Students enrolled 390
Hours no info
School leader Paul Jacobsen
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District San Francisco Unified School District
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Summer program Yes

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1501 O'farrell Street
San Francisco, CA 94115

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5 stars
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September 28, 2013
Initially skeptical about this school and San Francisco public schools in general, we now could not be more pleased with the education our grandchildren are getting. Most important is the positive attitude about the school that we see every time we come. The kids and teachers all have smiles on their faces both before and after the school day. Credit has to be given to the principal, teaching staff and the PTA for creating and fostering this culture.

- submitted by a community member
August 09, 2013
Our daughter will be entering 5th grade this year with her twin brothers entering 4th grade. Rosa Parks has changed completely since we entered six years ago thanks to our dedicated principal, teachers and sensei. This school not only teaches our children about their Japanese language and culture but they get first-hand experience on how diverse this city is. We also have the best group of families who want to see their children thrive in school!

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2013
Rosa Parks. See the comment I wrote earlier. And submitted. I am a very happy grandmother, but not sure how this works. I was told I would have to verify my e-mail adress on submit, but I got the whole rate this school back again. I love Rosa Parks school.

- submitted by a community member
October 27, 2012
We enrolled out child for the Japanese language program, but discovered that there is so much more. I don't need to repeat all that others have already said about the stellar teachers, staff and principal. I completely agree. The garden program is fantastic. When we were out grocery shopping, my child wanted to buy celery and cucumbers--and actually bypassed the donuts. It is great that the school does not neglect teaching kids about nutrition. Parent involvement is probably the best in the district. Just stop by the school's popcorn stand during Cherry Blossom Festival and you will see.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2012
This is our 4th year at Rosa Parks and both our kids are totally thriving. I can't say enough about the teaching staff, Principal, and parent community -- all work together so well to support the vibrant and diverse environment in which our kids learn. My kids love going to school. They are reading voraciously, love math, and love speaking and writing Japanese (both of us parents were inspired to take Japanese language instruction by our kids' enthusiasm). They come home talking about what they learned in P.E., in dance, in the garden & nutrition program (we grow vegetables and have chickens!), and at Computer Lab. And they have great friends, whose parents have become our friends. Great people, great urban experience, great school.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2012
My daughter reported, "I love my teacher." after her first day of school. And there really hasn't been any let-down since then. I have dealt mostly with the K and 1st grade teachers; all are good with the kids and effective teaching them. Other parents assure me the teachers are just as good in the upper grades. The principal has been a strong proponent of Restorative Practices for handling conflict, and we have seen the benefits of improved discipline as a result. He also oversaw a well executed merger of the Japanese program and the General Education program into a single Rosa Parks program. In many respects it's the parent involvement that guarantees the accelerating success at the school. We noticed it when we toured the school before attending. We continue to see it with parents in the classroom, chaperoning field trips, and interacting with each other in active Facebook groups. We couldn't be more pleased.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2012
I have a 1st grader in the JBBP program. This is her second year attending this school. As a parent we have had a great experience with the school. The teachers are dedicated and caring. The principal does a great job administering the school and integrating the staff, parents and students. A lot of the parents are involved and dedicate time and resources into the school. I am very appreciative of all of the work that the PTA volunteers do for the school. The best thing of all is that the children are happy, that definitely says a lot of the school. As parents we feel very fortunate to have found this hidden gem of a school and to be part of the school community.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2012
I have a first grader, and definitely plan to have my 2nd child attend too. I speak Japanese, but my husband doesn't, so having my daughter get the strongest Japanese instruction possible is key to me. For Japanese, it's not just the everyday Japanese language hour she gets. Rosa Parks is nicely linked with Japantown as well as her wonderful after-school program, NLF, where she continues to get Japanese as well as additional options for conversation classes. I love that she is growing up with so many kids in the Rosa Parks - NLF circle. This is a special community, indeed. All this has significantly helped my daughter accept my persistance to speak Japanese to her. Before Rosa Parks, I had heard, "speak in English" from her, but now she has better context that her classmates are learning too. This is very important to me. I wasn't sure initially, but for general academic learning, I am very pleased too. Clearly, the teachers here are very committed to solid teaching. In my opinion, this is a total hidden gem that people don't notice unless they have a JP interest. The garden program too is amazing. 2 large blooming salad gardens, with chickens to boot. I am committed!

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2012
We are finishing up our 3rd year at Rosa Parks & we couldn' t be happier. Here's why: Our teachers are brilliant, creative, loving, dedicated. Our principal is kind, engaged, committed to student lifelong achievement. The staff are enthusiastic & act like they love being at our school. The parent community is involved, inclusive, positive minded & ever-present. Everyone above know the kids & their names. So much diversity! All are represented. The many school & community events, parades, performances, field trips. The enrichment curriculum. So much art, music, dance, performance & creative activities. The neighborhood. We are part of Japantown and Fillmore district & the kids know it. They have a sense of place & history of San Francisco. It makes them proud of their school. Our school itself: so many trees & gardens, so many playgrounds, meeting places, big, cheerful classrooms. Our nutrition, science, geography, reading programs, library & computer lab. But most of all I love my son's experience: he is thriving & LOVES school. He is motivated, engaged, reading above grade level. Best of all, Rosa Parks makes him want to be 'his best self'. And those are his words :)

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2012
This school is amazing! The teachers and the principal are committed to the students and they have a very nurturing approach. My son is in the 3rd grade and also in JBBP program and he loves it! Not only is this a great school but they also have great after school programs for the students. This school is definitely worth any parents consideration.

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2012
I love our school and so does my daughter. The principal is great, the teachers are excellent and the community of parents is involved and on it. We have a great language program, a garden, and even chickens on site. I toured many school when preparing for kindergarten and this school is as good as the best. I would advise all prospective kindergarten parents to check it out for themselves. Test scores have been improving year after year; this is a school worthy of your attention and consideration.

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2012
Our family moved to San Francisco from New York last year. Enrolled in Rosa Parks JBBP and the program/school has exceeded our expectations -- amazing, caring principal/teachers, active family community and spacious school facility which includes garden and chicken coop. We have participated in after school programs like Chess Club and PTA/PTCC events. Overall, we couldn't be happier as a family to have found RP/JBBP.

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2012
My child is in the 1st grade and we could not think of a better fit for her. The techers are committed, well-trained, and always approachable. The prinicipal is passionate about the school and the kids, evidenced by his daily exercise routine with students in the yard every morning. The Japanese Bilingual-Bi-Cultural Program has been excellent for my daughter and she is excelling in all areas. The only thing I would change is more parent participation but then again, that's probably something that every public school could use more of.

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2012
I couldn't be happier with Rosa Parks and the Japanese Bilingual Program. My child is in kdg this year and his teachers are amazing. He is happy. He learns an hour of Japanese every day and can speak, read and write. He is supported by a great staff, principal and the other parents in his class. If you are looking for a great school with language, support and diversity, come join our RP community.

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2012
Our family's second year at Rosa Parks, and we have an incoming kinder next fall. We could not be happier. Paul Jacobsen is an excellent principal. He is very welcoming to parent involvment and really does care about the safety and growth of our children. Teachers are happy,supported by both administration and families. Run, don't walk to the EPC office and request Rosa Parks for your child! When I leave the playground for work each morning I feel very sure that we are in a truly great place.

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2011
We couldn't be happier with Rosa Parks. The principal is great! It appears he works welll with the staff and is very motivating. He cares about the students and knows that the school plays a big role in raising the children. Test scores are improving. It's a great community. (Parent involvement is great for the Japanese Bicultural Bilingal Program. I'm not sure how it is for the General program.)

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2011
As a parent of a kindergarten student at Rosa Parks, I have to say that this hidden gem of a school, tucked away in Western Addition, fosters a nice, bright and vibrant learning environment for my child. We wanted to take advantage of the districts bilingual language program and am so happy that we have. The parent base involved in Rosa Parks Japanese Bilingual Bicultural Program (JBBP) is extremely active and engaged in all aspects of the school. In the Summer of 2010 a large section of the playground was transformed into a lush urban garden that flourishes and nourishes our children. (science and nutrition) A grant was secured to bring Grammy nominated jazz musician Anthony Brown into the classrooms to help expose curious minds to a world of music they normally don't have access to. The SF Symphony and the SF Ballet are heavily involved with special programming for the students. JBBP program has attracted students from all over the city and this diversity makes Rosa Parks Elem. a must see school for many incoming families. But above all else, the faculty, students and families that make up this community are committed to fostering a strong community school environment.

- submitted by a parent
November 13, 2010
Improving through great strong leadership . School principal are very devoted to his work ,true leader , cares about his staff members, students, parent s, friends. The safety of the students are very appreciated. All the efforts, dedication are very priceless. JBBP cultural activities are awesome. Rosa Parks/ JBBP are TRULY the C>H>A>M>P>S <3

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2010
I love the cultural events and the diversity.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2010
Native Japanese speaking Senseis providing Japanese language instruction, Active involvement in local community, Active parent involvement, Proximity to J-Town, Diversity of student population, Bussing to Japanese Afterschool Programs.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 18, 2010
They really care about their students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 18, 2010
The children are so enthused about learning. Teachers teach many different languages as well!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 18, 2010
They work hard to make sure the students are both structured and comfortable in their learning.

- submitted by a community member
no rating May 16, 2010
amazing faculty, great activities for the kids, and a bilingual/bicultural program that made me wish I learned Japanese in elementary school.

- submitted by a community member
May 16, 2010
Excellent school - very dedicated teaching and administration staff. Children thrive at Rosa Parks because they learn to think on their own and work with others effectively. Parents are also very much an active component of the Rosa Parks community.

- submitted by a community member
no rating May 15, 2010
My grandchild goes to Rosa Parks Elementary School. The school is doing a good job in educating the children plus our grandchild love this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 13, 2010
The nicest people go here, are teachers here, and help out here. I have made the longest lasting friendships here at this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 12, 2010
The school is striving to be a better place to learn every day.

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2010
The teachers, faculty and staff couldn't go more out of their way to help our students. I am a proud RPE parent.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 05, 2010
Good values taught through the use of the Japanese beliefs and culture...someone is always looking out for my child, whether for helping them learn, being safe, having fun or feeling secure...as a extended family should be!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 04, 2010
They are awesome! The kids are super enthusiastic and smart and this money could really help shape their education.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 02, 2010
My grandchildren go to this school. I can't believe it's a public school! There is nothing like this school in Southern California.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 02, 2010
It's wonderful that the students learn the Japanese language and culture.

- submitted by a community member
no rating May 01, 2010
The school is very diverse. They share many cultures with the children so that they are accepting of those who are different from themselves.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 30, 2010
My niece goes to Rosa Park School, she has a wonderful time there, the teacher are so careing and involved.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2010
Starting from the Principal, Paul Jacobsen, to the littlest kinder there is a sense of community to this school that feels like family. My son is very high energy and the support I have received from everyone on staff has made me feel that I have a team on my side to aid me in helping him focus without smothering his spirit. I have gotten to know the LSP, the RSP, the school nurse, the school psychologist and everyone is amazing and they CARE! Of course, it helps that we have the absolutely best kindergarten teacher in the whole world: Lisa Tsukamoto. We absolutely love this school

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 30, 2010
JBBP began as a parent-requested program and is now a well established successful program. Graduates of JBBP have been successful in their future endeavors.

- submitted by a community member
April 29, 2010
We loved the program so much that when we moved out of San Francisco, we requested an inter district transfer so our daughter could finish her last year at Rosa Parks JBBP.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 29, 2010
Rosa Parks has incredibly dedicated teachers and support (senseis and others) with a great leader (Principal Jacobsen) in a truly diverse (racially and socioeconomically) school

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 29, 2010
My two children are graduates of the JBBP program. JBBP has been established for at least 30 years and going strong. There is no other school like Rosa Parks that offers as unique of a program.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 29, 2010
Rosa Parks offers an excellent curriculum. Children learn the basics & foundation all at JBBP. I'm proud to have had my two daughters & granddaughter attend this program. I have another granddaughter starting this fall!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 29, 2010
I taught a few science lessons with the Science Squad educational series with UCSF School of pharmacy. The 4th ad 5th graders at Rosa Parks are a ton of fun. They're always very curious and have a lot of good questions. I love their energy!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 29, 2010
The students at Rosa Park are amazing. They are very energized, full of enthusiasm and very curious. I volunteered a couple of time at the school as part of UCSF Science Squad and I enjoyed every minute of it :)

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 29, 2010
The amazing students! They all have open minds and wonderful energy!

- submitted by a community member
April 28, 2010
Rosa Parks has great spirit, a vibrant community and engaged students!

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2010
The mission of Public Education is to help develop a common American culture, reflecting the diversity of all.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 28, 2010
The Most caring teachers and staff San Francisco's school district has to offer !

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2010
It it a great place for children to grow, have pride in where they are from and who they are!

- submitted by a community member
April 28, 2010
Because the kids love the teachers, it is international friendly, it's a wellness school, and they get to plant trees and veggies!

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 28, 2010
Rosa Parks is great! A group of us pharmacy students from UCSF go there to teach science every month and the students are just AMAZING and so eager to learn! We love Rosa Parks!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 28, 2010
I really love how the parents and community support the children. SF diversity at its finest. :)

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 28, 2010
my daughter attended for about 2 years and it was really really a good school

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 28, 2010
I love Rosa Parks because of their diversity and emergent curriculum.

- submitted by a community member
April 28, 2010
I love the teachers, staffs ,Japanese language senseis and the students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 27, 2010
Because the kids love the school, they love their frends. The teachers provide the best possibilities for their students and public education is the way.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 27, 2010
Japanese Bilingual Bicultural Program, great community of students, parents, teachers, sensei, alumni, community members.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 27, 2010
Rosa Parks is a gem in the urban SF school system. The dedicated staff and parents use every resource available in order to make Rosa Parks intellectually, emotionally, and visually engaging for all students.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 27, 2010
The kids and staff there are so inspirational and a pleasure to work with.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 27, 2010
The cultural diversity provides a wonderful experience for young children

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 27, 2010
This is a great school full of Teacher's and Parents that come together to make it a successful school. And The Japanese Bilingual Bicultural is Excellent!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 27, 2010
This is an inner city school that has managed to maintain many of its extracurricular arts programs due, primarily, to teacher and parent enthusiasm. While so many of our public schools have dropped their cultural curriculum due to budgetary constraints, Rosa Parks has so far managed to maintain these programs. However, it needs all the help and assistance it can garner to keep on providing such a superb educational resource to the community it serves.

- submitted by a community member
April 26, 2010
Rosa Parks Japanese Program offers our family excellent educational value as well as a home away from home! We have hit the jackpot through the SFUSD lottery. The dedicated and ultra-competent staff must be seen to be believed. Join our tour! San Franciosco needs more schools like Rosa Parks. My daughter is thriving there and my son can't wait to get to Kindergarten. We feel we are part of something wonderful -- something that represents the city in a microcosm. RP also gives us a greater sense of the world through not only the Japanese instruction but also the exposure to so many diverse cultures and backgrounds among the students and their families.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 26, 2010
It is a fantastic school with excellent teachers and students!

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 26, 2010
Very impressed by Rosa Parks and the fantastic Principle Jacobs.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 26, 2010
This is a school that works together for all the children. Great leadership, great staff, great families and wonderful things happening!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 26, 2010
The Japanese culture and language program is outstanding and helps young students with building communication skills.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 26, 2010
I love this school. Teachers are awesome. My nephew went to this school.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 26, 2010
They will soon have a state of the art Environmental Learning Center!

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 26, 2010
My nephews have attended Rosa Parks for the last several years. It is truly a community school - where teachers, parents and students work together to make the school and the community better. Every time I am in San Francisco I make an effort to stop by and contribute. Very few schools in this country are doing as much with the little they are given!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 26, 2010
I am the school principal. I am proud to say that Rosa Parks Elementary School has one of the most dynamic, energetic, and enthusiastic school communities anywhere. Because of a shared vision for student success, we work in partnership and achieve our goals. It is very exciting to be a member of this community.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 26, 2010
It is a comprehensive wonderful school that deserves further support for its students.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 26, 2010
Rosa Parks Elementary school is my home, from the talent show to science night, the 4th/5th grade basketball games to Geography night, there's really a lot of effort and love put into this school. Rosa Parks Elementary is diverse and within my classroom alone 10 different languages are spoken. One of the highlights from this year is the completion of an American novel Charlotte's Web by EB White, although many of the kids had read the story on their own in third grade, they had never dissected the story, the vocabulary is still rich and for many of the kids it was the first time that they had ever finished a chapter book from start to finish. We will finish the school year with a literature study of the book Holes by Louis Sacher.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 26, 2010
Rosa Parks have hard working dedicated supportive teachers who care about their students and their family.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 26, 2010
Because the kids that come out of it are so smart, so happy, and so well-rounded

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2010
The school has a real since of community and you know that the teachers really know and care for the children. The teachers also show an interest in the children personally by taking notice of the many accomplishments they achieve in the classroom.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 25, 2010
I have seen my niece and nephew excell with the educated that they have received. Also, the devotion and dedication from the parents and teachers far exceeds the public school that my children attend.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 25, 2010
i love rosa parks because the school helps give the children a since of commuinty. on top of them having a very good education system.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 25, 2010
I love Rosa Parks Elementary School because it has both a Spanish/English dual immersion program and a gardening program, both of which my daughter participates in.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2010
Diversity of the students, dedicated teachers, community involvement in japan town, beautiful school with big yards and a lot of bright light in the classroom, native Japanese speaking teachers

- submitted by a community member
April 24, 2010
Rosa Parks School is a place for young people to learn and grow positively.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 24, 2010
Truly a meltng pot. Great school to meet other kids and learn from each other.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 24, 2010
Great staff and parental involvement really helps.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2010
Kids and parents love this school. Great teachers inspire learning in a diverse setting.

- submitted by a community member
April 24, 2010
Rosa Parks is a very good elementary school with dedicated teachers and staff. The kids seem to be properly motivated to learn.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 24, 2010
Teachers and staff are supportive of all students. They have many wonderful types of enrichment in addition to the regular curriculum.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2010
Their program is unique and engaging. Their philosophy is one that focuses on the child.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2010
Rosa Parks does extraordinary work in the community.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2010
Our granddaughter attends Rosa Parks School and loves the Japanese language education and diversity. I've been involved in human rights organizations and believe strongly in diversification in the schools.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2010
Rosa Parks Elementary School is located in a predominantly middle/lower class neighborhood in San Francisco's Western Addition community. I attended this Rosa Parks (at that time it was Raphael Weil) during my childhood which was attended by mostly children from lower class families. Since then, the school has changed dramatically and I see that they are constantly striving to improve its past image. I now reside across the street from the school, so I have noticed the changes. Any additional support will further enhance the school's image.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2010
My granddaughters are happy, thriving and speaking Japanese!

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 23, 2010
My granddaughters are happy, thriving and learning Japanese at Rosa Parks!

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 23, 2010
This school embraces diversity in the best sense and has succeeded in creating a strong school community

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 23, 2010
My son is in this school.... & he absolutely love school...

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2010
The Rosa Parks Elementary School has offered a great educational experience for my niece and nephew.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2010
Rosa Parks is a wonderful school. It has a devoted and talented staff and serves a very diverse population. The school offers a general education program, a special education program and a Japanese Bilingual program. The school community truly works together to make the school a nurturing, welcoming and enriching environment for our children. Our kids love their school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2010
Rosa Parks is a wonderful school with a rich history in its community and which deserves all the support it can get.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 23, 2010
Rosa Parks is a place my grand daughter can feel safe and where the staff are concerned about her. It's a place we can trust.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 23, 2010
Great support for the children! A mirculous combination of African-American Studies, Japanese-American Studies, and Community-Based Public Education. Rosa Parks MAKES-IT-WORK!

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 22, 2010
Wonderful teachers, diverse, awesome parent participation

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2010
I love Rosa Parks! My daughter is a kinder in the Japanese Bilingual Bicultural Program and we could not be happier with the program, the teachers, and the other families.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
It provides high quality academics with a rich infusion of eastern culture.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2010
Elisha Barbaree attends this school and is always in great spirits when going to school on a daily basis. Great teachers and staff in whole it's a school that will prepare the children to become amazing adults.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 22, 2010
JBBP is an amazing school with a great Japanese Bilingual Bicultural Program with awesome teachers. JBBP is like one big family who supports each other and I don't see my kids going to any other school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
My children attended this school in its past incarnation as Raphael Weill. My children became hugely successful adults in part because of the dedication of its teachers and staff. I am very gratified by the name change to Rosa Parks and with the school's continuing commitment to community values as expressed through the bilingual program. Keep up the good work.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2010
Our school provides a loving, nurturing environment where each child is allowed to grow with a dedicated staff. The teachers care and we have very active parent participation in the programs. Our Japanese program is outstanding in teaching the students Japanese language and culture. Our school has struggled in the past but we are emerging incrementally as we strive for excellence. I would recommend this school to everyone without reservationl

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
Great teachers! Great family involvement! Love the continuing Japanese language and culture as I am also an alumni from JBBP.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2010
Its a great school. Great teachers that help kids learn and grow!

- submitted by a community member
April 22, 2010
It is a great example of diversity and community building!

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 22, 2010
Because the teacher respect the parents and the children respect the teachers

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
My daughter is alumnae and still going back to Rosa Parks to volunteer. Rosa Parks is just like family and we cannot leave the school after her graduation!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
The teachers are great. Both of my children have gone through the JBBP and it's been really great for them.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
Great teachers. Great parent interaction.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
My daughter enjoys her second year at Rosa Parks. Teachers are very good. I would recommend it for anyone in search of a public school in SF.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2010
Rosa Parks is a hiddden gem. The school community rallies behind one another to support all of the children and their families. The teachers are dedicated, hard working and creative. With a such a diversity in student and staff population, the kids are exposed to a variety of cultures and customs.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2010
Rajio Taiso (a form of structured exercises) in the morning helps to clear minds and ready bodies for learning.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2010
The school has great teachers, administrators/staff, students, and families. There is a strong sense of community and a dedication to making the school a supportive and safe place for everyone.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2010
Great teachers, fantastic students, a supportive community and great programs for the kids!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2010
Staff is great all the way around. I love the families and the diversity.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2010
I believe and feel that Rosa Parks Elementary School has and does provide an outstanding opporunity in an ongoing program of culturelly diverse life skills necessary for tomorrows citizens of the world.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 21, 2010
My daughter is in the JBBP program and loves it. We do too. The school building itself is light and airy, with kids' art everywhere. The teachers are great, and there is a real emphasis on cultural diversity. A hidden gem.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2010
Diversity, Language program and parent involvement is getting stronger

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2010
My granddaughter is getting a stimulating, culturally broad and sensitive, bilingual education and she is thriving in the environment. We need to raise children who are smart but also with cultural awareness and the sensitivity to understand and deal with other cultures. RP is doing a good job and we need more schools like RP.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2010
As with most families, our concerns are for the well-being of our child. At Rosa Parks Elementary, our son has continued growing into a wonderful human being. He's a happy kid who is excited to go to school. His self-esteem is constantly being nurtured and his enthusiasm to learn is challenged daily. Along with his core studies, he's able to learn another language and it's culture. Also, he's being exposed to life-long skills such as social awareness with it's diverse community, time management with his many activities and good sportsmanship through competition. Another is his appreciation for music, in both trumpet and guitar. Thanks to the Principal, teachers/sensei, support staff, and the multitude of parental involvement, my son's understanding of important values such as the old saying, 'It takes a village to raise a child,' is being realized by the daily experiences he encounters at school and its numerous cultural events. The staff 'gets it!'... The school community 'gets it!'... Our family 'gets it!'... But most importantly, My son GETS IT! Thank you Rosa Parks Elementary!

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2010
Rosa Parks Elementary School is providing a wonderful training for my grandchildren -- innovative programs!

- submitted by a community member
April 21, 2010
rosa parks is a great school. very very diverse! the kids love being there and helping out teachers. staff for the most part is friendly and helpful with the kids and parents! Ive been volunteering there for 3 and a half years and I love it!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2010
It's an awesome program that celebrates diversity and the richnesss of the city's many cultures.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 21, 2010
My grandaughter is in the JBBP program and it's great!

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 21, 2010
Just finishing our first year in the Japanese program at RP, and we think it's great!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2010
I love RP School because of the diversity and sense of cultural melting pot type environment. The families are really supportive. The kids are great and its wonderful to see them grow ver the 5 years they attend our school. We have angry, fighting kids come in and settle in within a short time and then become really great students because the school works hard to meet their needs. We also have quiet non-English speaking students who learn to communicate and open up to their Amewrican peers.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2010
Amazing teachers and staff. Awesome parent involvement. Wonderful children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2010
Great parent involvement, progressive methodologies and great students

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2010
We live in NYC and good friends have a daughter at Rosa Parks. On a recent visit they spoke of the wonderfully enriching Japanese Program at Rosa Parks. Immersion in another culture is an invaluable bridge to opportunity and exposure. We hope RP will forever be able to keep up the good work!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2010
I love working at this school! There's no other place I'd rather be! This school is so diverse! The staff is very cohesive and our prinical is very transparent in all his decisions. He asks for opinions from our staff and families and always listens as well.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating April 21, 2010
The teachers and the secretary, love them so nice and the JBBP is cool.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2010
I enjoy working at rosa parks, too! I love the diversity, our amazing students, our supportive families, and our hardworking staff. also, our principal is very organized and is a strong leader.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2010
This school has caring teachers, staff, and an amazing principal. It is truly diverse and vibrant. Families and students work together to make the school a success!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2010
Rosa Parks school celebrates all that is great about San Francisco -- involved families, diversity, caring about each other, civil rights, green future, high standards for behavior and education.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2010
My child is so happy in 1st grade here. Many activities, services, special art and mural classes, computer lab. Rosa Parks is the best!

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2010
The kids and teachers and families and staff all help one another.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2010
Perhaps the most diverse elementary school in SF. Teachers are caring and hard working, families are devoted.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2010
I love the diversity and the bond between families and staff that creates an infectious spirit of support, respect, work ethic and a loving environment.

- submitted by a teacher
April 20, 2010
My daughter gets up early and is excited to go to RP everyday. She's in the JBBP program and can read and write in Japanese in addition to the core curriculum. The Principal balances experienced leadership and collaboration with teachers and families. And the teachers work well together and know all of our kids.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2010
Rosa Parks is the best of so many worlds. Not only do we have a diverse student body comprised of neighborhood kids and kids from all over the city who want to go to Rosa Parks, but the teachers are fantastic. The JBBP program, Japanese Bilingual Bicultural, gives children a sense of what a different culture is like as they enter both the language and the holidays of the Japanese culture, taught to them by native language sensei. My favorite part about the program is that it is located at the juncture between the predominantly african american western addition and Japantown. The school matches the area perfectly.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2010
The JBBP program is truly amazing! The teachers dedicated, talented and motivating, the Principal one in a million. Our girls are happy, thriving and learning. As well as learning to speak, read and write Japanese they are embracing the Japanese culture!

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2010
High energy school with a diverse population of children with lots of parent involvement and parent-driven programs like science discovery project, green garden project, 'our fillmore' mural project by the kids, Ecozone project, environmental science education, japanese language curriculum with the sensei program, etc.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2010
My daughter thrives at this school, with a wonderful teacher and dedicated principal. The other families are great!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 20, 2010
The teachers and the exemplary education it provides within a densely populated city where most public schools are failing our children. The children are our future.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 20, 2010
Rosa Parks JBBP: It is a great program! My daughter loves Japanese and she thinks she is Japanese :))

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 20, 2010
My son is a 1st grader in the JAppanese Bilingual Bicultural Program (JBBP) at Rosa Parks. We just LOVE this school and the JBBP program for the following reasons 1) excellent teachers and sensei teaching japanese language and culture 2) ethnic melting pot (not predominantly one ethnicity or another) 3) truly dedicated parents. Look beyond the API score and you'll be very pleasantly surprised - truly a diamond in the rough.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 20, 2010
Rosa Parks is a great San Francisco school - wonderful teachers, excited parents and a truly diverse student body. Go Rosa Parks!!

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2010
This school defies expectations: On the one hand, it's the neighborhood school for an immigrant and low-income urban population, while also offering a unique and distinguished magnet program. The result is true diversity, high-quality curriculum, and a (fantastic) kind of education that you cannot get at $30k/year privates.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 20, 2010
Our daughter goes to school happy everyday because she knows that the staff and families care and support her. In this environment she is able to learn and interact with a very diverse student body.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 20, 2010
This school is one of the most diverse schools in the district racially, ethnically, religiously, and socioeconomically, so, while engaged in a rigorous, standards-based curriculum, my two children that have gone through the program there have made friends that match the rich character of our city. As a bonus they also both became fluent in Japanese. All this for free! (All my middle class friends that stretch to pay private school tuition so their kids can be around other kids that look just like them are nuts!) This school is great!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 20, 2010
I love the teachers, the principal, the families - everything. My children have been nurtured and well educated in this diverse and welcoming environment. Their teachers have taken a real interest in their academic and social development. The school has the benefit of programs run by the San Francisco Ballet, Playworks, The San Francisco Symphony and others. We have a wonderful librarian who teaches the children about history and civil rights, as well as a greening project that is transforming the schoolyard. Our whole family loves Rosa Parks Elementary!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 20, 2010
A caring staff and dedicated parents create a learning environment and experience for students that is second to none.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 20, 2010
Teachers are amazing and the size of the school creates a nurturing environment for learning. Go JBBP!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 20, 2010
It gives great opportunity to kids of all backgrounds and is an active and parent-involved school.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 20, 2010
The school provides a wonderful opportunity for children to become fluent in a second language.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 20, 2010
It is a wonderful school very inovative and a good mix of kids

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2010
Our kids are very happy to go to school each day. They are enriched by the excellent teachers and staff and other families.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 20, 2010
Rosa Parks has a very dedicated staff & faculty. It can be a very difficult atmosphere to work in but day after day the dedicated teachers try harder and harder. All the kids are awesome and are treated with love & tolerance.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2010
I love the opportunity it provides my children to learn about their heritage (Japanese American). Parent involvement is high and we have a wonderful community of families and teachers that works very hard to make the school a warm and welcome place for our kids to learn.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 20, 2010
The JBBP program is wonderful. The staff and teachers really care about the children. Education is top priority and it shows. Having families from all different walks of life is refreshing and really represents the spirit of San Francisco. When my younger child is old enough I'll send her to Rosa Parks as well.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 20, 2010
wonderful families, teachers, staff and kids..... there is no better place to be. our principal is kind and a brilliant leader and when you walk into our school, you get a feeling of happiness and understanding. our school is amazingly diverse and challenging and our children are lovely! rosa parks rocks!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 20, 2010
We are a very happy family at Rosa Parks in the JBBP. The principal, teachers and staff are wonderful, as are the other families. I am pleased with the academics and the enrichment. Most importantly, my kids are happy to go to school each day!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 20, 2010
This school is very special in terms of its history, academic vision and everyday practice of caring and guiding its diverse students; and appreciating the many parents and volunteers. I am an alumni parent and my kids still have good feelings and great memories about being part of the Rosa Parks community.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2010
We heart Rosa Parks JBBP. Here's why: -great teachers -lots of art and music -our son is thriving - active parent community - dedicated principal and staff - beautiful facilities - great values that are integral part of curriculum - happy kids

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2010
My son loves the school. He is learnings so much. The teachers are amazing.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 16, 2010
A positive and diverse school with outstanding teachers and happy kids!

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 16, 2010
This is a diverse, community-centered school with a vibrant Japanese language and culture program.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 15, 2010
A friendly neighborhood school. The teachers are great. They really spend time doing one on one person for ready time. As a sigle mother of 2 it was so amazing seing my daughter doing great on her academic studies.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 15, 2010
It is a very diverse public school in the heart of san francisco with dedicated teachers and exposure to japanese language and culture.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2010
I have two kids at Rosa Parks in the Japanese Bilingual/Bicultural program. Both of them are at or ahead of grade level in all their subjects. The other night I was bowled over to see my daughters perform at their annual Performing Arts Night (PAN), singing in Japanese and English, dancing the tango, and playing the guitar. My older one was one of the Emcees, speaking in Japanese. PAN is one of the extracurricular highlights of the year. K-5 classes all perform song and dance routines, put on a play, or play in the band.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2010
My daughter is a new kindergartener, and I am blown away by what Mrs. Abiko, her teacher, has accomplished. My daughter is genuinely excited about going to school and readily shares what she learns. On top of reading basic words, drawing letters, and understanding the calendar, days of the week, time, etc., she s learning it in Japanese too. All within the first two months of school! Amazing!

- submitted by a parent
December 16, 2009
In my opinion, RS is a very unique school. It is made up of 3 different programs : GE, Japanese Bilingual, and Special Ed. It has one of the best elementary school campus in the city and they are not even done with making improvements. Although it was not our first choice school, the reason we decided to put our son in the Japanese Bilingual at RS is the fact that my son is multi-racial/muti-ethnic. RS is in the middle of 2 major historical neighborhoods (Japantown and the Fillmore) and the school is known for it's diverse student body. This is the only school that uniquely celebrates my son's heritage (Maintstream-American, Japanese- American, and African American). The campus culture is friendly and open. You'll never feel uncomfortable talking to any of the teachers or staff. The parents here are also friendly, open and very helpful.

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2009
My son enrolled in the Rosa Parks Japanese program this fall. His kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Abiko, and his Japanese teacher, Inoue Sensei are both terrific. We love both the Japanese program and the school as a whole. I think every adult there knows my son's name. Every time we walk through the halls he's greeted by someone. The atmosphere is kind and friendly, and the school has some amazing programs and projects in the works. Check it out!

- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2009
RP is a decent school. It is made up of hard working teachers and great kids. And the neighborhood is perfectly safe. I am not sure why people are so concered about the neighborhood.

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2009
My child is in his second year in the JBBP program at Rosa Parks. His japanese skills, written and speaking, are outstanding, and the school's general academic scores are improving at an impressive rate. I originally had concerns about school safety, but neighborhood reputation has no presence within the school. In fact, the enthusiasm and school spirit of the students are exceptionally high.

- submitted by a parent
January 01, 2009
We are lucky to be a part of the JBBP at Rosa Parks and most importantly, our child is thriving! For those who might have concerns about the school's location, this is truly an unfortunate perception. The school is tucked into it's own little nook and while there is lower income housing, there is a real sense of community and parents, we all have the same goals for our children. What is most impressive about Rosa Parks (aside from the strong academics, plenty of support by the parents and staff including nutritionist, nurse, librarian, etc, and the positive power of the JBBP) is how committed the teachers are. They have invested themselves in the success of our children and it's obvious by all the extras they do for them. If you are considering this school but feel skeptical about it, do yourself a favor and ask to speak to the parents.

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2008
I have had nothing but problems with this school for the last 5 years since my youngest child started there. While he has had some great teachers they always seem to be the ones who leave the fastest. The last 3 principals they have had there were not committed to the school and the children have and are suffering from it. My son will enter the 5th grade next year and I will be pulling him from this school he will leave this school just like my other 3 children below basic in everything I just hope like my other children he will catch up once he is placed into a 5th to 8th grade charter school wear his needs will be met. I only wish I could have gotten him out of this school sooner as it is the only elementary school in my neighborhood.

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2008
My son is in the JBBP program at Rosa Parks. We wanted to put our son in the Japanese program to continue his language learning. The japanese teachers are good (native speakers). Unfortunately, this offshoot program has moved from a campus, which was too small to Rosa Parks Elementary which is located in Western Addition. Moving the program to this school I am sure happened with good intention, having a Japanese language program located in Japan town area. However, Rosa Parks was a struggling school prior to the inclusion of the JBBP program. As a result, the JBBP classroom often gets out of control which leads to less learning and lesson time. Parents have been encouraged to get involved in the daily classroom activities to help control class which may increase my son's education. In any case, I have been disappointed by the school.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2008
My kids went to JBBP here. The teachers are great. Ms. Sukamoto (kindergarten teacher) is awesome; she's the best. Mr. Lum( 3rd grader teacher) is rock. He manages to teach the kids music and guitar beside academic subjects. The staffs are also very nice. They know your kids very well. JBBP is a great program.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2007
With a brand new principal this year, lots of new staff and 2nd year of the JBBP program moving here, Rosa Parks is a whole new school! We are definitely a 'hidden gem' for now but I'm sure that will change soon once the word gets out about our amazing resources (school nurse, full-time librarian, nutrionist, etc.); gorgeous recently-updated Mission revival building; expansive play grounds (there are 4); and dedicated teachers led by an incredible principal, (monica nagy- google her to see all she's done). my daughter is thriving here among a very diverse student population. she's engaged in reading, math, social, studies, science and lots of art both visual and performing. come check it out!

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2007
We pulled our older daughter out of private school to attend JBBP. Its strengths are outstanding Japanese teachers & curriculum; excellent parent involvement; small and supportive -your child will not get lost here. She's in middle school now and is totally hooked on learning and speaking Japanese -it is because of the foundation she received at JBBP.

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2007
Our children attend the Japanese Bilingual Bicultural program strand at Rosa Parks. We have found the teachers to be top rate, and the parent involvement is extraordinarily above average. Perhaps the reason why the program has survived over 35 years is the rabid parental involvement. The curriculum is rigorous with one hour of Japanese language instruction each day, which is integrated into the regular core subjects. Our older daughter is doing exceedingly well, and we expect the same from our younger, who is beginning Kinder this fall.

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Parks (Rosa) Elementary School
1501 O'farrell Street, San Francisco, CA  94115
(415) 749-3519
Last modified Parks (Rosa) 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.
Parks (Rosa) Elementary School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 188 reviews.