St Finn Barr Catholic School
San Francisco, CA 94112
About This School
In 2012, St Finn Barr Catholic School had 21 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The California average is 24 students per full-time equivalent teacher.
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St Finn Barr Catholic School Reviews
After a rough 6th grade year at a public middle school, we needed to find a better situation for our son, and we found it: St. Finn Barr Catholic School.
The principal is dedicated, dynamic, and approachable. She welcomed us to the school and treated our son’s concerns seriously and kindly.
The teachers know each of their students and truly care that each one succeeds. SFB tests at the beginning of the year, and it seems like that affects how the teachers approach their work: SFB teachers do not teach to the test, they teach the child. The curriculum is thoughtful, with college-like syllabuses, opportunities for extra credit, field trips, and a variety of approaches, including computer games and creative projects like poetry and drawing. And the science! A lab, a notebook, experiments, observations. Fabulous. The students are encouraged to behave kindly and to have respect for their teachers, their classmates, and themselves. No bullying! My son has relaxed noticeably, his confidence has increased, and he does better work.
My son is working hard, and he’s never been happier in school, ever. How many middle-schoolers can say that? We love SFB and we only wish we had enrolled our son sooner.
While the school needs some sprucing up, it's a very cool community, the principal is great, and the teaching staff are very devoted. Most have been at the school five or more years. The Vice-Principal and Kinder teacher, Karen O'Reilly went to St Finn Barr and has been teaching at the school for 25 years. My son loves it here and has made many new friends. We've gotten to know several of the parents as well, and really feel a sense of community. The best part is my son is getting a top-notch education. Overall, I highly recommend St Finn Barr.