Principal Carol Fong needs to be more passionate and professional at her job. Her bipolar personality ruins a positive, nurturing environment. Being fed up by her negativity and power hunger, the front clerks also acted rude most of the times. Teachers in Ulloa work under a leader who is aggressive, & always wants to get thing in her way. No one dares to challenge her in any way (earlier review). If there is any slight behavior issue, she may overreact & suspend the students for a day without trying other useful options. This school leadership just wants to impose responsibilities & pressure onto parents & every issue is due to lack of parenting . If there is any dispute, she would yell loudly & has to win the argument every time. What makes Ulloa great is the students, not the principal. Most teachers are fine, but Carol Fong s negative leadership ruins the teachers compassion. If Carol Fong works for a private company, she would have been fired long time ago. I encourage parent to file complaint to SFUSD for unfair treatment. Although they tend to dwell on the trivia and evade the importance, if more people are voicing their concerns, they have to treat it seriously one day!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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. :)
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.
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?
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.
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.
The School is the Best School Ever of all of the elementary school in Sunset!
Good school with very talent student and dedicated teachers and principal.
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.
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!
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!'
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!
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.
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