School Details

Key (Francis Scott) Elementary School

1530 43rd Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 759-2811
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 534 students 17 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

66%
60%
56%
78%
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%
89%
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

79%
67%
65%
86%
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

74%
65%
60%
73%
70%
65%
67%
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

Key (Francis Scott) Elementary School is a public elementary school in San Francisco. The principal of Key (Francis Scott) Elementary School is David Wong, whose e-mail is wongd4@sfusd.edu. 534 students go to Key (Francis Scott) Elementary School and identify primarily as Multiracial, Asian, and Unspecified. 44% of the Key (Francis Scott) Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 46% of the 534 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Key (Francis Scott) Elementary School is 17:1. Holy Name Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Languages Taught

  • Cantonese
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Crew
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 8% %
Asian 70% 41%
Unspecified 5% 5%
Hispanic 5% 23%
Filipino 3% 6%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 12%
White, non-Hispanic 14% 11%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0.6%
Pacific Islander 0.4% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% 56447%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 46% 56%
Limited English proficiency 44% 31%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (10 months ago)

    Being part of this school has been an amazing experience. When you have such a great community and so many parents involved you know you are going to a great school that your student will excel in! The teachers are all amazing and really take the time to learn about the students and teach them according to their learning style.

  • (1 year ago)

    we are moving and are going to miss this school the teachers and special ed department(you know who you are) are the most caring and helpful we have ever met the children love the school and that is what it is about cannot say enough

  • (2 years ago)

    FSK is an amazing jewel! My son has had such wonderful warm dedicated creative organized and inspiring teachers at Key. This year the PTA has brought a year-long art curriculum called Art in Action into the classroom (K-5.) This means that all of our students will be studying 12 different artists each year and will be introduced to new art mediums such as charcoal and watercolors while learning how to create their own ancient cave paintings and works of art based off of Picasso Van Gough and the many other great masters. Overall FSK has a strong sense of community that feels very inclusive.

  • (2 years ago)

    I am a parent of 2nd & 4th graders at FSK. After going on 14 school tours FSK was my favorite. I was impressed with the principal teachers and parents back then and continued to be amazed at their dedication to the students. I appreciate the principal who is takes time to listen to parents' concerns and encourages parents make teacher requests for the next year. The teachers are wonderful! They differentiate their lessons so my boys are challenged and enjoy their classes. Also they have worked to include technology in the classroom with electronic touch whiteboards and a shared set of classroom laptops. There is a large special needs population which develops empathy in all students. The school also has very extensive after school offerings - Beacon (free for 2nd-5th) CDC (sliding scale) & CYC (fee-based). A huge plus is the tuition-based Mandarin program that runs 4 days a week onsite. There is also guitar lessons taught by parent & teacher volunteers. One of my main reservations of this school was the early start time but have found it to be beneficial to start the day early and get out early. Overall we are extremely happy that we are here.

  • (2 years ago)

    FSK is such a wonderful school. The teachers are fantastic and are involved in EVERY aspect of your childs learning. Their dedication shows in all they do and they are supported through the leadership of Mr. Wong. It is so nice to see a Principal who participates and is always there to greet you. They have a great PTA who are dedicated to making FSK a community by funding programs and putting on really fun communtiy events. The school also has a great After School Learning Program. FSK truly is the hidden gem of SFUSD!

  • (2 years ago)

    I had a good feeling about Francis Scott Key from my first visit and it turned out to be right on. The school from the top down sets high standards for leadership education citizenship family and friendship. The principal Mr Wong is a strong leader and the kids like and respect him. The teachers are excellent. The school is warm and inclusive. While volunteering at lunch recently I saw an older student stop her friend in the lunch room so she could sing her a song. She had hurt her friend's feelings and the song was her way to apologize. It was a humble act of kindness that tells me Key is teaching our kids well.

  • (2 years ago)

    This is a terrific school with high academic standards fabulous teachers and great new facilities. The parents are very involved and new programs are being developed all the time. There is a terrific on-site afterschool program with Mandarin classes and judo chess guitar etc. There is a great sense of community with most of the students leaving in the neighborhood. The school has an exceptional special ed program as well as many extra activities for gifted kids.Overall exceptional school.

  • (2 years ago)

    My son is an inclusive student at FSK. FSK was my first choice after visiting more than 20 public schools at SF. As my son gets older (3rd grader this year) he shared more fun activities that he did at school with me. And he LOVE going to school every day. All his teachers not only are very caring but communicate frequently with me to address my son's certain needs. Most importantly I heard so many good things from other parents about teachers at FSK. I think this is because our principle Mr. Wong sets a high standard for teachers and himself. Mr. Wong is very approachable and a great communicator as well. In addition to teachers all staff paraprofessionals are great too. No wonder my son can't wait to get back to school after long summer break each year.

  • (2 years ago)

    Our son started Kindergarten at FSK last year and is now attending first grade. Wanted to wait one year before writing a review. We listed FSK as #1 choice in the lottery. Everything we expected from the tour turned out to be true. You and your child feel welcomed teachers are there because they love to teach great PTA/Principal relationship good diversity of students wonderful Mandarin after school programs. Child comes home happy and eager to tell us about what he learned that day. Oh... the remodeling is pretty much done... new play structure... bathrooms... yard... classroom... etc...

  • (2 years ago)

    Friendly. Inclusive. Academic. Superb test scores. Best after-school program in the city. Principal of the Year. Teacher of the Year. Great activities. Strong PTA and School Site Council. Second to none and getting even better!

  • (3 years ago)

    I was not sure if I should send my boy whom turned 5 this Oct 2010 and I was able to speak to the principal before my son started kindergarten and had my questions answered by the principal. When we started school I feel all my worries are gone since my son enjoys going to school so much that he wants to go to school on weekends too. The teachers both during school time and afters school are all excellent. Also I feel welcomed by the PTA and the whole school. Also there are mandarin after school program and chess and cooking and gardening classes.

  • (3 years ago)

    I love this school. Having moved from an excellent school out of state I was nervous about having my kids join the sfusd. We were placed at F S Key and we were so lucky to get into such a wonderful school. From day one it was obvious what a welcoming community this school has. The PTA is very involved and super friendly. The principle is fabulous. The kids like and respect him and it shows by their actions. This year my younger son was able to start kindergarten and begs to go to school. I feel both my boys are getting a great education in an excellent learning enviroment. The on going remodel is just icing on the cake.

  • (3 years ago)

    This is my son's second year at FKS now as a first grader. I am so glad that the lottery placed us here. Last year when my son was a kindergartener I was really worried that he would have a hard time in school. He is a whirlwind of activity and energy and I was concerned that an overworked public school teacher would find him too distracting for the class. However his teacher actually embraced who he was and still managed to easily get him into the rhythm of learning and structure. She was awesome. Now he is in first grade with another amazing teacher. But it's not just great teachers that make this a great school. It's a great principal (Principal of the Year) teachers librarian parents kids and programs!

  • (3 years ago)

    Excellent Leadership (Principal) Excellent and caring teachers and staff. Students are academically challenged and taught to respect and care for each other.

  • (3 years ago)

    Both of my daughters goto this school and i have nothing to worry about cause you have the Principal of the year Mr.Wong and all of his teachers are great and actually take there time in teaching there kids.Great support from the PTA and parents too!

  • (4 years ago)

    My Kindergarten nephew has settle into this school like no other! He loves it. He knows everyone and everyone knows him. Can't ask for a better transition from preschool!

  • (4 years ago)

    FSK is a very special school and community. We feel so lucky to have our eldest in Kindergarten. Amazing Principal and teachers -- great PTA working to improve on an already great school. Resources for the kids -- we love it love it love it.

  • (4 years ago)

    Teachers put a lot of effort in teaching the students. Parents get up to date info on students academic progress consistently. Very engaging school love the principal Mr Wong teachers and the PTA. FSK has a good curriculum esp. their learning programs in school enhances my child's academic and computer skills. I have seen a lot of improvement from my child and it's really fun to hear what's been taught daily from FSK.

  • (4 years ago)

    the teachers are great good location large yard open on weekends excellent after school care. it was my 1st choice school!

  • (4 years ago)

    Nice principle great teachers and good after school program.

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