Thursday, November 29, 2012

SF Schoolhouse: Open House

From the Director...

The San Francisco Schoolhouse, a progressive, affordable elementary school in the Richmond district, has decided to grow its grade levels through 8th grade.  We are currently accepting applications for up to 3rd grade for the 2013/2014 school year.

We are hosting an Open House on Wednesday, December 5th at 6:30 p.m.  

We offer:
-  High - quality, hands-on experiential learning
-  A 10-1 student/teacher ratio
-  A close-knit community with a unique parent participation model
-  Low tuition ($8,600/year per website)

Find out more at


  1. How many kids are in each year/grade currently? How many spots are they looking to fill? Interesting affordable option from former founding teachers at SF Day and Live Oak - is anyone at the school now who can weigh in on their experience?

  2. I am a parent with a child at SF Schoolhouse. He is having a wonderful, meaningful learning experience there. To answer your first question, there are currently 11 kindergartners and eight 1st and 2nd graders (in a combo class), for a total of 19 kids and two teachers.

    For next year, there will likely be eight kindergarten spots, with two incoming siblings. We'd like to add a few more kids to next year's 2nd and 3rd grade combo class. Those spots are open now, so if you or someone you know is looking to make a move, now would be the ideal time to look into it.

    Our two founding teachers go into a lot of depth about their teaching philosophy at the Open Houses. It's really the best way to get a deeper sense of what the school is about.

    As for our family's experience, the curriculum is extremely hands on, and our son is remarkably more engaged in learning than he was at his former school. He actually comes home and takes me through what he has learned, instead of us going to blows over homework. The teachers are excited because they're able to use the methods they know work best (from 30+ years teaching) without the narrow confines of teaching to a test.

    There's a lot of good information on the school website and our Facebook page has lots of photos. I hope this has been helpful. I'm happy to answer any other questions.

  3. Hello. I am a parent with a 1st grader at SFSH. Whew...what a breath of fresh air this school has been for my family. My son came home so excited to draw a three dimensional box (he covered a page with them) then to explain what it was and why it is important AND he has one on one reading time with his teacher daily. He is antsy to leave each morning to arrive to school by the 9 am start time.(love that!) My 6 year old is interested in learning, and motivated by that interest. Isn't that what all of us hope for our children?

  4. I have two children at Schoolhouse, in 1st and 2nd grades. We fled a bad public school and this school year has been amazing- true community, a safe environment, teachers who are inspired and inspiring. My kids love school and that was not true before. I initially had concerns about the smallness of Schoolhouse, but our experience has been that the teachers have so much one-on-one time with the kids, since there are only 8 kids in the combined 1/2 grade. And the teachers have the luxury of really getting to know my kids- their strengths and weaknesses, and can teach to both.