Wednesday, September 14, 2011

School Tours

Many schools are starting school tours. Please share dates and times of tours in the comments. Also, be sure to update your tour information in the SF K Files Schools database here.


  1. child will enter K in 2013. We live in a tiny apartment and are looking to move for more space, and we would love to move to the outer Richmond. However, before committing to such a move, I wanted to tour the schools. Lafayette, however, shut that idea down when they told me I cannot tour until 2012. Well, we are in a year lease from August to August. If we wait until next fall to tour...we will have to re-sign our year lease, which will lock us into our current apartment and current neighborhood school (which is not a bad school, but we are not sure we want to live in this teeny apartment forever). I explained this all to the secretary, but she said that they do not allow people to tour early and she could not make an exception. Soooo....what to do? I don't want to lie, because that would be exceptionally awkward if we do end up going there and also it seems like it would be getting off on the wrong foot.

  2. Tours haven't started yet. Public schools are huge cattle calls and they will NEVER notice that you toured early. it's not at all like the private schools where they log when you tour and what kind of impression you made with the parents or AD. Be nice to the secretary, don't waste her time telling her about your personal business and make an appointment in a few weeks.

  3. You can't tour a year early? That's absurd. Not everyone can tour the whole slew of schools in one year, unless they take a leave of absence from work. I'd take it to the top. (Carlos Garcia lives across from Lafayette.)

    But seriously, just show up and sign in as if your child is entering K next year. The secretary won't remember.

  4. I'm a Lafayette parent; sign up and tour this Fall. They'll never know, and honestly don't even ask on tour days. The tours have gotten really big (20-30 parents/tour), so that's probably why they discouraged you.

  5. I have signed up for three tours (for 2012 k placement) and NOBODY has asked me when my son is starting school. Call back and see if they don't ask second time (and don't offer info). I understand you don't want to lie - I wouldn't want to either.

  6. Key Dates for 2012-2013 School Year:

    Oct 1, 2011: Elementary and High School tours begin

    Nov 7, 2011: Applications period begins; Middle School tours begin

    Jan 27, 2012: March Placement Period Application deadline

    Mar 23, 2012: March Placement Period notification

    April 2-13, 2012 Enroll: Register at school to accept placement offer. Submit amended choices, appeals and new applications for May placement period.

  7. Here is information on how to sign up for tours for New Traditions Creative Arts Elementary School:

    New Traditions' 2011-12 Tour Season Schedule

    Thank you for your interest in touring New Traditions Elementary during the 2011-12 school year.
    All tours take place on Wednesday mornings, beginning at 9:45am and ending at 11am. You are always welcome to leave as early as you would like or stay longer if you have additional questions.
    New Traditions is located at 2049 Grove St, between Clayton and Cole, just north of the panhandle, near Golden Gate Park, USF Law School and St. Mary's Hospital.
    Parking can be frustrating but is not impossible and improves slightly after school begins at 9:30am. Consider carpooling (I can help arrange that) or taking MUNI (the 5, 21, 33, and 43 all come close to the school). If you do drive, be sure to read the street cleaning signs.
    Tours are unfortunately not appropriate for toddlers or preschoolers. Infants, especially those in on-body carriers, are always welcome. Please let me know if you need help arranging childcare.
    To schedule a tour, please use the Tour Scheduling Form at: All tours are limited to no more than 30 people (which we break into 2 groups of 15) in order to create the best possible tour experience.
    If you'd like, come meet us at the SFUSD's Enrollment Fair on Saturday at the Concourse Exhibition Center on November 5 from 10 am to 3 p.m.
    New Traditions' kindergarten teachers, parents, and Principal Agudelo will be at the Enrollment Fair to answer your questions and schedule tours. If you cannot make this event, do not worry, you can always reach me to ask questions, express concerns or re-schedule a tour at:
    Current Dates for the 2011-12 New Traditions Tour Season:
    Wednesday November 9, 2011: 9:45am-11am
    Wednesday November 16, 2011: 9:45am-11am
    Wednesday November 30, 2011: 9:45am-11am
    Wednesday December 7, 2011: 9:45am-11am
    Wednesday December 14, 2011: 9:45am-11am
    Wednesday January 4, 2012: 9:45am-11am
    Wednesday January 11, 2012: 9:45am-11am
    Wednesday January 18, 2012: 9:45am-11am
    Wednesday January 25, 2012: 9:45am-11am

  8. I wanted to announce that the School Tours for San Francisco Community
    School will be starting on Monday October 3rd. Tours will begin at
    9:30am. Tours are open to families interested in attending at all
    grade levels.

    San Francisco Community School is a small, public, K-8 alternative
    school with a focus on project based learning located in the

    You can learn more about SFC by visiting the website:

    Tour space is limited so please call our school secretary Ivy at
    415.469.4739 to reserve a space. Feel free to email me with any

    I am looking forward to sharing our wonderful little school!

  9. Creative Arts Charter School's tour schedule is now up:
    We're a small, K-8 public charter school in the Alamo Square/Western Addition neighborhood. Check us out at:

  10. @Ross Hammond - should I receive a confirmation of the tour date I have requested? I want to make sure my email goes through:) thanks

  11. Leonard R. Flynn Elementary, K-5, Spanish Immersion & General Ed tours begin Oct. 6 at 9 a.m. No appointment necessary. Tours will continue weekly (most weeks) until February 2012 .

    For more info, or to view our virtual tour go to:

    Looking forward to seeing some new faces!

  12. Tours of Sherman Elementary started September 16 and meet every Friday at 9am for about an hour. Tour the school with parent volunteers, visit classrooms, usually meet with the principal for Q&A. Call the office at 415 749 3530 to make a reservation.

  13. Chinese Immersion School @ De Avila will be starting tours October 18. They are usually from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., on most Tuesdays and Wednesdays until the enrollment application is due. Parents can register at "" or call the school secretary at 241-6325

  14. Jefferson Elementary - Tour Information

    Tours for parents of prospective students will be held on select Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning October 20th through January 24th.

    All tours will begin promptly at 9:00AM, ending at approximately 10:15, and will include a guided tour through the school and a Q&A with our Principal, Mary Lou Cranna.

    We appreciate an RSVP for your preferred tour date so we can keep tours to a manageable size.

    Location: Jefferson Elementary, 1725 Irving Street, San Francisco 94122

    You can reserve a spot via this link:

    Jefferson website:

  15. Fairmount Elementary School, located at 65 Chenery Street, will be kicking off school tours the first week in October. There will be a limited number of spots on each tour. Interested parents should call the front desk to register for tour dates. Phone: 415-695-5669. FYI: No children allowed in classrooms on tours.

    As in years past, the tours will alternate each week from Spanish language to English language tours. Bi-lingual parents are encouraged to attend Spanish language tours, as the English language tours fill up quickly. More information will be posted soon at

    Tours will begin at 8:30 am and are expected to wrap up by 9:45 am. Prospective parents are invited to gather at the top of the stairs above our lower yard to observe our "morning circle" activity. Tours will include a question answer period with our fabulous Fairmount prinicipal Jeremy Helinski and a visit to a kindergarten classroom.

    Spanish Tour, Oct. 4
    English Tour, Oct. 11
    Spanish Tour, Oct. 18
    English Tour, Oct. 25
    Spanish Tour, Nov. 1
    English Tour, Nov. 8
    Spanish Tour, Nov. 15
    English Tour, Nov. 22
    Spanish Tour, Nov. 29
    English Tour, Dec. 6

    There will be one evening Open House on Nov. 10th, beginning at 6:00 p.m. and ending at 7:30.

  16. Rooftop School has posted its tour schedule on their website and you can book a spot online: Tours are every Thu from 8:00-9:30am from Oct 27-Jan 5. There are tours for Middle School also, but only on four of the dates, so take a look when you register. Note that parking is tough due to street cleaning (Corbett) and we recommend you park on Burnett Avenue or Gardenside Drive. If you have any questions, feel free to email me at

  17. Glen Park Elementary tours have started! Tours will be happening every Tuesday from now until applications are due. (With a few breaks for holidays, of course.)

    Tours begin at 9am at 151 Lippard Ave. (near Bosworth). Please call 469-4713 to sign up for a tour. Also feel free to reply to me if you have any questions.

    You'll have a chance to check out our beautiful, newly renovated building, visit classrooms, and meet families from our Parent Teacher Organization, which is growing like crazy!