Love this school! I went here for 9 years and now I have both my kids now attending here. The staff here are great and it's like one big family here!
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Posted by a parent on 09/26/13
St. Finn Barr school is a hidden gem. After touring several elementary schools in San Francisco, my husband and I were overwhelmingly impressed with St. Finn Barr school and knew right away that it was the right place for our son. From the moment we walked in, it was abundantly clear that this is
... Read more a special place. The principle is young, charismatic and is fully engaged with the students, her staff & the parents. She's also VERY accessible and is always willing to roll up her sleeves and get involved. Although the school is small, the student body is mulit-cultural & socio-economically diverse which is big PLUS in our book. As mentioned, we toured several schools but what really made St. Finn Barr's stand out was how happy and friendly the children are. We see daily how much our son is thriving -not only academically, but emotionally and spiritually. Because the school is small, parent involvement is key to the success of the school. Everyone and I mean EVERYONE pitches in so we can provide the best to our children and to our community. We feel very fortunate to be a part of the caring, nurturing community of St. Finn Barr school. Best, Karen N. Read less
Posted by a parent on 09/26/13
I was determine to find the best school for my daughter. So there we were in the hallway when a young, smart looking lady walks up to us and says HI! I am Mele the schools principle, She was full of energy , answered all of our questions, it was obvious that she was happy, excited and most of all
... Read more loved what she was doing. She made us feel welcomed and at home. We met with the Kindergarten teacher Mrs. O Reily. She has been a Kindergarten teacher for over 30 years and knows her stuff. She seemed to really care about her students. We named St Finn Barr the Hidden Jewel. I have found the school where I feel my daughter will get the best education in a loving and nourishing environment. Because the its so small the parent involvement is super. You will need to make time for meetings and school functions but the parental involvement of the school is one of the reasons we choose to send our child to Catholic school. It feels sort of like a large extended family.My daughter is in kindergarten full day.She is in soccer and receives Spanish class everyday for 45 mintues.There is even after school programs like guitar, piano, or learn Chinese. Read less
Posted by a parent on 09/26/13
This is our first year at St. Finn Barr and we love it! The principal is dynamic and filled with lots of enthusiasm and energy that builds a great school community. The teachers do a fabulous job of teaching and are in regular communication with parents about the concepts being learned in the classroom.
... Read more The parent community has been warm and inviting to us as a new family to the school. There is so much more than just academics at this school, and that is really what makes for a well rounded nurturing environment. If you are looking for a school community were everyone is pulling together to make a "great school", St Finn Barr is it! Read less
Posted by a parent on 11/26/12
After a rough 6th grade year at a public middle school, we needed to find a better situation for our son, and we found it: St. Finn Barr Catholic School. The principal is dedicated, dynamic, and approachable. She welcomed us to the school and treated our son s concerns seriously and kindly. The teachers
... Read more know each of their students and truly care that each one succeeds. SFB tests at the beginning of the year, and it seems like that affects how the teachers approach their work: SFB teachers do not teach to the test, they teach the child. The curriculum is thoughtful, with college-like syllabuses, opportunities for extra credit, field trips, and a variety of approaches, including computer games and creative projects like poetry and drawing. And the science! A lab, a notebook, experiments, observations. Fabulous. The students are encouraged to behave kindly and to have respect for their teachers, their classmates, and themselves. No bullying! My son has relaxed noticeably, his confidence has increased, and he does better work. My son is working hard, and he s never been happier in school, ever. How many middle-schoolers can say that? Read less
Posted by a parent on 10/05/12
Last minute I had to find a school for my daughter entering kindergarten, because she did not get into my sons school nor any of the other San Francisco public schools. I called St. Finn Barr, which was due to start the new school year the next day, and they were able to get her enrolled that day. I
... Read more knew financially it was going to be difficult, but they informed me of programs such as Basic Fund that would help a great deal, and the school also donated money towards my daughters tuition through a grant or scholarship. My daughter and I love this school, and I am planning on transferring my son there next year. The staff is wonderful, especially the principal, and the parents are involved. The students are very polite, and the St Finn Barr community is very welcoming, I couldn't recommend a better school. Read less
Posted by a parent on 12/16/11
We have been at the school for several years now, but I felt compelled to write this review after attending our annual Christmas fair on Dec 2nd. It was honestly the cutest thing I have ever seen (straight out of the kid's pageant in the movie "love actually"). But then with our links to "linda's
... Read more musical theatre", how could it not be? She runs these workshops out of our school. I love that this is a small school and I know almost every kid and parent in my child's grade. I love that they have spanish daily k-4. I think they may be one of the only parochial schools in SF to do this.The new principal is great. Very responsive to addressing issues. She has a great vision and plans for where she wants to take the school. Okay, here are some of the improvement areas. (building is old, sports teams can be hard to field at a small school) But kids don't notice that stuff. What counts is that my daughter loves to go school every day and they are teaching her to be a compassionate person and lifelong learner. And the other parents are normal, low key people. Read less
Posted by a parent on 12/06/11
This is a great school!!!! We have a son and daughter at the school and both are thriving. The academic standard is high. In a test our son took at UCSF he tested at 5th grade math and English - he is in 3rd grade! The teachers are great, the parents are fun and supportive. Our new principal is
... Read more FANTASTIC! She is energetic, responsive, open and the kids love her. Read less
Posted by a parent on 10/30/11
This school is a fantastic gem! It has excellent experienced teachers, a strong energetic principal, and high quality academics with small classroom sizes, laptop computers, Spanish everyday, and hands on science in middle school. The community is warm and welcoming with a very dedicated and active parent
... Read more community. There are many opportunities for enrichment afterschool including piano, guitar, musical theater, choir, Spanish and sports. In the lower grades there is a full time teacher's aide in the classrooms. We love this school. My kids are thriving here. Read less
Posted by a parent on 09/09/11
Come visit St. Finn Barr. It's funny reading these reviews as the positives resonate with our experience and the negatives actually refer to people who are no longer working at the school. We were attracted because we wanted foreign language instruction for our son and St. Finn Barr offers Spanish
... Read more every day in the elementary program. They're launching a very exciting Middle School Science program this year that starts with inquiry and hands on experiments. The Community feel of the school is great. Everyone knew my son within weeks and every experience I've had working with teachers, administrators, and families has been positive and fruitful. There's a great balance of strong academics, arts (particularly performing arts), sports, and character/community building. I love the way the middle school kids know and look after the younger kids. The adults are proactive-- receptive to hearing concerns (and praise!) and get right on any problems. They are seasoned professionals and genuinely love children and teaching. Read less
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San Francisco schools — St. Finn Barr School is located at 419 Hearst Ave, San Francisco CA 94112. 419 Hearst Ave is in the 94112 ZIP code in San Francisco, CA St. Finn Barr School is a Private school that serves grade levels K - 8.
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