Students enrolled 239
School leader Andrew Poon

Resources:Looking for after school and summer programs? We can help »


Contact this school

235 12th Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94118

School website
(415) 750-8525
(415) 750-8498
Nearby homes for sale
Map of Sutro Elementary School address.

5 stars
Based on 25 ratings

Let others know what you
think about this school

October 21, 2013
This little school tucked in the Richmond District is a hidden gem!!! The teachers are passionate in teaching and instilling good values into our children. Mr. Poon the principal is involve in the "trenches" in educating the students. It seems Mr. Poon knows all the students!! He welcomes parent input without getting defensive like some other principals. I am HAPPY that my son attends Sutro b/c I feel that his teachers are looking out for his best interests besides educational but to be a better human being. Also my job too!!! Originally Sutro wasn't my first choice for my son but it turned out for the best b/c I LOVE SUTRO!!!

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2013
i love that the school is small and all of the teachers and staff are interested in seein each individual child become successful.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2013
Sutro is a wonderful school. My son has had great teachers for Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade, and currently really likes his 3rd grade teacher. The staff is very dedicated and Mr. Poon, the principal, is wonderful. Mr. Poon is very hands-on (will grab a broom to help clean -up a mess) and almost always makes time for parents, even in the middle of the day (no need to make appointments, which I experienced at another school). There have been improvements to the school over the years to: wifi to all the classrooms, new exterior paint, new floors and lighting in the classrooms, a water bottle filling station and a new amphitheater in the Upper Yard. The PTA and parent community work hard to create events that include all the diverse family cultures at the school. And, I think that over the past couple years that communications has improved. And, I think that Sutro test scores are among the top in San Francisco. It is a great school for parents who want kids to have a very personable elementary school experience.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2013
Sutro wasn't our first choice when applying to SF schools but we have been so happy we landed here. The school is fairly small so it is easy to get to know everyone from the Principal to the 5th grade teacher your child will eventually get. All of the teachers are dedicated and committed to their student and the families. The school just went through some great retro-fits including classroom lighting and flooring upgrades and a new garden center. Our family is grateful to be part of the Sutro community.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2012
Sutro is a great little school. Teachers are very caring and devoted to help the kids. Principal involves in a lot of activities and he always makes himself available to talk to the parents. The only drawback is the PTA, the PTA does not show any leadership, makes no effort to bridge the English and non-English speaking groups. Even some parents offer help, they are just being ignored. At least I know some parents pull their kids out because of the zero support and help from the PTA. It's kind of disappointing - school is good and I have seen many parents willing to support and help out but nobody in PTA is making effort to make the community a family.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 30, 2010
This is such a great little school that has done so much to help my child succeed.

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2010
Sutro is a great school. Its have a great team of dedicated,devoted and loving staffs and teachers. They put in 101 percent of their time in to their students. Parents and community including teachers participate in lots of environmental awareness and instill the importance of environment to the earth. Great enrichment and academic programs that benefits our kids. Sutro is the best!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2010
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a student
December 08, 2009
We really wanted to love Sutro. But we were really put off by the sense of general disorganization and what we found to be a stifling, unpleasant kindergarten environment. The school has a hard time building bridges between the Cantonese and English speaking communities and as a result the PTA doesn't get as much done as it could. This school has a lot of potential but I cannot recommend it as it is today.

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2009
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a student
no rating October 01, 2009
Sutro has a great staff. It's a small school but kids get a lot of one on one attention from the teacher and the paraprofessional. We have great enrichment programs that benefits the kids there. The school not only not foster great academic achievement but also environmental awareness and good social conduct.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 30, 2009
Our school is a GREAT place where all of our children, along with all their friends, achieve great things every single day. This is only possible with a great support system, made up by a fantastic team of teachers and staff in a COMMUNITY environment. Every child receives individual attention- from adults that they idolize and love- every single day. Starting a new school year may feel scary and intimidating to a lot of other kids going to big schools. In our small school community, there is never a 'transition phase'. By the time we finish Kindergarten, we naturally know who 1st Grade teacher will be. From Day One each year, our teachers already understand how we learn best and what we play well. This is another of the countless reasons why we choose to send our children to Sutro School. Our teachers are those who give up their lunch breaks to teach our kids to play guitar and dream up adventures such as school sleepovers. Our school is forever bonded by strong friendships, where 5th graders take time out to read to their 1st grade peers. Our teachers and families join together on Gardening weekends to beautify our school. Our teachers stay up late at night to write online journals so that we parents can catch up on our children's day. Our school is truly one big happy family and we are thankful every single day. We drop our kids off every day knowing that they will be in good hands. As parents, this is a great relief!

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2009
School teachers love the kids, and teach a lot at the school lesson.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 30, 2009
I had my oldest son complete K-5 at Sutro. I have an 8 year old in 3rd grade there, and a 5 year old who just started Kindergarten. Every teacher they have had has been fantastic. Great music programs and fiend trips. A real community at this school. Recent renovations have really beautified the entire school. I wouldn't want my kids anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 30, 2009
Sutro has the best teachers. Our kids love the school: high academic standards, involved parent and teacher community.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 30, 2009
The teachers are hard working and go above and beyond their classroom duties. The kids are amazing and it's a wonderful learning community.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating September 30, 2009
Sutro is a small school with a caring, dedicated staff of teachers and parents.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2009
Sutro's strength is in being a small school with fewer students so the principal and teachers know most of the children by name. It's a feature that I learned to appreciate when my daughter, now a first grader, thrived on having more personal attention. The principal demonstrates commitment to making Sutro the best school possible by attending and supporting fundraisers and social events sponsored by the PTA. Many of the teachers have a lot of years of teaching experience, yet I can see that they're embracing new teaching methods and technology to stay fresh. There are teachers who are designated champions of specific curriculum such as art, health, and the environment. The school is tucked away in the inner Richmond district so it's relatively safe from intruders. Sutro alumni have attended Lowell High School so this school provides the same opportunity for students to excel as other top schools.

- submitted by a parent
March 08, 2008
The school has plenty of extra-curricular activities, so the previous reviews stating that Sutro doesn't offer them is wrong. Perhaps five years ago, they were accurate, but now, Sutro offers music, dance, ballet, guitar, knitting, after-school tutoring, choir, basketball, volleyball, P.E...all of the teachers are trained every year in VTS (visual thinking strategies) for their art curriculum. Really the only criticism I have is the PTA. There is little parent involvement, aside from the occasional activist. Also, the principal needs to maintain a better discipline structure for the kids. Overall they are kind, but there is an occasional outburst that never seems resolved.

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2007
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a student
July 14, 2007
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a student
June 05, 2007
Our family had a great experience at Sutro. This is the little neighborhood school that could. We enrolled our middle child on the advice of his pre-K teacher. He has an IEP, and Sutro rose to the occasion. I always felt like everyone, from the principal to the teachers to the paraprofessionals, did their best to understand him and his unique approach to learning. I was a little sad to lose Principal Lim a few years back, but her successor, Mr. Poon, was very capable and kept the mutually respectful atmosphere among her teachers and staff that she had fostered. It seemed like the school created a warm feeling amongst the kids, as well. It was a perfect fit for us. I just wish it was a K-8! We 'graduated' in 2005 and I still miss it.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2007
Sutro is an exceptional school blessed with a loving, caring community of teachers, staff, and a qualified Principal that maintains the integrity of the many curriculum additions that makes it such an amazing place to attend school. There are many factors that makes Sutro such an incredible place to be, especially the kindergarten, which makes the school shine with excellence. I can't imagine having better teachers. They work endlessly and beyond their required work hours to make sure their classrooms are the best they can possibly be, and that their students are as happy as they can be. This school, unlike many others, knows the importance of keeping children interested in education by making the curriculum exciting, fun, and innovative.

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2007
Though we have not been at this school long (my son started Kindergarten last year), I am really pleased with the quality of education and the personal attention my child is getting from Sutro. The staff is very attentive and involved and I feel that we are part of a special community. It is a small school, so the extracurricular activities are limited, but the basics are covered: art, PE, music, choir, gardening club, a knitting club...enough to offer variety outside of the academics. Parents are involved because somehow everyone comes together to get things done, though it could always be better; however, I don't necessarily see all who participate since I am a working parent.

- submitted by a parent
November 29, 2006
There are music classes here (3rd thru 5th grade); there is also an after-school Choir (led by one of the Kindergarten Teachers). As for athletics - there is now a dedicated PE Teacher (teaches all Grade Levels K..5); sports programs include an Intramural Volleyball League (FALL); and an Intramural Basketball League (SPRING) open to all 3/4/5 grade students (boys & girls).

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2006
When parents ask me which school is the best fit for their child, I always recommend they visit Sutro Elementary School. The Sutro School community is a kind, gentle, concerned group of caring individuals and students who encourage emotional wellness as well as acadmeic excellence. A well rounded child is their most prominent goal in everything they do. Their courage, curiosity and strength of character share the same level of importance as the academic achievement the students earn through hard work and effort. Teachers love their students, and the students admire and respect their teachers. There is a mutual admiration they hold for each other. The Principal has worked very hard to find a balance between a high scoring school and a happy, unified school community, and he has done a wonderful job of fostering good energy and great attitudes among his peers and students. Go public!

- submitted by a staff
March 21, 2006
Sutro Elementary School is exceptional on many different levels. They consistently provide a safe, caring, and varied academic curriculum for the students that attend. Every aspect of the school encourages family participation and community involvement. The teachers at Sutro love their work and it shows in the amazing lessons they provide our kids. Not only are they aware of the importance of a quality academic education, but they also balance that with their effort to teach the children compassion, caring, and generosity of spirit and heart. This is truly a special school, and a shining example of what a successful public school is like. With a school like Sutro, there is not reasonable excuse not to attend and support public schools in San Francisco. Visit to see the school community in action, and see their kindergarten blog to get an in depth look inside the K classroom: http://sutroelementary.blogspot.com

- submitted by a teacher
September 27, 2005
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a former student
August 31, 2005
Excellent small school! Great staff and administration. New computer lab and PE program supported by the school and PTA.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2005
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a teacher
June 08, 2004
I have nothing but good things to say about Sutro School. The staff is absolutely wonderful. Principal Lim is great! It's a very nurturing environment. My child just transferred to this school in January. Immediately, we felt welcomed. The children are friendly and helped my child get acclimated to the new school right away. This is a small school and because of it's size, the staff knows all the children at the school. When my child arrives at school each morning, he is greeted by staff by name. It's a safe school. Again, because of the size, everyone knows everyone here. Everyone watches out for one another. Sutro School is big on reading. Children are encouraged to read daily and are recognized and rewarded for their reading. This is a great school! Academics are strong. Staff is experienced and devoted to teaching. We're very pleased to have found this school for our child.

- submitted by a parent
March 08, 2004
This is a good school that not many parents know about. It is very small, and I think very safe. The teachers are active, focused, and really care. The only negative I have is that there are no languages, athletics, music...no extra-curricular activities at all.

- submitted by a parent
Need help choosing a school? We can help »

Media Gallery

Media missing

Uh oh! No photos. This frame will look much better when you upload photos »

Ratings help families find and compare schools. Families should also use other factors when choosing a school.

906

Facebook


Nearby homes for sale

     
Last modified: September 11, 2014

Sign up for email updates

Connect with us

Translate this web page

About GreatSchools

Our mission is to help millions of parents get a great education for their kids. GreatSchools.org is an independent nonprofit and the leading national source of school information for families.


GreatSchools.org 1999 Harrison Street, Suite 1100, Oakland, CA 94612

©1998-2014 GreatSchools.org All Rights Reserved. GreatSchools is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization | Ad Choices

Sutro Elementary School
235 12th Avenue, San Francisco, CA  94118
(415) 750-8525
Last modified Sutro Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Sutro Elementary School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 32 reviews. Top