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About This School

Buri Buri Elementary School is a public elementary school in South San Francisco. The principal of Buri Buri Elementary School is Jay Spaulding and can be contacted at jspaulding@ssfusd.org. 628 students attend Buri Buri Elementary School and are mostly Hispanic, Pacific Islander, and Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander. 23% of the Buri Buri Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 37% of the 628 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Buri Buri Elementary School is 20:1. Sunshine Gardens Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Photography
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • Tagalog
  • Sports

    • Badminton
    • Basketball
    • Softball
    • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 40% 41%
Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 3% 9331%
Filipino 22% 28%
Multiracial 21% %
Asian 20% 10%
White, non-Hispanic 15% 13%
Unspecified 1.0% 0.5%
Black, non-Hispanic 1% 4%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% 0.4%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 37% 40%
Limited English proficiency 23% 25%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    This is a great neighborhood school! So far my children have been introduced to some really great and caring teachers. The principal Dr. Spaulding is a great leader; is responsive to parents; and very involved in the well-being and safety of the children. A good and cohesive staff starts from the top down! It IS a big school with multiple levels but the staff and children seem to handle it well. I would definitely choose this school over any other public (or private!) school in the area.

  • (2 years ago)

    I love Buri Buri Elem. School great teachers and a wonderful principal Dr. Spalding very hands on directs traffic even loading luggages in the truck for outdoor ed very humbling tasks he is much involved in the school's activities.The work of the students seen in open house is exceptional good job for teachers and students.My son is heading for middle school we will miss Buri Buri.

  • (3 years ago)

    Principal Spalding is awesome! You will not expect to see a principal unrolling his sleeves and pushing the trash can around during lunch and directing traffic in the morning out on the streets. It shows such involvement and commitment and with such leadership I am confident that my kids will shine as well. We currently moved from SFUSD to SSFUD and my kids are loving it already and it's only the 2nd week of school! I feel the school is very well organized and the teachers my kids have are patient fun caring and encouraging. Such an awesome school!!!!

  • (3 years ago)

    I believe that Princiapal Spalding has done a great job !! I think that the jump from 2nd grade to third third is a big pill to swallow especially if the teacher doesn't even know how to explain it to the parents. They are teaching things in school now that I was taught in 5th and 6th grade. I do not think throwing around ADD to the parents whose children are having a little more trouble grasping the new things being taught is right. I have spoken to many parents in this class and the teacher has brought it up to at least 4 or 5 parents. I have not gone to the Principle but I know several parents have and asked that thier children to be removed from this class. My child takes lessons before school and private twice a week and still has 1 1/2 hours of homework without his reading. My son is like a sponge but when you keep shoveling new stuff at him like a sponge he will stop retaining and start to drip.

  • (3 years ago)

    Great school! Teachers and principal work together to bring out the best in their students. We need to support this awesome school.

  • (4 years ago)

    My daughter will be going into the second grade and loves going to school at Buri Buri. There is never a day where she doesnt want to go to school. The staff teachers and the Principal (Dr. Spaulding)are great. She is learning in a positive environment.

  • (4 years ago)

    My 2nd chld has attended this school for Kindergarten (he is now going into the 5th grade this coming school year) and I have seen the positive changes that have occured since Dr. Spalding became the Principal. I have to say the energy level of the teachers the students and the parents have increased twofold. The kids are more engaged in their classrooms not many have that "I'm bored" look on their faces! Teachers are more upbeat! The there are more parent volunteers then I have ever seen. I credit this new energy level to Dr. Spaulding he seems to always be aware of every student every parent and all the needs to fhe school as well. He is definately a motivating factor at the school! Cheers to Buri Buri!!!

  • (4 years ago)

    This school has too many students in each class. I do not feel that my child is getting the proper time at this school. This child earned all A s on his report cards and it has been a great time consuming nightmare for him and our family every night. Some of the math that is being brought home is not the math I learned in school and it come with lack of instruction and or the variables needed to calculate and formulate the problems. The books even do not give you adequate instructions nor the verbal needed. It is not only steeling my child childhood away because we are up until he goes to bed doing homework and most of the time and has to finish the homework in the morning. If the teachers can not provide the simple verbal that are required for the math book then they should not be picking these book!!! I am not the only parent to complain about this lack of instruction and what I feel is poor teachings. These kids have or should be allowed to be kids as they are developing not spend more time at home doing home work than having quality time with the family or just relaxing before bed. Sincerely Not a happy parent.

  • (5 years ago)

    I'm the parent of a recent graduate of Buri Buri. My child spent 6 wonderful years at Buri and will miss it immensely. He received the best education during those 6 years at Buri. Fortunately our youngest child will still attend this wonderful school and benefit from the great teachers and staff at the school.

  • (5 years ago)

    Great and fun learning environment teachers show their concerns and care for each student.

  • (5 years ago)

    My 7 year old son is in Mrs. Su's second grade class and loves going to school. He is a voracious reader and is very bright and I am pleased that he is being challenged. Mrs. Su is very patient and does the little things that shows she cares. I have nothing but positive thing to say about all the teachers that my son has had at Buri Buri and am pleased with the way my son is being taught.

  • (5 years ago)

    My daughter is in third grade at Buri Buri. She attended another school in the district and recently relocated to Buri Buri. Buri Buri is a wonderful school. Both her 2nd grade and 3rd grade teachers have helped her progress wonderfully. She loves school and is doing very well. I have found that the teachers do a great job of challenging her without discouraging her. Thank you.

  • (5 years ago)

    My daughter is a Kindergartener in Mrs. Currier's class. Mrs. Currier is a great teacher who involves herself with her students and gives her attention to every one of them. She is a very pleasant lady and we are very happy that she is our daughter's teacher. Our daughter also knows Mr. Jones and the other Kindergarten teachers. This is a great school with a healthy environment! The new principal Dr. Jay Spaulding is very nice. You can see him after school with his sleeves rolled up directing traffic making sure students are going home safely. Great school and awesome teachers! We're so lucky! Thank you Buri Buri!

  • (5 years ago)

    I think Buri Buri is concentrating to much on math and not enough on English language and reading. If you can not read you can not do the math.

  • (5 years ago)

    I have a son in Kindergarten with Mr. Jones. My son loves school and is anxious to go every day. My son who is a boy of little words tells me every day that he had fun at school with Mr. Jones. The school encourages Parent involvement and sends home communications to parents regulary so we never feel out of the loop. Office staff is great - friendly and always willing to provide info. Principal is new this year but he has already reached out to the students and parents I'm very thankful to be in the district. I couldn't ask for more.

  • (7 years ago)

    Our second child is attending the 2nd grade in a mixed 2nd/3rd grade class. She has been there since kindergarten and has flourished under the direction of her caring teachers. Mrs. Newiger is particularly excellent. I whole-heartedly recommend this Elementary to any parent. My eldest went to Buri Buri and is now in a Catholic Highschool. Considered the same for my youngest but the staff at Buri and the education she is receiving is equal to a private school. Keeping her here!

  • (7 years ago)

    This is a great school. My fourth child is starting kindergarten and my oldest just graduated. The teachers her really do care about there student. My daughters 3rd grade teacher saw she was struggling and got her the help she needed and she passed all of 5th grade with As and Bs. I feel so lucky to have my kids at this school.

  • (7 years ago)

    Great? I am not sure that a word like great can be used. I will say okay at best. My child has had so far three uncaring teachers who are more involved with their own issues. Maybe it has been a bad run I do not know but I do not think I wish to put my childs education at stake.

  • (7 years ago)

    I have my third child at Buri the other two are graduates of Buri and doing great at their middle and high schools thanks to the great foundation of academics and moral they received from the great faculty at Buri Buri. Thank you Buri faculty and keep up the wonderful work.

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