School Details

Argonne Elementary School

680 18th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 750-8460
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 422 students 19 student/teacher

Test Scores by grade

66%
60%
56%
70%
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

62%
54%
46%
81%
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

78%
67%
65%
87%
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%
77%
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

Argonne Elementary School is a public elementary school in San Francisco. The principal of Argonne Elementary School is Cami Okubo and can be contacted at sharpr@sfusd.edu. 422 students go to Argonne Elementary School and identify primarily as Hispanic; Asian; and White, non-Hispanic. 42% of the Argonne Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 44% of the 422 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Argonne Elementary School is 19:1. Erikson School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Cantonese
  • Japanese
  • Mandarin
  • Russian

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 8% 23%
Asian 54% 41%
White, non-Hispanic 25% 11%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 12%
Filipino 2% 6%
Unspecified 11% 5%
Multiracial 10% %
Pacific Islander 0.7% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.5% 56447%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.6%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 44% 56%
Limited English proficiency 42% 31%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (6 months ago)

    A school is only as good as the strength of the partnership between committed present parents and a staff that is supported by the district the leadership and those parents. Argonne has all of this going for it. The PTO is a large group of very talented and active parents; so many wonderful things have come to fruition as the direct result of their hard work. Our new Principal (2011-present) is a delightful chapter in Argonne's story. She is bright cheerful caring and so engaged. The children love her. It is surprising Argonne averages four stars and is rated 8 of 10. Perhaps it's a reflection of the former Principal. She'd been driven out of another SF school and somehow hired at Argonne. She would have been removed if she hadn't resigned under pressure after only four months in her role as Principal. Hopefully this gives readers some perspective on the reviews in 2011.

  • (11 months ago)

    I have two daughters at Argonne and every morning they are happy and excited to go to school. They are both thriving academically and socially and enjoy the many benefits that come from having a Principal with great leadership skills an amazing PTA great teachers a new and beautiful school many opportunities for in and after school enrichment an excellent after school program (rdsac) and a longer school year with many field trips built in.

  • (1 year ago)

    I have a 2nd grader and a kindergartner at Argonne and could not be happier. Great teachers great parental involvement (via active PTA and otherwise) now joined by a great principal whose initial appointment last fall (2012) has been made permanent. Facilities are new and getting even better with the new playground structures and new gardens. Enrichment is solid with the PTA-raised money helping to pay for some which is beyond the district's budget. While we do miss the Russian language teaching which was offered 2 years ago Russian and other languages and activities (science music etc.) are offered on site after school for a fee. Great after school care is available too through YMCA RSDAC Chinese after school care (all on site) and a bus which goes to the JCC (we have been happy with the Y).

  • (1 year ago)

    Argonne is a fantastic public elementary school in the Richmond neighborhood of San Francisco. We've been thrilled to have our daughter attend Argonne. It boasts a skilled a devoted team of teachers an energetic and creative new principal and a caring and engaged parent community. Our daughter is thriving and we couldn't be happier with the school.

  • (1 year ago)

    Argonne is one of the best kept secrets in the SFUSD! As the parent of a 2nd grader and a 4th grader I can attest to the well-balanced education my children are getting at Argonne. We have committed and wonderful teachers and support staff a phenomenal principal an extremely supportive parent and family community which devotes time energy service and financial resources to make Argonne a wonderful school for all students. The extended year calendar provides students more opportunities for enrichment activities such as art PE dance chorus science and garden education as well as field trips and project-based learning. We love Argonne!

  • (1 year ago)

    My kids started kindergarten this year. I was already impressed by Argonne in the tour. Now I am blown away by the parent involvement dedication of PTO teacher commitment and the new principal. My twins are in separate classes and both teachers are excellent. The kids have tons of activities outside of the standard curriculum such as computer lab chorus dance PE art (parent-led Art in Action) field trips gardening and more. The year-round schedule (four and a half weeks of instruction for grades 1-5 and two weeks for kindergartners) gives the teachers more time off during the year which helps keep them "fresh". Because there are two summer kindergarten sessions the teachers can focus on getting to know only eleven students at a time and kindergarteners can acclimate to a new school with less chaos. One of my children is slow to adjust to change and new situations so this time (and the added structure we will have in the future) was excellent. And we ll still gives us plenty of time for summer vacation! Our family already feels part of an excellent community and look forward to our years at Argonne.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school has the most talented committed and caring teachers you will find anywhere. My daughter's kindergarten teacher was unflappable experienced and nurturing. Kindergarten was everything I had hoped it would be for her. We have had excellent teachers every year. My daughter is a bright child with strong math and verbal skills. She has been challenged and engaged throughout her experience at Argonne. Teachers strive to meet her academic and social needs. This year we have a new charismatic responsive knowledgeable and effective principal. Principal Okubo builds relationships with all of the families teachers and staff. She is one of the best principals in the district. We are lucky to have her! We have an extended school year so we have an additional 5 weeks of instruction every summer. By the time the regular school year begins our kids have already adjusted to their new grade level and teacher and are already meeting the academic challenges of their grade. Students do not suffer "summer learning loss." We have a welcoming and friendly parent community with a strong culture of involvement. We provide myriad volunteer opportunities that fit into any schedule.

  • (2 years ago)

    Wonderful things are happening at Argonne Our new principal Ms. Okubo has brought amazing leadership to our school. She is kind intelligent energetic and works well with the teachers and our parents. Most important she loves the kids. We have bright and passionate teachers involved parents and an extended school community committed to education. Our new garden is in bloom and serves as an outdoor classroom our new play structure is an exciting addition for the kids. At this point we think Argonne is one of the best schools in SFUSD. If you are looking for a school in SF come take a tour and see what is happening at Argonne.

  • (2 years ago)

    Great teachers great and newer facility great parental involvement. Wonderful after-school options (we love the Y run one). The Russian language teaching is also a nice bonus (not immersion at all); however the grant funding for that may end this school year (2011-12). The only other hesitation keeping this from a 5 star review is that the old principal left in summer of 2011 and the new one has not been embraced by the teachers and parents (and vice versa). That said we parents have been told that she will be transferring out this summer of 2012 so a 3rd principal in 3 years should be starting Fall 2012. Fingers crossed if it is a good fit than this is an incredible school.

  • (3 years ago)

    Our son started kindergarten here this year. We feel very fortunate to have this public school option. The teachers are outstanding and with a new engaged principal we hope the school continues to improve. The PTO is very active and creatively raises lots of funds to supplement horrendous budget cuts - kids get art music Russian language PE and they fund reading specialists and class size reductions in the upper grades. The school building is among the nicest in the city and our son heads off to school excited and happy every day. The challenges these schools are facing are unprecedented but this school works hard to make sure the kids don't feel it. This public has it all expansive library large school yard computer lab clean well-lit art-covered walls and an experienced and caring faculty. The year around school year is not for everyone though so people should look carefully at the commitment of 5 extra weeks of classroom time but that extra length allows for lots of field trips and extracurriculars fit into the year in a way you don't usually see with the state mandated testing being the number one focus. We are happy to have gotten in; most families feel the same.

  • (3 years ago)

    I love my public school! I love Argonne! We feel so fortunate to have gotten a spot for our daughter at Argonne. She has loved it from her first day! The teachers are very dedicated. Parents are involved in every aspect of the school. Students benefit from the year round calendar and enjoy the many enrichment programs at the school. The building relatively new is bright clean and filled with beautiful student art work. Argonne is a happy vibrant and high achieving school.

  • (4 years ago)

    I love the unique year round school calendar. It's the only year round public elementary in San Francisco. I love how involved the parents are. I think that we have an excellent teaching staff who really care about the kids.

  • (4 years ago)

    The teachers really care about giving these kids a great education. Also love the year round school schedule it helps the kids retain important knowledge that they would have otherwise lost. This allows teachers more time to work on new material and less time on review.

  • (4 years ago)

    A very good school overall with very strong teaching. However in my opinion the principal is a liability. I have to doubt her motivation. She lacks tact and communication abilities. My child just completed kindergarden and he loves Argonne. On the last day of school we bought him Argonne sweatshirt in the office then went to talk to the principal about an issue. Out of the blue the principal told me to take my child to a different school. My child -who is a really good student and was named a student of the week once during the year- was really upset hearing this. Lots of crying afterwards. Needless to say we are puzzled and upset by this.

  • (4 years ago)

    Amazing school! Great teachers. Beautiful facility. One of the most beautiful public schools in the city! I am so thankful to be at this school.

  • (4 years ago)

    Great teachers friendly atmosphere safe for children my child loves this school

  • (4 years ago)

    Argonne overall has some great things going on for it. Many involved parents. Facilities are newer great library. Kids act like kids no inappropriate behavior / dress and no cliques and definitely no gang influences. Kids are happy to be there each day. It feels like 1950's America but more diverse. Academically the school is really two schools. Teachers in K-3 are newer coming in over last decade and responsible for turning this school around. Some of the K-3's are among the best teachers in the city including private schools. Teachers in 4-5 are uniformly mediocre - not bad but not stellar like the K-3's burnt out no love for the kids no passion for the job no inspiration. Luckily by 4th grade the kids are already on the right path so overall they do pretty well.

  • (4 years ago)

    Our family feels really lucky to be at Argonne. Here are several things I love 1) A school-wide commitment to integrating social justice into the school curriculum across all grades; 2) Teachers who use a reward system to encourage positive behavior and empower students to express their feelings/opinions and jointly problem-solve more difficult situations; 3) An engaged parent community that regularly volunteers in the classroom on field trips in organizing fundraisers and with administrative tasks; and 4) Recognition of the value of field trips (we've averaged two a month since this school year started) to enhance the learning that takes place at school. I also really get a kick out of the fact that my child's coming home using words she's learned from her classmates in Russian Mandarin Spanish and Japanese. The fact that she's excited about going to school every day lets me know she feels safe and loved.

  • (4 years ago)

    Strong fundamentals Enriched curriculum including cool and educational field trips Joyful atmosphere

  • (4 years ago)

    I have 2 children at Argonne--one in 4th grade and one in 1st--and we have been tremendously happy with the school. The community is warm inclusive and diverse. The principal is a caring and dedicated administrator. We have been delighted with the teaching for both our children across grade levels. The PTO works hard to raise money for all the extras including art music dance and PE. Argonne is a wonderful school and a happy learning environment.

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