Monday, September 26, 2011

Noe Valley School Fair thoughts

We manged to get to the Noe Valley Rec Center fair yesterday morning despite the rain (and our car battery dying). The school fair was a great introduction to many schools in the SE area of the city. It was packed with prospective families and school representatives. We didn't get a chance to attend the PPSF session in the morning. If you did, let us know your thoughts in the comments. We spoke with several schools, Leonard Flynn, Junipero Serra, St Philip, Glen Park, Fairmount, Starr King, Finn Barr, Mission Dolores Academy, Edison Charter...It did get a little blurry at the end. Walking away I was most impressed with Glen Park, Edison Charter, Starr King and Mission Dolores Academy. I was also delighted to hear such great things about Leonard Flynn. These schools will be on my list for touring for sure. We also got a few moments with a mom from Miraloma. I know this school is one of the hotter schools right now. I look forward to visiting the school to learn more. We didn't get a chance to talk to McKinley or Monroe. We also didn't talk to any of the privates since we most likely won't go that route.

I'm interested to hear your thoughts if you attended and which schools stood out. I felt after hearing about a few of the schools, they started to blend together and we wont' be able to really get a feel until we tour. I'll post more robust thoughts and facts after I start touring.


  1. Hi Lola,
    Great post about the fair. Parents for Public Schools will be holding many more enrollment workshops throughout the year. If you check their site, they have a list. I found the workshop to be helpful. If you have the time, you might want to attend one before touring, especially if you're aiming for a public school.

  2. If your brain was like mine and mush at the end, all the schools are listed on the website:
    I also liked Edison and enjoyed my conversation with the parents from Starr King.

  3. I'm going to give a plug for PPSSF's parent ambassador's program.

    Call PPSSF, and ask for a parent ambassador from [school you're interested in] to call you. They'll contact a parent ambassador from that school, who will call you and answer questions you might have.

    As it's a one-on-one conversation, the parent can be more candid and give you more time than is typical on school tours.

  4. Hi Lola
    thanks for posting. We made it there after a few rainy incidents.
    I talked to parents at Harvey Milk, Daniel Webster and the folks from Mission Delores Elementary.

    I was happy to hear that the CDC is not the only option for after school care at Daniel Webster. There are a few options for offsite care as well, plus they have funding for Excel this coming year.
    The tours start on October 7th and will be every Friday beginning at 8:40am. I've got my call in to setup a time to tour.

    Harvey Milk will have drop in tours every Tuesday and Wednesday beginning on October 4th. They also have a Pancake breakfast coming up on October 15th where you can meet current parents. I have my calendar marked for a drop in tour.

    Mission Delores I will be calling to setup a tour.

    We were pretty late so I didn't get to chat to other schools. But I'm going to setup my tour list this week to kick off the touring next week.

    I'm so happy that I had the opportunity to attend the fair.

    @2.07 this is great advice and I intend to call PPSSF this week to get in contact with parents from my school list.

  5. I would advise all of the parents touring for kinder to try to speak with parents in elementary schools in 4th and 5th grades. Often the parents staffing the info booths are new parents that don't know the school really well yet. Talk to the parents who have been there for a long time to get their perspective as I have heard from many people that it is great in the beginning and then changes a lot.