School Details

Alamo Elementary School

250 23rd Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 750-8456
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 530 students 20 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

74%
60%
56%
90%
71%
65%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • San Francisco Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

64%
54%
46%
92%
75%
66%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • San Francisco Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

83%
67%
65%
80%
74%
72%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • San Francisco Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

81%
65%
60%
86%
70%
65%
82%
61%
57%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • San Francisco Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Alamo Elementary School is a public elementary school in San Francisco. The principal of Alamo Elementary School is Herbert S. Packer, who can be contacted at packerh@sfusd.edu. 530 students attend Alamo Elementary School and identify mostly as Hispanic; Asian; and Black, non-Hispanic. 30% of the Alamo Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 46% of the 530 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Alamo Elementary School is 20:1. Erikson School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama

Sports

  • Soccer

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 7% 23%
Asian 65% 41%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 12%
Filipino 2% 6%
White, non-Hispanic 16% 11%
Unspecified 10% 5%
Multiracial 10% %
Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.6% 56447%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.6%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 46% 56%
Limited English proficiency 30% 31%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (11 months ago)

    Amazing school. I am so happy my boy can transfer to this school. The teacher is so nice and patient to him. I can feel that my boy is improving.

  • (11 months ago)

    My son started kindergarten and Alamo and has had an amazing experience. Even though there are four classrooms per grade it feels like a small community. Our son's teacher is experienced yet she brings this freshness and engagement with the children that creates a great learning environment. There are many ways for parents to get involved such as the Halloween carnival and it's not all about fundraising but raising fun as well. I'm very pleased with the afterschool program RDASC as the staff are well trained observant and care about the kids. Our son sings the school song with pride "Everyone's a friend I know at A-L-A-M-O!"

  • (12 months ago)

    This is our second year at Alamo and we can not believe it.. Our daughter is in first grade and she loves going to school. We have had great teachers and well as great supportive parents and the PTA. Everyone goes above and beyond to accomplish goals for the kids.. Principal Fong is extremely great and a fantastic resource.. All the teachers have tenure and all fully invested in making a difference with the kids.. I'm so glad that my other two kids will also be attending here ..

  • (12 months ago)

    Alamo is a school with a fantastic staff friendly families and a wonderful sense of community. They really care about the "whole child". We feel incredibly fortunate to be here.

  • (12 months ago)

    I decided to play the public school roulette and had Alamo as my first choice. And we WON!! 14 months in I couldn't be happier. The Principal Fong is very visible and approachable and truly cares about moving Alamo ahead and keeping it a strong school. Very well run school.

  • (12 months ago)

    Alamo Elementary School San Francisco great academic school great parents involvement in the classroom lots of PTA events

  • (12 months ago)

    Our school is Alamo Elementary in SF's Richmond District. My son is in the First Grade and we have had a great experience thus far. The teachers at Alamo are wonderful---long tenured dedicated and caring. Principal Fong is in her second year at the school and has brought great energy new ideas and best practices from her long successful career into the school. The PTA is active and growing with lots of fundraising community building and enrichment programs for kids and parents. Alamo is a wonderful school and should be a top consideration for local families!

  • (12 months ago)

    A-L-A-M-O that's my school that's Alamo!! Magic. It's all true there is something alchemical that happens here. Not evident to the naked eye but the HEART comes through in just about every touchpoint. No attitude all commitment. I was going to move my family out of state for financial-survival reasons but I simply could not tear us away from this school.An irreproducible combination of intellectual engagement society building from the ground up and well-rounded dedication to fostering excellence confidence and JOY in our children on as many fronts as possible--academic artistic athletic expressive civic social and compassionate. "A" is for "Amazing." Alamo truly carries on a rich and proud legacy of authenticity in achievement. Come here only if you want to fall in love and give your heart and helping hands to a community of genuinely wonderful people big and little.

  • (12 months ago)

    Many moons ago I went to Alamo! Imagine how proud I am that my first grader is walking a mile in my shoes and experiencing what I had first hand! I love Alamo its teachers and am surrounded by parents who are as involved as I am!

  • (1 year ago)

    Alamo's motto is "be a friend". They empower each student to be kind to others and to find joy in learning. The dedication of the teachers is absolutely amazing. This urban school has a great and involved community as well. My son asks me most days if we can get to school early!

  • (1 year ago)

    Alamo is a great school that enforces their motto "Be A Friend". My son is excited about going to school every weekday. He has made many friends since kindergarten. He is currently in 4th grade and also in violin class and a lunch football league (which I didn't even know existed before) that is provided by the school. Also he likes what he's learning in class. They provide healthy breakfast and lunches provided by Revolution Foods. My son enjoys his school very much.

  • (1 year ago)

    Our child has started K this year and we were super nervous. Our boy is only 5 y.o. and very active. Thanks to his teacher (Mrs.Liu) the classroom environment is a perfect combination of discipline care creativity play and learning. I am much relieved and know my child is in good professional hands! Great schools attract excellent teachers!

  • (1 year ago)

    Our son just started in Kindergarten at Alamo this past August and we love it! Back when we were touring we were overwhelmed by all the variables and possibilities but ultimately what mattered most were the most basic things. The school day goes from 8 40-2 40 which is ideal for us - it mirrors our work schedule and it means our son can wake up without an alarm and we can ease into each day -- happy. The school has a great sense of community with assembly each morning. Our son sings his school song every day all day to the point all our non-Alamo friends know the Alamo song too! His teacher (and all the others I've heard of) do a great job communicating with us via regular email. Our son feels cared for and safe and has made lots of friends. While schools can be differentiated on lots of things for us these were the things that mattered most and Alamo has been fantastic!

  • (1 year ago)

    My son comes home from first grade every day with an "A-star-plus-plus" grade for his teacher. The grades work as teams and the parent involvement is excellent.

  • (1 year ago)

    Alamo has been one of the top schools in San Francisco for a long time. It has changed since the 70s when not all of the children were allowed to attend. My Chinese brother-in-law school age at the time sat on the curb along with his parents in protest. Now the school has one of the highest API scores in the City and it has come a long way from the 70s. We are proud to have such a fine school in San Francisco.

  • (1 year ago)

    It's a great school. My daughter loves her class and teacher and extra activities the school offers.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is great and I had two children there. They both enjoy going to school everyday. I was very worried about my younger daughter how she was doing since she was very shy. But it turn out to be fine. I ask them both everyday about how they were doing at school. I always get an answer "good" and start talking about all kinds of things they did at school. I am very happy about Alamo. All the parents and teachers are very friendly. I feel very safe dropping them off and went off to work.

  • (1 year ago)

    I had two kids and they both loved this school. The PTA here is strong and those kids that have involved parents seem to be the ones whose kids did well. Mr. B you were the best. We will miss you and your teaching style!!

  • (1 year ago)

    Just because a school has high test scores doesn't make it a great school. I can only speak for the upper grade teachers but most of them need to retire. If your child is a left brain auditory learner they will do well here. If your child needs be more hands on and a visual right brain instruction then they will struggle. This school is very traditional and teaches using worksheets. Also if your child has anything special or requires additional help in the class room then this is not the school for you. The only positive thing I can say about this school is it is small and they do have a lot of parent involvement.

  • (3 years ago)

    Both my sister and I attended this school and all of our friends that attended this school were so happy and well educated here. Now my own child will start school here. I'm so happy and excited! I know that I'll definitely be getting involved to help and donate in any way that I can to support Alamo!

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