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2245 Jones Street
San Francisco, CA 94133

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November 18, 2015
Thank you to Mr. Chew who my daughter two years later still talks about with such appreciation. He focused on building strong relationships and then really tried to raise the bar for each individual student. His playfulness, willingness to give extra time to any student who needed him and his humble, inspiring approach to teaching makes him a diamond in an already gem-filled school.

- submitted by a parent

November 12, 2015
Yick Wo is a small school with about 260 students. There are two Kindergarten classes and two 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade classes. The 4th and 5th grade classes are split between three teachers and 100 students. The principal has an open door policy and can easily be approached. Having a 4th/5th split class is an academic struggle for some students and parents. When it comes to “discipline”, some of the teachers opt to ignore a problem or just look the other way. The art teacher and music teachers are amazing, and so are the PE coaches! Extra after-school-activities include chess (3rd grade and up) or piano, which are held on the same day at same time. No language classes are offered; there is however a parent volunteer offering French lessons during recess, once a week. There is Farmer’s Market on Wednesday’s, free to all families attending the school. Students attending Yick Wo¬ are mostly from the North Beach neighborhood, Chinatown and Russian Hill.

- submitted by a community member

May 07, 2015
Yick Wo is a hidden gem of a school. When we were going through the overwhelming process of picking a school between public and private, the parents, teachers, and Principal from Yick Wo were by far the most approachable, sincere, and genuine people we came across. Now that we are here, we can attest to the fact that they accurately represented the Yick Wo community. We consider ourselves very lucky to have a lovely, nurturing, and creative environment for our children, in a beautiful neighborhood with fantastic teachers and staff who put your kids first.

- submitted by a parent

April 28, 2014
Yick Wo is really a wonderful school but the 4th and 5th grade classes have 32 or so students and the teachers are struggling to deal with the range of student needs. The school has a lot of great extra curriculars -- visual art, poetry (AMAZING new teacher), PE, Opera, playworks, chess, newspaper club (The New Yick Times :)but it needs to keep its priorities straight or I fear the school's academics will go down. The early grades are pretty wonderful with a lot of veteran teachers and team teachers who pour resources on their relatively small classes. The school needs to support the upper grades with an aid so that the kids are ready for middle school.

- submitted by a parent

September 27, 2013
My school is Yick Wo Elemetary. It is a wonderful school. The teachers and staff are great and supportive. The students really enjoy learing and being part of the school community.

- submitted by a parent

September 27, 2013
Yick Wo is a gem among SF public schools. It's small size is an asset. It has only 2 classes per grade in the lower levels, and because of it's small size, everyone knows everyone. All the teachers, coaches, and principal know my kids. I was first impressed with the school when I went for a tour: kids were actively engaged in learning math, science, music, and opera but weren't having to sit at their desks all day. Kids and teachers were so engaged in what they were doing that no one noticed our group observing them. Student-created art lines the hallways and is impressive. This is a late start school (9:30), and there is no before school option on campus. It's also very neighborhood-centric. There are limited-none extra-curricular options compared to other SF public schools. It partners with SF Opera, SF Ballet, and has a resident poet for half the year.

- submitted by a parent

September 26, 2013
Outstanding Special Ed program! The principal is incredibly supportive of the Special Ed Program and the Special Ed teacher and staff are outstanding. I absolutely LOVE this school and my son is making huge improvements. Thank you Wick Yo and your amazing staff!

- submitted by a parent

September 26, 2013
Yick Wo is a secret gem. The school is very small and its size creates a real sense of community. Everyone involved with the school, teachers, parents, administrative staff and students come to know each other well and to look out for one another. There is a strong emphasis on mentoring younger kids by the older kids through reading programs, math and a Peace Keeper program where the older children learn to mediate disputes between their younger peers. The warm, supportive environment encourages kids to develop their interests in multiple directions and the strong parent involvement and PTO bring opportunities into the school that other elementary schools lack. All classes take frequent field trips around the city and the bay area. Some of the special programs the children enjoy are: Opera with the SF Opera, Dance with SF Ballet, a Poetry program, an Orff music teacher, a Choral music teacher, Playworks (a program teaching organized play, co-operation and teamwork), PE, Art, Chess Club taught by a Grand Master from the Mechanic's Institute and this year they will have a Newspaper Club. The teachers are wonderful. The Principle is exceptional. I wish it extended through high school!

- submitted by a parent

September 26, 2013
Yick Wo is a wonderful school!! It's our neighborhood school and was fortunate to be ale to attend. I tell everyone that it may be small but it has such a tight community of parents that are so involved that it makes it such a wonderful school. I read a comment that said that the principle is not experienced. I beg to differ. She has yet to display anything that is less than satisfactory. She goes way beyond of what I would expect. With her and the staff, they are great to the kids. The kids have fun and have fun learning and that because of the staff.

- submitted by a parent

September 26, 2013
Yick Wo is simply a wonderful school. The principal is truly your "pal" .. you might remember that from spelling class when you were a child. Stephanie Young does an amazing job managing the school especially with tightened budgets and the parent organization is run by surfer dude Chris who is tremendous. Both are energetic, engaged and lead with their hearts and minds. Our daughter finished kindergarten last year with Mr Steve, THE BEST TEACHER any parent can hope for. The school did not "close" as described in prior review, the school moved for a year to a temporary location a couple blocks away while the campus is being refurbished. We feel blessed to be at Yick Wo and lucky to have gotten in.

- submitted by a parent

January 18, 2013
Yick Wo has lost its special feeling over the past two years. The new Principal is not experienced and it shows. The school is closing next year for at least one year and maybe more years and parents have not received any details on how this will affect their children. It still has several excellent teachers and overall is a good school. There is still less than one hour a week for PE but Coach Robinson is great with the kids.

- submitted by a parent

October 09, 2012
Yick Wo gives public schools a great name! It is a small neighborhood school with a wonderfully diverse student population. The principal is enthusiastic and responsive; the teachers are excellent and foster a love of learning; there are many very involved parents who raise funds for programs like SF Opera partnership, SF Ballet partnership, art classes, Playworks, PE and more. The only thing differentiating it from a private school is the facility which is about to be greatly improved. I know parents with children in SF private schools who wish they had the community feel and programming of Yick Wo.

- submitted by a parent

December 06, 2010
This is a small, exceptional school with the winning combination of great leadership and committed, experienced, and caring teachers. The academics are top-notch, and the PTO raises the funds to have physical education, art, and music for every class. The parents are very involved, and the student body is diverse. You can't go wrong at Yick Wo -- both my children attended here (one still does) and they are enthusiastic learners, for which I give the school a lot of credit.

- submitted by a parent

August 16, 2010
This is school is amazing. It's diverse, the parents are very involved, the neighborhood community is strong. We feel so lucky that both our children are spending their elementary years here with teachers I could have only dreamed of when I was young. It's been a financial salvation for us, as we get to afford in our wonderful Russian Hill neighborhood, give our kids an amazing childhood in the City, and be a part of a tight community.

- submitted by a parent

October 09, 2009
It's a great neighborhood with wonderful enrichment programs for the kids.

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May 25, 2009
I don't get why Great Schools ranks it only an 8. It should be at least a 9. The test scores are higher than Grattan and Rooftop. The amenities and school grounds are far better than either of those schools. Plus, the principal is superb. The kids are doing great, there is a tight community. Art? Poetry? PE? Smallest class size? Great diversity? All sorts of things other schools dream of. So again, I ask, why is our school only ranked an 8?

- submitted by a parent

January 05, 2006
My son just started kindergarten here and we couldn't be happier. His teacher is fantastic, he is learning rapidly, the classroom is creative and full of energy, and the parents and staff at the school are friendly and helpful.

- submitted by a parent

January 27, 2005
We have been extremely happy with Yick Wo school, which our son attends. His teachers are experienced, effective and innovative. It is a small school with genrally low class sizes and a good sense of community. We feel that our son has received an excellent education in a safe and supportive atmosphere.

- submitted by a parent

December 09, 2004
This is a warm and caring school with an active Parent Teacher Organization. The school community works well to provide students with many extra programs (music, dance, field trips, camping and outdoor education) plus are strong academically.

- submitted by a teacher
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Yick Wo Elementary School
2245 Jones Street, San Francisco, CA  94133
(415) 749-3540
Last modified Yick Wo 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.
Yick Wo Elementary School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 24 reviews. Top