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Sunnyside Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 370 students

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2013:
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2012:
Based on 12 ratings
2011:
Based on 2 ratings

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Posted March 10, 2014

This has been a wonderful school for our family. My son has had 2 years of great teachers so far and we love being part of this warm community. This is a great and growing neighborhood school with many families from Bernal Heights, Mission, Glen Park, Sunnyside and the Excelsior.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2013

My daughter has gone to Sunnyside since Kindergarten and she is now in the 5th grade. This school environment has improved every year she has been here, along with their STAR Test and API scores. Sunnyside s API for the past 4 years: 2010 API: 768 2011 API: 807 2012 API: 825 2013 API: 862 What more could you ask for in the public school. The teachers are all dedicate and the principle is very approachable. There are also many enrichment activities outside of the classrooms that help to support the curriculum. Students can choose to participate in any of these. Science Night, After School Arts, Music, Dance, Lego and the Opera connection helps enhance this school community. Every grade level has outside soccer teams that they can join etc. I highly recommend this school especially with new renovation begin next year, which means new buildings, and update rooms.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2013

Sunnyside was our forst choice in the lottery and we're thrilled to be there. It's full of great teachers, committed families, and excellent resources. The principal is hand-on, approachable, responsive, and smart. The facility is beautiful and the upcoming renovation will really give the school a fresh new look.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2013

Sunnyside has a great community of locals always willing to help out at the school and with each other - the San Francisco opera came to our school last year and our students wrote and performed in their very own operas!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 8, 2013

Sunnyside is a great school for my son. He will be entering first grade in the Fall. Being this is our first experience with public school, we couldn't be happier. The teachers are attentive and thorough, The Principal is very involved and committed and the parent community is outstanding. I feel even over the past year the school is evolving and will soon be one of the top! Go Eagles!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2013

I have two boys Sunnyside Elementary. One Kindergartner and 2nd grader. We have been VERY happy with the school. We are new to the school this year coming from an International school abroad. We were nervous about switching to a public school in a state that doesn't have a lot of extra money to go to education. We couldn't be more pleased with the teachers and the atmosphere at the school. The principle is very involved in the everyday happenings at the school and it has a very active PTA. My boys are very excited to go to school everyday which to me says a lot!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 15, 2012

I went on a tour of Sunnyside for my soon to be kindergartner. The tour was well organized by informed parents who did a great job answering the questions the audience had. Most importantly, the teaching at Sunnyside seemed strong. In each classroom, the teacher had full command of her class, the children were engaged and were learning. Sunnyside kindergartners were reading, which, compared to other schools I toured, was impressive. Definitely worth touring and putting on your radar.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2012

The Sunnyside teachers have been awesome and the parent community is friendly, open, down-to-earth, positive, energetic.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2012

Sunnyside is a great place to be for kids and parents! My child is learning so much academically while also having lots of in-class enrichment programs like art, dance, gardening, music, and PE. There are lots of community events including a Halloween carnival during the school day and a Springfest carnival open to the public, Bike to School Day, Math and Science Night, International Potluck, and lots more. It seems there is a fun event at least every month, which the kids love, and it helps bring the community of families together. The PTA is very active, and there are many dedicated family members volunteering and helping to fundraise for our school. Sunnyside has everything I could want: Strong academics, dedicated and caring faculty and staff, loads of enrichment programs, small school feel, and a warm community. We are very happy here!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2012

Sunnyside is a wonderful community. The principal is inspiring and deeply invested in teacher coaching and retention. The teachers are engaged, communicative, and enthusiastic. The PTA/parents are very organized and do great work funding an incredible array of enrichment activities. My kindergartener has had "extras" every week (or more!), including special science workshops, KidPower personal safety workshops, and dance/movement class. We love it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2012

Both my kids go to Sunnyside and they're both having a great time there. My youngest's transition to kindergarten has been very smooth, and my eldest has had teachers that are working with him on his attention issues and helping him focus and excel. The school has lots of enrichment activities available, and we're all very happy with the school. The parent community is strong and is working to support the school and it's community through direct help such as helping the teachers, through to fundraising for extra programs and staff. The way the whole community team works together is impressive and it's achieving great things. I highly recommend it; and more importantly, my kids love it there. They were sad that they had Columbus day off!! High praise indeed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2012

I'm the parent of a first grader at Sunnyside and we've had an amazing experience at Sunnyside. My daughter's kindergarten and first grade teachers have both been excellent educators, as well as engaged and very responsive to parent questions and concerns. The school community is very welcoming and I've been impressed by the range of activities funded by the PTA, including art, gardening, dance, specialized math instruction, technology, etc. One thing that I didn't hear about on my school tour (and something that's really impressed me) are all of the "extras" we've had over the past year, including special in-class presentations and activities (from art to music to science). In the past 12 months, my child has had in-class art, yoga, gardening, improv, music, and dance as well as field trips to Mission Science, the Exploratorium, and to the Legion of Honor for a docent-guided tour. My daughter even got to be part of a dance performance at the DeYoung last year during "Young at Art." It was quite a thrill for her. I agree that the Great Schools rating is not reflective of our overall experience of Sunnyside. We're very happy there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2012

We left the Parochial system for SF public and we not sure what we'd get when we did. Having had experience with Sunnyside before hand, we went for it. It was a GREAT decision! The leadership there is full of energy and we've already seen some of the choices made improve the test scores and the academic environment! our Kindergartner is overjoyed to be at school and our 3rd grade is truly blossoming academically, scoring 100% on spelling and math tests! There are several good schools in SF - more so than you might think at first inspection. Sunnyside is certainly one of them. On top of the classroom learning, the PTA is VERY strong there and has done a great job of adding enrichment programs to the school activity set. They really care about community at Sunnyside - the whole community! If you're looking for a solid Elementary school, public and in the Sunnyside/ Glen Park, Noe Valley area, this is a great one to put on your list!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2012

Sunnyside has a very strong parent/teacher community. As the parent of a kindergartner, I am extremely happy with the learning environment, level of teacher dedication, and community feel. In the past few years, Sunnyside has been making great gains in test scores, parent involvement, and PTA funding. It is only going to go up from here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2012

If you re a prospective kindergarten parent, I strongly encourage you to look at the disaggregated data reported for each school you re considering rather than just the overall ranking by Great Schools. Taking Sunnyside as an example -- if you click on its Great Schools ranking (which, at the moment, is ranked overall 5 out of 10 on the main overview page), you ll see the assessment data broken down by demographic categories and by grade levels (standardized testing starts in grade 2). Grade 2 at Sunnyside is ranked by Great Schools as 10 out of 10 , which is one indication of how school performance has steadily improved over the past several years. As a happy new kindergarten parent at Sunnyside, I just wanted to point this out to other prospective parents going through the same due diligence process I remember so clearly from a year ago! Sunnyside is a terrific gem of a school and I don t feel its 5 ranking correctly reflects the wonderful teaching and learning going on inside.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2012

My twins have attended Sunnyside for three years and love it. We just got STAR tests results. They show significant increases in language and math across all subgroups. Our garden program has grown and we're implementing a new PTA project based math program for all grades. Since the post below, the school has adopted a new discipline policy that integrates restorative practices (which emphasize repairing harm and instilling a sense of justice). All teachers received training in restorative practices over the summer. Sunnyside is holding a trilingual (English, Cantonese, Spanish) community meeting about restorative practices and Sunnyside's new discipline policy on October 1, 2012 at 6:00 pm. The PTA is also working with Kidpower to bring age appropriate people-safety skill workshops to all classrooms during the first two weeks of October. Several faculty members have commented that many of the problems from last year have subsided.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2012

Yes, the teachers and staff are caring and professional. The PTA is incredible, as well. Sorry you missed the March 19th PTA meeting which was called as an emergency response to discipline not being enforced at a level beyond the teachers' jurisdiction. Ninety percent of the classroom teachers were there because they have been unsupported re: student discipline especially at the upper grades. Two school district officials were there, and the Board of Educ. was informed. Stay involved, read the PTA yahoo group to understand the situation. Come to school to observe students' behavior especially during recess and lunch. The lunch supervisor quit the upper grade lunch because she wasn't supported when she tried to give boundaries to kids who needed direction and guidance. Do you the School Climate Committee is recruiting parents? It's one thing to decide on a Behavior Plan, but come to the office to see how many and how frequently these kids sit there because there is no enforcement of rules and expectations. Nor is there a process for restoring the balance of a healthy community. Please join the School Climate Committee.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2012

Wonderful school with caring teachers and staff. The PTA community is kind and welcoming. My daughter loves her teachers and is excited to go to school each day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2011

We are in our 2nd year at Sunnyside and my son is thriving in all areas. The school has a very safe and friendly feel. The new principal is doing a great job in progressing the school to the next level. The community is involved and committed to making this a great school. It's nice to have a school that my child looks forward to attending everyday, and as parents we enjoy going there tooo.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2011

My son entered Kindergarden at Sunnyside in Fall of 2010. So far, we have had a wonderful experience. His kindergarden teacher is amazing- she is not only great with the kids but technologically very savy too- report cards and class schedules are all emailed to me. In addition, the new principal is very proactive and responsive to parent's needs. Additional benefits are the great diversity of students and small school size which was perfect for my son who came from a small preschool. We feel very lucky to be at Sunnyside and look forward to the next 5 years there. -Mom and Pediatrician
—Submitted by a parent


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The API reflects year-over-year schools performance based on STAR test score results from spring 2013.

This school's
API score

862

Change from
2012 to 2013

+37

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

6 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

2 / 10


API Growth scores over time

Did this school meet the API goal this year?
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  • This school met the state goal of 800.

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This school's
API score

862

What is the API?
The Academic Performance Index (API) is a single number assigned to each school by the California Department of Education to measure overall school performance and improvement over time on statewide testing. The API ranges from 200 and 1000, with 800 as the state goal for all schools.
Change from
2012 to 2013

+37

Change from 2012 to 2013
Comparing the API Growth to the Base shows whether or not this school’s test score performance improved between Spring 2011 and Spring 2012. The API ranges between 200 and 1000, with 800 as the statewide goal for all schools. Schools scoring below an 800 are given at least a 5 point target for the next year.
API Statewide Rank
(2012)

6 / 10

API Statewide Rank (2012)
The API Statewide Rank ranges from 1 to 10. A rank of 10, for example, means that the school’s API fell into the top 10% of all schools in the state with a comparable grade range. The 2012 rank is based on results from tests students took in Spring 2012.
API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

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API Similar Schools Rank (2012)
The API Similar Schools Rank ranges from 1 to 10. It shows how the school compares to other schools with similar student demographic profiles. The California Department of Education uses parent education level, poverty level, student ethnicity and other data to identify similar schools.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 56% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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82%

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84%

2011

 
 
54%

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Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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83%

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53%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 46% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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73%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
37%

2010

 
 
46%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
69%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 65% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
60%

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58%

2010

 
 
65%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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50%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
68%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 60% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
38%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
43%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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56%

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57%

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54%

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52%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students82%
Females78%
Males85%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)95%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Non-economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability84%
English learner64%
Fluent-English proficient and English only87%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate92%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to state67%

Math

All Students86%
Females87%
Males85%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)95%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Non-economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability88%
English learner73%
Fluent-English proficient and English only89%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate100%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to state78%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students73%
Females80%
Males67%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino36%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)86%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Non-economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability74%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only84%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate74%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate93%
Parent education - declined to state58%

Math

All Students86%
Females88%
Males85%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino64%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)90%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Non-economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability88%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only92%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate95%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate93%
Parent education - declined to state75%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students60%
Females65%
Males52%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino68%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged56%
Non-economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability60%
English learner27%
Fluent-English proficient and English only68%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate67%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)62%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students50%
Females52%
Males48%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino47%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged42%
Non-economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability50%
English learner27%
Fluent-English proficient and English only56%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate47%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)46%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students63%
Females62%
Males63%
African American27%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged56%
Non-economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability66%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only62%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented93%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)57%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students63%
Females62%
Males63%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino36%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged64%
Non-economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability66%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only64%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)57%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students56%
Females48%
Males67%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged54%
Non-economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability58%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only56%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented87%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)43%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Asian 26% 11%
White 26% 27%
Hispanic 24% 51%
Black 12% 7%
Two or more races 12% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 48%N/A54%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Gardening teacher(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Arabic languages
Chinese (Cantonese)
Chinese (Mandarin)
Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Opera
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Arabic languages
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Girls on the run
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:40 am
School end time
  • 2:40 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • John Simard
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • No
Fax number
  • (415) 334-3569

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Arts (all)
  • Mathematics
  • Science
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • None
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Arabic languages
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Muni
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations

After school program 1

Is there a fee for the program?
  • No
Is financial aid available?
  • Yes

After school program 2

About the program
  • SFUSD ExCEL afterschool programs ensure involvement of teachers from students' schools to make sure that after-school academics are aligned with the school day curriculum. Every school with an ExCEL program partners with a nonprofit community-based organization to run activities and build bridges to the neighborhood.
Website
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Soccer

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Opera
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Girls on the run
  • Student council/government
School leaders can update this information here.

Upcoming Events

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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250 Foerster Street
San Francisco, CA 94112
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Phone: (415) 469-4746

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