"Our school is the only K-8 full dual Spanish Immersion program in the city!"
Students enrolled 600
Hours 8:20 (6-8) 9:30 (K-5) - 3:45 PM (Thursdays: 1:45 for 6-8/ 2:45 K-5)
School leader Jennifer Steiner
Transportation options Yes
Before school Yes
After school Yes
Summer program Yes

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3351 23rd Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

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(415) 695-5881
(415) 282-7869
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4 stars
Based on 37 ratings

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January 18, 2014
Every school has its strengths and weaknesses. I agree with most reviews written however wanted to tell how segregated the school feels when there is no diversity. We had to sacrifice diversity when choosing a school with only Spanish Immersion. Also my child complains about disruptive kids in class. I've had to try and teach him coping skills to refocus his attention.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2013
My son is starting his second year at this spanish-immersion school (last year kinder, now in 1st grade) and we have been very happy. His teachers have been sweet, understanding and effective, and he loves going to school. I am also very impressed with the focus on reading and writing this year, and have seen my son's oral and written language skills improve already. On top of the academic focus, the school has been able to retain a rich arts curriculum including a choral and instrumental music program, and a dance movement program so important for little wigglers. The principal is a caring educational dynamo who seems to know everyone's name and where everyone is at any moment. She is very focused on ensuring the teachers have the best teaching tools in their toolbox and it seems to be making a big difference.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2013
My son and third child is beginning his fourth year at Buena Vista Horace Mann as a third grader. In his first grade year, Buena Vista merged with Horace Mann to become a K-8 Spanish immersion school. There were bumps in the transition, as one would expect. Those bumps feel to me to be ironing out and I feel positive about the trajectory of the school, the current administration and teaching staff. My son's teachers have been good to amazing. My and my son's experiences with his third grade teacher, new to the school this year, have been incredibly positive. I suspect that she will be one of the teachers that he looks back on as an adult with respect and appreciation. My son is not an English language learner and children who are not have not fared as well in SFUSD schools, including Buena Vista Horace Mann. Educational equity is critical to a successful school and community and I feel that important steps are being taken at BVHM to better ensure the success of English language learners and that those steps do not take away from the education of my son, but rather by having other successful classmates his education will be better.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2013
A great community school in the heart of the Mission. Spanish immersion K-8. Wonderful, dedicated teachers, especially kindergarten and 1st grade. A professional, energetic principal and a vice-principal who is the heart and soul of the school. Beautiful garden and dance classes for all grades. Excellent community of parent who support the teachers and the administrative team. Kids love coming to this school.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2013
I love BVHM because it is a socially conscious bilingual school attending to students' academic development with rich exposure to the arts, environment, and responsible citizenship. The wonderful, committed and talented staff nurture and challenge our children; and the families work together with staff to ensure all children have access to an education that will expand their lives and help them meaningfully contribute to society.

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2013
Iam Happy on the choice I pick for my kids. My son can be a little work, but the school has work with him well. And he is coming along. My daughter is doing great. Really like the teacher my kids had these last couple of years. Let go Buena Vista

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2013
Buena Vista Horace Mann is a K-8 dual-language Spanish immersion school in the Mission neighborhood of San Francisco. This is an amazing community of caring, creative and dedicated educators and parents. Our son, currently in 2nd grade, is thriving socially and academically in both Spanish and English. He comes home happy everyday, and he looks forward to going to school and the after school program. If you are considering San Francisco schools, be sure to tour BVHM.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2013
Buena Vista Horace Mann K-8 is a fantastic school, with engaging, caring and very experienced teachers, wonderful staff, and a dynamic leader as principal. Parents are very involved. My children have thrived here, and have loved learning in Spanish and English.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2013
BVHM is an energetic, artistic, bilingual (Spanish) community. Despite the priority of music and the arts, the students focus on math, language skills, and physical education as well. We are purposeful about creating a safe learning space to empower the next generation - our core values: bilingual community, creativity, empathy, flexibility, integrity, perseverance, and responsibility, Your child will find a fun, energetic, diverse community and you will be welcomed by caring and supportive administrators, teachers and parents from all walks of life.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2013
Buena Vista Horace Mann K-8 has a wonderful caring environment. I have only the highest regard for the teaching and administrative staff. We are a community and strive to be more cohesive and inclusive every year with the stellar leadership of Jen Steiner and Larry Alegre. There are many ways parents can be involved with the school: directly in the classroom, working in the garden, preparing morning snack, or volunteering for one of our many events throughout the year. On a personal note anytime we have brought issues up with our children's teachers they act swiftly and with finesse. Also, my partner, I and my children are forging friendships that I hope will last for many years to come. It is such a wonderful place to grow and learn as both parents and students.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2013
I have been a parent at BVHM for 9 years and counting. I have always been impressed with the school's strong sense of community and greatly appreciate the school-wide dual immersion approach (Spanish-English). The teaching staff is consistently high quality and strives to know each student individually, allowing for student self-expression and confidence building. The teachers truly take a team approach, both at the grade level and school-wide; I can say that all of my children have had terrific teachers. The PTA, ELAC and SSC are all active at this school. The PTA has successfully supported a very strong arts curriculum through even the most difficult budget cuts. The on site before and after care program for the grade school has served our family very well, providing real enrichment with a staff that consists of BVHM alumni and contributes to the well developed sense of community. BVHM transitioned to a K-8 Community school 3 years ago and a new, strong leadership team is helping the school develop into its new role after some growing pains. I expect to see the school continue to strengthen in its new role and serve as an example of a successful dual Spanish immersion K-8.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2013
Buena Vista Horace Mann K-8 is a fantabulous school!! The close knit community feeling makes me feel welcome. from the time my daughter entered Kindergarten in 2009 until now that she is starting 4th grade. Ms. Steiner, the Principal; Mr. Alegre, the Vice Principal and the entire staff and team of teachers are magnificent beyond words. The fact that this is a dual immersion Spanish program is just the icing on the cake. I am ensured that my daughter is learning Spanish and English that will carry her through her life and career with much success. They really focus on the child and also put a great emphasis on the families and making sure they are doing well. We LOVE BVHM!!!

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2013
This is a school with heart. It's the 2nd oldest Spanish Immersion school in the State of California, oldest in Northern California (28 years). We have been at this school six years, with two children enrolled. The leadership team, the teachers, the parent community are incredibly tight and focused on one thing: teaching our children to be fabulous learners and decent human beings. Our children are happy and engaged, speaking, reading in Spanish and learning about the different cultures that exist in our society today. I couldn't think of a better place to be.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2013
Buena Vista Horace Mann's teachers are the best ones you can find, and the have low turnover. The school and the PTA invest in teachers' development, which, coupled with the low turnover, results in a school that has the highest standards. Jennifer Steiner, the principal, is awesome. She's capable and has a vision to make BVHM academically sound, inclusive, and with high quality afterschool care options. Adding the Spanish Immersion component, you have one of the best schools possible.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2013
We have two children at BVHM (2nd and kinder) and feel extremely lucky to be a part of this parent and academic community. Jennifer Steiner (principal), Larry Allegre, and the rest of the leadership team are incredibly committed. They have the vision, dedication, and community-building skills to make BVHM a truly excellent school K-8 school (the first K-8 Spanish immersion program in San Francisco). The teachers are phenomenal: smart, caring, responsive educators who combine support and creativity with their desire for high academic standards and the success of each of our children to create a nurturing, challenging learning environment for our kids. We love the diversity, friendliness, and commitment of the parents and the richness of our bilingual, bi-cultural community.

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2013
This is a really friendly school and I like that the parents are involved with the students. Glad its a k-8 and then you only have to look for a high school.

- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2013
Our daughter will be starting 2nd grade at Buena VIsta Horace Mann in the Fall and she is already reading, speaking and writing at grade level in Spanish and English. We have been consistently amazed by the dedicated, creative and loving teachers at the school. Most have been there for many years, and many have had their own kids as students there. The principal, Jen Steiner, is on the top of her game with a great support staff including the heart/soul of the school, assistant principal Senior Larry Alegre. We love being a pat of this vibrant, diverse community. We can't wait until our little guy (now three) can start attending as well. It's the jewel of the Mission. We highly recommend it.

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2013
We were nervous when first enrolling, but have been delighted with our experience. We have been at Buena Visat for two years now. A couple of characteristics make this school stand out from the rest in SFUSD: 1. Spanish Immersion. This school has the longest track record of any Spanish Immersion program in the city. 2. Community: Everyone here is warm, happy and inclusive. If you want to connect with other families at your child's school, the environment is open and perfect for that. 3. Principal: She is amazing, driven, tireless and charismatic. She sets the tone for the school -- warm, professional and dediicated. 4. Location: 100 feet from the 24th Street BART station -- great for parent's who work downtown (like me.) 5. K-8: Spanish immersion through 8th grade with the added bonus of not having to deal with the SF lottery system after 5th grade like those in K-5 programs.

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2013
I love, love, love my son's school! The insane high quality of the staff - loving teachers, hands-on administrators, and every employee fully engaged with the needs of the kids and the community - set us apart. Furthermore, the parent community is the one that I'd always dreamed of - active, friendly, welcoming, and our dear, dear friends. The location can't be beat, and we're fortunate enough to have a large and historic building with two very large outdoor areas and a garden. The language component is incredible. By public school standards, this is a winning educational institution by any metric!

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2013
My son just finished his first year at BVHM and he- and we- love the school. His teacher was really supportive and effective with a very high energy and easily distractible boy. The principal and vp seem to know all of the kids well. The parent community does a lot, and the arts programs are great. We use the on-site before and aftercare program, Buena Vista Childcarem, and it is wonderful, and there are good supplemental after school programs too (like chess and drama).

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2013
BVHM is an incredible school! The Teachers and Administrators are top notch, hard working, thoughtful and creative professionals. I have two children enrolled here and they LOVE their school. Every teacher and administrator I have interacted with has taken a personal interest in all students' success, and the parent community is no exception. BVHM is a strong community and I feel incredibly fortunate that my children - and our whole family - are a part of it. Thank you BVHM!!

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2013
We feel so lucky to have found this school! Our daughter enters 2nd grade next year and seeing her achievements in learning to speak, write, read, and do math and science in Spanish (while also developing these skills in English) has been so exciting. She is very proud to be bilingual! The teachers are inspiring and dedicated and are implementing a well-established language immersion program. The PTA and parents are actively involved in supporting the teachers and classroom needs as well as providing arts and extra curricular opportunities for all children. The leadership team sets a positive tone for the school and communicates through multiple channels to make sure all families have the opportunity to be involved. BVHM is a warm, supportive place for all and a real public school gem in the heart of the Mission District.

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2013
I love love this school. This school has great school spirit, parent involvement, and an excellent Spanish program. The teachers are caring and always working hard to make sure our kids get the tools they need for success.

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2013
I love my school! My daughter will be in second grade in the fall, and she is off to a tremendous start. BVHM is a dual language (Spanish and English) immersion school in the Mission. The teachers collaborate to provide high quality instruction in both Spanish and English, and they organize their classrooms in a workshop model so kids can receive differentiated instruction. My daughter is reading and writing at grade level or above in both languages and is also excelling in math and science. We also have an involved parent community and a PTA that raises funds to pay for dance classes, art programs, and more. Students at BVHM learn how to get along with others from diverse backgrounds and to respect and appreciate other cultures. The new principal, Jennifer Steiner, is amazing. She's smart and energetic, welcoming to all, but tough when she needs to be. I am so excited to have my daughter at this great school!

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2013
A K-8 Spanish immersion school in the Mission with fabulous, dedicated teachers and a great sense of community. My 4th-grader has spent five happy years here so far and we're looking forward to the next four!

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2013
I love my kids' school! We not only provide more than 25 years of implementing Spanish immersion in San Francisco, but the school community is focused on the arts and culture. My favorite part is culture, but the arts is a huge plus that really enhances my kids' learning. There is a growing interest in increasing the school's link to the community, including the rich resources of the Mission district, and the new principal, Ms. Steiner, and her great administration team is really making our school the best it can be.

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July 15, 2009
I Loved This School.! I Graduated And I Got In Lowell, A Lot Of Kids Got In .! Best School In SF .!!!!

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February 09, 2008
this school is doing an amazing job. the principal is working really hard. i reall recommend thi school..!

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November 08, 2007
its a good school my daughter got in to lowell with the help of horace mann a good school

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April 30, 2007
This is a pretty good school. Principal is doing a great job. Always available, and very active.

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no rating May 08, 2006
Quality - Availability - Improvements = The major building blocks to build a better charater, promote human goals, with education.

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Buena Vista/ Horace Mann K-8
3351 23rd Street, San Francisco, CA  94110
(415) 695-5881
Last modified Buena Vista/ Horace Mann K-8 is a Public school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Buena Vista/ Horace Mann K-8 Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 39 reviews.