensory motor program for our children. We are proud of our Rigby reading program and are working on funding sources for implementing the Making Math Real and Lindamood Bell programs (in addition to district mandated curriculum). Our special education programs are first rate. Lakeshore has both an Inclusion program and a Resource Program. Our Resource Specialist and Speech Therapist have many years of experience and present a working model that the district should strive for at every school. Our teachers, parents and principal work together--both behind the scenes and at many, many fun family events. Other sources of pride: Lake Merced (our outdoor classroom), our gardening program (transforming our grounds) and TRIBES--teaching our diverse community a respectful method of communication.

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March 14, 2005
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February 19, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2005
great arts, drama programs.

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2005
Lakeshore is a great school for parents wanting the feel of a private school without the private school fees. Parents are highly involved in school and classroom activities and do a great job planning special and unique events. There does appear to be some prejudice and bias of African American students and families, but I believe this is true for the SFUSD as a whole. The principal is caring and tough when needed.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2004
We have two kids at Lakeshore and we have been really happy with the school. The teachers we have had have been great and there are a lot of involved parents. There are also great arts and accademic programs offered -- chorus, dance, theatre, visual arts, poetry, as well as afterschool chess and spanish.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2004
Lakeshore is a great school and a great community. We are very glad our kids go there. The teachers are very professional and really like what they do. There is a strong and active parent group (PTA and others), that provides the resources for a great 'consultants' program--dance, drama, poetry, gardening, architecture, etc. The reading program is also very strong. We are very pleased with the friendships our kids have made through the school. Generally it is a safe, nuturing and friendly environment for the kids, even though it is big for an elementary school. Lakeshore is a very diverse place, which we see as another big plus. Main negative is that it really requires parent participation to make the place really work. But then, we can't think of a better way to invest our energy and resources than in our kids' development.

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September 23, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2004
Lakeshore has an outstanding group of committed teachers and parents who work together to create and maintain a positive learning environment. A sense of community is emphasized for all children who come from many districts in the city. An outstanding library and special programs including poetry and motor perception help maximize each child's learning potential. Enrichment programs are available to each class, including dance, science, drama, and studio arts. Lakeshore parents contribute time and effort to raise funds (PTA) to provide students with these extras. A wonderful group of teachers put in many extra hours to provide their students with a strong, balanced curriculum. Special events include family math and literacy nights, a multi-cultural potluck, and the science fair among others.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2004
Lakeshore is in transition from 25+ years of a top principal & teachers to a new generation of leadership. But overall it's still an excellent school. Good prep for Middle School Honors programs, good teachers, art & poetry, outstanding parent community and involvement. Negative: a few undisciplned students make the top yard tougher than it should be.

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2004
I have two children here. It is one of the best schools in the city. It's diverse, academically challenging, incredibly great teachers, as well as many wonderful consultants in science, art, architecture, poetry, drama and dance. We have a highly active PTA, who fund the consultants and have other programs, like Math night, the Science Fair, Halloween fun, Multi-cultural night, and others. Parents have started a wonderful gardening program as well. I can't rate this school highly enough.

- submitted by a parent
November 25, 2003
Wonderful elementary school! I highly recommend this school to any future parent researching SF schools. Lots of parent involvement - everyone seems to know each other; real friendly & supportive staff. Principal Lee is warm, kind & truly cares. I like how they separate the kindergarten yard from the older children. Lots of nature trips to Lake Merced. Field trips are great, artistic & creative! Academically the children are truly challenged. However, the school needs more adults on the yard during recess & breaks.

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Lakeshore Alternative Elementary School
220 Middlefield Drive, San Francisco, CA  94132
(415) 759-2825
Last modified Lakeshore Alternative Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Lakeshore Alternative Elementary School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 63 reviews.