Students enrolled 535
Hours 7:50AM - 1:50PM
School leader Robert Broecker
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4 stars
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April 21, 2014
Hay my name is Camille Personius and i am in 7th grade and i went to this school. It is a grate school for kids to learn and it has grate teachers as well, i would have never know the things i know now if i had not gone to this school.

- submitted by a community member
March 23, 2014
Alvarado Elementary School has teachers that focus on students with a higher ability and ones that may need more help. Alvarado has a Spanish immersion program which is excellent and really improved my daughters spanish, as well it has an english program too. Two things that I would tell everyone about is the art room with Ms. Tremblay and the computer lab with Mr. Bianchi. In art they do clay to drawing and everything in between. Overall when my daughters graduate from Alvarado, no mater what happens to them I know they will always remember this school.

- submitted by a teacher
November 01, 2013
Alvarado is an amazing school. The students treat each other kindly, the parents are incredibly involved, committed participants and fundraisers, and the teachers are dedicated, talented and top-notch educators. We love Alvarado!

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2013
Excellent public school in a great neighborhood. Strong leadership/Principal, very good teachers, compassionate and supportive community. Fantastic after school program (GLO) with enrichment and sports. Lots of fun PTA clubs (chess, knitting , skateboarding etc). Love morning circle- where principal , teachers, parents make school announcements - great way to feel a part of the community. Lots of money raised through PTA. Families encouraged to participate to school thru volunteering (and/or financial support). And everyone is invited to share their gifts and talents with the students or in the community We have a daughter who graduated from Alvarado and is graduating from middle school, and a son graduating from the fifth grade. We will all miss Alvarado and feel fortunate to have been a part of this great school !

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2013
One of the best public K-5s in San Francisco. Great teachers, involved parents and fantastic kids. Raises an incredible amount of money through the PTA and the quality of education and experience for the kids is superb.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2013
We have been pleased with many aspects of our daughter's education at Alvarado. Overall, we feel Alvarado has an excellent cadre of teachers who are well qualified and care about their students. Especially, parents' involvement is remarkable at Alvarado, what has led to a strong and vital PTA. A bit more emphasis on creativity based education, in my opinion, would push this school into the outstanding range.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2013
My son will be graduating in May '14 and we will be sad to leave Alvarado! He has had experienced, caring teachers each year, and has loved the PTA-sponsored after-school clubs, especially chess. Teachers in the lower grades are nurturing, just what you want for the wee one's first few years of school. There are literacy breakfasts in Kinder (wear your pj's!), including breakfast, and a take-home book. My son was in a 4/5 split class last year, and was sufficiently challenged, with several written reports assigned, which students presented in front of the class (parents too). While I wouldn't say it's racially diverse (really just Caucasian and Latino), it is most certainly economically diverse. Is it perfect? No such thing IMHO...but Alvarado is a very good example of a high-functioning urban public school.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2013
Alvarado is an excellent school. The parent body is very motivated to raise funds to supplement the education and so we get more arts, gardening, science... The principal is extremely accessible and responsive. So far (my daughter is in second grade) the teachers have been tremendous. We've been very happy here.

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2013
I went to Alvarado for 6 years, K-5th grade. I am currently finishing my 8th grade year at Aptos Midde School, and will be attending Lowell next year. Alvarado really helped shape my path to good grades and success through middle school; they had a strong parent to teacher to student program, helping young children in every aspect of life, including learning a second language, spanish. My years at Alvarado were truly spectacular, and any child attending there will be nourished by loving teachers, amazing arts programs, and a positive vibe.

- submitted by a community member
May 21, 2012
Our daughter is enrolled in Kindergarten at Alvarado and we feel very lucky. Alvarado is a diverse and vibrant community with teachers that are dedicated to teaching your children in engaging ways. In just a short year our daughter has grown so much. She learned to read and prospered under the guidance of her extraordinary teacher. We highly recommend anyone to Alvarado.

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2011
It's hit-or-miss whether or not you get a decent teacher. In some grade levels, it's a definite miss. The school is not well trained on how to engage students with high energy levels, especially for boys who don't need academic help, because they're left at their desks by themselves while the teachers focus on students who have trouble academically. Feedback is sometimes met with defensiveness, and occasionally even anger. We put Alvarado at the top of our list because we heard great things about it; unfortunately we were disappointed time and time again.

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2010
My daughter was promoted from the 5th grade this past spring and I have no complaints for the 6 years she spent at Alvarado. The school has a VERY strong PTA which raised over $250k last year for great programs at Alvarado. I enjoyed not only the diversity of the school, but the celebration of diversity in everyday school life. The school grounds are very nice and in a traditional San Francisco school house style, except for the two bungalows out back. This school embraces progressive ideas about education and the environment. It has an awesome arts program with an in-house art teacher and afterschool clubs that add to the regular curriculum. The school has solar panels and a garden in its yards. And regular community events. I feel that my daughter was well prepared for middle school and is currently enrolled in the honors courses at her new school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 17, 2010
despite its position in a relatively upscale neghborhood, Alvarado is one of the most genuinely diverse schools in the city. And more crucially, its very active PTA believes that it is most important to provide help for those students at the bottom of the achievement curve, particularly english learners.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 14, 2010
Lovely, sunny setting. Open, accepting environment. Very involved parents. Bilingual education that puts my child in a position to succeed in the world.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 14, 2010
Alvarado has a marvelous group of talented, committed, and caring teachers who work well together.

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2010
A wonderful teachers, community, principal - overall great education!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 12, 2010
Love the teachers, principal and parents; they are a very dedicated community!

- submitted by a community member
no rating May 12, 2010
Great Spanish Immersion Program and overall fantastic teachers. Very dedicated parent involvement with a diverse student body. Principle is progressive and sets a great tone for the school.

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2010
Parents, teachers are working together for our alvarado elementary school

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2010
The parents and teachers make it work with the extra effort we all put in.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 10, 2010
The best public school in the city I know of. Would not trade it in for a 'fancy' private school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 10, 2010
Alvarado emphasizes so many great things -- the arts, healthy kids, diversity and understanding, science and being as green as can be.Parents are integrally involved and it is an amazing community.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 10, 2010
The dedication of the staff and the very involved parents help make this a great school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 10, 2010
Active PTA. Engaged Teachers. Caring Principal.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 09, 2010
Alvarado Elementary School is a vibrant, exceptional K-5 elementary school that boasts award-winning General Education and Dual Immersion programs.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2010
Alvarado is a great inclusive place - excellent staff and community. great art programs and afterschool programs (GLO and Excel).

- submitted by a parent
December 14, 2009
The Principle and teachers are very dedicated at Alvarado. The PTA is also fully dedicated to the children and staff. These are the two things that make this school a great place for my children. Beautiful gardens and outdoor classroom(s) and lots of space to play.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 11, 2009
Excellent teachers who motivate kids in exciting and innovative ways..

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 04, 2009
Alvarado's program is outstanding. My second-grade granddaughter has thrived since her kindergarten year. She now speaks fluent Spanish, and is extremely proficient in all skill-areas thanks to the excellent and dedicated staff. Additionally, Alvarado has introduced her to the 'world,' as it were, through the many cultures represented by the school's diverse student population. Alvarado is definitely a jewel in San Francisco's crown.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 04, 2009
The best art program, best teachers, best energy, best kids!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 29, 2009
I love the students, parents, my fellow teachers and my administrative staff. We all work together to form a great community!

- submitted by a teacher
no rating September 29, 2009
Alvarado has exceptional teachers who care about our kids.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 28, 2009
My daughter gets to speak Spanish with her teacher and friends and is well on her way to becoming fully bilingual!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 28, 2009
Alvarado Elementary offers so much for the children with the help of the fantastic teachers, parents, volunteers and of course the principal!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 28, 2009
Great appreciation of all cultures. Teachers are very dedicated.

- submitted by a community member
September 28, 2009
Both our children have loved their time at Alvarado. They have had great teachers and made great friends. From morning circle through to the afterschool care program, from the principle to parents to teachers to the students themselves, it is a tightknit community dedicated to grivng each child the best educational exerpience possible.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 28, 2009
Are school is very diverse families from all walks of life. We have alot of culture in our school. For example, flag day, the day of the dead and much more. We are a moderate size school with a good community and PTA. We truly care for are kids and try to provide all the tools needed for the future.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 28, 2009
This is my son first year at Alvarado. He loves the school and I don't ever have any problem getting him up at 6:15 AM to go to school. Alvarado offers a lot of things. I love their open doors policy and their constant interest to include all parents and kids to their common goals. Alvarado cares!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 28, 2009
Alvarado Elementary School stays true to its promises and more. The Alvarado community is warm and caring towards it children, its parents, its teachers, and its administration. Being in Alvarado Elementary School playground is an aesthetically pleasant experience for parents and is conducive to fun play for children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 28, 2009
It is a school with tremendous parent involvement. This reflects the genuine pride that the student body, staff, and parents all have for Alvarado, and the opportunities it provides for the kids. It is a place where public school education actually works the way it is supposed to.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 28, 2009
Alvarado is a wonderful, happy, warm learning environment. The Latino culture has a strong influence on the entire school and the Spanish Immersion Program is one of the best you can find! The teachers are very devoted and teach with their heart...it's a great place for our children and for our family.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 28, 2009
Alvarado Elementary has a list of great qualities: Diverse children community Fantastic Arts Program An engaged, energetic principal Creative and dynamic teachers An active, supportive PTA

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 28, 2009
Alvarado is not only a great school, with wonderful teachers, it's also an amazing community bringing together families and teachers. This enables great support for all students so they can get the best from their education.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 28, 2009
Because it is an outstanding school with wonderful teachers and administrators who treat my children with love and respect.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2009
I love Alvarado because it is a place where staff, students and parents work together on behalf of our children to give them the best education possible. Our goal is to give our students a safe, nurturing, creative environment where they are challenged academically both in English and Spanish and where they are allowed creative expression themselves through a well developed Arts program.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2009
Alvarado is a loving, nurturing school with a unique art inclusion into the regular curriculum, making it engaging and fun for children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 27, 2009
The teachers go the extra mile to make sure that the students work to their potiential as well as feel successful. The core group of parents do so much for the school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 26, 2009
A strong community, a wonderful principal , very dedicated teachers and. A good learning enveronment and a beautiful facility very famous for it's wonderful murals made by it's students and parents without forgetting the wonderful clay studio.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 24, 2009
We are extremely happy at Alvarado. My son is in Kindergarten in the Spanish Immersion class and he absolutely loves it! Extremely committed principal, teachers and parents which is why it's truly a very strong community.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 23, 2009
The Spanish Immersion Program gives my child the well needed exposure and rounded education I can feel comfortable with.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2009
The BEST school in the state. Culturally diverse...GREAT spirit !

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2009
I worked in Alvarado Elementry in San Francisco as an after school teacher for 3 years and it was great working with the children, the teachers and the rest of the staff. The teachers work as a team with the children's parents to better their future. I learned a lot while working there.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 22, 2009
I am incredibly impressed with the principal, the quality of the teachers and the parent involvement. I feel incredibly fortunate to send my children to such a quality school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
Alvarado is everything a great public school should be. Nurturing, challenging and a wonderful community of parents and kids.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
I love everything about this school

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
Alvarado is a very colorful spirited community. The arts are an essential part of the education as well as the importance of meeting academic standards. My child has been happy since the day she started.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2009
The dual immersion program is brilliant. English-speaking students learn Spanish and help their Spanish speaking peers master English. Meanwhile, the Spanish-speaking students learn English and help their English-speaking peers master Spanish. The result: Children who are bilingual, bicultural and literate in both languages. Add a strong arts program, an outstanding general education track for those not interested in immersion, a talented teaching staff and a very committed parent body, and you've got a winning combination. The community is very diverse: There are children who live in million dollar homes and kids who live in public housing projects. Both are getting an enviable education and the chance to be a part of a very international community. There are 12 different nationalities represented in our daughter's class alone!

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2009
dual language immersion program, special populations served, wonderful teachers

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 19, 2009
Alvarada has dedicated and devoted teachers who care about each child in their class. It is a wonderful school and my children to my great grandchildren have attended this caring school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2009
it has wonderful students and teachers

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2009
My child is in Alvarado School his third year. We like the program very much and a lot of art activities. We always like his teachers, the way they organize kids, handle discipline matters and communicate with kids and their parents. There are always plenty of after school clubs as well. But most of all we love community of Alvarado school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
best community with a fantastic spasnish immersion program and a very involved and motivated PTA

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2009
My grandson has attended Alvarado since kindergarten. He's in the Spanish immersion program now. His whole experience has been culturally rich, kind, and attentive to offering broad opportunities for learning in this wholesome inner-city environment.

- submitted by a community member
September 18, 2009
I love it because of the immersion program! It is fabulous and my grandson has learned so much!

- submitted by a community member
September 17, 2009
The teachers, the community, the principal, spanish immersion, how far it has come and how far it will continue to grow.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
I love the parent involvement in the school. The PTA is wonderful. It really shows a commitment that is extended toward ourchildrens eduction. Thank you PTA!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
The amazing Spanish Immersion program is incredible. My son speaks two languages thanks to Alvarado!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Thanks to our active parents, enthusiastic kids and supportive staff, we are able to offer a renowned art program with its own artist-in-residence, studio and kiln, a science program and instructor plus other amenities not covered by (declining) district funding. Our teachers have been here an average of 10 years, and they work collaboratively to provide an excellent education to our children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
The community of students, teachers, parents, committee volunteers, neighborhood supporters, is so strong and supportive for creating a loving, supportive, and environmentally friendly learning environment. It is amazing to see the involvement this school has created around the future of this institution! Everyone is involved and has a 'We Can' attitude that makes this a top notch school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Alvarado has a dedicated parent/teacher community, a commitment to keeping arts in the school, and a great environment for kids to learn.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
Alvarado is a great school ,in a great neighborhood with an amazing staff and a fantastic community of caring parents.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
Great teachers! Great kids! Lots of warmth -- Lots of learning! I get excited whenever I'm on campus and love seeing the students march into their classrooms at the begining of the day. They are so excited to be at school!

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 17, 2009
This is a lovely, neighborhood school which is fully inclusive of a variety of students from many different cultures. The families there come together to create a larger community family for all of the kids who attend. It's a gentle, considerate place full of learning and growth.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 17, 2009
Alvarado School quietly anchors and therefore stabilizes the neighborhood. Anyone who sees the kids walking to school each morning knows what I am saying. There is an architecture of success going on at Alvarado.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Great teachers, great PTA = great programs, spanish immersion rocks, and it's a public school - yeah!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Best teachers, principal, and art programs around

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
great school with culturally diverse population, great art program, science and Spanish immersion program

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
I love Alvarado and its Spanish immersion program. There is so much involvment from the parents. The teachers and the principal are so dedicated to give the best education and attention to all the students. There is a gret sense of community and really qualified and dedicated staff. I feel great about having my daughter in school and she's happy and learning so much.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
Alvarado is an incredibly diverse urban school -- the teachers are committed, the parents go above and beyond and my children are happy learners.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
Alvarado enjoys a lot of hard-won resources considering how budget-strapped the CA public school systems are. Lots of space, great playground, gardens, computer lab, Spanish immersion, ceramics classes, etc. Most importantly an extremely involved & enthusiastic parent community. I get a boost from all that parent energy every morning when I drop my son off. It a wonderful neighborhood school I am proud to be a part of.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
The staff, administration and community with Alvarado are SUPERIOR!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Great Teachers, involved Community, Spanish Immersion, Great Art programs. We love being part of it.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Its a warm loving community, with both English and Spanish immersion. Love the principal too.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Fantastic principal and incredibly dedicated teachers, strong PTA, great art programs, school location and premises (large cafeteria, two yards, brand new playstructure). It's one of the main reasons we continue to live in San Francisco

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
My first grader looks forward to going to his school everyday and is sad when there is no school. He loves his teachers, numerous activities and the wonderful nurturing atmosphere his school provides.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
A school that does a tremendous amount with its available resources in a city and state where public education funding has been falling for several years. Extremely dedicated and experienced teachers, a significant amount of supplemental funding from the PTA and grants, a deeply involved parent community, and a great mix of kids across all spectrums in San Francisco make this one of the best choices in the city.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
great arts program, strong academics, fabulous community and a wonderful, dedicated principal - what more could you want??!

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
Strong, professional teaching/academics, involved, active parents, well run, effective fund raising, competent, organized pta. My twins transferred here into the second grade. I am very pleased from an academic and cultural standpoint that we are part of this community.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Alvarado is a wonderful, diverse school with an amazing community striving to offer the best elementary education, and extremely dedicated to their students. A school that I feel 'lucky' to be a part of.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
I love the fabulous teachers who care for & care about educating my sons. They are dedicated, fearless, wonderful people.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 16, 2009
It has great teachers, a great principal, wonderful ,committed parents who help and fantastic kids!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Alvarado is a great place! The teachers, principal, kids, and families are fantastic! The school is diverse and a fun place for kids to learn and grow.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Alvarado is a great school not just to work at but to be a parent and student. We all truly work together to bring the community together and provide the best education to all of our kids. We have very dedicated teachers and families coming together from all different backgrounds to 'raise a child' and provide not just the academic but the social and cultural education a child needs to be successful in all future endeavors. I can't think of a better school to be part of and am very proud to be part of the Alvarado community!

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2009
My son comes home happy after school.. This tells me, he had a good day, and that is very important to me.. My son always wants to do his homework, which tells me, the work is not boring.. I can always call the school, to talk to someone, if I need to......

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2009
Loved the school. The mixture of different families from 'all' walks of life is what makes this school great. Unfortunately the lack of discipline and structure in some classes is where it needs improvement. The GLO after school program is one of the best I've encountered. Wish we could have stayed.

- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2008
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- submitted by a student
August 03, 2008
Good school compared to many. Very active parent participation. Some extraordinary teachers- kind, resourceful, insightful. Happy with the school more than many other options. Principal is 'on site' for everyone. Some safety concerns - lack of supervision after school. Feel academics have diminished over the years, perhaps due to a more diversified student body. These students are bright and eager- bring the challenges up to their level.

- submitted by a community member
March 20, 2008
My daughter has been at Alvarado since 1st Grade, is now entering 5th and I couldn't be happier. Children are encouraged to think with personal and social conscience. My child has experienced mild learning difficulties in the past couple of years and the school has been incredibly supportive - from teachers personal investment in my daughter s academic success, to providing enrichment programs as additional support. Not only the school, but the after school program is outstanding. I love that the staff at Alvarado care about my child's emotional development in addition to her academic.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
no rating September 14, 2007
Our son attends this school that has a talented staff, an inspirational principal, wonderful children and involved parents. We have been happy with the academics, enrichment programs and multicultural make-up of the school. The art program that Alvarado began years ago has been the model for all other art programs in San Francisco public schools. And, this year, we have a new science program. We feel very fortunate to be a part of this school.

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January 02, 2007
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July 01, 2006
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March 22, 2006
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February 20, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2006
The facility is very nice by San Francisco standards, and there area lot of extracurricular offerings. However, I think Alvarado is riding the coattails of its good reputation. I think the school is simply okay. The classrooms are small, and the new principal seems to think that the school is running itself. Parents are highly involved in fundraising.

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2006
I have two kids at alvarado and have really enjoyed my experience with the classrooms. The community is wonderful with lots of parent involvement. We've had great motivated and creative teachers so far. After coming from great community in a private school I'm happy to report that my kids are also happy and thriving.

- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2005
Alvarado is an excellent elementary option...The parent involvement at the school is really inspiring and you are really made to feel welcome and encouraged to get involved in any capacity you can. Most of the teachers are absolutely exceptional.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2005
I have two children at Alvarado and they are both happy to be there. The teachers are dedicated, loving, and first-rate. I was especially pleased when they called me at home to discuss issues of concern as they arose. Other pluses: arts programs; extracurricular offerings (chorus, chess club, knitting); afterschool programs. Also, it is a huge advantage to be at a school with racial/ethnic and economic diversity. It can be challenging, yes, but the benefits are many--and these are the kinds of challenges our kids will face all our lives as Americans and as members of an urban community. I do not worry about my kids' academic achievements--their learning curves and reading lists are rivaling those of their friends at $20,000 private schools. I am glad my children are learning that everyone in a community has something to contribute, and something to learn.

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August 01, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
no rating June 16, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
no rating May 26, 2005
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no rating May 26, 2005
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April 07, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2005
Great School! Art program is the best. Parent involvemnt is very high.

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2005
Alvarado is fantastic. Great parent involvement. The school has a strong arts program too.

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2005
lots of great enrichment programs, including capoeira, science, ceramics & theater. High level of parent involvement. Some of the academics & teaching styles are a bit rote & lack imagination.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 14, 2005
I could not be happier with Alvarado Elementary School. I have two children in kindergarten. One is in Spanish Immersion and one is in English. Their teachers are intelligent, committed and thoughtful about each child's needs. I was very impressed recently by the thoughtfulness with which the school dealt with a behavior issue concerning one of my children on the playground. The principle is very visible in the classroom, on the schoolyard and to parents. My kindergartener recently said, 'Mr. W is a good leader. He takes care of the children.'

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2005
Alvarado has been more than I could hav asked for in a school. I have one child in each of the two programs, Spanish Immersion and English. The parent participation is incredible, and allows our kids to have quality art and sports programs. The teacher and staff level in both programs is exceptional, committed to narrowing the achievement gap while still giving gifted kids the opportunities they need. Having two programs on one campus is a challenge, but the school community has rallied to address differences, as well as other challenges, such as supplementing chronic state funding shortfalls. Two superb afterschool programs, one fee-based and the other for kids needing extra homework help, make the Alvarado experience complete. Kudos!

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January 30, 2005
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December 28, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
no rating December 17, 2004
Nice, estetic school environment, pretty yard and brand new play structure. However, Alvarado's philosophy, meant to teach 'community and mutual respect', does not deliver it! Parental feedback (if critical or concerned) is brushed aside. Nice Kindergarten program, but as grades go up, academic standard drops. Spanish Emersion program may be better, but reg. Engslish prog. low on academics. Principal Weiner is an arrogant. Poor conflict resolution beyond a 'nice facade'.

- submitted by a parent
December 05, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
November 23, 2004
The arts program is what attracted our family to this school as well as the strong level of parental involvement.

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November 22, 2004
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no rating November 21, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
no rating November 21, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2004
This is an excellent elementary school that depends on high levels of parent involvement and parent funding for arts programs - great new play structure, excellent spanish immersion program, strong TRIBES approach to conflict resolution - long term teaching staff who really care about the kids, very diverse student body.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2004
Great school. The arts and literacy programs are wonderful. The teachers are dedicated and work together.

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no rating August 17, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2004
My son is in the bilingual inmersion and I just came from a literary party Ms. Ortiz organized for the parents to listen to the stories the students developed writing and drawing. It was one of my proudest moments I had this year. Marcelo is trilingue (he speaks german, spanish and english) and this school is making of my son a very strong student in his way to higher education. I just wish we had good schools like this one in the middle and high school levels (bilingual programs). I will work for that. Our kids deserve the best and my son is getting it al Alvarado.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2003
Alvarado is a great school! The two strands of English Language Instruction and Spanish Immersion are both excellent. Alvarado values the culture of all students. The school has a strong focus on literature, math and the arts. Alvarado has two fulltime Reading Recovery Teachers and a part-time literacy specialist. Students learn the TRIBES curriculum grades K through 5 to help them improve communication and resolve conflicts if any arise. The campus is very safe and there are very few conflicts between students. If problems arise, they are treated with care and concern. There are many volunteers supporting students in academics. There is an active student counseling program -Sandtray in Education, for targeted students with trained practicum and MFTI and PhD candidates providing support. The arts are very important and part of the curriculum. There is an active Student Success Team and the school has an SB 65 (Dropout Prevention Program) funded by a CA State grant and site funds to which enacts a broad base of support within the school to help students and families in need of support. The Alvarado staff cares deeply about students and puts in long hours beyond the scheduled day to prepare learning activities. Parents are very active and fundraise and volunteer to support the arts and literacy at Alvarado!

- submitted by a community member
November 19, 2003
The principal is energetic and first-rate. The teachers go above and beyond. Just one example: Mr. Sierra's third grade dance performances incorporating indigenous dances & contemporary music from Latin America plus amazing costumes handmade by the kids are not to be missed! The parents are active and effective. The arts are thriving. Test scores for everyone, including at-risk kids, are climbing. The atmosphere is exuberant and focused, happy, with a si se puede attitude (we can do it!). One person posting mentioned 'youth gangs' huh? In any school (let's not kid ourselves) issues of teasing and unkindness are there and can even be missed by the grownups, but this seems an extreme, and inaccurate, description. I have witnessed the administration and teachers be available and proactive when even small concerns related to safety were raised. Schools have an impossible job but this one is meeting the challenge.

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2003
I have a 4th and 2nd grader at Alvarado and my children are thriving in a caring school wiht an exceptional arts program. We have not experienced any type of bullying or gang type activities, I have found the Principal to be open and flexible as well as extremely accessible. Teachers use TRIBES, a positive communication program that gives children the tools to communicate and be peaceful. I feel that a previous post mischaracterizes our school.

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2003
Having been a parent at Alvarado for eight years I continue to be delighted with our school. My children have received a wonderful and varied education, rich in academics and arts. They have always felt safe there and our family has enjoyed not only a safe, enriching educational experience but a wonderful community. We are very involved in the school and find both the teachers and the principal to be open and receptive to suggestions.

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2003
My son's experience at Alvarado has been wonderful. He's had inspiring teachers and is acquiring an excellent education in a caring environment. The arts programs at Alvarado include Dance, Visual Art, Capoeira, and Theater. There have been very few conflicts among the students and there is no presence of gangs at the school that I am aware of. Safety at the school is good, but as with most environments can be improved and there are people at the school working to do ensure that it is. Parent involvement at the school is high. The principal makes himself available for group chats with parents twice a month to discuss topics of concern to the parents. I believe that most children would benefit from receiving their education at Alvarado Elementary School.

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2003
I have children in K and 3rd. This school has an amazing dedicated administration, staff and parent group. Parent volunteers are always welome and buzzing about the school helping in any way they can. Lots of extras like science, computer, art, clay, motor skills. Big classrooms and a huge yard give kids room to learn and play.

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2003
Our experience at Alvarado has been wonderful. My son has received lots of individualized attention. This is a Tribes (see tribes.com) school that offers both a Spanish-immersion and an English program. Alvarado also offers wonderful art programs, including an in-house ceramic studio, visual arts, music, dance, capoeira and theater. (See http://alvaradoschool.com/pta.html#art for details.) They also have a special focus on reading and science. The parents are very involved, in the classrooms, raising money and helping set policy. We feel lucky to be part of this community.

- submitted by a parent
November 10, 2003
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- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2003
It appears to some, that there may be motivation within the administration of Alverado to minimize the safety issues they have, by neglecting to accurately maintain records of the many 'lack of safety' incidents that occur, where students are subject to damage and injury. Thereby concealing their true 'lack of safety' record from the general public. No matter how good the teachers may be, or how good the activities offered. For my children, and for all children, safety should come first and because of the apparent lacking at Alverado, they only deserve a rating of 2.

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2003
Alvarado offers a comprehensive education and is especially strong in the Arts. The school has a strong parental involvement and is always looking for new parents to help.

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Alvarado Elementary School
625 Douglas Street, San Francisco, CA  94114
(415) 695-5695
Last modified Alvarado Elementary School is a public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Alvarado Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 143 reviews.