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Mission Dolores Academy

Private | K-8 | 250 students

We are known for a blended learning program to differentiate instruction.

 
 

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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $910,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,910.

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3 stars

Community Rating by Year
2014:
Based on 2 ratings
2013:
No new ratings
2012:
Based on 1 rating
2011:
No new ratings

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Posted March 21, 2014

This school will give your kids opportunity and prepare them for high school. Lots of programs for your kids to join during summer vacation which they are affiliated with other Summer school programs (mainly top notch high school in SF city) for advancement and to bring out the best in your child. They have the resources and Ms.Unruh is a great asset for the school. The students of Class 2014, all of them are accepted to major SF City private high schools (Convent of Sacred Heart, Stuart Hall, Saint Ignatius, SHCP, Archbishop Riordan, ICA, Mercy) and including Lowell high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2014

So one of my kids graduated from there since the schools merged and the other one I removed from the school because there was no family support, parent support, and they were all about the dollars! Parents have been with the schools for years and it seemed like they use us (St Dominic kids, staff, and parents) to merge and then kick us out. WELL you can have it because my kid ROCKS at her new school. Get it together people
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2012

We placed our son in Mission Dolores Academy after a rough time at SFUSD, and so far we couldn't be happier. This is a new school that combines Megan Furth Academy and Mission Dolores School. The teachers have high academic standards for the kids and high standards of conduct. There is plenty of recess equipment to go around and adult supervision in the morning and after the final bell rings. The administrators make a point to know all the students and parents and are available to talk as long as you need about anything. Best of all, there is a sense of family that allows for all parents to mind each other's child. And no one feels too shy to tap someone on the shoulder as ask them to listen to the principal. Whatever issues were mentioned in previous posts, it looks like they've been worked out. Our child feels safe, happy, challenged and already made a ton of friends. We love it here!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2010

The school is newer and trying to iron out its problems. Nothing happens overnight. They are on-route to becoming a very great school. The vision is there, the funding is increasing, and the quality of student/family/teacher is improving. The more connected the school is to St. Dominic's church...the far better it will enjoy the bountiful blessings that St. Dominic's parish and its members continue to receive. Hang in there Parents!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2010

TOO MANY BULLIES IS RIGHT! MY LITTLE ONE HAS COMPLAINED NOTHING WAS DONE! #2 HE WAS SENT HOME FROM SCHOOL FOR POUTING&CRYING!!! #3 HE HAS GAINED 10-12 LBS SINCE ENROLLING 9MOS AGO NOT ENOUGH PHYSICAL ACTIVITY! VERY UNHAPPY, AND I BELIEVE HE IS TOO! CLEARLY STRESSED..


Posted June 29, 2009

This is a great school overall from discipline, sports, academic excellence & family values. Everyone is working together as one community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2009

I am confident to say that Megan Furth Academy is a phenomenal school. The teachers are amazing and the students seem to succeed because of the high engagement. There is a strong sense of community and Catholic focus. Highly recommend!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 23, 2009

To many bullies ... administration would reprimand kids who are simply defending themselves and let bullies get away with anything. It's sad to see how my child's confidence decline drastically.... Will look for another school ASAP
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2008

The Megan Furth Academy is private K-8 school that promotes high quality education with a strong sense of community. The core values of the school are to instill a passion for learning, respect for others and self confidence. I love teaching at the Megan Furth Academy.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 9, 2008

This school is a hidden gem. Every year my child has been there it has gotten better. The teachers this year are on top of things. The dean and principal take care of the students. More parents need to go out into the community and let people know what a great school this is.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2008

Megan Furth Academy has some great teachers and staff. The transformation of the school from when my child entered in 2005 until now is amazing. The academic program has improved, the after school program staff is 100% better than it was. HAving all students at St. Dominic campus was a great decision. The principal is strong and has some good ideas. All teachers and esp. the principal are open to hearing concerns and are responsive to parents. This school is fast becoming a SF hidden gem of a private school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2007

The princpal has great leadership... I'm not sure about how challenging this schoool is on academics but this school definitely displays a great sense of community.... My son loves to go to this school despite of him getting in minor trouble most of the time. That must mean something.....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2006

This school has gone through some changes for the better. The teachers that left needed to leave and all of the good teachers and where serious about education stayed. My child has attended this school since Kindergarten and I must say that Change is most times good. God Bless
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2004

The first year at Saint Dominic School was wonderful. We felt as if we had a extended family. The principle Sister Pat was a wonderful leader. Since the merge of the two school everything has went down hill. Theres no unity even among the staff. The forth grade class was out of control and the core staff is a mess. I have decided not to send my daughter back to this school, we can get this for free in public school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2004

This school has gone under a lot of changes. Teacher have not been staying around. The school was great at the beginning of the school year and has steadly gone down hill. To many changes for me to want to keep my child there.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
Black 56%
Two or more races 14%
Asian 13%
Hispanic 9%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 5%
White 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0%
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Reading specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Theory

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 4:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mr. Dan Storz
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Extended/longer school day
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Roman Catholic
Associations
  • NCEA
Fax number
  • (415) 346-8001

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Hybrid
  • Individually guided instruction
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • High School Admissions Counsel
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Archdiocese of San Francisco

After School Academic Program (after school program)

About the program
  • The After School Academic Program (A.S.A.P.) provides academic tutoring, recreation, and enrichment activities for children enrolled at Mission Dolores Academy. This professionally operated program allows children to continue their learning beyond the school day. Arts and craft projects, games, recreation, and snack time are just a few of the program components. Additionally, there is time set aside for homework.
Types of activities
  • Academic
  • Arts
  • Athletic
  • Life skills
Operated by
  • Shaunda Randle
Days offered
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
Start time
  • 4:00 pm
End time
  • 6:00 pm
Is enrollment limited to students who attend the school?
  • Yes
What grades can participate?
  • K-8
Is there a fee for the program?
  • Yes
Is financial aid available?
  • Yes
How can parents find out more about fees?
  • Call
  • Visit website
Website
Phone number
  • 415-346-9500
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Theory
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Chess club
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$5000 - $5000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Outside scholarships

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
St. Ignatius College Preparatory
Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory
Stuart Hall High School
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3371 16th Street
San Francisco, CA 94114
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Phone: (415) 346-9500

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