School Details

Live Oak School

1555 Mariposa Street, San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 861-8840

(out of 10)

Private Grades K-8 291 students 12 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

About this school

Live Oak School is a private middle school in San Francisco. The principal of Live Oak School is Virginia Paik, Head of School, who can be contacted at 291 students go to Live Oak School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and Hispanic. The ratio of students to teachers at Live Oak School is 12:1. Carmichael (Bessie)/Fec is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities


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

Languages Taught

  • Spanish


  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Gymnastics
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 71% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 4% %
Hispanic 4% %
Asian 4% %
Black, non-Hispanic 3% %
Multiracial 18% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.7% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Can't imagine raising my children anywhere else. They are receiving and rigorous education in which they think creatively and critically. They are surrounded by a community of adults - parents and teachers alike that know them well. I am constantly reminded of what a phenomenal school I get to be a part of.

  • (1 year ago)

    We have two (very different) children enrolled in the elementary school at Live Oak and both love it and are thriving. There is so much joy at this school and it is truly a warm and welcoming community where the kids feel appreciated for who they are. We are especially impressed by how nice the older kids are to the younger kids how there are friendships across grade levels and how everybody in the administration seems to know every child in the school. The community of families is diverse but all share common values. We couldn't be happier with Live Oak.

  • (1 year ago)

    We could not love Live Oak more. My child has been there for 3 years and it has been the most amazing experience both academically and socially. When they say they get to know your child well they mean it; the head of school and other administrators run the carpool drop off line and greet every child by name. In 1st grade they were learning geometry concepts I didn't tackle until junior high; in 2nd they wrote 8 page memoirs. I really cannot say enough good things my kid has never once asked to stay home from school and in fact the few times she's been sick has begged to be allowed to go anyway since she's afraid of missing something! We really couldn't be happier.

  • (1 year ago)

    They practice what they preach - open administration and the kids are confident known celebrated and challenged.

  • (2 years ago)

    We have three kids and our eldest entered in 6th grade as well. The school culture is welcoming and down-to-earth the administration and leadership are cutting edge and forward thinking with a strong emphasis on faculty development the kids are vibrant and free to be themselves and so importantly the teachers are incredibly centered engaged focused and dynamic in their approach to teaching and in their relationships with the students. We have three very different children and have been so amazed with how each has been treated so personably with their teachers being so patient dedicated and understanding across the board. Live Oak - as they/we say - where your child will become known and cherished. We cannot recommend this school highly enough.

  • (2 years ago)

    We have two kids who entered in 6th grade which can be challenging with more than half the students coming from the 5th grade. There are enough "new" kids to balance it all. That said they have loved it and the school fulfills its promise to know every child. Teachers are amazing kids can be quirky. Our kids are very different one year apart in school and for the first time they are treated as individuals not so-and-so' sibling. Learning services are excellent as well. Things are not perfect but the school teachers and counselors ALL respond and strive to make things better. We highly highly recommend the school.

  • (4 years ago)

    The teachers have met my child where he is academically and continue to draw him out and teach him how to rise to the expected level of achievement. All of the staff teachers and other parents friendly and welcoming. The teachers are readily available to meet to discuss what's going on with my child in the classroom. My child is thriving in the small class environment. We feel lucky to be a part of this school.

  • (6 years ago)

    Live Oak School has lived up to the promises it made when we first toured the school 4 years ago. Our 2 sons are getting the academic and extracurricular foundation they that they need in an environment that supports them with love and understanding as the individuals they are. We connected immediately with the relaxed friendly environment and familiarity of a small school setting. Live Oak has a wonderful community of families and staff that do a good job of representing our progressive diverse Bay Area. The older students at Live Oak are confident capable and caring. They express their readiness to take on the challenge of high school when the time comes. We feel lucky to be a part of Live Oak and know that our kids will thrive there over the years.

  • (6 years ago)

    My son attended Live Oak for grades 6 7 and 8. It has been a wonderful environment for him academically and socially. His teachers have been phenomenal!

  • (6 years ago)

    We are grateful every day for the joy and community that this school gives our child and our family. The classroom teachers are innovative dedicated and know their students deeply and we are fortunate to have extremely talented specialist teachers in music physical education art and Spanish as well as a wonderful librarian who presides over an impressive collection of books. I have personally witnessed the emphasis on social and emotional growth in the classrooms of kindergartners other lower school grades as well as in the classrooms of middle schoolers; partly as a result of this the sixth seventh and eighth graders are confident individuals comfortable public speakers respectful of themselves and others and pretty darned talented on the field and on the stage! If you're looking for a strong community there's a good chance that you'll find what you're looking for at this school-- we certainly have!

  • (7 years ago)

    We feel lucky to be at Live Oak. My first grader's academic and social needs are met with intelligence patience humor creativity and compassion by her teachers. I'm impressed by how committed and skilled the staff are at working with children at very different levels of achievement.

  • (7 years ago)

    I continue to be astonished at everything Live Oak is and does. It is almost too good to be true. The school manages to challenge my high-achieving middle schooler while allowing my hard-working younger child to make progress at a pace that is right for her. And the parents are so warm and down to earth.

  • (8 years ago)

    My daughter loves Live Oak and has been there for 3 years. We are pleased with her teachers her daily activities and her intellectual social and developmental progress. However be prepared to volunteer heavily and to wade the waters of parental cliques especially in the lower grades.

  • (8 years ago)

    Live Oak is a truly great school. The community is down to earth the teachers provide focused and individual attention to kids the parents are very comitted and involved and the facility is great.

  • (9 years ago)

    Live Oak is a school that is growing in strength and quality each year. It's students are among the best adjusted kids you can find and the parent group is diverse and actively involved. This is an excellent k-8 school in a unique urban enviroment.

  • (9 years ago)

    This is an excellent school in an interesting setting. The atmosphere tends to be very supportive of the children in that they are encouraged to develop a love of learning without a great deal of social pressure. The only negative is that there has been a lot of teacher turn-over but I believe the school is addressing that with more competitive compensation plans.

  • (9 years ago)

    Live Oak has been an excellent school for both of our children. They have loved it and the quality of their education is reflected in their love of learning. Our son (4th grade) is now an avid reader and while other kids of his age may share video games he and his friends also trade books and discuss them vigorously. Our daughter has grown in her confidence and self-esteem and is able now to choose among the finest high schools in San Francisco. All this without the social pressure of an 'elite' school.

  • (9 years ago)

    Solid academic foundation. Limited art (2 days/week) and sport (3 hours/week). Fantastic parent involvement with heavy emphasis on fund raising. Great extra-currricular and after school program.

  • (9 years ago)

    Great school. Focus on differeniated learning. Teachers are well prepared the kids and parents are a great community.

  • (9 years ago)

    A wonderful sense of community the teachers really care about the kids. Amazing facilities. A bit pricey but so are most other private schools in SF right?

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