Miraloma has the best teacher, principals, kids and parents. Everyone pitches in to create a great community with learning opportunities around every corner.
Our school is an amazing community of teachers, parents and staff members who have one common goal - the children. There's a unique blend of amazing and talented parents who dedicate themselves inside the classroom, fundraising, and community building, to name a few. This is a special school.
Fantastic principal, love the morning circle and the family community.
Miraloma has a great community of teachers, parents, staff who work together to make learning fun and approachable for every child. The PTA pays for many extras such as SF Arts Ed, gardening, chorus, PE, etc. We've got two afterschool programs.
Miraloma elicits from my children that rare and precious combination of happiness and intelligence. The top drawer teachers and administrators are supported by an inspired and infectiously invigorated parental community. Miraloma Elementary is truly a public school gem.
My grandson has been attending Miraloma since kindergarten. The school is incredibly supportive of children and has an excellent teaching staff. I love the fact that the parents are so involved and that the school supports their integrated engagement in the classroom as well as fund raising activities.
I love the Miraloma community. It is good to know that you have a strong group of friends looking out for all the kids.
The combination of great Principal, teachers and parents can't be beat!
Great teachers and staff. All three of my children are students at Miraloma, and they feel safe and happy here.
my oldest daughter graduated last year and consistently scored in the upper 90th percentile in standardized tests, and it her sister is doing the same now. That speaks of the level of quality of the teachers and staff. What makes Miraloma unique though is it's sense of community where everyone is made to feel welcome and there is an active culture of inclusion. There are several community building activities throughout the year that really brings cohesion to the school. Plus, our skateboarding, pink mohawk sporting principal is too cool for school, almost!
I find the principal and teachers to be very responsive and creative in their approach to both teaching and problem solving. I disagree with the comments about teaching to the test--I think they maintain a good balance between a pragmatic emphasis on testing (the reality is that testing DOES impact the success/fate of the school under NCLB) and focusing on the whole child through a more integrated approach to teaching that incorporates arts, music, science and other disciplines. As for the community, I disagree with parent comments that you are an outcast if you do not volunteer. As in any community, participation is different for everyone and it is a two-way street. I know plenty of people who do not have time to volunteer but manage to stay engaged by keeping up with school communications and coming to the occasional school event.
We've been at this school for many years now. Yes the test scores have gone up (because of Marcia Parrott), but the quality of education for 4th and 5th grade lacks experience and ability to relate to the the students. There is also the lack of experience from the principal who at times can be disrespectful. If you not a rich middle class who volunteers relentlessly or a poor Afrian American, you are told your child doesn't deserve the best education because your parent should make up for the failures of the school Now comes a new time to teach the kids how to test, not how to think. If your a working family, you won't fit in too well here. You'll be shunned for not participaiting more and they will let you know it.
We've been at this school for several years. It has increased in test scores, but at a price. Kids are no longer taught to learn, but taugh to test because of the push by the new principal who is inexperience, lacks communications skills, fails to follow through, and dumps his responsibilities/failures on others to deal with. The 1st-2nd grades have the best teaching staff, but 4th and 5th grade teachers lacks experience or skills or both. The other down side is that if your a working family who doesn't have the time to volunteer you are pretty much an outcast. This place has become more of an an up and coming country club than a school.
The teachers are great. One great things about this school is there aftercare program MEEP. I am a single working parent, this means I know homework will be taken care of, but also my kids are having fun and they're getting a lot of enrichment which would of taken up our entire weekends. BTW they use several credential teachers in the aftercare who work directly with the day teachers to ensure you student is getting any additional help in areas.
We looked at public, Catholic, and private schools in San Francisco and fell in love with Miraloma immediately. It looks and feels like a classic American elementary school, with a gym, cafeteria, auditorium, and has a nice park next door. The children participate in a character building program called Tribes, which teaches them how to be good friends and cititzens. The staff is friendly, cohesive, and experienced. My child entered kindergarten already reading, and has been appropriately challenged at Miraloma. It is not the easiest place to get to, which is one of the reasons it's not as diverse as some other SF schools. It is a tough place to get to if you don't have a car. The flip side is that the location is quiet and idyllic - you feel as if you are no longer in the city. This school is truly a diamond in the rough.
The school itself is fine. I am uncomfortable with the community, as the school has turned obviously very upper middle class, with the majority of the kids coming from well-educated homes. These parents are very involved (great, right?) However, they are very clique-y, and if you are a working parent, you might find you and your kid on the outside of the 'fantastic community'. Don't get me wrong, the school and the teachers are good.
Miraloma is an extraordinary place. Underfunded as any public school in the state, the school has managed to create a vibrant community of fantastic and dedicated teachers and staff, a smart and enthusiastic new principal, an unusually large group of passionately involved parents, and wonderful kids. Through PTA funding and some creative fundraising, we have managed to cobble together a music program, art, dance, sports, poetry, an organic gardening program, visiting performers, and a staffed library, as well as a parent-run tutoring program. Academics improve each year. There's always room for improvement, but we couldn't be happier.
We have been very impressed with the quality of the teachers and staff at Miraloma. Our kindergarten experience has been terrific. The teacher has organized field trips, brought in guest speakers, and writes a newsletter. Lots of parent involvement. Active PTA. This is a serious school, but not an intense or high pressure environment. A good alternative to Rooftop or Alvarado.
Our three children have been at Miraloma for three years. The staff are incredibly dedicated and the parent community active and involved. We've been particularly surprised and happy with the support we've found at Miraloma for our learning disabled first grader. The school offers great extracurriculars: Our daughter participates in Chess Club, Chorus, and the (Sports4Kids- run) Volleyball team. We highly recommend Miraloma!
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