Everyone outside the AFY has an unsolicited opinion about this school. Some say it's too much pressure at a young age. Others claim it's too much emphasis on homework. The truth is AFY is what the students and parents make of it. AFY is an alternative K-8 school. It's an EXCELLENT SAFE school that offers students academic challenges with a non-traditional curriculum and methods. 80% of instruction in kindergarten is in Chinese! Students and parents must embrace not only the Chinese immersion but culture wholeheartedly in order to seek the many opportunities AFY has. THIS IS NOT THE SCHOOL FOR EVERYONE. This is not the school for and English learner kid. The principal and staff are fully committed to the school and it isn't all cracking the whip. Success in public schools in not often reported; bashing public school education, however, is a national hobby in this country. As a parent, I strongly believe what AFY has accomplished, its best qualities, its culture of high expectations and emphasis on academic achievements, could serve as a model for other schools.
this school, alice fong yu is a school i atten. it is fun and easy to make friends but also easy to make enimies for life. yes, some of the teachers are very strict but some are very kind.some will brib your kids to be good by giving them no homework or feeding them.if your kid comes home fatter then usawal then they etheir ate their friends snack or the teacher bribed them.this is a real student
AFY is an amazing school. If you have any doubt about the value that public schools can bring, your faith will be restored by the education provided at AFY. My child is a 3rd grader. The quality and dedication of the both the teachers and principal is unrivaled by any private school based on what I know an heard about other families experience. When you consider how much budget pressure has been placed on the school in the last 4 years, it is amazing how the "body and soul" of the immersion program has been preserved. I have no complaints about the school and after 4 years and trust that the Principal will maintain the high quality of the faculty and curriculum that she has put together of the last 10 years. (I might add that I consider myself a very tough critic.)
AFY is K-8 school. The homework load increases a huge amount around 4th grade. Don't expect much vacation time. The teachers give enough homework during spring, winter, summer vacations/breaks so that the kids are doing homework most of the time. It's not unusual for the kids in middle school to have 4+ hours of homework each night. This is not just a few kids, but a large majority of them. The school gets high marks for preparing the kids, granted, but balance is missing.
school test scores show perfection. actual school has a lot to be desired. children are taught with outdated techniques and current american standards are ignored. Children are taught to pass tests, but not taught to 'learn' beyond the standardized testing, and my children were told not to look further into answers beyond what they were taught. I'd go elsewhere if I knew this earlier.
After nine years at AFY, my daughter (who didn't particularly work up to her potential at AFY) got 5 As (1 A+) and a B in ceramics at Lincoln HS on her first report card. And she spent a LOT less time on homework at ALHS than at AFY! She (a freshman) tutors an upper classman Geometry. AFY's API scores have been No. 1 of ALL SCHOOLS in the SFUSD until the most recent period, when Lowell HS barely edged it out. Expect lots of homework--even over summer vacation! The Immersion System is a wondeful way for a child to become fluent and literate in a foreign language. For any language, it is a priceless opportunity to give to your child. Graduating 8th graders have the opportunity to visit China for two weeks during their final semester. I am glad I learned about AFY and was able to send my daughter there!
Definitely meets and exceeds my expectations for a public school. Actually, it feels as if it is a private institution. Teacher involvment is of high standard. And parental participation is second to none.
AFY is challenging, all classes are somewhat advanced, and the teachers don't shy away from assigning homework, even at an early age, on weekends and vacations. Although their parent involvement is extraordinary, the principal has the last say on everything, AFY can hardly be called a democracy; but it is a viable system nonetheless. Teacher quality fluctuates greatly year to year. There were definitely bad teachers, but a few great ones as well. Class size is tiny, so overall the graduating class is really close, but if you don't get along with someone, you just have to deal with it. Most cons are outweighed by the unique chance to learn a difficult language in a small-school setting.
Students do well in school because of parents involvement. They only acknowledge their efforts but the parents put in more. They use parents to help support the school. The school likes smart kids. If your kids need help in any subject, you need to look for help elsewhere. Elementary teachers are more friendly and willing to help students. Choose at your own risk. Overall the school is great if you do not care for any extracurricular activities. They do not have much!!!
I think this school is a great school! Friendly teachers, happy kids and another language. personally, my child teachers me some of the Chinese words she learns.
Bottom line is the performance and behavior of the students, which history has shown is exceptional. They are consistently well-prepared for high school and have the incredible and unique opportunity to learn Chinese language and culture in an immersion environment. Standardized test results reflect tremendous success, especially notable given that most of curriculum in Cantonese or Mandarin. Traditional teaching style not for everyone. Most teachers are very effective and committed, though admittedly not all are. Parental involvement very strong for public school, but leaves room for improvement. After 9 years, we would still send our kids to AFY if we knew then what we know now.
I think AFY is a pretty good school. It's always well organized, and if you want your child to be smart, it has AP courses for everything. AFY is great!
AFY is not as great as a school as it s boosted to be. Appearances are deceiving. Very old fashion - this is America not China.
Pros: -Bi-lingual -Nice facility -Strong Academics -K-8 program, no conversion neccessary Cons: -80% of instruction is in cantonese until grade 2 when it goes to 50/50. If you are a non-cantonese language speaker you cannot help your child or follow the progress -Limited arts edication available
1.Very organized curriculum. 2.Clean all time. 3.Strong community. 4.Well communicated among teachers, the school and parents. 5.Clear, achievable expectations.
The school is excellent academic-wise. The teachers take time for all students and spend extra time with students who need special attention. The principal is very supportive and knowledgeable. In extracurricular activities, there are music and art courses but sports-wise, it is lacking in choices. There is only basketball, no volleyball, tennis or other popular school sports. And the students' sports participation is limited, probably because of lack of choices and encouragement. The Parents Association is sadly lacking in new faces as the same parents attend the meetings every month. Wish we can involve more Chinese-speaking parents.
It is a great school that has high API and you could learn mandarin and cantonese there. There's also a china trip for the eighth grade.
AFY is a bad school. Teachers are on emergency credentials. Principal doesn't care that if the children fall behind or not. Group of parents approached her with no avail. Unless you want your child to learn only chinese and fall behind in other aspects which will hurt them in HS, go for it. Teachers can't speak or teach the english component. Many parents pulled their child(ren) out. Teachers gave my child D's and F's for no apparent reason. They could not justify the reason when I ask why the grades. I pulled my child out into a private school, higher standards and the next semester my child got straight A's. go figure what the AFY teachers are doing. For sure not teaching properly. Beware of the school.
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