I have a Kindergartner at this school, and would highlight its strengths: project based learning, commitment to equity, dedicated teachers and parents, garden and outdoor ed (camping) program. Challenges: small school so not a lot of 'extra' resources, teacher-run governance model can lead to delays in decision-making and responding to issues,
Excellent staff who attain high standards despite the best efforts of the State and City to deny them the resources they need. The project-based learning has really inspired our son to learn and experiment outside of school.
My experience at this school has not been positive.It feels to me that you must agree with !00% of the staff politics or your arent' welcome.To me the enviornment has felt like intimidation into agreeing with political agendas.That has been my experience.
My daughter started kindergarten here this year and she loves school. She's already learned to read and the project-based programs keep her engaged and interested. The staff is devoted and friendly. Yes there could be more PE & art, but this place is free, diverse, small, and nurturing.
The worst school ever. No safty, not secured, do not recommend to any parent.
This school is mediocre at best, don't get me wrong, there are some great caring teachers here, but when legitimate mature students are treated with little respect and rights I really can't recommend this school. If they can call this a 'community' then I say I can justly call it 'communist'. I'm an 8th grade student who has been here since kindergarten and have watched the school go downhill.
Math education has really turned around in response to the criticisms referred to in some of the earlier reviews. It is a top priority to give students a solid foundation in math, including getting all middle schoolers through algebra. SFC has a very special bunch of teachers who strive to impart both the state standards and a richer curriculum to develop creative and critical thinking and love of learning, in part through multi-disciplinary hands on projects. My 3 kids have had great teachers each year. There isn't as much fundraising as at larger more affluent schools, but we do have a library teacher, PE teacher, camping, garden, and some arts (this year, elem. art teacher part of the year plus special arts program for 4th-5th including claymation, sound production and more). There's a free onsite after school program with academic support and sports, plus adjacent Boys and Girls club.
While SFC struggles with the same issues affecting all SF public schools, we have been very impressed with its staff and programs. Our daughter is thriving, learning a ton, and we feel validated in choosing not only this school but public education in general.
My family has been at SFC for 5 years. Certainly, there has been bumps in the road as far as the math curriculum goes. However, as soon as it obvious that math instruction was not attaining the necessary results our motivated and dedicated teachers made the switch and fast. Now math is of the highest priority, specially trained math teachers are now in the middle school and 4-5 grades and there is more basic math emphasis in the lower grades. SFC project based learning is amazing. Practical applications of everyday school work motivate and challange the students. It allows for creative and lateral thinking, enhances verbal and social skills, and increases academic confidence. I can't say enough about this schools positive impact on my son this school has had. It has been the perfect learning environment for him.
Academics at the school are great. Project-based learning opens up the opportunity for depth and focus. Funding for 'extras' is erratic so these activities are bare bones (PE, art, music). Teachers are miracle workers!
My daughter got an A in algebra at SFC; after testing, her high school had her repeat the class. Critical thinking is encouraged only if it leads to conclusions consistent with the politics of the staff. My daughter and I both felt that expectations were lower for African-American students, both behaviorally and academically. They have some fine theory, but their practices don't seem to be working. There were some good staff members, but overall our experience with the middle school was not positive. (My child had gone elsewhere for K-5)
This school has a lot of positives, and some very serious negatives. For my daughter, things began to go seriously wrong in her third grade year (2002-2003). The school had developed a math curriculum which wasted time on ineffectual activities and left out important topics. Her teacher decided that math wasn t important so often skipped math instruction, sometimes for weeks at a time. The STAR test results at http://star.cde.ca.gov/star2003/viewreport.asp give some indication of the scale of the disaster. As the math team coach (2003-2004), I found all middle-school classes fell behind covering material from earlier grades. The algebra class does not cover enough material to allow students to avoid repeating Algebra I in high school. There are problems with other academic subjects too.
Diverse school with dedicated teachers. Curriculum includes learning beyond textbooks and promotes critical thinking.
I forgot to add about the academics. I am puzzled by the reading program in K. The words my child is suppose to learn are all connecting words (the, in,) which seemed to me be words you don't actually learn as absorb.
Our daughter is starting 4th grade at SF Community. We have been very pleased with this school and look forward to her going through to 8th grade. The community of teachers and families is amazing - it certainly lives up to its name! Academically speaking, our daughter has done great. She was reading by Dec. of kindergarten year. Her STAR test scores are highly proficient and she ranks in the top 95% compared to students all over the country. The teachers spend a lot of time with each child and respond to each individual child's needs and concerns. The quality of teaching is excellent. The curriculum is a project based learning. They learn a lot and are proud to show off their projects. Weakness: In a district that is strapped for cash, the lower socio-economic level of many of families makes it hard to have 'extras'.
My daughter attended SF Community from K to 5th grade. She started as a very shy child and Community was wonderful at giving her the love and security that enabled her to blossom. I love the project based curriculum and the fact that the teachers put in so many extra hours to work together on the curriculum. We decided to move our daughter to a larger middle school that would have more offerings (such as band every day) and a seperate Gate strand. I am completely happy with my daughter's K - 5 education at Community.
SF Community School is the healthiest, most authentically democratic, collaborative environment in which to be a teacher. Our staff is united in our efforts to provide high quality instruction to all students and to ensure equitable achievement. This is place where adults know students and families well, where people can feel like they belong. It is a great honor and privilege to work at SF Community School.
My daughter attends this SF Community Alt. School. She loves her school and is now on the honor roll. The academic cirriculum at this school is wonderful. The classes are small, there are only 20-22 students per class. They offer classes in musical insturments. My daughter has learned to play the violin. I also like how diverse the school is. My daughter loves going to this school as they also do extracurricular activities. They also have parent teacher conferences more often than other schools I've seen. The teachers care about the childrens learning. Also, this is the only school that is run by teachers. They do not have a principal.
I think this is one of the best schools in the district. It has a garden, PE, and art. It also has two 9 week project sections in which the kids do amazing work. The teachers are great too. The middle school need some improvement.
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