The SF K Files is a place for parents who are seeking a school in San Francisco. The site offers up reviews of public, private and charter schools, as well as lots of advice and opinions from the community.
Top picks, in order:Dianne FeinsteinCommodore SloatWest PortalSecond Tier:McKinley (in 2nd tier because of feeder to Everett)Sunnyside (in 2nd tier because my older daughter had a not great experience there, but the school is changing...)Backup:Junipero Serra (our neighborhood school)We decided that for our family, we'll schlep clear across the city (or close to it) for a school we love, but not for a school that seems like a so-so match for our child. Good luck to all!!!!
Any thoughts or applications for Edison Charter on Dolores? I'm curious about this school.
LilienthalRooftopGrattanClarendonNew TraditionsMcKinleyShermanAlvaradoArgonneWe are CTIP1 -- don't hate me.
More power to you.
Don't write off Everett! Great teachers and elementary school feeders.
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1. Rooftop - Closest within walking distance2. Clarendon - Neighborhood School not walking distance3. Alvarado - Close within walking distance4. Alvarado Language Immersion Pathway - Within Walking Distance5. Gratton - Within Walking Distance6. Aragonne – No transportation7. Alamo – No Transportation8. Clarendon Language Immersion Pathway - Not walking9. West Portal – Need to take 2 buses10. Peabody - Need to take 2 buses11. Lilienthal - Far away school Korean12. Sherman - Far Away good school13. Marshall - Need to take 2 buses13. Fairmount – No Transportation14. Jefferson – No Transportation 15. Miraloma – No Transportation
Update: Twins separated. One got Argonne One got Flynn (gen) not even on our list.
LowellLincolnMissionBalboaAlso Gateway Charter (separate admissions)
Top TierGen New Traditions K5 (neighborhood school)Gen Rooftop K8Gen Lilienthal K8Gen Grattan K5Gen McKinley K5Gen Clarendon K5JBBP Clarendon K5Gen Peabody K5JBBP Parks K52nd TierGen MilkGen AlvaradoGen ShermanGen McCoppin K5Added for KicksGen West Portal K5Gen Miraloma K5ImmS AlvaradoImmK Lilienthal K8ImmC Alice Fong Yu K8ImmC West Portal K5ImmC Chinese Immersion Sch K4Our strategy was to list all schools within a radius of our house that is logistically feasible. Then we added a bunch of non-preference choices we assume will be high on other people's lists to increase our chances of swapping up. We're CTIP2.
Buena Vista ImmS, K8Starr King ImmMFairmount, ImmSAlvarado, ImmSWebster, ImmSOrtega, ImmMFlynn, ImmSMonroe, ImmSFlynn, Gen (not neighborhood school, but close by)
"we added a bunch of non-preference choices we assume will be high on other people's lists to increase our chances of swapping up"What exactly does swapping up mean? Just curious.
We understand Argonne Elem is a good school and it is the one in our attendance zone but for a number of reasons year round does not work for us. Does anyone know if we would be considered for the zones adjacent to ours? Thanks.
Grattan (boundary school)ArgonnePeabodyNew TraditionsClarendonRooftopLillienthal
This whole thing is ridiculous. You should be able to go to your neighborhood school.
10:16 you are probably going to need to tour the outer sunset
Sure -- you can go into the lottery like anyone else for surrounding schools, but you'll get no priority over other "out of neighborhood" kids. I was actually surprised to see that Argonne is a neighborhood/attendance area school given its year-round schedule.
In earlier discussions, Monroe, in the inner Richmond, south of Geary, had available slots. Tour that school as well as the outer Sunset.
Don't forget Alamo. Great, great school. Personal favorite.
Monroe is in the excelsior...