School Details

Spring Valley Elementary School

1451 Jackson Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 749-3535
7

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 343 students 19 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

48%
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55%
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 School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

50%
54%
46%
78%
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

72%
67%
65%
71%
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

71%
65%
60%
76%
70%
65%
75%
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

Spring Valley Elementary School is a public elementary school in San Francisco. The principal of Spring Valley Elementary School is Lisa Kwong, who can be contacted at kwongl@sfusd.edu. 343 students attend Spring Valley Elementary School and are mostly Asian, Unspecified, and Hispanic. 72% of the Spring Valley Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 84% of the 343 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Spring Valley Elementary School is 19:1. Redding Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Cantonese
  • Japanese
  • Mandarin
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 46% 41%
Unspecified 4% 5%
Hispanic 38% 23%
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 12%
Multiracial 3% %
White, non-Hispanic 3% 11%
Filipino 0.8% 6%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.8% 0.6%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.3% %
Pacific Islander 0.3% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.3% 56447%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 84% 56%
Limited English proficiency 72% 31%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (8 months ago)

    I pulled my child out of Private school to put him in Spring Valley Science. The reason was after many school tours SVSS had much to offer in programs. I also read a lot of parent reviews which I highly recommend. My child has no problems in academics but was needing more of a challenge. Also he was not feeling like he was fitting in at his previous school. I've come to find out my child will do well where ever he goes as long as he's socially happy and now he is. His teachers have been amazing inspiring and last years teacher was a bit challenging. I can say this about the SVSS teachers because I see it first hand. I volunteer at the school once or twice a week all day. I witnessed the teachers dedication to their students in awe. I'm not saying the school is perfect but it's perfect for my family. Just a heads up! Our test scores might not be as high as some schools because English is a second language for most of are students. Which doesn't mean our student aren't capable of greatness . I think it's awesome when a child can speak two languages I wish I could. Kudos to Principal Kwong for her dedication and trying her best everyday with her gentle spark.

  • (3 years ago)

    I feel privileged to serve the students and families at Spring Valley. I have worked at many school but very few schools have the cultural diversity that this school offers. The teaching staff is highly qualified and extremely dedicated. Teaching is not a job to them it's a calling. In response to a parent's concern regarding open gates. I believe the gate in question is the one leading to the parking area which does remain open during school hours. However our campus is extremely safe since we are located in a residential area. Please contact our school office at 749-3535 for school tours every Thursday at 9 30 a.m.

  • (4 years ago)

    SPRING VALLEY SCIENCE SCHOOL in San Francisco is by far the most outstanding public elementary school. As for the parents concern about open gates they do get closed at times and we have never lost a child. There is also a security system with cameras throughout the school - inside & out. I only wish that the school went to 8th Grade instead of 5th.

  • (4 years ago)

    I went to check the school out yesterday and it is absolutely BEAUTIFUL! The classrooms are bright with huge windows and the building is very clean inside and out I was very happy with what I saw. My only concern was that I saw some gates were wide open and anyone can easily come in. I am a very cautious person and being that my son is in Kindergarten I don't know if this should be a concern or not. Other than that I am in love with the school.

  • (4 years ago)

    It is a great school which helps a lot of poor child to have bright future!!! Dont think about it just go to Spring Valley to experince it!!

  • (5 years ago)

    My 2 kids going to Spring Valley for kindergarten and 3rd grade for billingual classes. This is an excellent school in San Francisco especially Mrs. Ko who is kindergarten billingual teacher her stragey and plan are so strong that the kids is doing very well for their future life. Her fundamental building for kindergarten is so strong that I am so happy with it. If you want your kids to have great future you should send them here Spring Valley.

  • (5 years ago)

    My daughter is in second grade in the Spanish Bilingual program. I have been so happy with how she has developed in this school! The teachers are extremely committed and the kids all get along well. I have noticed that someone fails kindergarten every year which I think is a testament to the teachers not letting kids slip through the system. Also the kids don't seem to outcast one another nor do they appear negative/dislike school. Also the amount of HW seems reasonable and if anything it builds great study habits. I would strongly recommend this school!

  • (5 years ago)

    Great dedicated highly-educated staff & principal with a selection of lovely children.

  • (6 years ago)

    Just wonderful! Great Principal wonderful teachers bright kids! We enjoyed Spring Valley so much!

  • (6 years ago)

    Great school! Couldn't ask for more! Who needs private schools when there is Spring Valley?

  • (7 years ago)

    This is a great school. My son is currently getting a great education. The school has a wonderful principal who stresses homework and reading. She has hired the most wonderful group of teachers.

  • (8 years ago)

    My son has been going to Spring Valley for three years and I am very happy with the education he is receiving there. He has received a solid base of knowledge as well as excellent study habits. At first the amount of homework was daunting but it has certainly paid off in his reading and writing ability. The teachers are experienced dedicated and work well together. The principal is a strong leader who pushes for excellence while at the same time has creates a positive safe environment for the children. In addition the school takes the kids on wonderful field trips and takes full advantage of programs offered through the museums university fellowships and San Francisco Arts organizations. Because the school is largely made of students from low-income families there is not the parent involvement you might see in other schools however the students are excelling according to their test scores.

  • (8 years ago)

    This is a demanding but very rewarding Nob Hill neighborhood school celebrating 115 years of history next year. The school's focus is Science and the faculty is always challenging students to be inquisitive to learn how to learn and to use their brains. The principal Ms. Chin is an excellent determined administrator who magically finds funding for her kids out of nowhere. (the truth is she s a tireless fundraiser via grants gifts fundraisers wherever!) The teachers are dedicated creative and hard working. They obviously have an unreserved commitment to the children which makes the atmosphere of the school wonderful. The school is big on field trips! It s wonderful to see children challenged and inspired by visiting great places such as Stanford UC the Zoo museums and on and on. Parent participation is integral to the functioning of the school. Awareness volunteerism participation and communication are actively sought from the parents.

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