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Tue Sep 13, 2016
Preschoolgirlheights answered:
Anyone looking for the most up to date information on the best preschools in San Francisco including inside scoop and detailed search should check out
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Sat Mar 14, 2015
Raydah Abdelwahhab answered:
I am originally from New York and are aware of the type of schools out there. Are you looking for private or public schools? Feel free to contact me and we can discuss further. 415.225.6273. ... more
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Mon Mar 9, 2015
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Tue Dec 23, 2014
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Mon Feb 24, 2014
Lance King answered:

I understand it can be very frustrating when you are trying to figure things out from afar, especially in an area like this where there are so many different kinds of neighborhoods and price ranges. Unlike many agencies who only work in one area, we work in San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin, and the East Bay, and can give you information on all those areas to help you figure out what area makes sense.

We also work with out of area/international clients a lot - call/email me to discuss:

Best Regards,

Lance King/Owner-Managing Broker
King Realty Group
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Wed Jan 15, 2014
Kevin Murray answered:
There is definitely some great advice from my colleagues above. I work closely with each client on their individual needs. Sometimes special needs make the process more complex and we need to look beyond the basics. Test scores don’t tell the full story, especially with special education requirements.

While most of the sites mentioned above are good, the best source is the state site for API results:

This link takes you to a search by individual schools.

I have put together an online map for my clients at:

This map shows the high schools API scores for the East Bay and Solano County. Generally the best schools are east of the Caldecott Tunnel along Highway 24 to Walnut Creek, then south along Highway 680 all the way to Freemont. Typically going north from Walnut Creek the schools are weaker, but Martinez, Pleasant Hill, and Benicia have good schools and reasonable home prices.
Parts of Walnut Creek and Pleasant Hill are served by Ygnacio Valley High School which has dropped to abysmal levels.

Generally Concord and the Delta communities have weak schools, and west of the hills, along the Bay the schools are poor. Oakland and San Francisco have some extraordinary schools for the top students, but most kids get prison-level educations in the public schools.

Piedmont, Albany, Hercules, San Lorenzo, Castro Valley, and Freemont have the better scores on the west side of the hills along Highways 80, 580, and 880. Piedmont is a special case where it is a small city surrounded by Oakland, but has its own district and historically great schools.

These are generalization but there are some outstanding local elementary schools, in areas where the high schools are weak, this is definitely true in the Berkeley Hills.

Please contact me if you'd like to discuss schools and other local considerations.

Kevin Murray MBA
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Mon Sep 30, 2013
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Sun Sep 22, 2013
John Oldfield answered:
No property included -- this is a "business opportunity". And Trulia has it mislabelled as a single family home. In the MLS it is propertly listed as a Bus Op. It's been on the market over 100 days and was originally listed for $250,000.

The MLS doesn't have the monthly lease cost or how much time remains on the lease. Contact me directly if you need more info.

John Oldfield
BRE# 01292184
415-762-9608 office/voicemail/fax
415-816-4742 Mobile
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Thu Feb 7, 2013
Helen Yuen answered:
Hello: This unit is taken off the market but if you're still looking, check out the website below.
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Thu Jan 31, 2013
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Tue Dec 18, 2012
Wayne J. Chi answered:
Hello Jodiropert!

Some great responses here to your question. To further explore specific details about San Francisco public and private schools, click on the "Public and Private Schools" link on my website: There you will find all the data aggravated into easy to read profiles about each public and private school within San Francisco.

Here are some additional written information:

Public Schools in San Francisco
School choice in San Francisco was once determined by an open lottery system in which the school you selected (or were ultimately assigned) had nothing to do with the neighborhood where you lived. However, beginning with the 2011 school year, all that has changed.

The San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) conducted an extensive analysis of the old system, and devised a solution to give families greater say in the selection process, keep kids a bit closer to home, and also attempt to keep the student population diverse at each school.

The new system, officially announced in March 2010, now designates boundaries for schools in San Francisco. There is greater priority given to residents within a given boundary area if they select their neighborhood school. However, like the old open lottery system, there is still no guarantee of placement at the neighborhood school. Location is just one of the factors considered in student placement. In fact, proximity is #4 on the list of factors taken into consideration. Higher on the priority list are students who attended preschool in the boundary area and students who reside in "low-scoring census tracts." To complicate things still further:

Some schools are more in-demand than others. Some may even receive as many as 20 requests for each open space at the school. What happens to students who live in the neighborhood for which there are more applicants than space available at their neighborhood school?
What formula is used to calculate the weight of each criterion in assigning a school? Is low-performing census tract weighted at 50 percent, while neighborhood proximity is weighted at 5 percent? The district has not made that clear.

Some schools are designated as "citywide" and don't have a boundary area with priority ranking, but rather still function on an open lottery system. These schools include: Alice Fong Yu, Buena Vista, Bessie Carmichael, Chinese Education Center, Chinese Immersion School, Fairmount Elementary, Lawton Alternative, Claire Lilienthal, Marshall Elementary, Mission Education Center, Paul Revere Elementary, Rooftop Alternative, SF Community Alternative, and SFUSD Public Montessori.
So, now what?

Well, first, you're in the right place to start your school search. There are many sites that offer slices or snippets of school information. To get demographic info about the teachers or student body, you need to visit the district site. To get a description of the school, you'd need to then visit the individual school site. To get the most recent Academic Performance Index (API) scores and the California Standardized Test (STAR) results, you'd have to visit the California Department of Education. To find out about immunization rates for kindergarteners, you'd even have to visit the Department of Public Health website.

Fortunately, we wrap it all neatly together in one place. We've done all the research, aggregated all the data, and put it together in simple, easy-to-read profiles. What's better than that? It's searchable. Search by grade range, school type, proximity to an address, or even enter keywords like "language immersion,” "girls only,” "nonsectarian" or "French" and find just the schools that match your needs.

Feel free to contact me for more information and parent-specific resources.

Wayne J. Chi, Esq.
Zephyr Real Estate
415.689.9999 (cell)
415.223.4510 (fax)

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Thu Oct 11, 2012
mizshan answered:
For the best-known preschools, e.g. Pacific Primary, Holy Family Day Home - yes, it is too late to apply. In general, most openings at preschools (both the well known and not so well known) are in August/September because that is when the oldest kids leave for kindergarten, making space for younger kids. I agree that is is best to pick a preschool near where you live - driving is a total pain here and walking or cycling are often better options. Without knowing where you plan to live or what you consider a safe area, I can't suggest specific preschools. But I would encourage you to google and start the online application process for as many schools as possible right now. Bright Horizons/Marin Day School has many centers and you might look at them. Also, you might want to join the Golden Gate Mothers Group ($75) for more detailed information.

My son is only 2.5 so I can't really answer your question about the age at which kids learn to read and write here. Regarding curriculum, if you have a preference for the type of philosophy/curriculum you prefer -e.g. Montessori vs. play-based/Reggio Emilia vs. Waldorf - then that will help you narrow down your search here.

If you can't find a preschool you might choose to hire a nanny if you can afford it. Rates are about $16/hr for one child and $22 for two children. Many families share a nanny with another family.
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Fri Sep 21, 2012
Lizete Santos answered:

Here is a very useful link:

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Tue Aug 7, 2012
Pete Flint answered:
You should check out Trulia's commute maps to answer this specific question...

Check them out here:
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Mon Jul 23, 2012
Alison Hillman answered:
Hi there,

Check out how the different schools rank next to each other here:

Good luck,
Ali, Community Manager
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Mon Jul 23, 2012
Alison Hillman answered:
Hey Lloyd-

I'm sure you had your question answered by now, but check this out just in case!

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Thu Feb 9, 2012
Jun Way answered:
Excellent place to raise a family.Excellent school district. neighborhoods,close to shopping center, good for walking.
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Sun Nov 20, 2011
Jed Lane answered:
Rachel is an insider and a very good writer. In fact Heather you'd like her and should meet her.
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