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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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~~
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.
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.
The School is really great! For one the Library is fantastic and under great management!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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....
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.
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