School Details

Alvarado Elementary School

625 Douglass Street, San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 695-5695
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 535 students 16 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

69%
60%
56%
75%
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

66%
54%
46%
79%
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

70%
67%
65%
75%
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

77%
65%
60%
77%
70%
65%
78%
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

Alvarado Elementary School is a public elementary school in San Francisco. The principal of Alvarado Elementary School is Robert Broecker, whose e-mail is broeckerr@sfusd.edu. 535 students attend Alvarado Elementary School and identify as Asian; Black, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 38% of the Alvarado Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 42% of the 535 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Alvarado Elementary School is 16:1. Eureka Learning Center is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 8% 41%
Black, non-Hispanic 5% 12%
Hispanic 45% 23%
White, non-Hispanic 30% 11%
Filipino 2% 6%
Multiracial 12% %
Unspecified 10% 5%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0.6%
Pacific Islander 0.4% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 56447%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 42% 56%
Limited English proficiency 38% 31%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (7 months ago)

    Alvarado Elementary School has teachers that focus on students with a higher ability and ones that may need more help. Alvarado has a Spanish immersion program which is excellent and really improved my daughters spanish as well it has an english program too. Two things that I would tell everyone about is the art room with Ms. Tremblay and the computer lab with Mr. Bianchi. In art they do clay to drawing and everything in between. Overall when my daughters graduate from Alvarado no mater what happens to them I know they will always remember this school.

  • (11 months ago)

    Alvarado is an amazing school. The students treat each other kindly the parents are incredibly involved committed participants and fundraisers and the teachers are dedicated talented and top-notch educators. We love Alvarado!

  • (12 months ago)

    Excellent public school in a great neighborhood. Strong leadership/Principal very good teachers compassionate and supportive community. Fantastic after school program (GLO) with enrichment and sports. Lots of fun PTA clubs (chess knitting skateboarding etc). Love morning circle- where principal teachers parents make school announcements - great way to feel a part of the community. Lots of money raised through PTA. Families encouraged to participate to school thru volunteering (and/or financial support). And everyone is invited to share their gifts and talents with the students or in the community We have a daughter who graduated from Alvarado and is graduating from middle school and a son graduating from the fifth grade. We will all miss Alvarado and feel fortunate to have been a part of this great school !

  • (1 year ago)

    One of the best public K-5s in San Francisco. Great teachers involved parents and fantastic kids. Raises an incredible amount of money through the PTA and the quality of education and experience for the kids is superb.

  • (1 year ago)

    We have been pleased with many aspects of our daughter's education at Alvarado. Overall we feel Alvarado has an excellent cadre of teachers who are well qualified and care about their students. Especially parents' involvement is remarkable at Alvarado what has led to a strong and vital PTA. A bit more emphasis on creativity based education in my opinion would push this school into the outstanding range.

  • (1 year ago)

    My son will be graduating in May '14 and we will be sad to leave Alvarado! He has had experienced caring teachers each year and has loved the PTA-sponsored after-school clubs especially chess. Teachers in the lower grades are nurturing just what you want for the wee one's first few years of school. There are literacy breakfasts in Kinder (wear your pj's!) including breakfast and a take-home book. My son was in a 4/5 split class last year and was sufficiently challenged with several written reports assigned which students presented in front of the class (parents too). While I wouldn't say it's racially diverse (really just Caucasian and Latino) it is most certainly economically diverse. Is it perfect? No such thing IMHO...but Alvarado is a very good example of a high-functioning urban public school.

  • (1 year ago)

    Alvarado is an excellent school. The parent body is very motivated to raise funds to supplement the education and so we get more arts gardening science... The principal is extremely accessible and responsive. So far (my daughter is in second grade) the teachers have been tremendous. We've been very happy here.

  • (1 year ago)

    I went to Alvarado for 6 years K-5th grade. I am currently finishing my 8th grade year at Aptos Midde School and will be attending Lowell next year. Alvarado really helped shape my path to good grades and success through middle school; they had a strong parent to teacher to student program helping young children in every aspect of life including learning a second language spanish. My years at Alvarado were truly spectacular and any child attending there will be nourished by loving teachers amazing arts programs and a positive vibe.

  • (2 years ago)

    Our daughter is enrolled in Kindergarten at Alvarado and we feel very lucky. Alvarado is a diverse and vibrant community with teachers that are dedicated to teaching your children in engaging ways. In just a short year our daughter has grown so much. She learned to read and prospered under the guidance of her extraordinary teacher. We highly recommend anyone to Alvarado.

  • (3 years ago)

    It's hit-or-miss whether or not you get a decent teacher. In some grade levels it's a definite miss. The school is not well trained on how to engage students with high energy levels especially for boys who don't need academic help because they're left at their desks by themselves while the teachers focus on students who have trouble academically. Feedback is sometimes met with defensiveness and occasionally even anger. We put Alvarado at the top of our list because we heard great things about it; unfortunately we were disappointed time and time again.

  • (4 years ago)

    My daughter was promoted from the 5th grade this past spring and I have no complaints for the 6 years she spent at Alvarado. The school has a VERY strong PTA which raised over $250k last year for great programs at Alvarado. I enjoyed not only the diversity of the school but the celebration of diversity in everyday school life. The school grounds are very nice and in a traditional San Francisco school house style except for the two bungalows out back. This school embraces progressive ideas about education and the environment. It has an awesome arts program with an in-house art teacher and afterschool clubs that add to the regular curriculum. The school has solar panels and a garden in its yards. And regular community events. I feel that my daughter was well prepared for middle school and is currently enrolled in the honors courses at her new school.

  • (4 years ago)

    despite its position in a relatively upscale neghborhood Alvarado is one of the most genuinely diverse schools in the city. And more crucially its very active PTA believes that it is most important to provide help for those students at the bottom of the achievement curve particularly english learners.

  • (4 years ago)

    Lovely sunny setting. Open accepting environment. Very involved parents. Bilingual education that puts my child in a position to succeed in the world.

  • (4 years ago)

    Alvarado has a marvelous group of talented committed and caring teachers who work well together.

  • (4 years ago)

    Parents teachers are working together for our alvarado elementary school

  • (4 years ago)

    Love the teachers principal and parents; they are a very dedicated community!

  • (4 years ago)

    Great Spanish Immersion Program and overall fantastic teachers. Very dedicated parent involvement with a diverse student body. Principle is progressive and sets a great tone for the school.

  • (4 years ago)

    A wonderful teachers community principal - overall great education!

  • (4 years ago)

    The parents and teachers make it work with the extra effort we all put in.

  • (4 years ago)

    Alvarado emphasizes so many great things -- the arts healthy kids diversity and understanding science and being as green as can be.Parents are integrally involved and it is an amazing community.

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