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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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)!!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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