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2049 Grove Street
San Francisco, CA 94117

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4 stars
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December 11, 2013
Overall, New Traditions is comprised of a great community with highly involved families, along with an ambitious, goal oriented principal with a proven 8 years record of improving the school scores level to the top of SFUSD schools in the city.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2013
We love our neighborhood school. We love the active parent community, high diversity of students, and the creative bright teachers and friendly principal. Our son had a great experience during his kindergarten and 1st grade years at New Traditions. The teachers were fully engaged.and catered to all of the kid's needs in their classroom. We look forward to the years to come at this up and coming school.

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2013
Principal was useless. Just absolutely no idea on how to successfully administer a school that should service and respond to a diverse, culturally-enriched student body.

- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2012
We love this school! It's a warm, caring, compassionate learning environment. My child is thriving here. While this was not our first choice schools, we could not be happier.

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2012
New Traditions is a wonderful school. My child couldn't be happier going there and is learning so much. The school community staff and parents are warm and welcoming and dedicated to improving the school.

- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2011
We love this little school! I have a 2nd grader and a kindergartener at this school and I have only seen the school improve over the years I have been there. The parent community is warm and inviting. The principal is a rock star (principal of the year!) - she keeps our test scores rising while maintaining the arts enrichment throughout the curriculum. The school is truly diverse by languages, ethnicity and family composition. I love that it is small and that we all know each other - it's like a small town school in the big city. My kids look forward to going to school every day and adore their teachers. We couldn't be happier.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2011
I couldn't be happier with this school for our daughter! She started in kindergarten last year and is now a first grader and LOVES going to school every day. The school is small and really inclusive of everyone. She knows children in all grades and there is a real sense of community within the school - students, parents, teachers. There is significant parent involvement and the faculty and principal are really dedicated and involved in the school community. The best part is the arts focus! Every WEEK, my daughter has music, drama and art classes and there is a variety of after-school programs for a fee (Spanish, chess, drama, ceramics, piano). Fantastic school!

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April 07, 2010
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no rating May 08, 2009
New Traditions Alternative Arts School has been a great school for our daughter and our family. Our daughter is thriving in her education, social skills and artistic expressions. Our family has found the school to be welcoming and appreciative of parent involvement. The teachers and administrators are dedicated to the school and the community. We love that the school is small but rich in socio-economic and racial diversity-- as well as inclusive of children with learning and physical disabilities. All of the children participate in visual and performing arts. There are exciting changes underway as the school is beginning a 'greening' process and turning part of its blacktop playground into garden areas. The school is located in a quiet neighborhood near Golden Gate Park, just north of the panhandle.

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2009
NT is a small friendly clean school with a strong arts focus. Everyone in the school knows our kid by name. Our kindergarten teacher is very dedicated. He has a very organized way for parents to volunteer and at least 4 parents volunteer once a week. We ve had many fieldtrips both thru the class and informally afterschool. We really like the art program, you'll notice that the art projects of all the kids are very good. (Which I take to mean they are really teaching) After school my kid is booked up with classes that she loves (Chess, Ceramics, Drama, Piano). Works out well too since I just need to pick her up an hour later. No one group is more than 1/3 of the school, so it has lots of diversity without having a dominate group. Most importantly my kid is excited to go to school every morning.

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2008
New Traditions is a special place. Its small size (160 kids) and truly diverse population (one-third caucasion, one-third African-American, one-third Asian/Hispanic) make it unique in San Francisco. We love the late schedule; it starts at 9:30 which makes for relatively mellow mornings. It's full of interesting, artsy, progressive, engaged parents. The teachers are outstanding and because of the small size the teachers know most of the kids, not just the ones in their class. It makes for a very comfortable and warm environment. Art and music education are important to us and New Traditions has really delivered. My child is very happy and is doing great academically. So many places say this, but it truly is ' a hidden gem of a school.'

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April 23, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2007
I really can't say enough great things about this school. My daughter is in 4th grade and we've moved around a lot, so this is her fourth school but she's doing great. She s very bright and creative and is flourishing here much more so than in the strict academic high-test score public school that she attended a couple of years ago. She is in GATE (the gifted program), studies drama, dance, violin and visual art, adores her teacher and her classmates, and is getting a solid academic education. The class sizes are small, the principal and teachers dedicated, and the parental and community involvement is the best I've seen. My only wish is that the school had more funding, but that can be said of any small public school in the city. I'd highly recommend New Traditions to anyone looking for a great community arts school for their child!

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2007
New Traditions is a beautifully diverse school rich in different cultures and well traveled parents. It lives and breaths the old saying 'it takes a village' with it's community and hard working families, teachers and on site YMCA program. The principal has an open door policy to her office and works hand in hand with the PTA to support the school. The PTA is strong and passionate and funds a beautiful art program (which, by the way, has a kiln). You can find the San Francisco Ballet teaching within the walls of New Traditions as well as The Conservatory of Theater. This old school is equipped with two pianos and an amazing vintage stage that is used daily for arts education. The teachers are happy, knowledgeable and caring and go out of their way for their students and parents.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2007
Both of my daughters attended New Traditions their entire K-5 years. They have both received an excellent education (and also scored very well) in a atmosphere that celebrates diversity and the arts. The principal is now working very well with the students and faculty after a difficult start. It is a small school and very diverse and that may not make it for everyone - but if you value involvement and community it is an excellent choice.

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2007
New Traditions is a small school with a diverse student body and caring, supportive teachers and after-care staff. What makes it exceptional is the focus on arts in the curriculum. There is a strong core of dedicated parents who in addition to fund-raising for the arts also volunteer time in the school. It has a welcoming atmosphere.

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March 27, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2007
New Traditions is not in our neighborhood and we have never heard of it until we got our school assignment. We toured the school and decided it could work for our child. There were things that impressed us. It has an arts focus. Most of all, it's a small school with a 'small town' attitude. Everyone knows each other and watches out for one another. The staff is caring...all the younger grade teachers know our child. It's one major benefit of a small school. The PTA held 2 picnics and an orientation for incoming k students. By the first day of school, our child knew her teacher, spent time in the classroom, and made a few friends. We also got to know some of the parents prior to school starting. There is diversity...economic and racial. The principal and her teacher have always been available for individual conferences.

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2007
I ve read over the many ratings and was compelled to write a response. I am a young single mother and I chose New Traditions for my only little girl in 2000 because my cousin attended the school over fifteen years ago and is now an artist who travels the world. As a native Western Addition resident, I ve watched the school metamorphosed from a school housed in someone else s school into a marvelous microcosm of San Francisco. My daughter has spent her full k-5 experience at NT. I would not change a thing about her time, her education, and her wonderful friends. In third grade, she was identified as a GATE student and has discovered she gifts in scscreen writing and dance. I recently moved to the East Bay and fought hard to keep my daughter in the school. No, no school is perfect, but this one comes very close. I ve enjoyed the support of the parents and students, and yes from the staff.

- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2006
New Traditions was actually 3rd choice on our lottery list, but a huge disappointment. The principal has problems with follow through. Chaos reigns supreme at this school. The teacher quality is very, very spotty - some are great, ours was really, really bad. I was lucky to get a transfer to another school, and now keep asking our new teacher, 'am I on another planet? Is this a dream?' The experience from one school to the other is like night and day.

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2006
The problem, as I can understand it, is the principal. She encourages negative reinforcement rather than problem solving. After school, parent involvement, though, are great!

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September 19, 2006
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- submitted by a student
September 02, 2006
Well first off I thought that the academic programs at this school was fairly ok for my child's learning development. My children did enjoy some of the extracurricular activities it had to offer but was very costly for something that's only once a week... However I wasn't too pleased with some of the staff at this school. I thought they were highly unprofessional and a bit snooty.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2006
This school has 40% low-income students, but the problems of low-income children and parents are ignored. It is run as if it were a private school, or a school in an upper-middle class suburb. Some great teachers; at least one snippy and judgemental. Extra-curricular activities are very expensive. Principal's attitude about discipline is more the 'You're bad' type than the 'You've done something wrong and we need to correct it' type. Continual emphasis on donating money discourages low-income parents from participating, when they might otherwise be willing to volunteer time. There's strong involvement on the part of a small group of white-collar parents, but some of their attitudes also effectively discourage participation from low-income parents. It's a nice, clean, safe school for non-minority, middle-class children.

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2006
I believe New Traditions is one of the best schools here in San Francisco. They have an excellent academic program and the teachers are very helpful and they spend time with their students.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2006
New Traditions is great! They have a creative arts focus, incorporating the arts into the classroom curriculum. The arts consultant works with all the teachers to enhance the students' classroom experience, as well as teaching the arts break-out sessions in the custom retrofitted arts bungalow. The school is small, which fosters lots of interaction within the very diverse school community. The principal knows every student by name, and most of the teachers know all of the kids, not just the ones in their own class. There is a state of the art computer lab, funded annually by a foundation grant, with a computer consultant who works with all grades. Plus, there is an on-site YMCA before and after care program, great library, loads of afterschool enrichment programs, etc. etc. Our son loves it, and is thriving, both socially and academically. Check it out!

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March 03, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2006
Our son started kindergarten at New Traditions this year. We researched many schools in the district before placing New Traditions towards the top of our lottery list. We did so for a variety of reasons, including: the great diversity at the school, terrific before and after school program run by the YMCA, focus on the arts, and the wonderful instruction we observed during our short tour of the school. One of the primary reasons we chose New Traditions was because it is a small school, where our son would not get lost in the crowd, and that would create the kind of environment where the above considerations of diversity, community, arts, and good teaching could flourish. Our son is starting to read, and we can see how much he is learning. We attribute this to the terrific work of his teacher, Mrs. Stetson, and the great community that exists at New Traditions.

- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2005
I think the school is great. The before and after school program is great. The leadership of school - specifically the principal is negative towards parents and others.

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2005
My son, about to enter high school, and my daugther (going into 4th) attend/ed New Traditions. We have been most happy with the parent involvement, the arts community, the hours (starts at 9:30am!) and the close proximity to our house. I believe that a child's education is a strong as the 'village' around that child to reinforce lessons. Work with your kid and ask them about what they learned. The teachers come and go (and the good ones are worth their weight in gold), but it is us as parents who make the biggest difference on our child's education. The arts is integrated at New T's, and the Harvard Graduate School of Education's recent survey did prove the causal effects of the arts on education. Valerie O

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2005
This school is up and coming. Parent participation in phenomenal. Uninvolved parents are the exception. Arts included in the curriculum is very cool. We have out student art on display at District headquarters every day of the year.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2005
New Traditions is a small school (175ish)with students who have a wide range of academic ability. This year we have made a lot of progress in getting support for our students who need help, as well as more challenging work for our GATE and advanced students. All students receive visual arts throughout the year in our art room, and either music and/or dance in the auditorium, with money raised by the PTA. This year we had an arts coordinator who was able to facilitate an even better in coordinating the arts with the classroom curriculum. After school programs include ceramics, mime, Drama, Spanish and piano. There is also fabulous before and after care on site. Some years there are more sports than others, it depends on parent initiative. Like most schools in San Francisco, most of our parents are working parents. But, we have a great community of fun and involved parents.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2005
New Traditions' small size and arts enriched curriculum attracts good students. The academic programs are strong. Parent involvement could be better.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2005
My son is a 4th grader at New Traditions and has been there since kindergarten. Our experience has been positive and I recommend the school. Parents are involved and fundraise to support a wonderful arts curriculum that is coordinated with the classroom curriculum. This year has been the best yet - our son has been introduced to algebra, is playing violin and composing songs, working on the school newspaper, and writing a research report on global warming. The atmosphere in the classroom is respectful of differences and they have created a beautiful sense of community. Check it out - New Traditions is a hidden gem of the school district. (The district needs to replace the carpetting!) Also there's an EXCELLENT before & after school YMCA program on site.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2004
This school was wonderful until the current principal took over last school year. She has really made it an unsafe, unwelcoming environment. She does not have a handle on behavior and her actions have led to escalating violence. Since she took over, there has been a mass exodus of highly qualified wonderful faculty and staff. Parent involvement and enrollment have dropped off, as well.

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2004
There's been a lot of new changes at the school this year. We don't have a computer teacher any longer. Many people left or were forced to leave. I don't feel my child is safe at the school anymore with the new administration. The entire first floor is gone from last year. I don't recommend attending this school because it's not the same wonderful place it was. I'm not happy with the new administration at all.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2004
The parents at this school have worked very hard and have fought tooth and nail to keep desirable programs, like art and music, afloat. And of course, the kids are great! Unfortunately, leadership is lacking at this school and the teaching my child received was very uneven. Personal experience with some teaching staff was extremely unprofessional and the principal's role in an unfortunate incident ony exacerbated the situation. A small school like this one doesn't afford much choice when teachers aren't meeting your child's need. And the principal is doing very little to weed out those teachers who are just 'biding their time', while they waste the precious time of the students they are trained professionally to serve and inspire.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2004
Overall for 6 years I have been very happy with New Tradtions. There is strong parent support and fundraising. The YMCA aftercare program is wonderful. There is a new principal this year, who is not very experienced. It has been a difficult year. There are two classes of special ed, and the behavior problems are out of control this year. For the first time I felt the children were not always safe. Overall the parents make the school special, as well as the art and music consultants.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2004
My daughter started kindergarten at New Traditions School this year. She couldn't be happier. PTA is dynamic. Teachers and YMCA staff dedicated to the students.

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2004
My son loves this school! It is a beautiful building in a wonderful neighborhood close to the panhandel park. The afterschool program is sponcered by the YMCA and provides stimulating and fun activities both indoors and outside. The students are supportive of each other and the parents are very involved in the fundraising and in the school's academic plans for upcoming semesters. I am happy to recommend this school to any parent.

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New Traditions Elementary School
2049 Grove Street, San Francisco, CA  94117
(415) 750-8490
Last modified New Traditions Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
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