SHERMAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

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1651 UNION ST
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94123
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Phone: 415-749-3530
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 10
  • Educational Climate: Above Average
  • Technology Measure: Medium-low
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: Kindergarten - 5th Grade
  • District: San Francisco Unified School District
  • Students/Teacher: 16:1
  • Students/Grade: 70
  • Number Students: 420
  • Number Teachers: 25
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 4889
  • Poverty Level: 6 - 15.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Ms Sara Shenkan-rich
  • 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 (84 ratings)
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    School Reviews (87 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-12-18
    "We are super happy at Sherman. My child is thriving and has made many important friendships. The teachers are caring and work to make a meaningful connection with their students. The principal is really focused on what counts and her wisdom to bring in the Columbia University Reader & Writer Workshop Program (used at many of the most respected schools across the country) has changed our student outcomes for the better. If you are looking for a strong academic school with an assortment of enrichment activities, Sherman is your school. My only complaint would be the slightly whiny parents. Many of them think, because they are so involved, they know what it takes to run one of the most successful K-5 public schools in SFUSD, and guess what, they don't. Leave the school direction to accomplished teachers, staff and Principal!"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-10-28
    "Part 2: If needed, I will talk to someone in the school district to have Ms. Sara Shenkan-Rich re-evaluated for her role of job. Being in the educational field, a principle has to be well educated, professional with his/her job, and also must has moral standards and humanity personality. I don t see any of these in Ms. Sara Shenkan-Rich or even showing any respect to herself and others. In a couple of meetings with her and the classroom teachers and other staff, she was yawning without covering her mouth, raising her head up at a corner in an opposite direction while others are presenting. This behavior is so disrespectful. She provided conflict info about my kid from the classroom teacher. They went back and forth a couple of times and the teacher had to give up as she started showing her discomfort and raising her voice. Currently, I reached out to some staff in school to verify some info that the principle told us about our kid in the meeting. I discovered that she made up quite a bit of stories about my kid which is totally unacceptable. Over all, Ms. Sara Shenkan-Rich does NOT QUALIFY for her role as a principle at all. She s completely ignorance."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-10-28
    "Part 1: I agree with some parents here. The teachers from this school seem to be fine. However, the principle, Ms. Sara Shenkan-Rich, is NOT professional in her job or line of responsibilities in educational field. Lucky, she is NOT a teacher. Otherwise, I am NOT going to let my child in her class. I totally AGREE with one of the parent here about the principle that, Her leadership style is dictatorial, manipulative, deflective and judgmental. Her lacks of ability to work effectively with her teaching staff causing a lot of conflicts in school. This year, I noticed that a lot old teachers have moved to another school. In addition, I also agree that the principle has very little knowledge in dealing with people/kids who are in different ethnic groups. She is not sensitive and understand the needs of the kids. I noticed that the school also has special ed class. I am not so sure how she handles special kid since she is NOT capable in handling any kids at all. I feel very sorry for those kids and their parents. I don t think Ms. Sara Shenkan-Rich actually has any tolerance for these kids at all. ~~ Please look for part 2 to my comment. Thank you~~"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-10-11
    "This school lacks leadership. The principal lacks the ability to work effectively with her teaching staff. As a result, nearly 50% of the teachers left the school this year. She does not collaborate with the teachers or the parents. Her leadership style is dictatorial, manipulative, deflective and judgmental. Her motivation is test scores, but at the cost of the childrens' dignity. Pick a different school where the leader LEADS."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-09-30
    "My son loves Sherman. His teachers have been top-notch and he really loves going to school. The after school problem is also excellent and we often find ourselves having to drag him away at the end of the day because he is having so much fun. We were weighing private school vs. public, but are really glad he ended up at Sherman."
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