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About This School

Junipero Serra Elementary School is a public elementary school in Daly City. The principal of Junipero Serra Elementary School is John Schmella and can be contacted at jschmella@ssfusd.org. 406 students go to Junipero Serra Elementary School and identify mostly as Filipino; Asian; and White, non-Hispanic. 21% of the Junipero Serra Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 33% of the 406 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Junipero Serra Elementary School is 21:1. Skyline Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Filipino 72% 28%
Asian 61% 10%
White, non-Hispanic 5% 13%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 5% 9331%
Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Unspecified 2% 0.5%
Multiracial 14% %
Hispanic 14% 41%
Black, non-Hispanic 0.8% 4%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.4%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 33% 40%
Limited English proficiency 21% 25%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is AWESOME! I transferred my children from a private school three years ago. As every other parent I was very hesitant. Specially when you have to make drastic changes for your children. Not knowing how the change is going to impact your kid is very scary! Well I have to say the experience was GREAT! The Teachers have done nothing but wonders. When my son first started his test scores were very low. The teacher was very surprised that he had scored so low on his tests. Specially coming from a private school. As weeks pasted by the teacher and I worked together to get my son to the other kids level. Tutoring extra practices and dedication we were able to get my son to the level he needed to be. As the semester came to it's end his test scores didn't only increase tremendously but he placed in the Honor Roll list. I was so proud! I am so thankful to all the teachers at this school. They really try hard to get their students up to speed. Our new Principal Mr. Miranda is also doing an awesome job with this school. Never the less the parents are supper nice. At least the ones I know. I strongly recommend this school! If I had to do it again I would choose J.S.

  • (3 years ago)

    The teachers are excellent.If the student needs help with learning and behavior problem they will do want they can to help.I recommend the school to my family and friends.

  • (4 years ago)

    This is school is great and is fun for my daughter which is her 3rd year there and now my nephew attends there as a 1st grader. They really encourage on reading and keeping the parents posted and encourage for our support.

  • (5 years ago)

    Junipero Serra Elementary is off to a great start. The teachers principal and extended staff were eager to start a new school year. My son loves being a student at J.S. and the teachers are absolutely wonderful. Mr. Schmella the principal is a great leader for the school and is always making himself available to parents as well as to students. He can be seen every morning talking to parents and students before school. He always has a smile on his face. This is a great school!

  • (5 years ago)

    Love this school teachers and support staff are really good!

  • (5 years ago)

    Junipero Serra Elementary School is going in the right direction after Mrs. Brown sudden departure. The only problem I have with the school is the after school recreation program. How can the children do homework with all of that noise. Children on cell phones screaming and children running all around campus unsupervised. On the other hand the school run day care is excellent. The leaders are very knowledge about their jobs. Very well run program.

  • (5 years ago)

    This school is great! My children's teachers are very pleasant professional and they always keep me informed on how they are progressing. The afterschool childcare is wonderful! Although the afterschool recreation program is very unorganized unsupervised and noisy I hope the school will do something to improve it for the safetly of all children and staff. Here's to all J.S. teachers who are educating our children! Wonderful job!

  • (6 years ago)

    Overall the school is doing well hope the new principal makes some important changes. The afterschool recreation program is highly unorganized. Noise levels are over the top. The children are all over the campus unsupervised. The school day care program which my child attends is outstanding. The teachers are very professional and courteous. I am always informed about how my child is doing. They take the time to talk to every parent. Outstanding job.

  • (6 years ago)

    School is very un-organize from staffs to Principal Brown. Particularly to Principal Brown's leadership she doesn't socialize professionaly with parents and parents involvement are very very poor. Part-time staffs and Recreation staffs are very unprofessional. Safetty and Dicipline are also very poor. Extracurricular Activities are pretty much not part of school.

  • (8 years ago)

    My grandson has been at Junipero Serra for two years and I am very happy and pleased with the education he is receiving. Academically he is doing well and his reading has improved since attending the school. Junipero Serra offers before school programs that assist in learning for children. My grandson was involved for two years in the 'Wake Up to Math' Program. This math program gets the students excited about math and more involved. It offers prizes to encourage the children. My grandson also participated in the Holiday Production and learned about the whole process of putting a play together. Ms. Gavin the Principal is caring and understanding but runs an organized and well disciplined program. There is great community support with the fire police library and neighborhood businesses all joining in to support the school. My favorite days are 'Giving Day ' 'To Grandmother's House We Go ' and Math Day.

  • (9 years ago)

    Juniperro Serra is a great school! Ms.Gavin the principal and the teachers are all wonderful. The teachers are very supportive of their students. The school encourages their students to do well academically and to be a better person as a whole. This is to commend the parents involved in PTA they are the best.

  • (9 years ago)

    Junipero Serra is an excellent public school. The principal Mrs. Gavin is very passionate about her work and it shows in the results. The teachers that my daughter had were all very wonderful. They employ a good mixture of traditional and alternative teaching methods which result in very motivated eager to learn students. I am very happy to have sent my daughter to this school.

  • (9 years ago)

    The principal Ms. Gavin is wonderful. She emphasizes the need of parent participation in a student's progress. This school emphasizes a lot on math and reading. They have programs that encourage the children to read and practice their math skils. They also have activities that promote drama singing as well as helping the community by raising funds for the American Heart Association and the Tsunami Relief Fund.

  • (10 years ago)

    I appreciate the work that teachers do in this school. My children have learned a lot there.

  • (10 years ago)

    This is a wonderful school. Teachers are perfect.

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