Both the Spanish Immersion and General Education programs are excellent. The school is extremely diverse and the students work well together in this environment. My child is in K in Spanish Immersion as an English speaking child and her teacher is dedicated to keeping her on track with testing in this new language. We're extremely happy with our experience so far.
With a student in K only so far, our teacher has been incredible. We're in a Spanish Immersion track and my daughter is reading well in Spanish on her own only halfway through the year. Our teacher does some really creative things to build a love of reading and writing in her students. Math, science and arts are all integrated in the lessons. Our teacher very quickly addresses any special needs a student might have and consults regularly with parents.
The homework given supports the work in class and offers incentive for parents to stay involved and know what lessons are being taught and how to best support the students in those lessons. The teachers from day one have offered advice not to fight kids on homework, but just support time and focus on it at home without punishment if things don't get fully completed in a specified timeframe.
Because of the great, supportive community and the awesome teachers, Daniel Webster is a *wonderful* place for children to learn. Our two children have grown up from kindergarten to third and fifth grade at Daniel Webster, and we couldn't be happier with a school. The parents, teachers, and administration all work hard to make Daniel Webster a place of strong education, support, and joy.
We moved to the city over the summer, and by the time we had found a place to live we were almost out of time to get our child into any SFUSD school before the start of the year. We were seriously considering Daniel Webster in part due to its proximity to our home, but we were wary of the bad reputation it seemed to have amongst some of the older folks we had met during our house search.
Our expectations were pretty low initially due to poor feedback from neighbors who have lost touch with what a GEM this school has become, and the faculty and staff have FAR exceeded those expectations. The primary campus is closed for renovations, and the school had many unknowns leading up to the first day of school, but as far as we can tell they have thought of everything. This school year in a shared building with a high school has run incredibly smoothly! The principal has communicated with parents at regular intervals as well as when there is an unforeseen change or an emergency (and there have been a couple this year). The school community is strong, and many parents are heavily involved--a fact that also makes this school strong and very special. Our child's teacher is in her first year, but she is receiving excellent coaching from some of the more seasoned staff. You wouldn't know by the way she gracefully conducts a class of twenty or diligently maintains communication with me, an individual parent. I am so thankful for the efforts that have been made by parents and staff alike to turn this school around, and I am excited for my children to be a part of it's bright future! I heartily recommend Daniel Webster Elementary!
The teachers are confident and well educated. What I think is unique from some other schools is the amount of time the spend working together to make improvements in the programs. Additionally, they are offered many different training programs on a wide range of topics.