Finding a great elementary school in San Francisco is quite the buzz for city parents. They’re curious and looking for answers to their many questions: “Which school is best? What about private school? Why is the lottery system so tough in San Francisco? What about charter schools?”
Rated 8 out of 10 by greatschools.org, the distinct honor of Spring Valley Science Elementary is located at Jackson Street and Hyde. My clients were excited to discover the school’s history, recognition, and many achievements. Founded in 1852, following the state’s admission to the Union in 1850, it was one of the seven schools established during the Gold Rush era and remains the oldest school in California. Of those original seven, Spring Valley Science—named for the spring discovered under it—is the only school left operating. However, the current building was built after the Great ‘Quake of 1906. Prominent San Francisco Businessman, Cyril Magnin, is a former and notable alumni of Spring Valley Science.
The school now serves grades K–5, 360 students per year, and offers after-school programs. Its average community rating, based on reviews from 14 school community members, shines with five-out-of-five stars. When it comes to extracurricular activities, Spring Valley is best known for is science and technology programs. It also claims to be the only elementary school in San Francisco focusing on the science education and critical thinking skills needed to properly prepare for live in the 21st century. With the institution of year-round homework assignments, the school has integrated effective study habits into its students’ daily routines. Spring Valley Science Elementary is a public school that—historically, architecturally, and academically—San Francisco can truly be proud of.