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  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Teachers
    B-
Buena Vista Horace Mann K-8 is a public school located in San Francisco, CA. It has 589 students in grades K-8 with a student-teacher ratio of 19 to 1. According to state test scores, 28% of students are at least proficient in math and 32% in reading.

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
32%
Percent Proficient - Math
28%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    D
  2. Good for Families
    A-
  3. Housing
    C-
Median Household Income
$110,190
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,697
National
$949
Median Home Value
$927,226
National
$184,700

Students

Diversity
B+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
589
Free or Reduced Lunch
64%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
19:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$56,548
Teachers in First/Second Year
13.8%
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My family has been at the school for 5 years and every year I'm more impressed by the quality of teaching and most importantly, the learning outcomes for my child. For example, this year, our child has grown into a little mathematician. Their teacher is quite skilled at differentiating curriculum to ensure students remained challenged whether they're gaining proficiency or approaching mastery. I highly recommend 826 Valencia; it truly is a gem of a partnership. The level of arts enrichment exceeds many other schools. If you're a middle school family the offerings are equally engaging and impressive. Perhaps most importantly, it's a small cohort of students. Whereas Denman as close to 800 students enrolled in their middle school, our school has about 200. Our graduates go onto Mission HS, Lowell and SOTA. The school is not without its flaws but there's much more to the community than standardized test scores bear out.
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What’s puzzling about this school is that it has been around for quite some time but lacks basic systems to ensure student success. There’s little to no support for academic mastery but the school will have a homeless shelter for the 8% of families experiencing homelessness. Parent engagement is dwindling and the best schools in sf have high parent participation. This school reflects many of the difficult challenges facing the school district as a whole: teacher turn over due to cost of living, impoverished families whose main priority isn’t necessarily getting an education. The school is a great choice if you’re not so concerned with getting a high quality education but want more social emotional support for your child. Emphasis on social emotional support seems to be the primary emphasis in California schools.
The dirty secret of BVHM is that it is no longer a premiere Spanish Immersion school but a school with students with so many problems, little learning is happening. About 1/3 of the school is homeless or experiencing trauma the school district is creating a homeless shelter on site to support families.Teachers and the administration spend most of their time managing these “problem students” that there is very little left for fostering an environment of learning and parents are leaving the school.