Students enrolled 292
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School leader Mrs. Mary Ghisolfo
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659 Pine Street
San Francisco, CA 94108

(415) 421-0069
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4 stars
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October 08, 2013
Unfortunately, I have to agree with first grade teacher comment. I am convinced my child learned nothing in 1st grade and set my child back in 2nd grade. Fortunately, the 2nd grade teacher is awesome and got my child back up to speed. They probably need to make the decision to replace her. I have heard these complaints year-after-year. Hopefully, Mrs. G take notice and other parents speak up. Besides for 1st grade, this is an awesome school.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2013
My daughters love this school, and the NDV school community is terrific. I just saw the terrible reviews about 1st grade, but my daughter's experience in 1st grade was a good one. She came out of her shell and learned to be an excellent reader. She seems to like 2nd grade too. Some teachers will always be better than others, but overall, we are very happy to be part of NDV.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2013
Horrible experience with a teacher; kids are always getting zero feedback on writing in middle school and I regret sending my kid here.

- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2013
The first grade teacher is just awful. She allowed students to pick activities and did not bother to teach anything. She is using teaching time to study herself and not to teach. She uses Edhelper.com and not the actual workbooks. At the end of the school year, our child came back with a workbook showing that only 2 chapters were used. If this continues in the second grade, we will definitely transfer our child to a different school.

- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2012
NDV is a fantastic school. I have a 6th grade girl and a boy that just graduated. My son attends an extremely rigorous & competitive high school.His excellent organizational skills, I attribute solely to NDV. The 8th grade play was an amazing experience. My son and his NDV friends (boys & girls) continue to see each other visiting their high school events to support one another. My daughter now in 6th grade is enjoying her friends and involved in sports, acting(after many afternoons watching the 8th graders practice), poetry and academics. I have been extremely pleased with the after school program. They have planned activities that are enriching and engaging. All the kids do homework and when my daughter had trouble with math, there was someone to help. Every middle school teacher is available after school for 1 hour to support the kids academically. When I pick up my daughter at 5:30pm she often says in a relieved, happy voice. "I got all my homework done! What's for dinner?" We have a night ahead of us free from the stress of homework. Many thanks NDV. You are a wonderful blessing to our family.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2012
As a parent of of a fourth and first grader at NDV I have been very happy with the academics and the quality of the teaching staff. The teachers and Administration provide a warm and personal experience for each student (and family) while maintaining strong academics. The parent community is wonderful and deeply committed to enhancing the school experience and improving the school for future families. Continual efforts are made to update the facilities, raise money for special projects, and create social opportunities for families to get to know one another. Annual events such as Bal de Paris, the family picnic at GG Park, the Halloween party and Christmas Pagaent are memorable and first rate events. The kids, parents and staff participate on every level. In support of the Catholic education is a strong Art and Music program, an 8th grade musical production, sports teams, French program and much more. Older grade "buddies" boost younger students confidence from K-8th grade, attending filed trips together and attending each others graduation ceremonies. Graduates of NDV attend the best high schools in the Bay area, leaving NDV with lasting friendships and memories.

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2012
NDV is a wonderful school if you are looking for strong academics and a real sense of community. The principal is beyond dedicated and the faculty is excellent. No school is perfect but, for our family, NDV is as close as one can get. Every kindergarten student knows every 8th grader by name long before Christmas! The older students are kind to the little kids and this does not just happen magically. The proof is in the pudding. My kids come home happy and excited about their experiences at school. Graduating students are accepted at top tier high schools and adjust easily because they are prepared socially and academically. We are so grateful to be a part of this exceptional school and would highly recommend it.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2012
NDV is a hidden gem of a school, offering excellent academics, extensive extra-curriculars, and a progressive yet values-based approach. Students are not only well prepared for, and routinely accepted at, all the top Bay Area high schools (St. Ignatius, Lowell, University, Lick-Wilmerding, Convent/Stuart Hall, to name a few) they are good, kind kids to boot. The downtown location in Nob Hill draws a diverse group of families, who, together with the school/church leadership and teachers, create an exceptionally close-knit community dedicated to enriching the student experience. Students have the opportunity to participate in music lessons (piano, violin, cello, guitar), technology (computer science, programming, robotics), art, French, and sports (soccer, basketball, volleyball, track). Is NDV perfect? No school is, but NDV more than delivers on the most important measures: academic achievement, cultural appreciation, strong work ethics, and an enduring moral compass.

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2012
We were not looking for a Catholic school. What we cared about most was strong academics, strong community, and solid values. NDV had them all. This is not my fathers Catholic school. The tolerance and diversity this city is known for permeates the culture of the school. There is a class trip each sixth grade class takes; a week in Yosemite. I was a chaperone on the trip this year, and got to see the kids in action on trails, in the dining hall, mucking about at the campsite. What I saw were 32 kids* who had genuine appreciation for each other. It reminded me of my friends from elementary school. A handful of us, email weekly. Friends for life. My sense is that my kids will have at least a few of their NDV classmates as friends for life. That's what the culture at NDV produces. Given the minefield of challenges kids face growing up today, I consider those close friendships, to be among the greatest assets my kids have received from NDV. The academics are excellent. Graduates are readily accepted by the best high schools in the city. *(the class sizes are large, and when you've got a good teacher, an aide, and 32 kids behaving and listening it doesn't matter).

- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2012
NDV is a superb child-centered school offering a solid balance of academics and enrichment (especially with regards to art, music, sports and robotics). If you are looking for exceptional academic results, NDV is always at the top with the results and high school placements year after year to back it up. The school has significant diversity, encompassing a healthy mix of different cultures and religions outside of its French and Roman Catholic core. The environment is safe, positive, and fun with a caring and active community. It is a small school that encourages parent involvement so it feels like everyone knows and is looking out for your child. There is a strong alumni tradition and its location makes it unique and special for city natives and residents (especially great for working parents downtown!). The teachers are engaged and challenge the children, and enough can t be said about the principal who goes above and beyond on a daily basis her love of the school is undeniable. My daughter is receiving an excellent education, stretching creatively and making life-long friendships. We are thrilled to be part of NDV and highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2012
I have two kids at NDV now and I could not be more delighted. A second language (French) every day, a truly fantastic Art program, a solid music program with great support for 'pull out' sessions and academics that get kids into the best high schools in the City. And in the last few years they have bought notebook computers and completely upgraded the WiFi network in addition to the great computer lab they already had. Perhaps most impressive to me is the support for educational robotics. NDV is the only school in SF that hosts the Lego FIRST robot league competition. They have at least ten of the Lego NXT robot kits and they are integrating them into the science program across the grades. And the NDV DragonBot club went to the State championship two years ago and to the Regionals last year. Where else are you going to send your kids where they will get such a complete education for the price?

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2012
NDV is a great school- If you care about great scholastic outcomes you should care about NDV. Not only do a large percent of the graduating classes get into exceptional high schools, the children are mature and well-prepared for continued growth. In fact, take a tour and talk to some eighth graders like I did and you will easily recognize what a caring and academically challenging environment can yield. These outcomes are because of strong leadership from our long-tenured and wholly committed principal, our passionate pastoral team, our strong and caring faculty, our parent community, and even from the leadership of the student body itself. San Francisco has great schools, and NDV is one of them.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2012
My three children attend the school (5th, 2nd and K) and it has fabulous attributes. NDV provides a Catholic education, with an emphasis on arts, language (French) and music, in the urban setting of downtown San Francisco. The extra-curricular music program can start as early as Kindergarten or 1st grade. My 5th grader has been playing violin for 5 years and my 2nd grader plays piano and my youngest is learning the cello. NDV does not promise to make your child bi-lingual by graduation but most kids enroll in French 3 when they enter the 9th grade of high school and can speak the language. It puts a child on a good footing to really excel in French Language at the High School and College level. The Catholic community is amazing and definitely puts God in the forefront of the child's education. It can be as little as Father Phil greeting the children as they walk in to school or the children's preparation for the sacraments with daily catholic education in-between.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2012
NDV is a City Family's perfect choice. As brand new Kindergarten Family in 2111, we can enthusiastically say that NDV is warm, welcoming and amazing school / community. Ffinding such a perfect home for the next 9 for our son and soon our daughter is heartwarming. The kids are polite, diverse and happy yes happy to be at school. It s a small school community; our son is building relationships with kids from all grades. They have this great buddy system for the kindergarteners with the 8th graders, where the 8th graders take them to a pumpkin patch for Halloween and the kindergartens support the 8th graders on their annual 8th grade musical with joy and exuberance. This all the best pieces of an elementary school experience. The events, like a kids Jogathon, Halloween Carnival, International Night of food and drink and of course a party to end all fundraising parties, for parents and children alike these events while of course raising money are also full of energy, commitment and real fun. As we have a commitment and deep desire to live and learn with our kids in SF this is the perfect school. In addition the uniforms are cute and so easy!! Love it

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2012
NDV is a great school for my son 2nd gd) and daughter (K). If you are looking for a school that will nurture your child spiritually, academically, socially, emotionally, and physically, then consider NDV. My son, who was casted as a shy boy, has blossomed to be a respectful, happy, and engaging 2nd grader. It has to do with the fact that he is surrounded by other boys and girls who have supported him and encouraged him to be able to socialize in a safe environment. Every conversation I've had with a NDV student has always engaging. They're able to express their feelings eloquently and give their opinion with eye contact tells me that they're in an environment where they are encouraged to express themselves and prepared to be successful individuals. My (K) daughter is reading at a 2nd grade level and her penmanship is of an adult. My 2nd gdr is doing research paper on dinosaurs and tigers and reading his work to the principal and other grade teachers. How great is that where the school principal, is making time, given her busy schedule, to listen to my 7yr-old son read out his paper?He's also completed many math-in-a-minute exercises and weekly spelling tests w/o any mistakes.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2012
NDV has made great strides to grow and change over the past 5 years we have been there. There has been much talk of boys not getting what they need and not being supported, but with my 10 year old that is not the case. I am watching my boy grow learn responsibility, how to be organized and of course all of the academic skills. The classes are large, but the full-time aides balance the numbers. The community is strong and diverse and we are proud to be a part of it.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2012
NDV is a fabulous school and community; its students grow into successful adults-ethical, respectful, cultured, insightful, purposeful and resourceful. The older comment about the purported Catholic punitive environment is off. NDV teaches respect; discipline, when necessary, is meted out gently. In addition to the 3 Rs (and French!), NDV kids learn decision-making, accountability and gracefulness; families are drawn precisely because of these traditions. Music/art programs are superb; cultural enrichment opportunities abound. Students achieve highly and are well regarded by the best high schools in SF (I know this well because I serve on the board of one of them). Academic program is rigorous and contemporary, and technology is up to date (computer lab, Promethean boards, etc.). Many alums like me come back as parents. NDV s proposition is: first-rate education, uber-competent principal and administration, teachers who care about your whole child, grown-up parents who are actively raising their kids and a warm, vibrant, culturally diverse community, all at a bargain price. It s the best of Catholic education and a lovely place for your child if these things speak to you.

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2012
NDV is a fantastic school. Don t let a few grumpy parents reviews keep you from considering NDV for your child. The majority of parents and children are extremely happy with the school administration and teachers. NDV provides a solid education and results that prove it. From impressive test scores, to art music & sports programs, not to mention top Bay Area high school acceptances, we ll take the traditions and values of this school any day. We were impressed when we toured the school years ago and continue to be impressed by the educational programs, the talented Principle, the committed parent community, plus the supportive Parish. The parent community is very involved which builds on the solid foundation this school provides. Our child thrives at NDV as do many others. This school is a gem. Take a tour, talk to parents and you ll rind a richer prospective. Not every school is going to be perfect, but we ve witnessed first hand actions the administration takes to consistently deliver an exceptional well rounded program. Our family feels extremely lucky to be part of the NDV community and so do many others.

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2012
Do not agree at all with the negative reviews. The school is academically rigorous and traditional in many ways, but the principal makes great effort to make informed, thoughtful decisions and strives to be forward thinking and open to making school-wide policy and program changes as needed. Her dedication to the school is like nothing I've ever seen. The support and level of commitment from the pastor and church is phenomenal. Overall, this school provides the ideal balance of a structured yet progressive environment for the kids, boys and girls alike. As for staffing, high turnover and/or (the opposite) "dead wood" teachers entrenched in thinking and approach are cliche challenges of any school. NDV is no different- finding and keeping great teachers and getting the long term ones to be open to ever-evolving changes in curriculum and teaching approach are ongoing missions that the school takes to heart. School community is tight- knit, highly diverse, low key and committed like no other. This is a safe, fun, enriching school for any child; they come in as adorable kindergartners and leave as young leaders motivated and equipped to make a difference.

- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2011
Have to agree with some of the reviewers here. School does seem out of touch and have seen a lot of turnover in recent years, but the school does have some real gems, especially in the lower grades. Good sports programs overall and very caring/committed parent community. After School Program significantly below par with stories of parents and kids complaining regularly with nothing changing. We know several parents who have said leadership is unresponsive to repeated parent and child complaints.

- submitted by a community member
May 04, 2011
Soon our child will graduate and we can be done with the Catholic style punitive envronment that is pervasive in this traditional school. Innovative it is not - but then how could it be when you have leadership and teachers that aren't interested in furthering their own personal and professional education. K thru 3 works, middle school continues to be a challenge with teachers changing year after year after year. The parent community is wonderful.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2010
My child has also graduated and, quite frankly, it is a tremendous relief to be away from the school. Although the early years are great and the uniforms very cute by the time middle school roles around the bloom is off the rose. There is tremendous teacher turnover at the middle school level except for the English teacher who has been there for years and is excellent. Math and science are poorly taught and the French program lacks structure and focus. After 9 years of exposure to French one would except a child to be somewhat knowledgable but the children never seem to rise above a very basic level. Math is the greatest disappointment, however, poorly taught and harshly graded the program leaves children ill prepared for high school.

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2010
Now that our son has graduated I feel compelled to tell the real truth about NDV. They are old-school, traditional, and are not up to speed on the critical thinking and expository writing requirements kids need today for high school. For years we witnessed many boys being told that they were lazy, not up to par, and that their questions and ideas lacked importantance. Our son, among other boys, self esteem over the years was crushed and limited his ability to feel successful. We tried to work with the leadership and we were patronized again and again. We wish that we had transferred after the first signs of red flags. I am sure that others do too - parents do talk. Complacency in education is not okay - Be careful in your selection.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2010
NDV is the city's best kept secret. It attracts highly motivated parents with a strong sense of community and commitment to education. The Principal and the Pastor are very strong and committed leaders. The school has strong Catholic values but is also very inclussive and supportive to non-Catholics. My kids who are in elementary school have thrived at the school, their favorite subjects being art, PE and science. NDV has been very supportive of one of my kids who has learning differences. The school also has a great afterschool program which makes it viable for both parents to work a full day. The downside is the large class size. I also wish the core French program were stronger in the Elementary School. There is a new afterschool French program which is a great supplement.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2010
In the nutshell, this school is academically challenging, discipline oriented and has a lot of family support. The big problem at NDV is its leadership. Status-quo attitude, favoritism, and keeping students down with unreachable goals and is just unacceptable. Families either leave in middle school or keep hush because of the pending threat of high school recommendations.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2010
My kids have been at NDV since Kindergarten and they are now in middle school. For the most part, we are satisfied with the school. The teachers are a bit conservative and it would be nice to see a more innovative approach to teaching. Art Teacher is amazing and so is the PE teacher. Great French teacher (for upper division, I am not familiar with the elementary French teacher, so cannot comment.) The school definintely takes advantage of its urban location -- lots of field trips around SF, new exhibitions, museums. etc. NDV Communitiy is very supportive and welcoming.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2010
The pros: great community, good lower school teachers (K-3), funny physical education teacher. Cons: lots of busy work, old school teaching, 35 minutes a week of physical activity, 35 minutes of art a week, large student class size - small classrooms, administration, etc. The list is too long to continue.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 16, 2010
great community, awesome art program, tight knit group of families

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2010
We've been parents at NDV for 4 years. We love NDV! It's a very well balanced school - a great education with caring & attentive teachers, rigorous academic instruction, and a kind, all inclusive community. Mrs. Ghisolfo is an outstanding, engaged principal. She is very hands-on and always available. We couldn't be happier! Go Dragons!

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2010
After transferring from one of the other private schools in the city I must say that I am more than satified and truly impressed with the sense of respect, caring, discipline and order this school provides on top of the excellent, well-rounded education. The parents are incredibly involved. My family and I were immediately welcomed and felt at home during the transiton. There are high expectations here, rules and order expected. We like this compared to the extremely unstructured and disorganized environment we just left. If you don't like structure and high expectations, this school is not for you. Look at where all the graduates attend High Schools- the top Schools in SF. That speaks volumes.We love NDV and highly recommend it.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2009
Buyer beware - the previous reviews were planted by the school. As a soon to be parent alumni, I want to let people know that though this school was wonderful for my childs early educational experience, from K-3, it began to be horrifying in the 4th grade. and when our child got to middle school it only got worse. Every year our child had new science, french, math and history teachers -many who just graduated from college. For the last few years we have supplemented our childs education with $800 worth of outside tutoring a month. The kids are given 35 minutes, once a week, for P.E., art and music though they lead you to believe that it is a well rounded education. For the last three years their discipline program has been soley punishing the students. It is how I recall catholic schools were 30 years ago.

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2009
I am a graduate from the class of 2008, and all I can say about NDV is the great things. The thing maybe looked down upon is the discipline, but the discipline only will help you in the future. I am now attending a private high school in San Francisco and I would be totally lost without the aid of NDV. This school has to be in the top three private schools in San Francisco; the amount of education and activities provided is great for your future. As all kids, we think school might be boring with all the work and the rules we have to follow, but once you graduate, you only look back on all the great additions in your life from NDV and how much you have learned. This school has a great education program that will only help your kids in the future.

- submitted by a student
February 05, 2009
Our daughter is thriving in an environment that is both caring and disciplined. My wife and I were amazed that the Principal personally called to check on our daughter when she was home sick from school. The academics are challenging and well-paced. The school environment is clean, safe and constantly being upgraded. The children are taught French daily beginning in kindergarten. The children in the upper grades are tremendous role models for the younger students and set great examples. The parent community is very involved and enjoys a great social connection via school sponsored events. Wonderful attention to the arts. I can not recommend this school enough.

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2009
NDV is a jewel in SF. The kids are happy and well mannered; the teachers are established and amazing with the children; and finally the principal is truly incredible. It is a very well rounded school. I highly recommend NDV.

- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2008
My two kids have been at this school since kindergarten. My oldest is now in middle school. It is an exceptional school. The kids do very well on the required standardized tests (ITBS), consistently scoring exceptionally high on these tests. They go on the the prime Bay Area high schools, and also from what we have seen - fine colleges as well: UCLA, Cal, Stanford & Harvard. (Although there is a lot in between this school & college, but still...) There is a wonderful interaction between the parent body and the faculty/staff. There is a strong commitment to the arts with a dedicated teachers and rooms for art, music, and private music lessons. They also have a separate teachers for science and computers with dedicated labs for each. Have always felt my kids we safe, well taken care of, and challenged. French classes start for the kids in kindergarten.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2008
This school is fine up to 5th grade. We were very happy until then. Middle school is a nightmare of endless homework and harsh discipline. No matter how hard the kids work and for over how many years, it's never good enough. The kids are worked to the bone and rarely get a pat on the back. Maybe I'll be thanking them in years to come but right now, I'd be grateful to get a little of my child's childhood back.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 17, 2008
We transferred to NDV this year and our expectations for this school have more than been exceeded. Incredible parent involvement, amazing sense of community and a tremendous appreciation for the arts at this school. The older students are wonderful role models for the younger children. The expectations for everyone (parents and students alike) are high. The principal is exceptional and her leadership and dedication- along with her very seasoned staff- shows. We feel very fortunate to be a part of this school and its community.

- submitted by a parent
December 17, 2007
Wonderful faculty and children. There is a great sense of community and school pride here. With many opportunities for involvement, the parent community is a close knit one. Probably one of the best parochial schools in SF providing a well-rounded educational experience for all students. We are very happy with our decision to send our child here! Go Dragons!

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2007
I just moved from SF to Seattle and i really miss going to ndv. the teachers are awesome and the kids are great. I really miss San Francisco

- submitted by a student
April 19, 2007
Excellent school - fantastic teachers, challenging program, great environment. High parent involvement with activities, fund raisers, etc. Awesome principal.

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2007
A fantastic school. Students move on to the best high schools in SF, evidence of strong academics, rounded out w/ a great athletic program, excellent French language teachers, and a wonderful art teacher. It's amazing considering the tuition (~ 1/3 of the top end). This a parish school, so being RC does make things easier, but is by no means exclusionary. As a bonus, there is a long relationship w/ the French community.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2006
A good program for an above average student. Class sizes are large - 30+

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May 18, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2006
NDV offers a very good education for a great value. They are very strong in sports and community building events. The discipline is outstanding and the children are generally very well behaved. The academics is very good, but not outstanding.

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2006
Great combination of structure/discipline with a enjoyment for learning. Children get along well with each other, are polite, and involved in many activities. Principal keeps an eye on everything and the teachers are excellent. The uniforms are the best-looking I've ever seen. The French theme is nice but most children and teachers do not speak french. Only drawback is a very small play yard and gym. Extra curricular sports is a must for kids to get adequate physical activity, fortunately the basketball, soccer, and volleyball teams representing the school are all good. Great school and very reasonably priced. Also, a very nice community of parents and families.

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2005
Excellent school with good academics and nice kids.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2004
Excellent Catholic school staffed with professionals and led by a very skilled Principal. Very strong community of parents who live and/or work locally. Reasonably-priced compared to other private schools. The proof is in the pudding -- most NDV graduates go to top-shelf high schools in the San Francisco Bay Area. SF Mayor Gavin Newsom went to NDV!

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
Very cosmopolitan, great sense of community, well-behaved and caring children, excellent downtown location to allow a wide range of field trips in town.

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