SAN FRANCISCO COMMUNITY ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL

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125 EXCELSIOR AVE
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94112
Phone: 415-469-4739
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 4
  • Educational Climate: Average
  • Technology Measure: Medium
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: Kindergarten - 8th Grade
  • District: San Francisco Unified School District
  • Students/Teacher: 17:1
  • Students/Grade: 32.2
  • Number Students: 290
  • Number Teachers: 17
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 4889
  • Poverty Level: 6 - 15.9 PERCENT
  • Number Computers: 20
  • Principal: Ms Jessica Harris
  • 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 (49 ratings)
Maximum Rating: 5




    School Reviews (46 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2012-10-13
    "Our middle schooler has been at SFC since kinder and we love this small, warm, special school. Because the school is teacher-run, it has many extraordinarily talented teachers; sometimes, teachers don't work out with the extra demands. Sometimes SFC is not a good fit for every family either, take a tour to get a sense of this. My son has thrived with the projects, the small community, the individual attention, and the outdoor education. The free after school has been a life saver for us. As he has gotten older he switched to the adjacent Boys and Girls Club, and now like other older kids walks across Mission St to the library to do homework after school. He is well grounded in academics and has high test scores - but what he has gained from his SFC education goes far beyond what is measured on a standardized test. The school places an emphasis on critical thinking and community values, and views each student as gifted, talented, and valuable."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2012-10-12
    "All these sudden 5 ratings have to make you wonder! The same small group of parents (almost clique-ish) strive so hard to make this school "look good" but let's get real...this school in an area where most true locals barely even have an email address!! Please don't be fooled by a fancy internet presence! My peeves with this school - 1) little supervision after school and some kids repeatedly flock to Mission Street when they should be at afterschool care. Safety risk! 2) "project based" learning= less "homework" lacking reinforcement of lessons learned everyday. Kids need consistency some form of good old pencil pushing at home! The vision is good, but needs a little fine tuning."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2012-10-12
    "I have two kids at SFC, one in the sixth grade and one in second grade and I have never had a bad not even a mediocre teacher. They've all been truly amazing, devoted, big-thinking educators. We were drawn to this school because of its project-based learning philosophy and it hasn't let me down. I've witnessed my children learn in the most engaging ways, from projects on roller coasters and how they work to baking and the science and math of it. I don't believe in rote learning and I feel like my children have been challenged to apply the basic tenants of education to real life experiences. Also, anyone who has fear of their kids having to transfer in the tender tween years to big middle schools can take solace that their children will be able to stay here through 8th grade in a nurturing setting with a small group of students."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2012-09-19
    "We have been part of the SFC community for the last 5 years and are big supporters of the school. We like the small school approach, the K-8 system, project based learning and the support we receive from the very dedicated staff. All the teachers so far have been excellent and very experienced. Yes, unfortunately the active parent group is small, but all involved parents are very dedicated and committed to the school. Parents of 5th grader"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2012-09-12
    "We're loving SFC. My daughter is in K and we feel so very lucky that we landed here. Because the school was founded as a Small School by Design, they have some curricular freedom to teach through projects, which was very attractive to us. Go to the school on a Project Night and you'll see very proud and engaged students showing off their impressive, multi-disciplinary work. The school has so many of the things we were looking for--strong, experienced, kind teachers who know how to set personalized goals, engage students, and who make it a priority to nurture and sustain children's innate curiosity, as well as a diverse student body and staff. We also really liked the practice of "looping" grades--each child has the same teacher for 2 years. We love the small size of the school, as well as the K-8 model, which creates opportunities for older students to be mentors and reading buddies and eases or eliminates the transition to middle school. Homework for K/1 consists of reading only, which fits in well with our priorities. Most importantly, though, our daughter adores her K teacher and loves P.E., library day, and the garden class. Come visit SFC and see for yourself!"
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