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450 30th Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94121

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4 stars
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August 14, 2014
This so school shouldn't have this high of a rating. My child is getting bullied and comes home with bruises all over. He tells me that he tries to tell an adult but they brush him off like dust

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2014
The is is overrated school. don't send your kids to this school. The teachers (some) aren't helpful, they don't teach at all. People at the office are also helpless...they should retired.

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2013
I think Presidio Middle School is one of the most overrated middle schools in the city. The administrators, staff and teachers do not about the well being of your child. They mostly care about their STAR testing scores and maintaining their status. There is a big lack of concern for the behavior of students and teachers and counselors either look the other way and ignore it, pretend as if it isn't happening, or they just don't care. Some teachers and staff are so old that they are only at the school to collect a paycheck. I'm thinking "If you don't want to be here, I'm sure there are a bunch of unemployed YOUNG, VIBRANT, and YOUTHFUL teachers willing to take up the spot and make a difference in a young kids' life." However, there are those few (and, I mean few) teachers that actually make kids accountable for their actions (i.e. homework assignments, actions toward other students, etc.) but unfortunately, they go unnoticed. The administrators are super unorganized, unethical, and uncaring - They let the troublesome kids get away with murder and punish good kids who they know won't defend themselves. The school has been a huge disappointment and I'm glad my child is leaving.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2013
I have two kids in Presidio. The school is large and the classrooms have 35 students on average. Parents must rely on school loop to keep in touch with teachers who are too busy to contact parents if there is a problem. That said, my kids love the school. They are both in AP classes and thriving. There is a culture here where it is cool for boys to study. My kids friends are diverse, studious, with a good school/play balance. I decided on this school for its academics;and, when I walked around the playground the students were not clumped up in separate racial groups, but playing together. The band program is amazing. The administrative staff I have dealt with have been helpful. I wish the classes were smaller.

- submitted by a teacher
November 04, 2011
Not pleased with the school: expected much more from it: teachers communication with kids and parents doens't exist. Noone cares about your child at this school: just asking for money every Wednesday. Will be looking to change the school next year. Very dissapointed.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2011
I was nervous about sending my daughter to such a big school, but we're been pleasantly surprised. Mostly excellent teachers, challenging work, a reasonable level of homework, good drama, PE, sports, chorus, jazz band, orchestra, and outdoor education options like trips to Yosemite. It probably helps if your child comes in knowing some classmates and can learn well in a fairly traditional classroom setting.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2010
I think that Presidio Middle school is a excellent school,our Principal is a smart and energetic woman, she is always doing her tireless work with all the teachers and all the personal at school. Teacher are excellent, kind and care about the students education.The programs are very good specially Math programs, Art and music, Computer, P.E ,their sport team are great, the Outdoor Education trip are excellent for the kids there, that complement the education that Presidio gives to them. The parents work all together to help our school and support them through PTA and Fundraiser activities. I think Presidio has all in one, its just a great, well coordinate public school.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2010
The parent who gave Presidio one star, I wonder about his/her child. Howevr, one can't completely blame a system. Could it be his child has challenges and need special attention? Only this parent and field expert would be able to answer, but for my child she is excelling at Presidio in her AP classes. She has several amazing teachers who work tirelessly; I'm really impressed especially when there is so much cut-backs in the public schools. So, for the parent with the kid that has been 'damaged' by his/hers experience at Presidio Middle, I'm very sorry to hear and hope you find the perfect environment for your kid.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2010
My son stated to attend this great school. My experience is the best so far, teacher are nice and care about the students and recognize their work, the staff is nice . Their elective are many, they have a strong math program that my son likes. I think is just a great school.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2010
This is not a perfect school and the teachers are not that great. It is a very "public education" school and they let you know they can do so much...in so many ways. Yes there are a couple of good teachers that care, but mostly in the 35 plus student classroom who is really benefitting? I think these reviews are not accurate. My child was getting A's and B+ until they attended this school. The cracks are so big and apparent that any child that is looking to make new friends at a new school are almost given the thumbs up to fall straight down them. There is no social schooling as far as how to behave or handle responsibility ie.extreme homework, communication...! Now we have to deal with therapy, counsellling, tutoring and a new school. What a waste of a childs time.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2010
Presidio is a great middle school offering a wide variety of electives from homemaking to jazz band to orchestra. Most teachers are supportive of different learners and are willing accomodate their needs in the classroom. Fortunately the few teachers who are not on board are leaving the school this year!

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no rating April 26, 2010
The teachers are fantastic and really care about hte kids. They go the extra mile to work with the parents.

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no rating April 23, 2010
I LOVE the music program and the music teacher, Ms. Gomez. I had always thought that my child was nonmusical and was astonished when Ms. Gomez awakened a real interest (and talent) in her. My child is really excited about learning her instrument and looks forward to band class each day.

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no rating April 22, 2010
Presidio is an wonderful school. The school is safe and my student is challenged and learning a lot. The teachers make themselves available at lunchtime to help and work with the students! My older son attended Presidio and is now attending an independent high school. He finds that he is completely able to keep up with his classmates who attended other independent schools!

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2010
It's a great school with a great staff and it's a really fine stepping stone to get our children from the nest of Elementary School into the freedom of High School and beyond.

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no rating April 22, 2010
I have a two daughters at presidio (6th and 8th) and am continually impressed with the staff, teachers, and the principal. Everybody is available for questions/concerns, the teachers really care about their students, and there is lots of extracurricular activity. Great sports, music, and arts programs. Super after-school program by the Richmond Beacon.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
I love Presidio because it's a great school and I know that my son is getting a good education. The principal and staff genuinely care for the students and making sure that, in spite of budget challenges, that quality education comes first.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
My kid love it. Great teachers and staff. Good sport & music program.

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no rating April 22, 2010
Nice atmosphere, gentle student body for the most part. Reactive staff when there are fights in the school grounds. Mostly dedicated teachers however there are some teachers who are on the old side. My son and daughter have had a nice education there and the afterschool program has been top notch.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
Presidio provides a great variety of courses and its music teachers are very dedicated.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
Presidio provides the academic challenge my child needs for his education career as well as the extracuriculum. But above all, my child is nourished with care and respect by the staff and the after-school staff from the Richmond Beacon Center. He has adapted to the transition and feel safte by meeting all new friends.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
The school is well run with dedicated staff and principal and assistant principals. Teachers are pretty cool, too. The best of all is the after school program run by Beacon.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2010
This is a wonderful school, administration and teachers are caring and professional. The school offers a wide range of classes and activities.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
Ok, so did you see the building, beautiful. The teachers are great and dedicated, the admistration is very responsive and the kids are super happy there. At list my 2 kids are. Also, this is the only school with an outdoor education trip to either Yosemite or Olympic Parc in the spring. One classroom also takes the kids to Washington DC for 10 days. You know a school is good when you child wants to be drop off early and picked up as late as possible. The after school program is a lot of fun with lots of activities - never mind it's free . The music program, wow. Ok sorry I could not find anything wrong.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2010
Amazing administration...great teachers and a music/school band program department that is completely off the charts!

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2010
Despite a tight budget, Presidio offers an array of electives and extra curricular activities. BEST BAND! Love the staff and teachers and parental involvement!

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2010
Presidio is a great school. Teachers are caring and dedicated. My son enjoys it.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
I love presidio! the teachers keep everything fun and exciting and with a wonderful arts program. outdoor ed is so unique and a wonderful experience.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 22, 2010
My child loves school so much. The wonderful and excited outdoor ed program is her favorite.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2010
It's a great feeling as a parent to enter Presidio Middle School at the end of the day and be greeted by the principal with a smile and even stopping a second to chat. This personal connection is pervasive among the teachers and associates as well. It is no wonder my son remains enthusiastic about going to school and talking about his teachers, schoolwork and the after-school program. Thumbs up!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2010
It is a big school, but my sixth grader had the best motivating and challenging English language/social sciences teacher he had ever had, advanced in music and really enjoyed playing in the orchestra, had competent help when encountered bullying, and had a teacher he met randomly during the school tours mentor him since day one. How do they pull it off with the little resources they have I do not know, but as far as teachers go they have my deepest appreciation.

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April 20, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
no rating April 20, 2010
It is a safe, academically challenging school, with a lot of activities to choose from. The teachers and administrators are caring and work well together.

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April 16, 2010
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- submitted by a student
no rating October 01, 2009
My child came to this school having a hard time in Math. We went to the school counselor and she helped us out by getting him a tutor. He also has been getting after school help with his teacher Mr. Perkins. I think that these teachers at Presidio Middle School go above and beyond the call of duty. They genuinely care about the student about the person they are helping to mold.

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October 01, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2009
I love Presidio MS because my daughter is so happy! She enjoys the teachers who obviously love what they do and it is a safe and supportive environment. Even with budget cuts, you can see that this school keeps it's priorities straight - a good attitude even in tough times goes a long way!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 25, 2009
We've been delighted with the teachers, administrators, and community at Presidio. My daughter is now in 8th grade, and has taken advantage of many of the terrific opportunities Presidio offers: outdoor education classes, the softball team, choir, drama club and drama classes--together with topnotch teachers. The kids I've met at Presidio are friendly, enthusiastic and supportive of each other.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 25, 2009
my daughter begins 6 th grade there. That is very pleasure to be in the best midle school in SF. She is enjoying her studying with all her classes and only couple months but I can see the good result in her improvement. Now she loves math more than ever also her Science study and Spanish with fun in after school. She talked alot about her school every day when I pick her up. i appreciate whatever your Teachers have helped her and hope every parent could participate some how to support the best midle school in our city

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2009
My daughter just started this year and came from a small elementary school. She absolutely loves the school and has been thriving both socially and academically. She is in honors and participates in school activities. We are really pleased and for such a large urban school we are impressed with how well run the school is and the quality of all the teachers and staff.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 23, 2009
Presidio is a safe school, and that it is very important for me. This school also provides a excellent education to my son in all the areas even in Music, and offers alternatives after school programs like the Sparks. We have a great principal, teachers, students and staff!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2009
I am a teacher at Presidio and our students are the best because we ARE the best school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
My daughter has had a great experience at this school. There is strong parent involvement and very dedicated teachers. The school is orderly. There are lots of activities for the students to participate in.

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September 12, 2009
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March 20, 2009
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March 17, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2009
The school there is awesome! Everything there is totally cool and so are the teachers and students! I hope that everyone who wants to go to Presidio/goes to Presidio now loves/enjoys the school and everything about it too!

- submitted by a student
no rating March 06, 2009
I love this school its the best the teachers are awsome and cool

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February 16, 2009
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December 29, 2008
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October 30, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2008
Presidio is the most awesome school ever!

- submitted by a student
October 21, 2008
We couldn't be happier with Presidio Middle School. We were on the fence between transferring to private school because of the false premise that public middle school would be full of 'tough kids.' We've met nothing but good kids, all from different backgrounds. The Academics are very challenging, but we feel that the challenges are preparing our child for what lies ahead in high school.

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August 05, 2008
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July 30, 2008
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- submitted by a student
July 26, 2008
I just graduated from Presidio in June and I think it's an awesome middle school to be at. I can honestly say that I'm so glad I went here. There are a lot of different electives for various interests among the students. The teachers are what they're there for: to teach kids. But sometimes, students build what are like...teacher-student friendships. The teachers and counselors there help and support you. To the parent who gave Presidio Middle School two stars on May 28: I was transferred into honors classes. Yes, sometimes the homework may take a while. But if this is your child's first year, it'll seem like a lot of homework compared to elementary school. I got homework on weekends and, yes, it did take sometimes a few hours. But you're getting homework from different classes with different teachers, not just one class with one teacher. Presidio Middle School is amazing.

- submitted by a student
May 28, 2008
Parents beware. Although this school prides itself on its rigorous academics, Presidio can wind up giving your child and first year. Even during the STAR tefamily more stress than it can handle. My child went into honors classes, which was a mistake. The over-emphasis that was placed on test scores, grade point averages, making the honor roll, and inordinate amounts of homework (2-3 hours daily, often on weekends). All this has made for a very distressing and disappointing first year. Even during the STAR testing week, my child had another regularly-scheduled test in one of her classes! There doesn't seem to be any balance to this school, and the arts and sports get the short shrift.

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March 08, 2008
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March 08, 2008
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February 27, 2008
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February 20, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
January 23, 2008
This school is awesome!! There may be a lot of kids that attend but in all of the core classes (math, science, language arts, social studies), its really easy to learn and understand. Gym and your elective is really good also. They have many electives such as Band, Orchestra, Dance, Spanish, Japanese, Computer, Art, Drama, Home Ec., and many more. Its really a good school.

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January 21, 2008
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November 25, 2007
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November 11, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2007
I love Presidio Middle School!

- submitted by a student
October 17, 2007
I think this school is great, because there are a lot of people to support you there, great teachers, counselors, and best of all, if you have a problem with anything, you can talk with your counselor and they will help you out a lot.

- submitted by a student
September 14, 2007
The previous review is spot on. If your kid is in the GATE program, they will be challenged. I feel my kid -- with the possible exception of english fundamentals -- is getting a superior education.

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August 06, 2007
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- submitted by a former student
no rating April 16, 2007
In all, Presidio is a good school and a better choice than private school if you are interested in good fundamental ed. and you want your child exposed to ethnic and economic diversity. It has lots of interesting smart kids with really different backgrounds and points of view. I also has a great drama program and library and Aftercare program(free too!) There are lots of opportunities for sports and clubs. The problems are a few burned out teachers and classes that are way too big(34,and 36 in my kids' class)and there is very little support for the kids...there are so many of them they get treated as a mass rather than inviduals. But I have to say that my child is blooming there and that is what counts.

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2007
Presidio is a fabulous school. Mr. Dea, the principal, leads by example, and the work ethic among teachers is superb. The school has some amazing extracurricular activities that complement its academic focus: band, orchestra, jazz band, many sports teams, even a coed wrestling team! The drama club puts on a show each year in conjunction with the orchestra, chorus, and dance troupe that exemplifies all the wonderful cohesion and coordinated effort found at Presidio. Yes, the student body is large, but the teachers and counselors usually have a good grip on individual student needs. One note of caution to parents: the school can be quite challenging academically, and you'll need to keep a close (but not hovering) eye on little junior's homework. In short, Presidio is an ideal school for children who thrive in a large and challenging environment and do not need too much crutch-support from their parents.

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March 21, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2007
This isn't a very good school. I used to be a student, and hated it. It's overcrowded and you can get lost easily.

- submitted by a former student
September 30, 2006
Our family has been disappointed by Presidio. There's quite a bit of hype (test scores are not everything, curriculum is traditional -memorization and regurgitation) and it's overcrowded.

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August 04, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2006
All the teachers are fantastic!The curriculm is tsught by games to make it more fun!teh students are nice.You can really live to be an important person when you learned from Presidio.

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May 28, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
May 16, 2006
Wonderful PE program. My child learned alot. Right now, he's on the wrestlign team, and he's doing great.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2006
Big school but great administration and teachers. Excellent music program.

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March 18, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2006
This is a great school. I am a student and like it very much.

- submitted by a student
February 08, 2006
I am an 8th grade student curently inroled in this school. We have a lot of different sports teams, and clubs. We have a great mathcounts team, and an amazing drama department too. Our school has great teachers that really listen to what we have to say. All in all this is a great school and everyone feels welcome in it's halls and classrooms.

- submitted by a student
February 04, 2006
Presidio has been a great middle school for us and our child. A terrific principal, committed teachers, excellent discipline, and terrific music and sports programs. The honors classes provide a solid grounding in language arts, math, and social studies for high school, and the band and orchestra classes show the results of excellent and dedicated leadership by their instructors. As well, the school is safe and 'bully free', with a low tolerance for any kind of schoolyard problem. Mr. Dea, the principal, and his assistants all know us and our child and are very welcoming and supportive of parent involvement. More parents could involve themselves, but those that do are very friendly and helpful to newcomers.

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2006
This school has exceeded all our expectations. We selected PMS for its academics, and the fine teachers (many of whom have their own children at the school, an indicator of its quality...) The academic program is very good. For three years, my son has also enjoyed the rewards of a great after-school sports program, and an excellent band music program.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2006
My daughter is now in her second year (7th grade) at Presidio and absolutely loves it. She's once again in Honors classes and while it's overpowering at times, we feel in the long run it's a good precursor for high school. Overall, a great school she was extremely fortunate to get in. The only negative is that there is no choir.

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2005
I am a former student of Presidio and would like to tell you that Presidio is a great school. if the kids want to learn, the teachers will help them. most teachers help the kids in study and some even help for other problems. each student gets to take either art, computer, drama, band, orchestra, spanish, japanese, home ec, or be a teacher assistat. the school is not as big as it looks and it's pretty clean. there are about 400 students in each grade and about 36 in each class. there are about 3 teachers per subject per grade. it has sports such as basketball, baseball, softball, volleyball, soccer, and track and field. they even have bowling, ping-pong, and tennis! every year Presidio sports teams get at least to play-offs. many parents can get involved with the school by helping with sales and other activities.

- submitted by a former student
November 01, 2005
The academics at this school are very deep! there is a full orchestra and band with quality instruction every day! There is an actual woodshop in the building and a fantastic drama department. PE is (as it should be) every day also and presidio offers a host of sports teams to join. Homework can be intense, particularly in honors classes. This school really prepares kids for success in quality high schools! the building is beautiful and well maintained.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2005
Great middle school. Excellent teachers. Lots of homework for GATE kids. Not as much parent involvement as elementary school. Few parents seem to do the bulk of the work. Little opportunity for parents to work with kids like in elementary school. Many after school activities. On site Becon Center.

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2005
My son is entering the 7th grade this fall. Last year was challenging for him and without the insight of his teachers and support from the counselor he would have been overwhelmed. The quality of education is certainly equal t anything the private schools have to offer.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2005
Presidio is without question the premier middle school in San Francisco --but it is not perfect. Presidio is blessed to have a stable team of experienced and hard-working teachers and an administration that supports them. So the academic programs are strong. It's the only middle school in SF to be designated a '10/10' on the state's ranking system. And it just received its 'California Distinguished School' award. However, Presidio is a big school with over 1,200 student in three grades. Class sizes are large (30-38). Students can fall between the cracks if parents don't communicate with teachers or principal at the first sign of problems. Our son, now in 8th grade, had a hard time adjusting to some of the details of Presidio life when he first arrived. It was not until we spoke with the principal, Al Dea, that we got him on the right track.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2005
Excellent teachers, curriculum engaging, excellent afterschool program including homework help. My child had a wonderful experience there.

- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2005
All these three areas were great! Teachers are very demanding academicly, band was great. It is hard for some students to get on sports teams or drema because the programs are very popular. Parents are very acive and rase money for the school every year. Students go on field trips.

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April 03, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
December 16, 2004
Very good preparation for high school. One of my daughters went on to Lowell, the other the Gateway from this middle school.

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October 21, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2004
This school totally rocks. The teachers are really helpful and they are cool. Though most of the school's population is chinese american, it is pretty much the same for a lot of other schools of San Franicsco. This is a great school to send your kids. Rt also has a smaller population than Hoover and A.P.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2004
Overall an excellent Middle school. GATE/Honors track is good prep for Lowell High. Good teachers, lots of sports and clubs. Negative: very big, not nurturing, super competitive.

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2004
The school is good but it just bores students, even the most motivated of them. But the rest of the stuff is great. In addition to high level of academic program (math in particular) school manages to have fabulous sport programs. My son is fond of wrestling team, I know kids who attend drama, dance programs. Unfortunately with all those cuts the progrgrams are under scare of being closed. I would very recommend to choose this school - the best out of all public in SF.

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September 01, 2003
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- submitted by a community member
August 24, 2003
My kid loves this school. He likes all of the teachers and loves the principal.

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Presidio Middle School
450 30th Avenue, San Francisco, CA  94121
(415) 750-8435
Last modified Presidio Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Presidio Middle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 108 reviews.