Plain and simple, Rooftop delivers in its hope to equip my child with good tools to make good choices in life. Through academics, parental involvement, creative arts and a committment to broadening our the children's worldview, my child is not just EXCELLING as a student, but THRIVING as a person.
The parent involvment here is superb. People are really involved. This is simply one of the better elementary schools in the SFUSD. If you can't afford private school, try to get your child into here. But it is tough, given the geographic requirements and the huge number of applicants.
A school is only as good as it's teachers and staff, and I've had very possitive experiences with both at Rooftop. The teachers care and are supportive of each child's social and educational needs. I love the diversity of social economic and rational mix. I love the 'community' feel that is fostered. I love the way Rooftop embraces each child's individuality. I'm starting to be concerned about the turn-over rate we've been experiencing the past three years. Although our current principal and vice-principal are both involved and supportive, and appear to be staying for the long-run. We've lost many great teachers in the past three years. Three of whom I know left for personal reasons unrelated (I think) to the teaching environment. I wish there were more extracurricular programs like sports and afterschool enrichment programs.
I toured this school in the latter part of '04 and found their emphasis on art and their diversity to be their biggest strengths. Also, the fact that they are k-8 doesn't hurt. They have a great library, a beautiful garden, happy kindergarden rooms, and a great principle. The school was formed by artists thirty years ago, who weren't happy with the public school offerings, what else do you need to know?
The K-4 grades are the best part of the school. K-4 Teachers have good attitudes and understanding of children. The 5-8 grades lack competant instructors. They are punitive and really burn the students out. They are totally unsympathetic to children with learning differences and parents have had to withdraw their children after 6th grade due to all the excessive stress.
My stats: Rooftop parent 11 years, 2 kids. My advice to survive Rooftop you must be able to be in the classroom and volunteer. Get to know your teacher. Avoid the principal, whoever is principal of the moment. Be pushy, if your child is gifted, extra pushy. Don't settle for quantity of work over quality. Mimiographed homework is the norm, it often is dull and well below your childs ability. Find outside stimulation for your child. If your child is needing the social network past 5th grade, then stay. For the more adventurous, leave after 5th grade and find a school with an honors program. They are listed at www.sfusd.edu, under GATE. I learned this the hard way, three watered-down-curriculum middle school years for my oldest. Luckily the high school my child is attending has made up for the deficiencies of Rooftop.
This school has had 4 principals in three years, and has been in disarray. The teaching is inconsistent. There is not a loving or supportive atmosphere in the upper grades. Their idea of strong academics is to assign alot of homework so that the students can learn from their parents at home. Highly overrated!
The class size quoted on great schools is incorrect - it states 15 students in 4-6 grades - my 5th grader is currently in a class of 36!
I have been a parent at Rofftop for 9 years and until 5 years ago I was very satisfied. When our long time principal left we entered a five year period of uneven leadership and an effort by the SFUSD to undermine the 'elite' reputation that Rooftop has always enjoyed. I hope that Rooftop can resolve the disappearing principal problem and come out stronger than ever, but my child has definitely suffered from the constant turnover.
I am so glad my 3rd grade son attends Rooftop Alternative. The community is an excellent place for the entire family to be apart of. I can't wait until my 4 year old enters next year for kindergarten. Thank you to the entire administration, parents and others who all make it 'happen' at Rooftop!
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