Helpful Advice for Parents
Parents who receive their public school assignments:
A. If you are satisfied with your child's placement, follow the instructions for enrollment precisely; be sure to read the small print.
B. If you are not satisfied with your child's placement, take the time to go see the school your child got into. Talk to the principal and other parents. Search for strengths that exist now as well as looking for potential at each school you visit.
C. Call the district's Educational Placement Center to set up an appointment with a counselor and contact the parent liaison at the schools that most interest you.
D. Call Parents for Public Schools to arrange to speak with parent ambassadors at schools you would like to know more about and to learn about other good schools in the district.
Parents who are considering public schools for their children in the future, whether elementary, middle or high schools:
A. Remember that test scores aren't the whole story. Do not depend on reputation and hearsay alone. Go to a variety of schools, including those closest to where you live, and take a look for yourself.
B. Contact the Educational Placement Center or Parents for Public Schools to get more information on where to look, how to enroll and how to get involved improving San Francisco public schools.
According to Parents for Public Schools, the following elementary schools have turned around in the last six years or are in the process of doing so, with strong leadership, high parent participation or both. There are many other good schools that are not on this list. The important thing, according to the parents' group, is to go and look for yourself.
Alice Fong Yu
Francis Scott Key
San Francisco Community
SFUSD Educational Placement Center: 555 Franklin St., Rm. 100, SF; (415) 241-6085; http://www.sfusd.edu.
Parents for Public Schools of San Francisco: 9 Silliman St., Ste. 6, SF; (415) 468-7077; http://www.ppssf.org.