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San Francisco, CA
Students enrolled: 491
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260 Madrid Street
San Francisco, CA 94112

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(415) 469-4736
(415) 469-4070
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September 04, 2013
Monroe School is a great school because the Principal is very involved with the parents needs and students. You get after school programs, which are really helpful for parents that work. My daughter is on 1st grade and she is happy with the school and the teachers. Any school is good if the parents get involved in their child education and the principal cares about the parents and student involvement. I only give 4 stars because there is construction going on right now, and it is a little noisy; however the children are safe in the school site. It is great school.

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2013
My daughter has been enrolled at Monroe for two years and the experience has been mostly positive. The teachers are great and the curriculum perfect for my child. The diversity of the school is probably it greatest attribute but also one of its greatest challenges. The many cultures, languages and backgrounds make for a well rounded learning environment.

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2013
Monroe is a wonderfully diverse and unique school located in the Excelsior district of San Francisco. The coveted Spanish immersion program has been a wonderful opportunity for our son, and we look forward to another adventure with our incoming kindergartner. The staff and principal are very approachable and warm.

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2013
My daughters have been at Monroe for one year. I find the the teaching quality to be excellent. The community and arts programing are really amazing. The curriculum in the bilingual spanish program is really engaging. I love the school. There is massive construction going on at the school, so that will be a challenge. Overall, I've been really pleased.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2013
My daughter just finished kindergarten in the Spanish Immersion program and had an excellent experience. The teacher she had was top-notch, and it seems like all the other K teachers were great, too. She went in speaking about 10 words of Spanish and now native Spanish speakers comment on how good her Spanish is. She's also reading really well in English, thrilled with science and math, and experienced some great arts programming. We are really pleased and look forward to another great year. This school is a hidden gem, with a wonderful, warm and social justice focused community.

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2013
I'm so happy that our son got into Spanish Immersion program and this school is so diverse., LOVE it! Teachers and support staffs are Amazing!

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2012
My son is in third grade and we have had an fantastic experience at Monroe. Amazing teachers who keep the kids engaged, and incredible leadership by the principal, Ms Steiner. I was very surprised to see the below comment. All of the parents I know at the school love the school and are in awe of our amazing and dynamic principal, who works so hard for all of the kids.

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2011
The principle and staff members favor students and label others. The principle over reacts and allows her staff and her "favorite" students to mis treat other children..............

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 12, 2010
Monroe is proud of its three Academic Programs: * Spanish Two-Way Immersion Program - The Immersion Strands goals are bilingualism and bi-literacy in Spanish and English for students from different language backgrounds while achieving proficiency on state standards. * Cantonese Bilingual Program - The goal is for children from Cantonese speaking households to learn high levels of academic English for the core subjects, while maintaining and enriching their home language of Cantonese. * English Language Development Program - The ELD strand uses English as the sole language of instruction for both English native language speakers and English learners to achieve proficiency on the state adopted curriculum.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 03, 2010
Great community of staff, students and parents. My daughter's middle school teachers are impressed on how prepared she was for middle school (particularly her Spanish Immersion classes).

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 02, 2010
As a grandparent, I am impressed with this school and the learning that goes on here. Great Staff!

- submitted by a community member
no rating November 02, 2010
Excellent principal, and support staff especially the two secretaries at the front office.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 01, 2010
The best parent community, great kids, great teachers, great principal

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2010
This school is a fantastically diverse place where kids get a quality education and learn the skills they need for a bright future.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2010
I love that my son gets to participate in the Spanish Immersion program at Monroe. The school has a great community of committed teachers, parents, and a wonderful, dynamic principal.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2010
i gazed in amazement as i saw my child reach the standard she is suposed to be in and sometimes even higher than the standard

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2009
What a great school. Great teachers, sunny school always trying to do right by the kids. The teachers are great and I feel lucky that my daughter is going to this great little school. Also, your child is with the same teacher for two years which I think is amazing, the teachers do not need to learn about your child. They just start over and continue the learning process. Plus the school is close to Noe, Bernal, Mission and Portreo. It takes me 7 minutes to get there so dont let the location scare you its easy to get too.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 28, 2009
Wonderful teachers, amazing principal, a solid ethic of social justice, and a great sense of community

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 28, 2009
I think Monroe is a great school. There is a great community and the staff works very hard to help the kids.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 25, 2009
Trilingual (English, Spanish, Cantonese) community with lots of heart!

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2009
Great principal and teachers, diverse community, tremendous spirit!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 24, 2009
It's an amazingly close knit school that has three different language strands, namely Spanish, Chinese and English.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 24, 2009
Warm, truly diverse, authentic community, learning and growing each year.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2009
I am a parent of a 2nd grader and 5th grader at Monroe. I continued to be impressed by the leadership that our principal exemplifies with all members of our school community, which has 3 language strands. Not an easy task! I feel that my children are not only learning a second language, they are learning core academics within environment that genuinely respects diversity.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 24, 2009
Faboluos Principal really great teachers! a lot of parent involment!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 24, 2009
Spanish, Cantonese and English, an organic garden, an amazing and peaceful community - Monroe is a microcosm of what the world could be.

- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2009
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- submitted by a student
February 25, 2009
As a parent at Monroe over the past 6 years I have seen and been a part of the growth that as taken this little known diamond in the rough to one of the top elementary schools in the city. We have made tremendous academic strides due to the hard work and diligence of our amazing principal, teachers and staff. We have strong and committed parent groups (PTA, ELAC, SSC) that work tirelessly to benefit all children at Monroe. With it's commitment to academics, a 4 Strands Arts Program, Language Programs(Spanish and Chinese) and a diverse population reflective of the city Monroe is a polished gem hidden among the buzz schools.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 27, 2008
My daughter started kinder at Monroe in August of 2008. We're delighted with the school. The PTA is strong, the teachers and language education even stronger, and the principal is a wonderful woman and very responsive to parents' concerns. Our daughter is already reading and writing in Spanish!

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2007
I am a parent of a kindergartener just starting at Monroe. We are very impressed with our daughter's teacher and how quickly our English-speaking daughter is learning Spanish. There is a great computer lab, library and garden. The parents are very involved and there is a great sense of community. We love it so far.

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2007
This year is going to be our best ever! Monroe is a great school to work at. The students are friendly and eager to learn. The teachers are engaging and dedicated. The parents are active and involved. Our new principal, Ms. Steiner is going to make this place shine and everyone is behind her. I love Monroe!

- submitted by a teacher
August 22, 2007
Monroe parent here: Our daughter is entering 2nd grade in Spanish immersion & we love it here. Great balance of culture, arts, academics & enrichment, plus an enthusiastic & hardworking group of parents. This a safe, sweet and friendly school.

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2006
At Monroe Elemntary School we have three things going for us: dedicated staff, committed and involved parents, and exciting programs in academics and the arts. Our community is diverse and while we have to work hard to communicate (families speak different langauges, so we need to use translation often), this enriches our expereince as well as provides challenges. Our children are fluent in two of three languages. Our innovative Enrichment and Arts program provides our kids with Dance (Baile Folklorico), Music (Chinese Drums), Visual Arts and Computer, while at the same time freeing our teachers to meet at grade-level meetings to share ideas and create a challenging and coherent academic program. We expect to meet our AYP goals again this year. Our PTA is active: visitors to the school will see all the colorful fun activities supported by the community.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2006
Monroe is a hidden gem. Spanish immersion program is particularly good. PTA has really grown in past three years, adding dance, computer and sports programs. We love it.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2006
Great arts program: dance.

- submitted by a staff
February 28, 2006
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- submitted by a teacher
November 04, 2005
Hi! I'm a parent@monroe. We offer 3 language programs: english-only, spanish dual-immersion (that brings together both spanish-speaking kids and english-speaking kids who want to learn spanish), & a chinese bilingual program, not chinese immersion (the lingo can be confusing). It's an excellent program, but is not geared to english-speaking kids learning chinese, but for chinese-speaking kids learning english & retaining their home language. There are chinese immersion programs at alice.Fong.Yu, west.Portal, & starr.King, that are open to english-speaking kids to learn chinese. If you are interested in monroe for any of our programs, one of our strengths that I'm most proud of is that our chinese, latino, & english-speaking parents work well together, have fun together, and gain a deeper understanding of each other. We have tours are every tuesday 8:30am, no appointment necessary. -

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2005
Wonderful multi cultural school with excellent faculty and a young energetic and motivated principle who is super amazing. We also love that our son is learning Spanish in a small classroom setting.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 17, 2005
Monroe is a remarkable school full of remarkable students. We proudly serve our kids with strong academic programs in English, Spanish Two-Way Immersion and Chinese Bilingual. Our teachers are energetic and passionate about finding our students unique learning styles and academic levels. With this in mind, they collaborate in teams to craft artful and rigorous activities that bring each student to her greatest potential. While we remain true to the neighborhood roots of our school, we are also experiencing an influx of parents who have found out that Monroe Elementary is a colorful, safe, diverse, and happy place to learn. Come have a look!

- submitted by a administrator
April 27, 2005
Located in the Excelsior District of San Francisco, this 'hidden gem of a school,' to quote one of its teachers, just received a million dollar grant to become a Spanish and Chinese Immersion School. That means in addition to learning English, students may choose to become bilingual in either Chinese or Spanish throughout grades K-5.

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2005
I really enjoyed my visit to Monroe. They seem to have a lot of momentum, good parent involvement, and a positive school atmosphere.

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2005
During my tour the principal mentioned that he would be getting rid of the colorful colors of the library, (the most lively part of the school) to 'clean up the place' a bad sign. I also witnessed some playground bullying that was going un-checked until the principal had to come around and break it up. scary.

- submitted by a parent
December 24, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2004
I am not a parent of a child but I am a former Monroe Elementary school student. After I graduated from the fifth grade there I moved to San Mateo County. I tell almost everyone I meet that my years at Monroe are my happiest school memories ever! Another former student and I always think back to those happy 'Monroe' years. It's because of my excellent experience with the teachers and curriculum of Monroe that I am now in college working on a degree in a field that involves children. I would just like to say thank you to everyone who had part in my elementary school experience you all made it the happiest time for me. -Class of 1994

- submitted by a former student
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Monroe Elementary School
260 Madrid Street, San Francisco, CA  94112
(415) 469-4736
Last modified Monroe 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.
Monroe Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 44 reviews. Top