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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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).
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