Most diverse public (or private) elementary school in San Francisco, with the lowest class sizes in the district, and national-model Mandarinf Immersion program.
The Starr King faculty and staff want to change the way we think about public education. They are bringing together four different programs - a autism special ed, general education, Spanish bilingual, and Mandarin Immersion - and in doing so they are bringing together a diverse group of families and communities. Their focus on success for all children means seeing each child as an individual and caring for and educating the children with a well-crafted curriculum, small classes, the only elementary school wellness center in the City, and a support staff of specialists for inclusion, literacy, health, speech, and mental health.
I love it because it is the most diverse elementasry school in San Francisco. I love it because my kid converses in Mandarin with his teachers, nurses at the doctor's office, and people at local businesses. I love the open communication between staff and parents. I love the principal's commitment to doing the right thing and getting each child what they need. I love the parent commitment and community. I even love the unbelievable 360 degree view. I feel like I won the lottery getting into this school!
My daughter is in 3rd grade and we are happy with the academics and parent involvement. She reads above grade level in English even though 70% of her school day is in Mandarin. She also scored above average in Math on State Standardized tests. There is a lot of required homework in the Mandarin program, so be ready to support your children by scheduling study time after school and on weekends if you choose this program. I wouldn't recommend it for families who have a laid back approach to education.
My child is currently in the 2nd grade at SK and I serve on the School Site Council. I know that the staff care and pay attention to all the aspects of the child: academic, social & behavioral, and health. They have started a nutrition and physical activity promotion program that will give my child more opportunities to try different things (she hates vegetables) and see her peers try it. I love the greater sense of community this brings.
We have only been at Starr King for a month or so but so far so good. The school has a warm yet exciting feel to it. In the morning music is playing on the yard, from Jimi Hendrix to salsa, as kids play tetherball or hula hoop. I work for the district and asked a lot of co-workers about the school and heard nothing but good things about the staff and principal. asked
The schools is fantastic. Don't let the poor rating fool you. Our daughter is in Kindergarten, in the Mandarin Immersion program. We don't speak any Mandarin at home and she loves it. The principal is incredibly dedicated too. It's a small school but unique for its diversity and warmth.
my daughter is a kindergartner in the mandarin immersion program. we are very happy with her teacher, her principal, and the starr king community. we really feel that the teachers, staff and parents are fully engaged in and committed to the school the school is incredibly diverse due to the convergence of the mandarin immersion, spanish bilingual, special education, and general education programs. i feel that my daughter's exposure to this diverse community will teach her understanding and empathy and will enable her to feel comfortable and build meaningful relationships in any environment as she gets older. with the mandarin component, wonderful principal, teachers, staff and parents, and the school diversity, i honestly feel my daughter is getting an invaluable education.
I knew this would be our first choice school as soon as I stepped inside. The warm and caring tone is set by the dedicated principal and the families who love the school. We are excited about the school's growth, the diversity of the school population, and the fact that our daughter loves it.
Our son began Mandarin immersion kindergarten this year. We are exceedingly happy about his teacher, the principal, the program in general, and the parent involvement/community. I want to thank the parents, students, and teachers of last year's (inaugural) Mandarin kindergarten class for paving the way for the rest of us. I am tickled pink that our son is attending, and thriving at, Starr King.
My daughter is in the new Mandarin immersion program. I now can't imagine her attending any other school, public or private. Her teacher is exceptional. The class is small (12 kids). Her classmates are bright, well behaved and personable. And the other parents are involved and interesting. The principal, Chris Rosenberg, is highly regarded throughout the Bay Area and has been able to attract and retain some of the best teachers available. He has also raised considerable academic and enrichment resources. It's no wonder that parents from all over the city spend the effort to have their kids attend.
Our child is in the Mandarin Immersion program. We chose SK for a number of reasons. One, the principal is talented and committed. Two, the teachers, after meeting them, struck us as very qualified and excellent communicators. Three, free. Compared to one year's tuition at CAIS, we can fly the family to Taipei or Shanghai for a summer for true cultural immersion if we want. Four, we wanted to support the City's initiative for Mandarin Immersion within the public school system. Five, we believe that the parental involvement is incredible and are thankful for all of the parents involved. Visiting other schools showed us that parental involvement was the true indicator of how good a school really is or will be. Six, SK has so much potential and it is so undervalued that I believe others, like us, would find this school to be a diamond in the rough.
Starr King's Mandarin Immersion program is running strong. The teachers are great, and already are working hard to ensure that the students not only understand, but communicate in Mandarin. The principal is working to create a well-balanced, academically strong, compassionate community throughout the school. Parent involvement in the Immersion program is strong, and seems to be improving school-wide.
Fourth grade students, with the help of the school's principal and teachers, at this school created a community mural celebrating California Civil Rights heros including Enola D. Maxwell, former director of the Potrero Hill Neighborhood House.
The teachers at this school are exceptional. They go beyond the call of duty in working with the population. Much more parent participation is needed. In fact, parent participation is nil. If more parents participated at the school they would see how hard the teachers work to educate their children.
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