YU (ALICE FONG) ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

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1541 12TH AVE
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94122
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Phone: 415-759-2764
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 10
  • Educational Climate: Above Average
  • Technology Measure: Medium-low
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: Kindergarten - 8th Grade
  • District: San Francisco Unified School District
  • Students/Teacher: 15:1
  • Students/Grade: 66.7
  • Number Students: 600
  • Number Teachers: 40
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 4889
  • Poverty Level: 6 - 15.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Ms Liana Szeto
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
  • GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS
  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT
  • BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
  • ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS
  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
  • COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS
  • AYP SCHOOL
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
  • MAGNET SCHOOL
School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (47 ratings)
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    School Reviews (34 Reviews)
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    Other Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-01-18
    "This mainly refers to middle school at AFY. As a student, I constantly thought about how much I hated this school. The same can be said for many other students and alumni. I repeatedly reminded myself of how much homework I had and how hard school was. Years later, as now a graduating senior in high school, I understand why AFY methods are the best. Many people say it is outdated teaching and that students are taught to take tests.The "out dating teaching technique" pays off the most. It is so intense and rigorous that it makes high school seem like nothing, or even less, literally. At AFY we are taught to take tests, but this IS middle school. How many more tests will you take in your life? From high school placement to college exit exams, that's a lot of tests. When considering this school, keep in mind what type of learner your child is, it's like college, not every school is a bad school, but there is a different and unique touch to them and your kid. If I, a high school teenager, can understand and appreciate the different prod and cons of this school, so should each parent out there. Good luck too all the parents considering schools :) Love, JL C/0 '10"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-10-31
    "My kids are lucky to have such a high level education at AFY! This school is clean, safe, the teachers are dedicated, very involved and super creative. They are teaching Cantonese, Mandarin and English and still managing to get some of the highest scores in California. The Principal is a strong leader, which has set this school for success over the years. We have a great parent community with many fun events and strong support for the school. My family loves AFY!"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-10-28
    "Our school is led by a visionary Principal, who guides a team of dedicated teachers, who in turn drive the students to achieve amazing results, with the strong support of the parents. We are a true community, committed to raising our children to be multilingual and responsible citizens of the world."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-10-27
    "Alice Fong Yu Alternative School is an excellent. Both my children (one in middle school and the other in elementary), while very different in temperament and interests, have both thrived here. I initially had concerns that the school would be too rigid in but have found that it's AFY's structure that allows kids to thrive. The principal sets the standard with high expectations for all: her teachers and staff, the students and the parents! High expectations that every student can succeed and the support given (before, during and after school tutoring) so that this is attainable. The staff performs at a high level and there's plenty of homework (a necessity in order to learn the Chinese language). Parent participation is high which is a big part of why the AFY community is such a unique and vibrant place. My children are looking forward to their 8th grade class trip to China, the culmination of their education at AFY and an experience that will remain with them forever."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-10-04
    "Alice Fong Yu (AFY) is a K-8 school and is the nation s first Chinese immersion public school. Its mission is to prepare students to be caring, responsible, and competent citizens with global perspectives and English-Chinese bilingual skills who can face the challenges of the twenty-first century. AFY has a strong focus on high academic achievement and student leadership. Students have unique opportunity to acquire language proficiency in Cantonese and Mandarin. AFY prepares students to be responsible stewards of the environment. It provides a comprehensive tutoring and support program. There are enrichment activities, opportunities to develop leadership skills (student government, peer mediation, buddy programs), and team sports. All 8th graders have an opportunity to participate in AFY s US-China Cultural Exchange Program. They can participate in a two-week study tour to China, during which they use their language skills in homestays with their sister school in China. The exchange program includes reciprocal hosting of students from China who homestay with AFY. Students graduate understanding Chinese language and culture to participate in a culturally diverse world."
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