Sterne School

2690 Jackson Street, San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 922-6081

(out of 10)

Private Grades 5-12 89 students 4 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

About this school

Sterne School is a private high school in San Francisco. The principal of Sterne School is Mr. Ed McManis, whose e-mail is 89 students attend Sterne School and identify as Black, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. The ratio of students to teachers at Sterne School is 4:1. Drew School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Photography
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Tennis

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 8% %
Hispanic 8% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 6% %
White, non-Hispanic 53% %
Multiracial 24% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 2% %
Asian 12% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (8 months ago)

    My kids have been at Sterne for 6 months and are thriving They came from a Parochial school with very large classrooms and very busy teachers. At Sterne they are learning twice as much with none of the pain. Our home life has improved tremendously as both kids have become independent learners with much improved self-confidence. The curriculum has been tailored to each of my kids to highlight their strength (math and science for one of them) Spanish English and the Arts for the other - - and work on their weaknesses. The classes are very small and the teacher extraordinarily creative in meeting each kid's learning style. We are thrilled.

  • (9 months ago)

    This is in response to the individual who wrote a review recently complaining about neural-typical kids and spectrum kids. I have to say that ADHD is considered on the spectrum. You should be ashamed of yourself for writing review to deter parents from this school. IF your child is so special put him/her in a school for kids without differences. You are probably one of those parents who's child's slight dyslexia or dysgraphia has sent you into a tailspin. Work on your own family. Really shameful you are free to put your kid where you like

  • (9 months ago)

    Please note non of the reviews are before 2013. Sterne's excellent for children on the spectrum. But not for kids who are "normal" socially and have dyslexia/ADD/dysgraphia. Sterne decided years ago to discontinue being an NPS ( non public school approved by districts ) Many of the teens who fit the "non spectrum" mold were forced to hang out and sit with non friends that were spectrum disordered at lunchtime despite their protesting against it . Despite being assured the opposite The high school had a high percentage of spectrum kids. This was a serious problem for the NON spectrum children who were punished for expressing frustration and anger with "spectrum" children who were loudly disturbing classroom time .In many classes the amount of work done was below par frequently only a few pages of reading a week. After one semester ( 12K) most of the credits from Sterne were NOT accepted by another mainstream school. children or parents who complained were either subtly threatened or expelled from the school. Insist on 4 + contacts for NON spectrum families at Sterne Highschool pre 2013.

  • (2 years ago)

    High school options for East Bay students with Learning Differences are very limited. Sterne School's new high school is a great choice for East Bay families as the school is located on Valencia Street in SF just a 10 minute walk from the 16th & Mission BART stop. My son has grown in independence street smarts self-confidence and simply learning how the world works with this new responsibility of getting himself to school. Sterne faculty and staff rotate daily and provide an escort for those students both to and from the BART station. In addition to the praises sung in the reviews below commuting on BART has been yet another step in my son learning to be a productive citizen in our society.

  • (2 years ago)

    Sterne School provides individualized instruction for each of its students with an exceptional Faculty and Staff. Our son just started his third year at Sterne and we are very happy with the program there and he very much enjoys school. The Head of School is very experienced and knowledgeable and leads a dynamic highly skilled and committed Staff. We are very grateful for Sterne School.

  • (2 years ago)

    Sterne School is a safe learning environment for students with learning differences. The teachers staff members and administrators are all well equipped and educated in ways to make the students learning environment engaging.

  • (2 years ago)

    We rate Sterne school 5 stars! My son entered last year as a very demoralized 7th grader who was failing in the public school system though he had previously done very well. By the time the year ended he was a confident outgoing boy again who was learning and loving it! The individualized homework stretch goals executive functioning skills building and one on one coaching by staff make joining the Sterne community one of the best decisions we have ever made for our son and family.

  • (2 years ago)

    Sterne School has been a great place for my son. As a school that understands learning differences the staff understands how my son learns the best and knows him as a unique individual. With its small class size my son cannot "fall through the cracks" and remain "unnoticed" as it happened in his previous school. It's going to take him some time to "undo" the damage from his previous school but I already see positive changes in his stress level and better outlook on school as a whole. Tools used to help students learn include iPad technology which is awesome! The school staff really understand how to engage their students and help them become more independent. I highly recommend anyone who has a child with learning differences to check out the school.

  • (2 years ago)

    This is our second year at this school. The head of school is knowledgable and very involved. The teachers head of school and parents work like a team all to make sure the students have the most individualized plan so the can succeed.

  • (2 years ago)

    This school is welcoming to all learning differences and backgrounds. After years of "I hate school" to "I feel valued" from my son is worth twice the price.

  • (2 years ago)

    Sterne provides a small nurturing environment for kids with learning differences. The teachers are all current on the latest LD research and tools and are committed to making each kid successful. If you have had parent/teacher conferences where the teachers have more questions than answers or seem exasperated or plain stumped by your child's needs you will appreciate a very different experience here at Sterne. I attribute the school's unique cultural to its head Ed McManis. Ed is incredibly knowledgeable on LD but unlike other school leaders I have experienced has no ego. He is building the school to serve the kids and broader community not his personal brand. As a result all constituents--parents teachers kids and administrators--feel heard and feel a shared sense of ownership for the school and its mission.

  • (2 years ago)

    Best school ever for Irene. Outstanding support and involvement. Teacher offeres help wehere ever they can. Irene for the first time knows what going on in school and likes to go to it. Could have not imagined a better schoole

  • (2 years ago)

    Sterne is a school for kids with learning differences. My daughter was struggling socially and sometimes academically in public school-- we finally stopped hoping that the teachers would understand her or be able to meet her learning needs. She loved Sterne from the first day and now goes to school early to hang out with the other kids before class. The teachers are highly qualified and understand the issues my daughter faces. They have great field trips and make good use of electronics to support classwork. My daughter was referred to Sterne by her pediatrician. Students from East Bay and Marin carpool to Sterne. Learn more at open house or have your child come for a shadow visit.

  • (2 years ago)

    The Sterne School is OUTSTANDING! The teachers are WONDERFUL. The use of technology is AMAZING. I can't think of a better place for our daughter to go to high school! She is excited to go in and learn each day. Honestly we could not ask for a better high school experience for our daughter!

  • (2 years ago)

    Sterne High School in San Francisco is the best school for students who need specialized attention small class size and hands-on instruction. It focuses on the necessary requirements to graduate from high school and to assist students with learning differences to get to the next stage in life whether it be college job training or independent living (work). The school consists of electives meditation and yoga art and design classes and an academic course load that is catered to the individual. The Sterne High School is located in the mission of San Francisco which offers a rich and vibrant educational opportunity for everyone.

  • (6 years ago)

    It's a small school with an incredible staff and a nurturing environment!

  • (8 years ago)

    This 30 year-old small private school is a gem for middle and high school students with learning differences. It has expert teachers a diverse student body an outstanding curriculum very low teacher-to-student ratios the latest instructional technology reasonable tuition scholarship assistance a beautiful setting WASC accreditation and State of CA Dept. of Ed certification. Definitely worth checking out at http //

  • (10 years ago)

    Sterne School specializes in children with learning disabilities such as ADD and dyslexia. Sterne has wonderful caring teachers very knowledgeable in their field who help the children to become proficient and help them reach their potential and grade level.

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