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San Francisco Day School

Private | K-8 | 400 students

SFDS is known for developing critical thinkers and creative problem-solvers.

 
 

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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $885,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,670.

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Community Rating

5 stars

Community Rating by Year
2014:
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2013:
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2012:
Based on 2 ratings
2011:
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Posted January 15, 2014

SFDS has great support for kids with medium to mild language (reading) based learning differences up until about 6th or 7th grade. At that point the curriculum becomes more rigorous and it can be hard for slow readers & writers to keep up with the amount of work and multiple subjects. From K-8th grade each grade level has it own learning resource teacher and this can help to diagnose a child and get early remediation. Starting in 4th grade some kids do not take a second language so they can use that time to work with the learning resource specialist in small group review or with their own tutor. The school is very supportive and has devoted much attention to the learning differences but it is less helpful with students who have medium high to high attention and hyperactivity issues.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2012

SF Day is a remarkable place. Its community, curriculum, facilities and faculty are all terrific. It is a pleasure to send our kids there each morning and to hear of their day each evening. They are thriving and we could not be happier.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 8, 2012

This school is great! I have four kids-- 18 years with this school. For the 18 years that SFDS has been a part of our lives, it has been amazing! I love SFDS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 18, 2009

The San Francisco day school is an amazing school, the kids are extremely kind, very mature, and this is a great school especially for kids with learning differences, the day school provides great help for those with learning differences. We love the Day School!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 14, 2008

The best elementary school in SF for kids of all learning styles, including learning difficulties (although not severe ones). Extremely insightful teachers and a philosophy toward developing all aspects of a child (not just traditional educational principles).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2008

Great, IF your child is a 'head of the class' and/or 'popular' type of kid. NOT for kids with learning differences. Some very wealthy families & many of the rest are craving 'wanna-be's.' Lots of snotty kids, NOT kept in check. Many good teachers but some notably below par.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2007

Amazing experience here. Experienced teachers - rigorous but also nurturing. Great arts and music program, nice facility but feels crowded at times. Down to earth parent body for an urban private school. New head about to start.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2006

Decent school, is getting better
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 10, 2005

Excellent school with lots of great resource and one of the most impressive school libraries I have ever seen.
—Submitted by a staff


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 65%
Two or more races 17%
Asian 8%
Hispanic 7%
Black 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0%
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Dance teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Art teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Security personnel
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff None
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Source: Provided by a school official.

Awards

Community service awards received in the past 3 years
  • Episcopal Community Services Award (2013)

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
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Math club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Rock band
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Clubs
  • Foreign language and culture club

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen

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
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Dr. David Jackson
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • NAIS

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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

Don't understand these terms?
  • None
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
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • None
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Darioush Epicurus

Afterschool Enrichment Program (AEP) (after school program)

About the program
  • AEP is a community where children may play in a group or alone, work on homework, or attend enrichment classes. Program activities are primarily designed for children in grades K-4 and offers them time to relax after the school day, plenty of healthy snacks, and a quiet space under the guidance of friendly and experienced staff.
Types of activities
  • Academic
  • Arts
  • Athletic
  • Life skills
Operated by
  • Erin Acharya
Days offered
  • Tuesday
  • Monday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
Start time
  • 3:00 pm
End time
  • 6:00 pm
Is enrollment limited to students who attend the school?
  • Yes
What grades can participate?
  • K-4
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
  • 415-568-3650
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Rock band
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Foreign language and culture club
  • Math club
  • Student council/government
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • To learn about SFDS, please visit: www.sfds.net/vision.
School leaders can update this information here.

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What does it cost?

Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
University High School
International High School
Urban School of San Francisco
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