Students enrolled 368
Hours 8:40 - 2:40
School leader Greg John
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4 stars
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April 28, 2014
My son has been at this school for two years and both his Kindergarden and 1st grade teachers (Mrs. Wentworth and Mrs. Siddle) are great. He did so many special projects in Mrs. Siddle class. His reading is improving. He is happy and loves his teachers. Principal John is fantastic. He knows the children by names and can be seen joining my son's class during their lunch period. My son attends the YMCA after school program and enrichment classes. I am glad he got into this school.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2014
Beginning this past September our neighborhood began hearing the same loud voice yelling at the same time every day. The voice is louder than the traffic and train. We went to the school and asked the person to stop.The person yelled at us that if we don't like it we can volunteer to do the job and not to complain when we aren't helping the school. We left many messages and the yelling still has continued for now. Stop yelling so loud.

- submitted by a community member
April 23, 2014
Sloat is amazing in so many ways! The Teachers, the Principal, the community, the kids!! Our garden and school yard is so special and I just value our time at this school. My kids love love love their school and thats really what its all about.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2014
My daughter has been welcomed into the Commodore community with open arms. She was accepted late August 2013 after school had already started. Immediately the Principal came over and introduced himself and made me and my child feel like we had found a great school. The campus is open and beautiful, the area is safe, the parents are caring and raise a substantial amount of money yearly for additional teachers and activities. The after school program is good too. Engineering, Lego Building and Swimming are some of the classes that your child can sign up for. I am a huge fan of Commodore Sloat!

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2014
I have been teaching at Sloat for more than 15 years now and can still say what I said the year I started here... "this school is fantastic, inclusive, and wonderfully diverse. I'm lucky to be a part of it's community" I decided to bring my daughter here to join the Sloat Family when she was in kindergarten. She is about to graduate and move on to Middle School. The experiences she's had here, and the friends she's made will stay with her and help her grow. I'm very proud to be a part of this team. I have watched hundreds of kids blossom while here; kids with special needs as well as kids without... thanks to the dedication of both the "SpedEd" and "RegEd" teachers.

- submitted by a teacher
April 17, 2014
My son attended kindergarten at Commodore Sloat. It was a very nurturing environment. His teacher, Ms. Loia, was amazing. She cared so much about all the kids and was a fantastic teacher. I am so happy he had his first big kid school experience with her and the wonderful staff at CS. The extra circular/ enrichment activities were wonderful as well - the art, gardening and music were a great way to introduce the kids to a diverse education. Keep up the great work CS!

- submitted by a community member
February 17, 2014
As I read the reviews, I am struck by the person that writes about our Special Ed Team. I have been a classroom teacher at Sloat for 3 years, prior to that I was the Garden Coordinator, and before that an involved parent. For the past two years I have worked closely with out SPED team, consulting with the two lead inclusion specialists as well as the paraprofessional staff on a daily basis. We have never had a stronger SPED team or a more supportive administrator. I attend many evening professional development workshops, and in talking to fellow educators across the district, our collaboration and whole child approach is remarkable and admired. No school is perfect, but from all the perspectives I have had, and the other schools I have had the opportunity to work at, I am happy to say our pledge every week ."I am proud to be a teacher at Commodore Sloat School, I listen with my ears, my eyes, and my heart, I treat others the way I want to be treated, I am strong and I am caring, I am proud to be a teacher of Commodore Sloat School."

- submitted by a community member
February 16, 2014
This school has many wonderful programs, teachers, PCO , and students. As you can read below, there is a lot of tension regarding the special ed department and the tension seems to stress out many facets of the school. A lot parents have complained about this. It seems like the principal refuses to hold the special ed department accountable for getting help to various needy areas.I have dealt with all the teachers in all the grades. Every teacher of the classes is outstanding.The fundraising is outstanding. The after school program and enrichments are outstanding. The arts programs are outstanding. Our kids are happy, so we are mostly happy. I just think the school would be more peaceful with a different special ed outlook.

- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2014
Its a good neighborhood school. We are very pleased with the school. Most parents are very involved. And the PCO is strong. Fund raising is strong here, but if it weren't the school wouldn't have the resources it does. The only pressure I feel to give to the school comes from my own sense of obligation. My children are getting a great education, and that takes donations from the parent body. I get it. Test scores are up this year. I do agree, however, with the previous post that there is not enough resources for children who have learning or behavioral issues.

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2014
This school does not do a good job supporting children with learning or attention issues. The new principal seems well intentioned and hopefully will make the school more inclusive. The posts below seem like an accurate depiction of what life at this school is like for typical kids and their parents. Unfortunately, if your kid has behavior or learning issues you will have a much different experience at this school.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2013
Happy with our neighborhood school. Involved parent community - new principal this year. So far, things are going well.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2013
Amazing neighborhood school - teachers are all wonderful. Academics are super strong; as is the enrichment - gardening, choral, library, poetry (3-5), p/e -- well rounded school. Community is wonderful - everyone does their part.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2013
This school is fantastic. We feel so fortunate to have our first grade son here. The teachers are dynamic, inspiring, and partner with the diverse community of involved parents. We feel truly blessed to be apart of this school.

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2013
Commodore Sloat is a fantastic school with incredible teachers, passionate parents and a well rounded curriculum. We have two children at Sloat and couldn't be happier with the community we have joined. Great education, many project based learning activities, a focus on the arts and ensuring balance across health and wellness makes this school unique in our eyes. It's a wonderful school!

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2013
Commodore Sloat is a total gem of a school. My family and i looked at a number of schools in the area, and this one really hit home with us on so many levels. The grounds are beautiful, the layout of the school (pods with courtyards) was inviting and non intimidating, and the amount of fresh air and outdoor space avaialble to all the students was very attractive. Our son is in his second year there and thriving. He wakes every morning excited to go to school. The school is small enough that my son knows everyone in his grade and manages to have friends outside of his assigned class, as all the classes in each grade come together for a number of activities through out the day. It is a community that fosters cooperation on both a student level, and teacher and parent level. it has been a lovely experience so far and i coudnl't be happier with our placement.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2013
I am a parent of a 1st & 3rd grader at Commodore Sloat. It's a safe and academically solid school and the parent community is very strong and involved. We have new leadership this year - but I'm highly optimistic. We are happy at Sloat.

- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2011
This is a gem of a school. The teachers have so much experience and do a great job teaching to each individual child. There is a warm, community feeling within the student and parent body. The principal is a fabulous leader with the energy, passion and knowledge to make the school run, grow and thrive. I could not be happier with the choice we made for educating our children.

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2011
Commodore Sloat is a gem of a public school! Dedicated principal, staff and welcoming & highly involved parent community who highly support the student body. A school that offers a well-balanced type of education for your child - strong academics, diverse student population, wonderful in-school programs such as visual art, theatre, musical theatre, poetry, gardening, library, music, and PE! Other highlights include a strong on-site after school program supported by the YMCA and also a well-organized after school enrichment program that offers a variety of interesting and engaging classes! Our school grounds is spacious with 3 wonderful play structures. Our gardening program supports a fantastic learning garden for all grade levels. This is a school that is not to be missed!

- submitted by a parent
December 20, 2010
We are so happy at Sloat! My daughter's Kindergarten teacher is loving with excellent classroom management skills. We have also been lucky enough to have a student teacher in the classroom every day in addition to the primary teacher (great with 22 kids in the class). PE, gardening, music and art have all been part of the enrichment classes (during school hours) this year. Also, there's a great after-school offering of classes. from Spanish and Tree Frog Treks to Chess and martial arts. The parent community is welcoming, down-to-earth and committed to supporting the kids.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 10, 2010
They do a great job with the kids and they keep parents involved!

- submitted by a community member
May 04, 2010
It is a very good school; it takes care of children, teach them, love them. Children and their parents response the same way.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 04, 2010
Commodore Sloat is a great school. My daughter started kindergarten this year and we are thrilled by all the things that she has learnt and is learning in her school.The best part is that she loves being there and doing all the activities there.The school has a great principal,excellent teachers and an excellent after school program.The PTA is very active doing constant fund raisers which are so necessary with our current budget problems.There are many enrichments supported by the PTA (such as chess,tree frog treks,spanish lango).The YMCA provides excellent after care with home work help and enrichments. The school has regular PE,library,big playground,learning garden.We are really glad that we got into this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
We are so pleased that our daughter is attending this school. We especially love the gardening program and their library. The kindergarten class has been wonderful. My daughter cannot stop loving going to school. Isn't that what all parents want?

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
A wonderful school! Nice teachers, great kids and helpful parents.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 02, 2010
Great teachers and a wonderful community!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 02, 2010
The school has a warm sense of community, dedicated staff and families that are dedicated to help out in any way to support the programs there.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 02, 2010
wonderful school, great teachers, friendly families and a beautiful campus!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 02, 2010
Commodore Sloat is an incredible community. Our family has loved this school and cannot imagine our kids anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 02, 2010
Great school. Kids, parents, programs, facilities. We love it.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 01, 2010
Commodore School provided more than the standard.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 01, 2010
Great school environment and the teachers are very nice.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 01, 2010
School is wonderful to provide a good environment for students and is working hard to overcome the budgets cut.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2010
I love that Commodore Sloat supports my sons to excel academically, but also provides a really nice, well-rounded environment where they are exposed to so many things. They have time for play and exploration, and a beautiful outdoor space with lots of green and natural beauty around it. There is a strong sense of community, and many practices in place that support the kids to look out for and care for each other (older, younger, etc) - i've been so impressed with the wonderful kids. Finally, the new principal continues to kick things up and brings such energy and commitment.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 30, 2010
Great teachers, great parent involvement and a wonderful principal!

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2010
The best school we could have picked for our boys.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 30, 2010
the environment is great. nurturing and caring and fun

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2010
Conscientious, caring teachers, great school environment, committed, hard-working parent organization

- submitted by a community member
April 29, 2010
The teachers are great- some stellar. Our new principal is wonderful. The school has always done well academically but that is only part of the equation. I have been a parent at CSS for ten years, through the education of my three sons and I have seen the level of education remain high and the committment of the staff continue to grow. I have always felt that the communication between parents, staff and student was fluid and transparent. We have had a true partnership in my children's education.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2010
Commodore Sloat students excel academically, given the outstanding teachers and programs. The student population is ethnically and economically diverse, and the parents are committed to supporting the children. From a facility point of view, the school feels safe and roomy. Compared to many schools, everything seems so convenient (easy drop off, onsite afterschool care, music/art/PE supplements the academic day, and there are afterschool enrichments such as theater, chess, dance, and science.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 29, 2010
Great school--active parents, teachers, staff and principal! Lots of fun and learning. My son comes home with new knowledge everyday.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 29, 2010
My grand kids have the right amount of homework from school. The teachers are actively involved with the school and their students. Go Sloat Teachers!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 29, 2010
This school provides a wonderful experience for kids. On St. Patrick's Day -2010, the kids built their own leprechaun traps. How fun is that!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 29, 2010
My 2 kids love going to school because they have great teachers and a very fun learning environmnet

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2010
The Teachers, the staff and parent communtiy are involved in the eduction of our children. We are please our sons attending this school

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 29, 2010
We have a dedicated Principal and Staff. A strong parent community,an awesome garden and PE program, a wide variety of enrichment classes among many other cool stuff at Commodore Sloat.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 29, 2010
Commodore sloat has an awesome community, great programs, fantastic teachers, an amazing learning garden, gigantic play yards. Kids are happy at sloat!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 29, 2010
It has the right mix of everything: balanced academics and art; passionate and involved parents (but not too involved), a great principal, wonderful, dedicated educators and caring students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 29, 2010
It is a great school with great teachers. It is located in a nice location too.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2010
It has highly experienced teachers who really understand how to teach. It also has great afterschool and extracurricular programs.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2010
We have a great staff, campus, families, and most importantly, happy kids.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating April 29, 2010
CSS has everything you might want in a school - a learning garden, poetry, visual and theater arts, PE twice a week, a huge playground with separate play structures and areas for younger kids, after-school enrichment programs, an active principal, well-functioning parent organizations that fund all the extras but don't ask the school community to pay private school dollars to make it happen, and great teachers!.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 29, 2010
The campus is great - lots of open space and fun playground equipment and a beautiful garden. The parent community is strong and involved and the principal & teaching staff are great.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2010
We just started at Commodore Sloat this year (my child is in kindergarten) and I am constantly amazed by how lucky we are to be here! We were able to get into the school thru SFUSD waitlisting at the end of the first week of school. We love Commodore Sloat for so many reasons: an enthusiastic new principal, wonderful and experienced teachers, a great campus with so many nice amenities (enormous playground, charming auditorium, spacious classrooms, beautiful learning garden, and large library with separate reading lounge), ample parking, diverse student body, active parent community, awesome enrichment programs, and an after-school program that accomodates every family (i.e. they can expand their program to fit demand). We are thrilled with Commodore Sloat!

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2010
Commodore Sloat is constantly reinforcing that we made the right decision in choosing public school. It is welcoming and people's hearts are in the right place. Teachers are experienced and supportive, and they try to stretch the kids' experiences beyond the prescribed state curriculum. Our kindergartener has thrived in her first year and there hasn't been a single day where she hasn't wanted to go to school. Principal Dowd is nearly done with her first year as well, and we couldn't ask for a better principal! If you are looking for a solid, well-rounded elementary school experience, CS fits the bill.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 29, 2010
The staff and parent community are wonderful. Under the leadership of a new principal, school is thriving, even in the face of large budget cuts.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 29, 2010
The teachers at all levels are the best in san francisco.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 29, 2010
I love the vibrant diversity of Commodore Sloat, and its dedicated teachers!

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2010
It has great teahers and lots of parental support.

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2010
I'm a parent of a third grader and first grader at Commodore Sloat and have been at the school for the past four years. Each year I feel more grateful to be a part of this community of students, parents, and teachers. The students come from a huge range of socioeconomic backgrounds and are truly a reflection of the great diversity seen in San Francisco. The parents are enormously committed to the school, donating significant time and money, so that all students can enjoy enriching activities including theater, visual art, vocal and instrumental music, gardening, poetry, PE, and developing technology skills. The teachers and our principal are definitely the heroes of our school. They are talented, dedicated, caring, and tremendously skilled professoinals who are able to effectively balance differentiated teaching while creating a nurturing, respectful environment for all students.

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December 20, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
October 06, 2008
I am a parent of a 1st grader at the school. We have had a wonderful experience so far. The teachers are warm, caring and committed to teaching the students. The Parents Club is very active and raises a lot of $$ for the school which helps pay for alot of extras at the school. The school grounds is very spacious with two relatively new structures and some beautiful gardens which the kids have an opportunity to learn & enjoy from. I would definitely recommend the school to others. Come and check it out!

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- submitted by a student
June 29, 2006
Sloat has 330 students. About 25% of the parents are very involved. Additional parent volunteers help out with the major events like the Spring Festival and the Sloat stride. Many enrichment activities are funded by way of the active parent fundraising - art, music, PE and more. Sloat has very stong learning garden program that will only get better as the Prop A Green Schoolyards initiative kicks in during the fall of 2006. There is a lot to like at Commodore Sloat. There are good quality academic programs as evidenced by the consistently high API scores. The new principal is working to increase community engagement by varying the meeting times for community meetings and introducing new programs such as Family Math night. And the facilities are being upgraded with ramps and bathroom remodels to comply with the Americans with Disabilities act as well as new playground equipment.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2006
With 2 kids at Comm Sloat, I can say we've been very satisfied with their education. Getting the right teachers has helped to motivate them to learn and to strive to be better. It's a very solid and good school

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- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2005
The school is great. It truly prepares a child for middle school. I have two children attending the school and so far they are both doing very good. The enviorment of the school is very comforting and the teachers are approachable.

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2005
As a parent of a 1st and 3rd grader, I have been involved with this school for three years now, and am very satisfied with our choice. The teachers have all been excellent, and have taken a personal interest in my children's educational growth. The afterschool programs, from science and chess to art have been a great way to enrich their education, and the active parent's club provides many more opportunities for art, poetry, and P.E. among other things. I would encourage parents to take a look at this great school!

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- submitted by a parent
no rating December 16, 2004
I was very pleasantly surprised today when I visited Commodore Sloat school. The school is laid out in four pods, each with separate bathrooms and a shared kitched area for special projects. The school will be receiving funds from the recent bond measure to renovate the kindergarden pod, adding new bathroms and shared space and will also add three new play structures. The parents we met were very committed to the school, the children all seemed happy and the API scores are good. The only thing I wished I saw more of was student work on display. It was difficult to get an idea of the academic level of the curriculum that is taught on a day to day basis. I definitely think this school is worth a look!

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October 12, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2004
Great teachers, high standards, and cooperative environment among students from diverse backgrounds. Excellent enrichment in the classroom: poetry, gardening, theater, visual art, choral music, physical education, MARE science program, and instrumental music. Great afterschool programs: cooking, chess, dance, Mandarin, science, and theater. Fantastic principal. Fantastic YMCA afterschool program onsite from 2:40-6:30 pm.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2004
Wonderful atmosphere, great principal, outstanding teachers, excellent enrichment both during classes and afterschool.

- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2004
This is a great neighborhood school featuring strong academics plus an active parent community. The Parents Club pays for extra enrichment programs including poetry, theater, art, music and physcial education.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2004
Commodore Sloat is a great school, the staff is excellent, parent involvement could be better, but it's still better than most other schools. I have a third and fifth grader currently attending and they love it.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2004
I have been very happy with the education my children have received the past few years. The community is friendly and supportive for the most part. I would love to see larger numbers of parents get involved rather thatn the same few all the time, but those that do make astellar show of it. The teachers are the best part! All #1.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 18, 2003
My son can't wait to go to school everyday and I think that says a lot about the quality of the teachers, aids and the parent participation which makes the school a fun and interesting place to be. There are a variety of cultural celebrations throughout the year, and the learning garden is a hands-on way for students to learn science, biology and cooking. We looked at 10-12 schools both public and private and are extremely satisfied with our choice. I encourage parents to come see for yourselves what a great school it is.

- submitted by a parent
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Sloat (Commodore) Elementary School
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(415) 759-2807
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