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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
New Traditions' small size and arts enriched curriculum attracts good students. The academic programs are strong. Parent involvement could be better.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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