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2650 42nd Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94116

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(415) 759-2841
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June 04, 2015
As a parent and a child advocate, I have never in my life seen such horrendous treatment by a principal to her staff. You have dedicated teachers collaborating in secret to assure the success of students. Completely unprofessional with regards to privacy, she offers zero support to professional development and is more concerned with her own ego than the success of either her teachers or the happiness of the students. Furthermore, having no compassion or empathy for others is an incredibly poor example that effects everyone. Culturally ignorant, disrespectful to any differences, and with decision-making in a vacuum of self-interest, Carol Fong feeds the environment with fear and retribution, which is unhealthy to the entire faculty and staff. One can rule with an iron fist and not be cruel, but Carol Fong cannot. Whatever her mission is, it definitely is not about creating a positive learning environment for the success of students. Why she is still in such a position of power is a detriment to all who come in contact with her: Parents, students, teachers and staff. Everyone suffers because of her. So unless you can avert your gaze and be subservient to the demands of a tyrant, avoid this school both as a teacher and as a parent. The worst part is, if she is even reading any review of herself, she is likely gleeful that she has such a miserable reputation and firm in her belief that there is nothing anyone will actually do about it!

- submitted by a community member

April 11, 2015
The teachers and students here make up an amazing community. I regret to say that the principal has no place running a school. She acts as a tyrant and constantly disrespects and harasses the teachers here. The school's success-like others have noted-is due to the teachers and student population alone. This school could really blossom and achieve greater success in all areas (not just rigid test scores) with a leader who demonstrated competency in interpersonal skills. I would not send my child to this school due to the lack of diversity and appreciation for differences, high stress and discomfort of teachers who are faced with incredibly uncomfortable and unprofessional treatment (which in turn affects the children), and a misguided interpretation of what a quality education should include.

- submitted by a teacher

November 19, 2014
I don't think Principal Fong raised the bars for Ulloa's education. The school is not too bad, nor is it too good. What makes the school great are some of the teachers and students themselves. By the same token, what makes an ivy league university great is the students, not so much about the professors. Yes, we don't go to a school purely because the Peincipal is nice, but as a leader, that person can pass on negative energy around. You have to see in person how nasty Carol Fong acts behind the door, e.g., yelling and slamming door loudly.

- submitted by a parent

November 08, 2014
Having had two children accepted at Ulloa was the BEST choice I have made so far in this crazy SFUSD system. If a parent wants a touchy feely adminstrator, then by all means ask for a transfer, and GET OUT if you really think you child is at RISK! I would not hesitate to remove my child from a BAD enviroment. My kids had great educators, they did not really see or spend time with the principal. However, Principal Fong knew their names. As for asking for more money, Thank your lucky stars your not at most of the other schools, they have asked for $500. or more for years. So, if your biggest complaint is about the principal that has raised the bar at this school with mulitple educational needs over the last 15 years, then obviously, your ranting is not about your child's education.

- submitted by a parent

June 16, 2014
I agreed that the Principle is the worst. She yelled everyone everywhere in the school.

- submitted by a parent

December 17, 2013
Ulloa elementary has some great teachers. I do agree that the principal needs to be more compassionate with the teachers and parents. If a student do not fall into a behavior which is acceptable then the parents are scolded as if they were bad parents instead of the school finding a way to work with them. And I have heard the same complaints often when the principal does not even know the entire story or listen to the teachers who know more about the personality and behavior of the child. The parents work with the child at home but the school should be working with e child when they are in school when this is their job and what these professionals educate themselves for this type of career! Being a principal should be the leader into providing a compassionate environment and caring for kids instead of having the parents feel like it is their job and the school does not work with the child or parents for a nurturing and caring experience. This school has some very good teachers but the principal can be a better leader! Everything starts from the top and she is lucky that it has not trickled down to having bad teachers so far! I hope she does think about why she wanted this career!

- submitted by a parent

August 02, 2013
gOOD TEACHERS BUT - Uncaring principal. Never a smile from her staff. Unfriendly office. Intimidating atmosphere. Scolded for absence even when reason was death or illness in the family. DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD TO THIS SCHOOL.

- submitted by a parent

July 10, 2013
Many of the teachers at this school are really great, but the principal, Carol Fong, is truly evil. She was the most horrible person I have ever worked for. She yells at her staff, children and parents alike. She will not treat you with respect unless you keep your eyes down and never challenge her in any way. She ruins what could be a great school. Everyone feels her negativity and her disrespect for her staff adversely affects their ability to teach. Working at this school was the worst experience of my life.

- submitted by a teacher

May 27, 2013
The reason I gave just 1 star because I got very disappointed having one year experience. Dear parents, if you pick Ulloa because of the high score, then you may not care of how your kids being in school. The first visit in Ulloa, I saw two little kids was crying and standing in the main office and no one talk to them. I guess they probably had trouble so the school punished them. The Principle was so mean, the teachers never can tell how your child doing in school, When my son sick, what they calling for just a doctor paper, not care of my child condition. The Ulloa teacher almost always give you perfect review of your child, so parents feel proud of their child being. The fact is that the teacher doesn't care how is your child doing. Teachers work there just for money. Think of who wants to work with so mean principle? Dear parents, finding a right school for your child is not easy, I believed the most important thing you would care is providing a health school life for your child, a school respects your child, care of your child and love your child. For my experience, I very regret the first year in Ulloa. my child will be in other school soon.

- submitted by a parent

April 14, 2013
I AGREE with other parent, please be sure to obtain your own mental health specialist if the school counselor is "assigned" to your child for any reason. Not trying to help your child in heart, but giving your family tons of more trouble instead!

- submitted by a parent

October 29, 2012
The principal of this school, Carol Fong is one of the cruelest people on this planet. She seems to enjoy yelling at the top of her lungs at some of the parents in the office. I have found her behavior to be unprofessional as she is verbally abusive to those parents that she decides she does not care for. This seems to be allowed when you complain to sfusd at the district level. This has scared some parents enough to leave this school. The teachers are excellent, which seems to be the reason people allow the principal to act in the manner in which she does. Before you decide to send your child to school here, it would probably be wise for you to ask yourself if it is worth the headache of placing yourself, as a parent, in the position of being bullied by a power hungry principal. This is my opinion as a parent who has been there for a few years.

- submitted by a parent

September 08, 2012
I was Class of 2010 and the teachers are really nice, but to push you to do the homework. The teachers are all nice and do know each other. It was fun until the last day of 5th grade. :)

- submitted by a community member

February 28, 2012
I have a 8 year old son that attends Ulloa and one more that will attend next year. The teachers and staff are excellent. My son loves every one of his teachers. By far the best way a child can learn is to be given a comfortable environment which includes but not limited to, teacher and student interaction, teachings of respectfulness towards others, being attentive towards the need of the children and getting the family to be involved in their child's learning. Ulloa has definitely met this. Thank you to all the staff of Ulloa.

- submitted by a parent

April 20, 2011
I agree with the person who states that the principal could use CLAD training. The discipline that is meted out seems biased. Please be sure to obtain your own mental health specialist if the school counselor is "assigned" to your child for any reason whatsoever. Short of this, make your presence known daily, leaving little opportunity for questions about your involvement and awareness. This school gets one star only because you can't submit a review with NO star. And why are people identifying the teachers when it's against guidelines?

- submitted by a parent

April 18, 2011
I had two children attend Ulloa. Over the the last 8 years, I have seen Ulloa transform from a good school to and outstanding TOP 10 one. Needless to say this could only happen with everyone on board to be the best they can be. Ulloa has done more with less than any other school. Kudos to the staff, but especially to the Principal. The principal's planning and guidance, are the main reasons for Ulloa's growth and success.

- submitted by a parent

March 24, 2011
I'm the proud parent of one child who goes to Ulloa now, and another child who I am glad to say will follow her in a year. I think the principal is a strong leader who demands a high level of teaching. We all love Ulloa in our family.

- submitted by a parent

March 10, 2011
The School is the Best School Ever of all of the elementary school in Sunset!

- submitted by a community member
no rating
October 21, 2010
The school is good with student

- submitted by a parent
no rating
October 21, 2010
Good school with very talent student and dedicated teachers and principal.

- submitted by a parent

February 01, 2010
My 2 daughters are currently studying at Ulloa's bi-lingual classes. I would like to say thank you especially to the teachers, Mrs. Ng (K), Ms. Yu (2nd grade) & Mrs. Yin-Croft (3rd grade). They are great & experienced teachers, not only care about students' academic excellence, but also care of their personal growth well being. The principal, Ms. Fong is also an excellent & very smart school leader. She's easily to be reached by students & parents.

- submitted by a parent

January 26, 2010
My daughter is a minor handicap in mobility. Because of that, she had been very shy and introverted before started kindergarten in 8/09. She is also an English learner. But she starting to open up in her class in a matter of a month! Her bilingual teacher is extremely helpful, kind yet sets discipline. She can teach 4 seasons and have the kids know them by heart in 10 minutes! The most impressive event, was that as soon as they heard about my daughter's condition, the principal, the room teacher and a few others in the school conducted a meeting with us on how to care for my daughter and help her exceed in class. I was breaking down in tears. You won't expect this kind of caring in a public school! My daughter now a much happier person, and excel academically as well! Thumbs up, Ulloa!

- submitted by a parent

September 28, 2009
My daughter just started kindergarten this year. She has blossomed in her class and loves her teacher whom she talks about every, single day! Her teacher is fantastic, always on top of her kids and very firm when she has to be. While my child has just entered, as a fellow, SFUSD educator, I am impressed with Ulloa and its standards. I happen to like Carol Fong, the principal. She is no nonsense and besides the hardworking teachers there, keeps the children safe and academically challenged. I love her high standards. She has brought up this school from a 7 to a 10. This is a great accomplishment especially for a school that has a large population of second language learners. My husband has even said, 'I love Mrs. Fong; she runs a tight ship!'

- submitted by a parent

September 17, 2009
Extreme pressure on the kids and staff. It's hurtful and destructive for the people in that schools. They desperately need leadership from someone who has better, wiser and acceptable leadership skills. It is run by some other veteran people who are like dinosaur and love setting their own rules. The kids are suffering badly. Parents are pressured and pressured for nothing bad about their kids. Most kids and some teachers are great. Parents and kids are the victim!

- submitted by a parent

September 16, 2009
Unsatisfy with the overall school climate. It has way too much pressure on the poor kids. Kids with great test scores will be punished by some minor problems. Their standard are way too harsh and it's really abusive.

- submitted by a parent

August 27, 2008
Great school, helps children to excel in their academic studies. The school is staffed with excellent instructors and the principal is an asset to the school district and children within it.

- submitted by a parent

September 18, 2006
This is my son's second year at Ullloa. I have been really happy with his teachers along with how they not only strive for success in their students, but also teach them to be responsible caring individuals. So far, there has been great parent involvement which helps to ensure that the teacher gets the added help they need. Also, the PTA has a number of extracurriclar activities that makes it fun for the kids throughout the year. Academically, the kids really do their best and the teachers, principal and the parents are the reason. The only thing that I wish they had is some kind of music and theatre.

- submitted by a parent

April 03, 2006
My son has been happy at this school in his experiences with other students and teachers. I am particulary happy with the principle and her involvement with the student body and parents. I feel that my child is learning at a good pace and is on track with his academic requirements. They care about the children's safety which is a big plus for me too. They do lack parent involvement in activities, but still manager to come out on top in fundraisers. I highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent

March 20, 2006
I am a parent of four children and have nothing but praise for Ulloa Elementary.All four daughters have experienced Ulloa. My fourth child is currently attending now and is excelling beautifully. We are blessed with teachers who truly care and keep us up on the up (good news or bad).I love the diversity of children and the fun events over the years. I have many memorable experiences from this school and events I have attended over the years. It is also a pleasure for teachers ans staff to ask about the accomplishments of my other children who were past students.True, if I had the affordability to send them 2 a private school, I probably would have.I am truly happy with the outcome my 4 girls have recieved through public education. Ulloa is truly a hidden secret in the Sunset District.I am blessed.

- submitted by a parent

September 04, 2004
Great schol, very academic, good discipline. The principal is wonderful.

- submitted by a parent

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Ulloa Elementary School
2650 42nd Avenue, San Francisco, CA  94116
(415) 759-2841
Last modified Ulloa Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Ulloa Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 44 reviews. Top