Students enrolled 327
School leader Mrs. Sharon Allen
Type Religious

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401 Eucalyptus Drive
San Francisco, CA 94132

(415) 664-8331
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3 stars
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September 16, 2014
This is one of the worse schools I have ever experienced. The principal yells at parents and teachers. Parents are actually afraid of the principal. Some teachers yell at the children to the point where some were afraid to go to school. The school is also very "clicky" for the children and the parents. It was like a time machine back to high school. If you are not in the "cool" crowd expect to be sat in the back at the fundraisers and to be ignored during soccer games. There was a lot of bullying by the children and if the bully's family is a high contributor to the fund raising being praised below, well be prepared for no action and a lot of excuses. The kids also eat outside with seagulls flying overhead. They need to try to avoid having the birds eat their lunches and not get bombed while they sit and eat on the concrete playground. Academics were subpar (especially Math) and there is no real computer education class (like Scratch at good private schools). They do have computers but only to do mathletics or other homework sites. Children are not allowed to express themselves. Sad, sad school. Amen to being done.

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2014
Amazing leadership and administrative team! Everything they do they do for the kids. Their fundraising efforts are some of the best I've ever seen. The parents are so involved and create such a welcoming enviroment.

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2013
It is an ok school I've seen much better and my sons grades did not improve at all so during middle school me and my husband have sent him to presidio middle school and once we sent him there he was doing much better than when he went to st.stephens presidio middle school is much better than st.stephens school plus st.stephens told my child that they cannot be an astronaut and that crushed my sons dreams I bet not any parent in the universe would want someone else crush their daughters or sons dream and now he improved so well when he transformed to presidio in st.stephens he use to get F's and D's but now he has B's and A's when he comes home with his report card so don't send your child to st.stephens and make the wrong choice choose presidio middle school Instead!

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2012
After a year of the same administration...nothing really has changed. With visits from "downtown" on a regular basis we have seen little change. Two or three good months and then the emotional roller coaster with the principal begins again. I guess the powers that be value the principal over a happy productive staff. What a wasted year this has been.

- submitted by a teacher
May 26, 2011
St. Stephen is an excellent school with high academic standards and very dedicated teachers and staff. Our principal is a professional who is knowledgeable, supports her faculty and staff, loves her students, adapts to change. and continues to strive to keep our school at the highest level possible. Our school continues to have a "waiting list" every year. Our school motto is "The Children Are Our Future."

- submitted by a teacher
May 16, 2011
It's very interesting how all of the honest reviews posted in 2011 have been deleted! The truth always prevails! You cannot erase the fact that the administration needs an overhaul.

- submitted by a community member
May 16, 2011
Amazing school. Incredible community. Dynamic principal. Would give 6 stars if I could. We couldn't be happier.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2011
Yeh! way to go, St. Stephen just got all new Apple computers for their technology lab, thanks to the money raised at the resent Auction. The school is hoping to get smart boards for all the class rooms. This is a cutting edge school and has gone from strength to strength thanks to the guidance and energy of its principal Mrs. Sharon McCarthy Allen. It is no wonder the school scored so highly on its accreditation survey a few weeks ago.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2011
Mrs. Allen has been such a sincere and intricate part of our school community for nine years, her record alone reflects her abilities as an educator and a leader. Our school has gone from strength to strength; we are probably the most desirable elementary school in our district. Our class ratios for boys and girls are evenly balanced. Our extra curricular activities and programs are unequaled and we recently scored the highest rating achievable on our credentialing and accreditation. These successes are due mainly to the hard work and dedication of Mrs. Allen. It is the best environment for our children s education, the safest, bully free school. Mrs. Allen is dependable, hard-working; peace-loving, courteous and most importantly the children love her. I know my children go to school happy every day. They love their environment, they love their teachers and while the teachers change from year to year, the constant has always been Mrs. Allen. She greets the children first thing every morning and says good bye every afternoon. She knows them all by name and their parents and siblings too. I would strongly recommend St. Stephen School to anyone luck enough to get a place there.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2011
I think St. Stephens is overall a great school. What it lacks, it makes up in many other ways. My son had a great experience there. The principal has a strong personality but I see that as an advantage for the school..

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2011
Excellent school with a principal who has worked hard to make this an outstanding school that students can be proud to attend.

- submitted by a community member
November 16, 2010
My daughter has been at this school since Kindergarten and she is in the 7th grade now. It's a small private school with one class per grade since Kindergarten. At first it was good for her since she developed relationships with her class mates at a young age. Unfortunately since the 4th grade she has been complaining about cliques and kids spreading rumors, etc. I guess typical elementary school stuff but magnified due to small environment. School assignment is a hit and miss but she doesn't seem to have a large amount of homework and does not appear to spend much time on it. Still, she consistently receive honors. Lots of sports through CYO which can be costly, but no music programs. Lots of school activities, very time consuming and can be costly if you contribute to the fundraising all the time.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2010
Two of the reviews that have spoken very derogatory about St. Stephen School and the principal, Mrs. Allen, are completely untrue and spiteful. Obviously, both these people are haboring some type of grudge and can only vent their frustration to embarass the principal and school. To all the potential families looking at St. Stephen School~I can and will guarantee you that this school is a wonderful place for your child to attend. Mrs. Allen's high expectations for the quality of teaching and environment at St. Stephen is hard to match and that is because of Mrs. Allen's commitment and dedication. I feel sorry for people who like to seek revenge on a format like this. If you are both so unhappy, no one is making you stay. St. Stephen's is a happy place and doesn't need mean-spirited people like both of you to bring everyone down to your level. Thank you.

- submitted by a community member
April 22, 2010
I have seen a very different administration in action than some of the parents writing reviews here, during the years I have been associated with St. Stephen's. The administration I have personally seen, spoke cruely & rudely to several of the teachers. I would have agree with an earlier parent comment, I also have seen teachers walking on egg shells around her. Our teachers are seriously dedicated people who inspire our children to smile & get good test scores. It is certainly NOT the current administration who is inspiring anybody at St.Stephens right now. I have witnessed on several occasions, outside the purview of the happy children, some of the teachers being treated in a very disrespectful manner. My opinion differs from some of the recent posts, but I have witnessed different administration behaviors, than they have. The teachers are the scaffold of this place. We need them valued!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 20, 2010
St. Stephens is a wonderful school. The principal and teachers are very dedicated to the children. The principal knows everyone of the children by name and takes great pride in assisting them with any of their needs. The pride that everyone puts into running the school shows ont he faces of all the happy chilldren. The high test scores atttained by the students of St. Stephens also helps them to go onto the high school of their choice.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2010
I love St. Stephen School. The Principal is kind, loving and always, always looking out for the children. I feel confident each and every day that my child is safe and happy at school. I would not send her anywhere else! The Principal works 24/7 to make St. Stephen the BEST school it can be. One of the many great attributes of our principal is that she is always positive. She begins each day with announcements. She started a birthday basket that each student visits on their birthday. She also takes an active role in the high school experience. She met with each Eighth Grade Student to find out where they wanted to go to high school, and after acceptances went out she met with them again to make sure they were happy. I have never met such a hard working administrator. The faculty, staff and parents all LOVE her.

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2010
Prior to enrolling my child at St. Stephen, we considered public school an option, but found that private better suited our needs. Sadly, we are now considering switching to a different private school due to high tension among the staff, and teacher turnover caused by the administration. We have witnessed teachers being reprimanded publicly and unprofessionally for trivial issues. It is shocking to observe this in a Catholic School that is highly regarded. If the current administration does not change, we will be seeking another school for our child.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2010
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December 29, 2009
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November 17, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2009
Great school and a fantastic community. Mrs. Allen is extremely dedicated to the students at St. Stephen's and is out in the yard to greet them every day rain or shine. She has made good decisions on the hiring of new teachers, and is dedicated to academic excellence.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
Poor academics, uninterested teachers that need replacing and an overbearing principal. Great community of parents. Great location, good athletic program.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
The academics at this school are poor until 7th grade and many teachers should be replaced. Many children who have been her for years are not friendly with each other. The Principal is very intimidating with parents. I'm glad we are out of this school now and I can be honest about the experience.

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August 30, 2009
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August 13, 2009
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May 14, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2009
The Principal, Mrs Allen is extremely dedicated to the children and the parents at St Stephens. It's a wonderful school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 02, 2008
When you have the students speaking up against the behavior of their principal, it's time to think about hiring a better Administrator! This has gone on for two long! The turnover at St Stephen since the principal arrived is a big clue!

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2008
St. Stephen is an excellent school with an amazing staff! My eldest daughter was accepted into one of the top schools' in San Francisco and continues to flourish academically due to the fabulous education she received at St. Stephen. Our children are trusted to what can only be described as THE BEST!

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2008
Excellent teachers--all very dedicated to their students. The school has much to offer the children. This has not changed over the years. The past administration was very compassionate and represented a prime example of Christian leadership. This sadly cannot be said now. Harassment by the principal towards her teachers is very obvious to anyone who participates in St. Stephen's school life. Faculty and staff work in fear of offending the principal on a constant basis over imagined issues.

- submitted by a community member
April 15, 2008
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March 26, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
March 15, 2008
We are very pleased with St. Stephen's school. We are a middle class family that is new to the community. We have never felt as though we were not welcome as a valuable part of the parish or school. I have to agree that a strong parochial school must have aggreseive fundraising in order to offset the low tuition. We are pleased with the acadmic program. Our child has made leaps and bounds in the classroom There is a solid science and computer program. What has impressed me most about St. Stephen's is the community. We feel that we really have an extended family at school and at church. Parent involvement is key to the success of any school.

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2008
St. Stephen School is the best school for our children. They are receiving an outstanding education and are treated with respect. St. Stephen goes the extra mile to ensure our children are safe and happy. Mrs. Allen, our wonderful principal, has been the leader with our 'Bully Free' program and it has proven to be very successful. Mrs. Allen works closely with her staff to make sure each child is given the tools to succeed. She and our pastor, Father Walsh, make an incredible team. You can feel the strong bond between school and parish. We are very fortunate to be able to say this. Parent involvement is key at St. Stephen. We all donate our time and talent and good things continue to come from that. The students love Mrs. Allen and she continues to do her best each and everyday! We are so blessed!

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 12, 2008
Two years after I arrived an energetic principal with a strong point of view and an even stronger work ethic replaced our retiring staff. Despite declining enrollment and drooping morale she rolled up her sleeves and invigorated the school experience. Test scores and high school acceptances rose, not tuition. Instead, she instituted fundraising to support academic improvements. Moreover, families that might not be able to afford higher tuition are able to contribute through participation in the volunteer program. Recently, the parish has undertaken the construction of a new gymnasium facility to offer an extra curricular venue on par with the academic program. Given all of the positive changes instituted by our principal it disappoints me to read disparaging reviews.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 12, 2008
To accomplish great things you need money and determination. Sometimes these qualities are not always appreciated by those who benefit the most. I feel blessed with a quality catholic private school education in an environment where the public schools are not an option. At one-third the cost of other private schools I understand that my participation is essential for my children s success.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 11, 2008
St. Stephen is a wonderful school with a strong academic reputation. The principal has made a number of progressive changes. A groundbreaking 'Bully Free' program promotes an environment of respect and acceptance. Religious studies have been reinvigorated with an emphasis on studying and living the Gospel values. Tuition is among the lowest in the San Francisco Archdiocese, which makes St. Stephen affordable to a diverse group of families. There is a high level of parent involvement as families share their time and talent with the school. The school is part of St. Stephen Church, a strong Catholic community with a rich history. School events are also parish events and attract many of the older families whose children graduated from the school. The pastor and the principal work together to create a welcoming and supportive community. We love St. Stephen!

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating December 08, 2007
Teachers and staff are excellent. Many have been at St Stephen for many years. Their experience and sincere love of children is very obvious.

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August 17, 2007
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August 16, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
no rating August 15, 2007
The teachers, staff and principal demonstrate their committment to the children every day. The very devoted and involved parents support that through outstanding participation which allows the staff to focus on their duties. I have only positiive reviews for the principal and staff. That stated, the principal has a tough job as many parents, not necessarily children, have unrealistic expectations and impressions. Downside, the class size and playground.

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2007
St. Stephen's is filled with parents who are dedicated to their children's success and are willing to go that extra mile to help at the school. The school's downpoints are related to staff. While the school has been touting a bully-free environment for the past few years, it has hardly made a difference.

- submitted by a parent
July 14, 2007
Very good parent support, very good teachers and support staff, but the school doesn't have a good principal. They need to replace her ASAP!

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2007
St. Stephen is a wonderful school. The principal is absolutely fabulous. She is always visible any time of the day. I see her greeting students in the morning, turning the jumprope at recess, and waving good bye at the end of the day. The community here is like no other. When you ask for help for anything...your phone does not stop ringing. People here really care about making a difference in their children's lives. All that makes up for the large class sizes and lack of a playground structure, which to me are the only cons. St. Stephen is truly a place where your child will receive a high quality education, make good friends, and will be more than just a student number.

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March 05, 2007
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- submitted by a former student
November 25, 2006
We love St. Stephen School. The teachers are absolutely fabulous. There are 2 credentialed teachers in kindergarten. They really work as a team with the kids and provide an excellent foundation. The science teacher for the lower grades really gets those kids excited about science. There are also music, art, computer, and p.e. teachers for all the grades. The junior high teachers are departmentalized which is also a plus. The principal stands outside every morning and always has a kind word for each child and younger sibling as they enter the school. There are CYO sports for the older grades. The younger grades participate in outside sports leagues as grade level co-ed teams. It is a wonderful community environment for the kids and their parents. The spagetti bingo and breakfast with Santa really bring the school community together. St. Stephen is a true GEM of a school.

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2006
St. Stephen is a great school when it comes to being united as a community. The principal started 4 years ago and has made drastic changes for the better. She has made a lasting impression on the children but not quite as approachable when it comes to the parents. There are extracurricular but not worth the extra monies you have to pay. Sports is the best extracurricular activity because you have dedicated parents participating. As a community, they do come together and unite for a cause, this aspect of St. Stephen is by far the best I have seen in such a big city. It is a very closely knit community and I've yet to see another in SF like it.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2006
Wonderful family environment for my children. Very strong level of parent involvement to help maintain the high level of the academic program. Long time, excellent teaching and support staff, and of course we have an incredible principal whose motivation and commitment gets the most out of everyone involved.

- submitted by a parent
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St. Stephen School
401 Eucalyptus Drive, San Francisco, CA  94132
(415) 664-8331
Last modified St. Stephen School is a Private school that serves grades K-8
St. Stephen School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 52 reviews. Top