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About This School

Fairmount Elementary School is a public elementary school in San Francisco. The principal of Fairmount Elementary School is Jeremy Hilinski, whose e-mail is hilinskij@sfusd.edu. 367 students attend Fairmount Elementary School and identify primarily as Hispanic; Unspecified; and Black, non-Hispanic. 49% of the Fairmount Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 61% of the 367 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Fairmount Elementary School is 15:1. Serra (Junipero) Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Theater drama
  • Languages Taught

    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Basketball
    • Gymnastics
    • Martial arts self defense
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Track

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 67% 23%
Unspecified 6% 5%
Black, non-Hispanic 5% 12%
Filipino 3% 6%
Asian 3% 41%
White, non-Hispanic 14% 11%
Multiracial 10% %
Pacific Islander 0.6% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0.6%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.3% 56447%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 61% 56%
Limited English proficiency 49% 31%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (7 months ago)

    A lot of great families left this year. And not because thier kids aged out. If you go to Fairmount-- please take good care of it. It needs love and attention care and feeding. It has the parents teachers kids and potential to be the best school in SF. Stick it out with your heart and soul and help this school succeed. Passion is what will make this school great. Somos Fairmount. (We are Fairmount)

  • (7 months ago)

    My family is been part of Fairmount for the past 10 years!!! The teachers are excellent. The Wellness Support Staff are awesome. Great Special Education program. We love our dear custodian. He loves and cares for the kids and the school so much. The after school program is high quality (hard to get in). Fairmount is lucky to have the best librarian. However I'm a very realistic person. This school is lacking leadership. And this school doesn't have a GATE program. They are working very hard on closing the achievement gap but unfortunately the high achievers are left behind. They are not engaged nor challenged. Parent participation is ok. It's always the same small group of parents breaking their backs. We used to have more community events but they went away....I guess the main organizers moved on. But overall it's a nice small community. The kids are happy. And the teachers are excellent! No school is perfect. Definitely there is room to grow

  • (1 year ago)

    We have 2 children at this school- and we absolutely LOVE it. The leadership the community the dedication of the teachers. It is a rare gem in the city and has a small town feel. Highly recommend for a great Immersion education - you will not know what people are talking about when they say SF public schools are not very good. This one's top notch!!!

  • (1 year ago)

    This is a very mediocre school - a few great teachers a few terrible teachers. Poor leadership great community. Parents do a lot of work to help. Probably not a very good place to send your kid if they are learning English the Spanish part is okay doesn't seem that great.

  • (1 year ago)

    I have two children at Fairmount and couldn t be happier. This is a wonderful community and a wonderful school. We started at another school so I can say that Fairmount is leaps and bounds ahead of other schools in the district. The children come from different backgrounds cultures and languages. I have not seen the bullying fighting and severely disruptive behavior we experienced elsewhere. The parent community is inclusive involved and committed. Our experience with the teachers in the lower grades has been amazing. Principal Hilinski is a fantastic champion of our school. We are as proud to have him as he is to be at Fairmount. I have two happy kids who are excelling in their education.

  • (1 year ago)

    My son just started 1st grade at Fairmount and his sister graduated last year. The energy at the school has been wonderful ever since Principal Hillinski stepped in. We cherish our community at Fairmount where teachers and parents collaborate to make a positive learning environment. Not every teacher is perfect but I can honestly say that the majority of my daughter's experiences in the classroom and in the after school program were positive. She has started middle school Spanish immersion with confidence and a strong work ethic thanks to Fairmount. I know my son is in good hands with caring involved teachers. We also look forward to a year of fun family activities which our fabulous PTA makes possible through their tireless fundraising and outreach. Fairmount's extracurricular activities like capoeira Playsports and our new expanded gardens make this a truly special school!

  • (1 year ago)

    My three children have attended multiple public schools here in SF and Fairmount by far has been my favorite. This is an incredibly sweet school with excellent teachers and a great principal. There is a small cabal of parents particularly in the last couple of years that spend all their time complaining about the homework most often that it is too hard. Different teachers will assign different homework the sooner you and your child learn this the easier middle school and high school will be. If you want your children to learn they should do their homework. Good habits start early. We don't speak spanish in our house yet my oldest son now in high school is fluent in Spanish and my youngest (still at Fairmount) looks like she'll be even more comfortable with Spanish. We couldn't be happier with Fairmount.

  • (1 year ago)

    I have two children at Fairmount one in 5th and one in 2nd. As with any school public or private there is always room for improvement and Fairmount is no different. Yet there are many ways in which Fairmount is head and shoulders above other similar schools. The sense of community on campus dates back to the days when Principal Karling began morning circle. Parents are welcome to be present for this first 15 minute period. Further parent involvement in the school from library coordinator to classroom tutor to schoolyard greener is overwhelmingly positive. There are several strong sets of teachers. Particularly in the early grades coursework and homework is coordinated. I have found homework to be appropriate challenging and varied in nearly every grade level. The school also has a committed young and intelligent Principal who has a long-term vision for continued improvement at Fairmount. His door is always open and he will work with every family that walks through it. Finally I can say from personal experience that the wellness support staff particularly the school social worker is extremely strong. Any SF child would be lucky to be placed here.

  • (1 year ago)

    it seems to me that some teachers agree on what the one homework will be for the whole year thats rigth the whole year its frustrating kids get discouraged bored as they are not challenged only doing the same homework with a few changes for the whole year.You have to request it yourself if you want a different one.No wonder this school is under the standards...parents are frustrated here but many of them are voiceless.

  • (2 years ago)

    I have a 3rd grader and a kinder child and really feel that I lucked out when we got our first choice to this school. We have very involved teachers who work with each other across the grade level and are always looking to better their teaching methods. As well the parent community is very strong from both the English and Spanish speaking sides (as well as working and non-working). I like the way kids interact at the school and find that older kids treat the younger kids well. The only reason I leave one star missing from this review is that all public schools are hurting right now and often not able to provide the "extras" that we all wish our kids could have. My kids love their school too which makes me feel good about our decision to go with Fairmount.

  • (2 years ago)

    My daughter went to school at Fairmount. I had to pull her out. The tutoring it was a joke! NO help very disorganize. I volunteer and the tutors did not know what the kids where working on. Also only the spanish speaking (latinos) kids took the spanish test at the end of year and finding out that test did not count like the CST. So is double preassure for our kids. Taking 2 test at the end of the year and only counting 1 not fair. Some teacher had preference on other kids too. Just because their parent participated more but those where non working parents. Then that lady new principal came very rude did not say goodmorning just walk by you like you where a pole standing there. I have to say the 1st grade teacher Mr. Cuervo he is the best don't know if he is still there. but he know what he is doing and cares about his students. My daughter learned alot with him.

  • (2 years ago)

    The other day my daughter said to me "I'm such a lucky kid because not everyone gets to go to a school as good as Fairmount." She's loved every one of her four teachers and learning a second language has been just the challenge she needed to stay engaged in school. There is a very active PTA which raises funds to pay for arts enrichment programs which along with partnerships with the SF Ballet Opera and Symphony have provided my daughter with exciting arts experiences despite the lack of funding for such things in this state. As a parent I appreciate how knowledgeable and organized the principal is. He gets every penny available for the school and has a can-do attitude. Best of all he is here to stay.

  • (3 years ago)

    I hope this message finds all current and prospective families doing well in 2011! I wanted to take a minute and let you know of some remarkable happenings at Fairmount. We take great pride in our positive welcoming school environment and community culture where we celebrate diversity and hold our scholars to the highest expectations known to mankind. Our Dual Immersion Program (Spanish/English) is led by cutting edge research promoting bi-literacy. With programs in place through the support of Community-Based Organizations such as Playworks and Edgewood our suspension rate is locked at zero and disciplinary referrals can be counted on fewer fingers than one hand. We have been fortunate to welcome City Leaders such as our Mayor and members of the Board of Supervisors and MTA. Take a campus tour or stop by for a Daily Morning Assembly to learn more about Fairmount the mark of significant student achievement (78 point API growth in just one year) equity/accountability and joyful learning.

  • (3 years ago)

    I have to say that I am always pleasantly surprised at how up-beat the positive energy is at Fairmount this year. It is hard to believe that we are halfway through the school-year as it feels like we just started. I really liked the Baile Familiar and Dia de los Muertos celebrations. These celebrations make this school such a fun place to go. The community is very much alive with great energy and spirit this year.

  • (3 years ago)

    Playworks is a program that has had a tremendously positive impact on Fairmount Elementary School. This is an organization that the school works with - they provide a coach who works with the students in structuring recess and lunch recess periods. She has been terrific at promoting the values of sportsmanship and being a team player. Playworks has revolutionized recess and lunch recess at Fairmount!

  • (3 years ago)

    This school is a disaster with no respect for teaching as a profession. The principal is a smooth talker who does not follow through with any action. Don't be fooled. There is no emphasis on curriculum teaching or safety at this school. It is a dangerous place for children. We had to take our child out in the middle of the year due to safety concerns.

  • (3 years ago)

    The 2010-2011 school year is off to a great start under the leadership of our new principal Jeremy Hillinski. He brings energy and enthusiasm to the difficult task of leading a school that has experienced several leadership changes and a major construction project in the past few years. My daughter is starting 4th grade and I could not be happier with her progress in mathematics and language arts. Her father and I do not speak Spanish but her language acquisition understanding and accent have been complimented by our friends who do. I worried that she would not thrive in public school but the challenge of having the majority of her instruction in Spanish since Kindergarten and the collaborative environment that Fairmount teachers encourage has helped her to flourish.

  • (4 years ago)

    The Spanish Immersion program prepares our children culturally and educationally to have great options in life!

  • (4 years ago)

    As a first grade parent at Fairmount I am impressed with the quality of administrators and faculty. We have a responsive caring and effective principal Ms. Cranna. My child had an excellent Kinder teacher and a fabulous First grade teacher and I hear the excellence continues. She's learning in Spanish AND English. Due to the support of the PTA my child benefits from numerous extra activities choir capoeira social play group additional PE days a school librarian. The before and after care program GLO is onsite and simply adds to our happy experience at Fairmount. GLO is a quality program with caring engaging staff and hours that allow working parents to put in their 40hours without worrying about where their children are afterschool. The school has a fantastic community with engaged faculty and parents. I consider ourselves extremely lucky to be part of this engaged caring learning-community.

  • (4 years ago)

    i have a first-grader at fairmount who transferred there this year from san francisco's so-called 'trophy' public. (among other things we sought a language immersion program in our neighborhood which the other school could not provide.) weighed against so strong a competitor fairmount has performed brilliantly thus far (though it suffers from lack of funding like every other CA public school). first off this school community is warm. it is welcoming. staff make it their business to know kids' names. it feels like a big family. and the families are wonderful -- all pitching in and helping in the ways that fit their resources and availability. when there is a perceived need that isn't being met or funded a solid group of active parents gets the job done -- or sets a plan in motion to make it so. and the teaching has so far exceeded our expectations.

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