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School leader Sara Shenkan-Rich
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1651 Union Street
San Francisco, CA 94123

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4 stars
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May 01, 2014
I don't have any word to describe how wonderful is this school both my daughter and my son are in this school and I love this school and it is the best school in the city. Very strong PTA and all the parents are involved and the school and supporting the school, the teachers, and the students .... I love Sherman Shark........

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2014
Sherman, My grandson attends first grade at sherman. We are very pleased and the homework is appropriate for the age a7 grade..... He's progressing nicely and likes school.

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2014
Sherman is a wonderful school. Our daughter started kindergarten their this year (2013) with one of the new teachers. She is great! I don't know why previous reviews complain about the principal. She is young, energetic, and very visible in the school. Please don't let the bad reviews turn you off to Sherman. Our experience has been great. Sherman was our first choice and we feel very lucky to have won the SFUSD lottery!

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2014
Sherman is AWESOME! My child is learning so much! I am not sure why anyone would bash our Principal. She is always at every morning assembly and there for parents and kids in the hall. She knows every child. The kids love her. She is not a paper pusher who hides in her office like so many other heads of school. She takes education and preparing our kids for their future seriously. Because she is around she sees how kids act and if she added some personal comments to the parent below in a conference and they were different from what was relayed by the teacher then maybe they were her own observations. Has she no right to speak about what she as a Principal sees? Maybe the parent who wrote all the malarky does not want to face that they need to get their child in line. Instead they knock the Principal and try to hurt the reputation of a school that has an API of 931! This is public school and if these parents can not get their kids to behave here, where people are more accommodating different behavior issues, then they will not last a New York minute in the private school admission process where kids are put under a microscope. Get your kid in line and stop blaming the Principal.

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2014
I toured this school in the fall. Somewhat informative parent-led tour, nice Spanish style building, wide halls, large playground, beautiful garden, active parent community, students engaged in some classrooms not in others. Least impressed by the principal. No greeting and absent during tour. At the end of the tour, a large group of interested families sat in their cafeteria. Had a Q&A with the parent volunteers-which was supposed to be facilitated by the principal. The parents said she was coming to answer additional questions. After we exhausted the parent-volunteers with questions, the room fell silent for over 20 minutes while we waited for the principal to show up. When she finally arrived, she was short, dry, unengaged, and acted as though we were wasting her time. She said she only had time for 3 questions :-/ Before my arrival, I was excited about this school. Unfortunately, I left gravely disappointed. With poor leadership, the whole system becomes dysfunctional. I want my daughter to attend a school where her teachers are getting what they need to be successful in their roles and the students have a positive, supportive role model as a leader--I didn't see this here.

- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2013
We are super happy at Sherman. My child is thriving and has made many important friendships. The teachers are caring and work to make a meaningful connection with their students. The principal is really focused on what counts and her wisdom to bring in the Columbia University Reader & Writer Workshop Program (used at many of the most respected schools across the country) has changed our student outcomes for the better. If you are looking for a strong academic school with an assortment of enrichment activities, Sherman is your school. My only complaint would be the slightly whiny parents. Many of them think, because they are so involved, they know what it takes to run one of the most successful K-5 public schools in SFUSD, and guess what, they don't. Leave the school direction to accomplished teachers, staff and Principal!

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2013
Part 2: If needed, I will talk to someone in the school district to have Ms. Sara Shenkan-Rich re-evaluated for her role of job. Being in the educational field, a principle has to be well educated, professional with his/her job, and also must has moral standards and humanity personality. I don t see any of these in Ms. Sara Shenkan-Rich or even showing any respect to herself and others. In a couple of meetings with her and the classroom teachers and other staff, she was yawning without covering her mouth, raising her head up at a corner in an opposite direction while others are presenting. This behavior is so disrespectful. She provided conflict info about my kid from the classroom teacher. They went back and forth a couple of times and the teacher had to give up as she started showing her discomfort and raising her voice. Currently, I reached out to some staff in school to verify some info that the principle told us about our kid in the meeting. I discovered that she made up quite a bit of stories about my kid which is totally unacceptable. Over all, Ms. Sara Shenkan-Rich does NOT QUALIFY for her role as a principle at all. She s completely ignorance.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2013
Part 1: I agree with some parents here. The teachers from this school seem to be fine. However, the principle, Ms. Sara Shenkan-Rich, is NOT professional in her job or line of responsibilities in educational field. Lucky, she is NOT a teacher. Otherwise, I am NOT going to let my child in her class. I totally AGREE with one of the parent here about the principle that, Her leadership style is dictatorial, manipulative, deflective and judgmental. Her lacks of ability to work effectively with her teaching staff causing a lot of conflicts in school. This year, I noticed that a lot old teachers have moved to another school. In addition, I also agree that the principle has very little knowledge in dealing with people/kids who are in different ethnic groups. She is not sensitive and understand the needs of the kids. I noticed that the school also has special ed class. I am not so sure how she handles special kid since she is NOT capable in handling any kids at all. I feel very sorry for those kids and their parents. I don t think Ms. Sara Shenkan-Rich actually has any tolerance for these kids at all. ~~ Please look for part 2 to my comment. Thank you~~

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2013
This school lacks leadership. The principal lacks the ability to work effectively with her teaching staff. As a result, nearly 50% of the teachers left the school this year. She does not collaborate with the teachers or the parents. Her leadership style is dictatorial, manipulative, deflective and judgmental. Her motivation is test scores, but at the cost of the childrens' dignity. Pick a different school where the leader LEADS.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2013
My son loves Sherman. His teachers have been top-notch and he really loves going to school. The after school problem is also excellent and we often find ourselves having to drag him away at the end of the day because he is having so much fun. We were weighing private school vs. public, but are really glad he ended up at Sherman.

- submitted by a parent
July 14, 2013
The School is really great! For one the Library is fantastic and under great management!

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2013
This school is very disappointing. The principal as previously mentioned lacks training and doesn't address students issues. Kids are being bullied on the playground and there is no proper supervision. The curriculums and field trips haven't change in years..Not challenging environment at all. Oh! and the cherry on the pudding, the math book for example is full of errors but it will still be used and 1 month prior to testing kids will switch to another book. There are so many nonsense in this school, it's hard to keep track! And the principal, don't even get me started, the only voice she can hear is her own.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2013
Sending my son to Sherman is the biggest mistakes. By living in San Francisco you'd think it would be diverse.My son was picked on his first year. The principal is insensitive to the needs of the kids,she also lacks knowledge of dealing with different ethnic backgrounds. Black history month,Chinese new year etc. isn't celbrated and that's sad! African American Honor roll isn't recognized. My son went from a warm,loving kindergarten teacher to a militant first grade teacher. This teacher also yells at certain kids.The 1st grade teacher kept my son in for recess almost everyday because she thought he needed tutoring. My son is vey advanced,not because of Sherman. Nor was I properly notified of him being kept in by his teacher. No I.e.p was done by the district stating he needed tutoring. If he was lucky enough to go out he was benched the entire recess.By law he's only supposed to be benched 6 minutes. Money rules Sherman.If you dont write checks than you're child doesn't have a fair chance an is looked down upon. 90% of he teachers aren't friendly and lack proper training. Test scores count more than the kids feelings. #everything that glitter isn't gold #i am my sons keeper!

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2013
Sherman is great! What a wonderful place for my children to learn and thrive. We have a strong parent community to help "fill in the gaps", a seasoned teaching staff, a strong after-school program and a dedicated Principal. Sherman is a school that is highly focused on academics (using the Columbia University, Reading & Writing Workshop program) with plenty of enrichment and a large outdoor garden used to help support the kids learning. Leadership is key to getting this mix correct, and the Principal works hard to meet the needs of all the students. Pros: beautiful school, love the differentiated reading program, wonderful enrichment staff, amazing garden and seasoned teaching staff; Cons: start time (7:50 ugh), keeping up the garden takes a lot of parent volunteer work, also parent fundraising is heavy but it is necessary to keep the school running. You won't go wrong picking Sherman!

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2013
My child does not like Sherman because of the boring classroom experience and the frequent substitute-teacher situation. The after school program is good and my child likes it. However, the classroom teaching is weak. My child barely learns anything there. No penmanship requirement and no individual attention. The principal does not care about the quality of the school. The STAR test results put the school in further lower ranking. The office staff are nice. However, at least some of the teachers lack passion and motivation. The school has a weird "culture", which sets it apart from most other schools. You can feel something wrong here.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2013
Sending my child to Sherman is a big mistake. The school does not possess a healthy culture. In this school, studying is not important. Instead, the teacher constantly picks on childrens' clothing, like the fashion police. The curriculum is weak compared to other schools we have experienced. The Principal does not have the necessary leadership. She does not respect parents and their opinion. Once you report anything that should be improved, your child or family may even get retaliated from the school. While most parents hoped that the Principal could solve the problems, it never happened here. While some of the staff are nice and friendly, under the current Principal, most things fall apart in this school. The priority of the school is so different compared to normal schools to the extent that you would not feel that it is like a school. For example, the book fair should be a learning event. Instead, it became an event to take little kids' money. More things that disappointed us. Too bad to mention here. As a parent with positive experience in most of my childrens' schools, I advise fellow parents to think twice before considering this school for your child/children.

- submitted by a parent
February 14, 2013
Sherman is a fantastic school. The parent community is amazing, the teachers are great, the student body is diverse, the facility is fantastic. It feels like private school. We love it!

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2012
Sherman used to be a great school. Under the current principal's leadership, the school went downhill. Not only did the standardized test results decrease, but also the educational quality.The principal does not really care about the students and the educational quality. She does not respect her staff and parents. Some teachers take sick leaves as often as two days a week, leaving totally unfamiliar subs to babysit (not teach) the children. The students barely have any homework and do not learn much at school. This school also has an odd schedule, 7:50am-1:50pm, very inconvenient for working parents. Hope Sherman can revert to its old, good reputation.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2012
This is a great school - the very definition of a high caliber public school. Great parent community, fantastic facility, a high quality faculty of committed teachers, and a great principal who is committed to her school. My child is very happy there and loves the afterschool GLO program as well.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2012
I agree with most of the reviews about the principal. She will put on a face in front of the parents and make you think that she cares about issues brought to her, but that about it...she never follows through... She completely got rid off the pledge of allegiance during morning assembly. But what unsettled me the most is the fact that kids are left unsupervised during recesses .Security is also not on her priority !.Teachers offer the same curriculum every year....every year kids go on the same field trips..over and over....

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2012
The principal at Sherman needs to be sensitive to her special needs students. I saw her provoking an already upset special needs student and she had no sympathy for him. I was shocked at this treatment! No teacher should be allowed to behave this way, much less the principal of the school! I wonder if she would act this way in front of that boy's parents? Probably not, because she shows a different face in public.

- submitted by a teacher
September 06, 2012
Sherman is the best you can do in a SF public school. The teachers really care and the community is very strong. However, the principal is the real winner. She cares very much about the kids and fights tirelessly against the union bureaucrats, bad teachers, and parents who care only about their kids. The city needs more Sherman's

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2012
I am so thankful that my children are at Sherman. They have had excellent teachers that teach to them at their individual level. They also LOVE the enrichment programs such as art, library, garden, PE, computers, etc... Its a very positive and happy environment and my kids mostly look forward to going to school and doing well academically. I'm surprised by negative reviews, but I guess its because no school is perfect (particularly public schools) and each experience is individual.

- submitted by a parent
February 29, 2012
The young and inexperienced principal certainly has brought the school down. She has an unbelievable dictatorial nature. She often violates the SFUSD's guidelines and no one seems able to curb her. Maybe someone in the administration will wake up and see that her abuses are hurting the school and certainly irritating a large number of parents/taxpayers. I pity the teachers who have to work under her rule. Great that she is a Harvard grad but it was NOT in education. On a positive note the garden is awesome, a number of teachers are superior although many are quite young, the facilities are quite adequate; AND one of the greatest strengths is the parents who actively contribute their time and money to the school. There seems to be a great tradition of parent involvement that has carried through over the years.

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2011
I like this is school. It is the one of the best of best. My two children are in this is school. And Everything is the best. Keep it up! I love Sherman Shark!!!

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2011
The entire Sherman community collaborates to ensure my son has a positive education. I respect the principal, the librarian, the speech teacher, the art teacher, the garden teacher, the fellow parents and the amazing PTA. I feel fortunate that my son can enjoy this lovely school. There is an expectation for parents to contribute time, talent and/or money, but I think this is a positive approach to counter he recession. Sherman Elementary PTA raises funds to support many "extras" and I think all families should do what they can.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2011
My son is starting his third year at Sherman (now is second grade) and has continued to thrive here. So far, we've been very happy with each of his teachers and have felt embraced by and have become a part of the community. I attended California public schools years ago during their pre-prop 13 heyday and can honestly say that none of the schools I attended had as much going for them as Sherman. I love the green schoolyard, the library, music and arts enrichment, and friendly and involvement group of parents. The principal is a rock star. My son cherishes his friends here and is thriving socially and academically. I feel so lucky that he's part of this community.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2011
It was Open House at Sherman this late afternoon. I was shocked to see the class schedule that was posted on the whiteboard. My son spends most of the instructional day on reading and language arts. The remaining minutes are relegated to "enrichment" programs. Do the teachers teach at this school? When I asked when Science or Social Studies are taught, the teacher just smiled and said, "That's how we do things at Sherman." As it is, my son is not getting any reading instruction. He's not getting proper Science and Social Studies education. There's really no point to being here.

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2011
I am quite surprised with most of the reviews here. I thought I was the only parent who is unhappy with Sherman. Glad my negative sentiments are shared by others. Let's just see if there will be visible improvements in their academic programs. With the economy that we're in, expect more zealous and aggressive letters for donations 2x to 3x a week. The principal is really good at this. Her motto of "be a friend" is one of her pet projects.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2011
Sherman ES is a high quality school. Its strong academic program, nurturing environment and excellent teaching has more than prepared our kids to be successful in middle school. The teachers are the best and the school provided our kids with a solid curriculum and a variety of experiences that has made them well-rounded. We would recommend this school to anyone!

- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2011
Sherman ES with the poor leadership of the current school principal lacks challenging academic programs. Efforts are mostly geared at raising funds and donations. I am now beginning to think that ratings are based on the collections. Where does the money go? Kids are not learning, there's no tangible projects going on except for the garden which is not really that impressive. It's all hype about the school as well as the principal...

- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2011
Unfortunately, most of the negative reviews are accurate. The staff works hard to educate our kids, however a few do get away with low standards and expectations for the students, and I can only think that they are the administrator's favorites. My daughters are ill-prepared for this fall, and I'm absolutely appalled by the lack of instruction they received just this past year. The first grade teacher has her monotonous routines and lessons were hardly lessons, just busy work. My daughter goes home telling me her teacher told her to say certain things to us so we could think she was happy learning at school. Then there's my fourth grader who barely had any homework. Her teacher lectured behavioral kids in class on a daily basis, taking away learning and instructional time. She sat in her chair while having student teachers run lessons all year long. She has probably less than 10 years of experience. Seriously, this principal has got to go. The mood is unwelcoming with her presence. The Asian community is nonexistence as she pretends that there are parents and grandparents around to provide Chinese translations during the morning intake. Beware prospective families!

- submitted by a parent
July 18, 2011
I was fooled by this school. My daughter's 1st grade teacher wasn't challenging even though she got all the best students from the previous year. She said she covered the 1st grade standards, but I know she didn't. A lot of busy work instead of homework. As a result, my daughter was ill prepared for 2nd grade. The administrator loves this teacher and that is why she is able to do the things that she does. I don't even want to write about the principal. My daughter is now attending a private school getting a real education.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2011
This school has great teachers, but a horrible leader. The leader has been known and seen to yell at teachers, staff, parents AND children. She has no respect for anyone she considers beneath her (e.g. low income, uneducated). The school would be better off with a better leader who actually knows how to run a school instead of a tyrant who doesn't know how to compromise and whose policy is her way or no way. Don't let the beautiful setting fool you.

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2011
I am pleased with the school, except for the academic focus on reading. My child used to love to go to school, but recently has been forced to read only books at "her level" and not allowed to do other activities. She comes home and complains that "all we do is read," which is wonderful, but there comes a time when kids should also enjoy learning by other means. I noticed the staff is tired, and the creativeness and uniqueness of each teacher is slowly disappearing because each classroom now is looking all the same. I worry that my child is no longer being stimulated and excited to learn anymore. She wishes to learn about science instead of reading about it. She tells me all we do is "read" and we don't do science, we just read about it. She no longer gets to do any science exploration and discovery. The teachers have been wonderful, but I hope that she will be prepared for middle school. Also, the stress on testing is my concern too. It seems that the school is primarily to teach to the test.....perhaps that is why the test scores went up so drastically??? Now, I feel I have to make sure I teach the other subject areas to make sure she is well-rounded.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2010
I am thankful every weekday that my son attends such a wonderful school. After touring many schools in the district (and being pleasantly surprised about the number of good schools there are), we listed Sherman as the first choice for our future kindergartener. Fortunately, we got it in the first round. Simply, Sherman has all the resources: amazing enrichment opportunities--arts, music, P.E., its crown jewel garden, active and activist parents who support the school financially, a full-time librarian, a full-time computer teacher, and a warm and loving environment. The principal (Sara Shenkan-Rich) is a bright and dedicated optimist. Her energy was one of the many reasons we chose the school. My kindergartener is thriving here!

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2010
Great nurturing school with a good atmosphere and lovely campus.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 02, 2010
Sherman is wonderful in many ways. Top of mind I would say: wonderful kids, great teachers, involved parents, an inspiring principal and a great space, particularly with the Green Schoolyard.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 01, 2010
Enrichment programs like Art, Music, Movement. A great Edible Schoolyard through which kids are introduced to biology, nutrition, environment. Committed parents that work on school issues. Sherman School should be held up as an exemplar!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 30, 2010
Sherman was an awesome school up until the new principal came along. The new principal is bringing this school down...the discipline in the school is lacking (not so the case with Ms. Matsuno, the previous principal), the scores went down (the new principal had no explanation why that happened under her leadership). She is rude, has no respect for either the teachers or the parents. She seems to have the wrong priorities...The kids don't like her...and neither do most parents. A lot of hard work went into making Sherman a top school in the city...it would be a shame to let the new principal drag it down. The school has awesome teachers and great set of parents...but the principal needs to go for the school to get back on track.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2010
Teachers, administrators and parents work together to make Sherman the best public school in San Francisco city. Go check out the happy faces!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 29, 2010
Why do I love Sherman? Fabulous teachers and staff, lovely building, interesting and enriching education, and a terrific mix of people. No school is perfect, but Sherman comes close. Almost every day I pick my daughter up I think, 'I love this place.' That's pretty remarkable.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 29, 2010
Sherman has an innovative and effective literacy program, beautiful garden and a truly great mix of teachers and parents. We love our school!

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2010
My granddaughter absolutely adores her teachers and classmates. She has never complained about a single aspect of her school day. Every day is an intense learning experience for her and she is doing well (as I measure it, and I'm a former college professor). Teachers are involved and interested in their work and the students; administrators do an excellent job of managing the school; parents volunteer time and resources to maximize support for the school and its curriculum. Unusually good school for a major U. S. city.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 29, 2010
Great staff....dedicated PTA.....good enrichment programs .....great for overall growth and development of child

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 29, 2010
The staff and parents are working together to offer the children so many opportunities to experience what a fun, safe, caring environment along with giving the children the knowledge they can and will succeed.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 29, 2010
I love Sherman's 1920's architecture- smack dab in the middle of San Francisco with a population as diverse as it was back in the 1920's. The kids are sweet, the teachers amazing. If I cannot be with my children all day, this is the next best place. I'm proud to say that my 3 boys will be raised by Sherman teachers!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 29, 2010
I love the gardening programs Sheman has shared with students. These experiences help children make connection with the natural world around them. Environmental education is so important to our future generations!

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2010
Perfect mix of academic excellence, community spirit and a safe and fun environment of learning.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 29, 2010
The school has a friendly, community spirit and a respect for learning and for each other that is shared by the children and the staff. The principal is instrumental in promoting this, including among the parents, some of whom are not English speakers.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 28, 2010
Sherman has a great mix of structure and art. Love the way the teachers engage students in learning.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
Wonderful teaches, wonderful parents, great programs. All my family members are happy with Sherman.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
Nurturing, Scholarship, Sense of Place, Pride, Extraordinary Teachers and Parent Support, environment, vertical mentor ship programs, garden, recreational facilities, play equipment, music, drama and athletic programs. WOW

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
Sherman Elementary School has a vibrant community of dedicated parents, teachers, and students. We are fortunate to have a beautiful building with bright airy classrooms, a grand auditorium and an amazing garden that serves as an outdoor classroom for the whole school. The school's focus on literacy and reading is a core to the curriculum. My kids have thrived there!

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2010
Sherman is a great neighborhood school. The teachers and principal support the academic and social growth of all of the students, and foster a strong community spirit.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
Sherman is a very dynamic and excellent school! The parent community, teachers and principal are very dedicated and with their diverse and strong backgrounds bring a tremendous amount of experience and expertise to the school. I love the beautiful, large and well-maintained organic garden and its related science and nutrition education.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
Sherman has a terrific parent community, wonderful staff and even better children! The principal is very dedicated to providing a well-rounded curriculum with extremely high expectations! She also continuously fosters teacher development and is always open to new and creative ideas! We love our school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 24, 2010
Shermna was a wonderful school, howeve, ever since the new principal has come, the school is going downhill. She is clearly using this experience as a stepping stone in her career. Under her leadership, the scores have fallen and she has been unable to explain that. She is focusing on the wrong programs. The PTA is amazing and I wish they would have the courage to speak up instead of just going along with her. The kids can't stand her, and she is rude and disrespectful to parents and the staff. Worse still, she plays favorites!! It took years to build up this school, and she has come along and starting to undo all the work. She needs tp leave.....and if she goes, the school will on on the rise again!

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2010
My daughter went to Sherman and had an overall good experience. The teachers are outstanding, the secretary is an absolute angel, and the school is among the cleanest I have ever seen. The only downside and reason I didn't give 5 stars is they have a new principal who is absolutely awful. i have seen her treat staff rudely and disrespectfully, and she embarrassed my daughter by telling her that hers was ' a funny name for a boy.' If Shenkan leaves the school, I am sure the rating will go back up to 5 stars. Don't let this scare you away, the teachers are great.

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2010
This campus has become the center of citywide parent activism, addressing the projected HUGE cuts in state funding. Best news I have ever heard about Sherman. Better than having a great garden. My child attended this school from K-3. If you are stoked about this school, and want admittance, please start asking parents about their experiences with grade two instructors. A double breath of fresh air at this level would greatly improve the school experience for your child.

- submitted by a community member
January 10, 2010
My daughter loves attending Sherman. The school shines with outstanding academic and parental leadership. The principal is a ROCK STAR!! She is sincere cares and is incredibly motivating and encourages parents to get involved at every opportunity. If you care about education and want to help public school's shine then this is the place to be.

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2009
The kids are being pulled out for various 'enrichment' activities leaving little time for teachers to provide 'quality' instruction. Assignments are rarely returned so it is hard to gauge how well my child is doing. The present administrator is a tyro with little classroom experience.

- submitted by a parent
November 24, 2009
My daughter loves Sherman and we love the school and parent community.

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- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2009
Sherman's focus on academic excellance combined with the outstanding parent involvement which, by extension, funds an incredible range of enrichment classes, makes this an incredible choice of a k-5 school. Sherman was our first choice alongside a number of private options. It came down to the final days of summer when our son got in on the wait list. We ended up passing on the private backup and went with Sherman, thankfully. He loves his school. The gifted teachers, staff and parents seem completely devoted to making this public school work really well. The school is large (3 kinder classes) but it's a joy and a blessing to be there and the peformance reflects the effort. There are only a handful of other publics we would have considered for our son--we're thrilled to have waited for and got Sherman.

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2009
We are so happy we got into Sherman! My daughter is in Kindergarten so we've only been there a short time but already, we have met a welcoming parent committee, and could be happier with the curriculum. We were going the private route but when I toured Sherman, reality set in and, frankly, found a better value going to Sherman. they have an art studio with a full time art teacher, chorus, gymnastics tought by a professional gymnastics teacher, computer, library with a full time librarian, PE, gardening with a full time garden teacher and a full time nutritionist which carefully screens the meals served at school. Overall we are over joyed to have found such a school.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
Sherman has the best teachers, families and a wonderful garden!

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July 23, 2009
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July 23, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating April 14, 2008
This is a great school that offers a strong core academic program and an excellent array of enrichment programs. As a longtime parent with two kids at Sherman school, I can attest to the wonderful progress this school has made under the leadership of the principal Phyllis Matsuno who sets high standards for staff, students, and yes, even parents to reach! She has brought in enrichment programs and increased test scores every year she has been at Sherman. Kudoes to her for her commitment to our kids. The teaching staff, with a few notable exceptions, is committed and excellent. The school building and grounds are spacious, clean, and well-kept. This is a top-notch school!

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2008
After all the stress of the enrollment process, whew what a relief to find Sherman! As a kindergarten family, we keep finding out more to love about this school. Ms. Matsuno is amazingly creative with bringing additional resources to the school -- be they volunteer nurses students or high school kids tutoring reading. She's also led the way for public and private schools with technology in the classroom with 'smart white boards' (connected to the Internet) and the 'Mind Institute program.' Our green schoolyear is a breath of fresh air in our urban environment with fruit trees, vegetables, and a fish pond that delight the kids. We love our kindergarten teacher. The parent community is engaged and active in making our school even better. We're very happy with our choice.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 13, 2008
Sherman is an excellent school with an exceptional Principal. As incoming kindergarten parents this year after visiting many schools, we chose Sherman for several reasons, but primarily because of Principal Matsuno. During her tenure Sherman has become one of the highest performing schools in the district. In addition to a strong emphasis on academics, Sherman offers its students gardening, painting/drawing, dance, choral music, gymnastics, computer lab and physical education, among others. The principal considers these to be necessary core curriculum for the children, and not just frosting on the cake. Over the course of several visits to the school, we were struck with her dedication to contiually evolving Sherman in the best interest of its students. Her drive and focus are admirable. We continue to be impressed with her, and feel that she is not only approachable, but is consistently willing to extend herself in an effort to address the needs and concerns of parents. She is a frank person, which is a refreshing and often lacking quality in persons who occupy leadership positions. For us this has inspired both respect for her honesty, and trust in her follow-through.

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2008
Sherman is a great school with a great principal. Mrs Mastuno has helped me out on a number of occasins and very easy to talk to. She is very direct and also very caring. She works very hard and has set the tone for a great school. Most of the teachers are terrific and gifted with a few slackers who are the exception. Check out this school

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2008
We're very pleased with our choice. Rumors about the principal are unfortunately true. She is difficult--headstrong, can be exceptionally rude and unresponsive to parents, and not always engaged. If you can look past that, and you should because she is expected to retire soon, you'll find lots to like. The school is headed in the right direction despite the need for new leadership. The teaching staff is excellent. Parent involvement is strong and growing, with an active PTA.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2007
Amazing jewel of a school. Strong academics (API scores rival Lilienthal's), lots of enrichment (art, music, computer, dance, gymnastics/PE, gardening etc), stellar principal(pro-active educator/leader who also knows each child), enthusiastic warm parent participation, esp in K-3, beautiful spacious bldg & new gardens/waterfall. Toured public & private and glad we chose Sherman. Educated professional families have discovered this jewel, some selecting it over privates. We like Sherman's energy -- school is clearly on an upward trajectory -- as well as the true diversity that we found missing at some privates and publics, in different ways. Pleased w/aftercare; we were initially concerned that on-site care is for grades 2-5, until we found that a number of the programs that bus Sherman Ks & 1st graders were superior in quality than some of the on-site programs elsewhere. We consider ourselves lucky that our kindergartener is at Sherman.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 16, 2007
Ms. Matsuno, the principal, has done a superb job in converting Sherman from a good school into a great school. If you walk through the halls and yards, you see a fully functional library, a PE coach on the grounds, students in chorus and art classes, a student-mentoring program on the yard, gardening, great parent involvement. All of it developed over the past five years under her leadership. Teaching staff is excellent, too, but it can vary within each grade level.

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2007
Phyllis Matsuno is a fantastic principal!

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2007
As parent of a student with learning disabilties, I had good fortunate to find Sherman school. The special education program is a large part of school and my son's teacher is, high energy hard worker, and fun. The principal seems to do avery good job and the staff is friendly and is compotent. The building is cleanest school I have ever seen. Thank you to Sherman School.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2007
We cannot say enough, as parents, about the high quality of leadership and it's result on academic performance and the learning environment at Sherman. We have done extensive research in the SF School district and found Principal Matsuno to be the best of the best. Our experience over the last two school years bears this out. The superbly hard working PTA has provided the school with funds for arts and technology resources. Without them, and the tireless grant and funding seeking of Principal Matsuno, Sherman would be yet another school adrift and underfunded in the SF School System. Best of all our child loves his teachers and we think they are doing a *great* job in the difficult SF School System environment. The ratings and improvement scores show the quality of their work!

- submitted by a parent
July 04, 2007
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July 04, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
July 02, 2007
This school has a strong academic emphasis with teachers focused to help the students achieve successfully. The upper grade teachers, especially the 5th grade teachers, show great leadership skills while preparing rigorously, both physically and academically, their students for middle schools. I am looking forward for my child to be learning with one of these teachers.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2006
I am a first grade parent at Sherman Elementary in San Francisco. Principal Matsuno is a treasure and fantastic role model for the children. Amazing teaching staff and principal work as a team along with strong PTA. Thanks to all of them, children have benefit of excellent art and music programs. Wonderful ethnic diversity another plus. Beautiful 'green' schoolyard in progress. A real feat in an urban environment. Only drawback is too much homework starting in K-garten!

- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2006
We are delighted with Sherman Elementary School in San Francisco. Our son has had a wonderful Kindergarten year, and is excited to start first grade in Fall 2006. The Principal, Ms. Matsuno, rocks, and the teachers are creative, engaged, sensitive yet firm (especially helpful with our rambunctious guy and his posse!) The core curriculum is excellent, and the additional music, dance, art, computer etc. classes are really stimulating the kids to

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2006
Academics and most teachers are quite good. Parents in the upper grades (2-5) aren't nearly as involved as in K&1. Principal Matsuno is terrific. The greatest drawback about the school is a lack of community. An adequate, but not great school.

- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2006
We have found this school to be an exceptional school for SFUSD. The teachers are bright and enthusiastic. The parents are highly involved in the school program and fundraising. It is as close to a private education as you can get in SF CA USA. There are some really great programs attached to the school-like afterschool for parents that actually work and can't pick their kindergartener up at 1pm.

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2006
The school overall is very good. It is cleana dn as well as teachers, the parents take pride in it. My son's teahcer is excellent but I had a problem with a teahcer in a past but the issue was resolved.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2005
This is an awesome school. The prinicpal and staff are very helpful and great communication. Parent participation overall is good, yet there still needs to be more parent participation as this is our childrens school.

- submitted by a teacher
August 16, 2005
This is a very good school. My son did well here although I have to say that he was marginalized due to his minority cultural background because the school is mostly Asian. He had a difficult time socially. Academically the school is very good and the teachers seem competent.

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2005
This school os really great. I like the principal and all the school activities.

- submitted by a student
September 20, 2004
My son just started in kindergarten at Sherman and I couldn't be happier with the school. The principal and teachers are outstanding- far more impressive than the teachers I met at the private schools we considered. The facility is wonderful, with large, sunny rooms and lots of space. My son, who is caucasian, is surrounded by a diverse mix of children at the school with various backgrounds and beliefs- some similar to ours and others that aren't- reflecting the culture and diversity of San Francisco. Lastly, the parent community is active, involved and committed to making the school the best it can be. I highly recommend this school!

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2004
I first learned about Sherman when I moved to San Francisco in February of 2004 and had to quickly enroll my daughters in school during the middle of the school year. Although I had spent many hours on the internet researching various SFUSD schools, my research had not included Sherman. Thank goodness my counselor at the Educational Placement Center suggested I look at Sherman! This school has some of the highest test scores in the city--thanks to both its excellent teachers and the dedication of the parents of its students. The principal, Mrs. Matsuno, is the epitome of professionalism and leads her staff by example. The PTA is active and is becoming even stronger. Both of my girls attend the school and I couldn't be happier. This school is what all public schools should be like.

- submitted by a parent
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Sherman Elementary School
1651 Union Street, San Francisco, CA  94123
(415) 749-3530
Last modified Sherman Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Sherman Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 98 reviews.