School Details

Serra (Junipero) Elementary School

625 Holly Park Circle, San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 695-5685
3

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 269 students 16 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

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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 School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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54%
46%
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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 School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

52%
67%
65%
69%
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 School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

25%
65%
60%
51%
70%
65%
25%
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 School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Serra (Junipero) Elementary School is a public elementary school in San Francisco. The principal of Serra (Junipero) Elementary School is Evelyn P. Cheung, who can be contacted at cheunge@sfusd.edu. 269 children attend Serra (Junipero) Elementary School and identify as Unspecified; Multiracial; and White, non-Hispanic. 52% of the Serra (Junipero) Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 88% of the 269 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Serra (Junipero) Elementary School is 16:1. Fairmount Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Chorus
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Ultimate Frisbee

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Unspecified 7% 5%
Multiracial 7% %
White, non-Hispanic 7% 11%
Hispanic 63% 23%
Filipino 6% 6%
Black, non-Hispanic 5% 12%
Pacific Islander 4% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 3% 56447%
Asian 14% 41%
Native American or Native Alaskan 1% 0.6%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 88% 56%
Limited English proficiency 52% 31%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    I should begin by saying that I'm a prospective parent not a current parent. J. Serra had a school tour and I was able to attend. I'm writing because I loved what I saw. Make no mistake this IS an urban school - the playground is concrete space is limited and I'm sure the funding is sparse. However J.Serra was warm - you could tell upon entering that children were loved and cared for and that this was a nurturing space in which to learn. We had the chance to visit classrooms meet teachers students parents and talk with the principal. In each room children were engaged and on-task. Teachers were happy and the quick snapshot of the lessons we saw seemed to have great focus. The K class that we observed was in yoga and watching the students follow directions move their bodies and interact with one another was heart warming and just what I wanted to see. All of the rooms were child- centered. Lessons posted on the wall on-going projects on the shelves tutors in the room volunteer readers from the community etc. Teachers collaborate PTA is strong and growing Principal seems great. I encourage you to check it out too.

  • (3 years ago)

    Truly Bernal Heights' best kept secret as the school's website says. We found a very energetic principal excellent faculty (Ms. Applin the Kindergarten teacher is fantastic!) and a great group of involved parents. Our daughter likes the afterschool program in particular during which kids cook go to the Bernal library and surrounding parks make fun arts projects take language classes and get homework supervision. The school also has a state-of-the-art computer lab and gardening and I know that many more offerings are in the works. A great neighborhood school.

  • (3 years ago)

    Junipero Serra is a wonderful little school in a great location a few blocks from Mission Street next to Holly Park and St. Mary's Park where the students often go on quick field trips. The teachers are wonderful and friendly. Principal Eve Cheung works hard to make sure the students get the best education possible with limited funds; all the parents appreciate her hard work. Parent involvement is strong. The aftercare staff are great as well. It's a great little school where most of the parents know each other.

  • (3 years ago)

    We are heading into our fourth year at J Serra and the school has become a second home for our whole family. Our son will be entering 3rd grade and our daughter 1st grade. I feel my children are receiving a strong education in a uniquely rich environment and have had the added benefit of strengthening their bond to their own immediate community by attending their neighborhood school. With limited funds the ever supportive Principal Eve Cheung along with a talented faculty has managed to offer a wonderful after care program along with a range of enrichment programs including dancing art music gardening and our cherished computer class.

  • (3 years ago)

    My twin boys are entering 1st grade this year. We transferred them mid-year last year and have been so very happy with the teachers and especially the principal at this school. It's a sweet gentle school with a with a lot of heart. We look forward to the next five years at this school!

  • (3 years ago)

    J Serra is a small school with a lot going for it. Really good principle staff that gets along well and works together. Lots of enrichment programs such as gardening photography club dance music partnership with UCSF for science etc. Parents are involved at the school and kids look happy when you pass them in the hall.

  • (4 years ago)

    Our experience at J.Serra has been fantastic. Ms Applin is a fantastic Kindergarten teacher and well able to deal with our son's occasional disruptions and keep him challenged and on track. The principal Eve Cheung has been amazingly accessible as well and has really managed to get blood from a stone in terms of making the best of the tight funding environment. J. Serra is one of very few schools with a computer lab and dedicated teacher something our son enjoys immensly. We also have 2 after-school spanish classes going now which is awesome. The parent community this year is really strong we've got a tight group together and big plans for the years ahead. Our son and us are both very happy with the school.

  • (5 years ago)

    Junipero Sera is a small school that provides a safe caring atmosphere for learning. They have an excellent arts program gardening program and are deeply committed to teaching science.

  • (6 years ago)

    The principal's name at Junipero Serra Elementary School in San Francisco is Eve Cheung not Principal Brown. My three children went to that school and they all loved it! They still go back to visit their old school and teachers.

  • (6 years ago)

    In response to the last posting I believe the school mentioned is a different school with perhaps the same name. I am a teacher at Junipero Serra and there's no Principal Brown. In fact our principal teachers and staff are very helpful friendly and nuturing. We all work together to strive for one goal --to put children first by working together as a community. Junipero Serra is a great school!

  • (7 years ago)

    My son is in the 5th grade at Junipero Serra and is in a Special Education class. He has excelled so much with his teacher's help that other schools were not able to give him or the patience to figure out that he learns a little different. He's doing so well that I wish that I had not waited so long to send him here. Better late than never.

  • (9 years ago)

    My daughter attends Kindergarten here and I feel like there are a lot of excellent well meaning teachers there. However the school is lacking in certain enrichment activities like music and PE and the curriculum is geared to accomodate the kids with greater life challenges such as low-income and low-English speaking skills. The level of parental involvement is generally low but there are a few parents give a lot of time to the extra-curricular functions.

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