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CurriculumsAmerican and Russian
Languages of instructionEnglish and Russian
Age RangeAges 5 to 14
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Quick summary of key school information

Language of instruction English and Russian
Native English and Russian teachers
Extra languages (other than English and Russian)
Class sizes Average 10 students / class
Maximum 12 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
School's webpage:

This school does not make their fees public for the academic year 2020/2021.

Address: San Francisco Pacific Academy 3301 Balboa Street San Francisco, CA 94121, USA
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Number of students

About 100

Number of nationalities represented in the school

Most of our students are Caucasian and many are from mixed-descent families, hailing from at least one first-generation immigrant parent from the following countries in 2019-2020: USA, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Uzbekistan, Moldova, Latvia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Japan, Peru, Lebanon, Azerbaijan, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Germany and Italy (a total of 18 countries). Some families claim a “multiple” identity on the school’s demographic data collection surveys. English and Russian are the most commonly spoken languages among SFPA’s originally bilingual families.

Most common nationality

USA, Russia, Ukraine

Max. number of students per class

12

Average number of students per class

10

Does the school employ teaching assistants?

No

Native English and Russian speaking teachers

Yes

Use of technology in the classroom

Projectors, laptops, TVs in K-2, laptops and projectors in 3-8

Is the school ready to use virtual classrooms when needed? (e.g. teaching lessons online if the school is closed, e.g. during COVID-19 closures)

We offer live online classes on core subjects like English, Russian, Math, Science, Social Studies, Geography and History.
In addition, in K-2, there are online Art and Music classes

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

Yes

Approximate hours of homework given

It depends on age, grade, subject and language fluency of a student.

Uniform required

Yes

Waiting list

Yes

Entry evaluation for students

Yes

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

Ongoing

Students can join after academic year begins

Yes

External examinations or assessments available

Unit tests and quizzes, CTP5 test for grades 4-7, SSAT test for grade 8

Results in these examinations

Beginning in 4th grade, SFPA administers a standardized achievement test called Comprehensive Testing Program (CTP5). The test is designed specifically for high-achieving schools and schools wishing to set high standards, therefore is used by the nation’s most rigorous academic schools.
We are extremely proud to compare outstanding test results of our students who are among the top score takers, ranking among the top 1% nationwide in math, and the top 10% nationwide in all areas. The results are even more impressive if it is kept in mind that most of students who start SFPA in Kindergarten, have very little or no command of English at all.

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

No

School bus service available

No

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

No

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

More challenging assignments, participation in in-school, city and state championships and tournaments ( math and science)

School start time

9:00 am

School finish time

3:30 pm

Supervised care before/after school

Yes, we provide morning care from 8:00 am to 9:00 am, and afternoon care until 5:30pm

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

Chess, art, dance, fencing, Lego robotics, computer programming

School provided lunches

Yes, hot lunches

Food alternatives for special dietary needs (ie. vegan, kosher, halal etc)

No

Sports activities included

Physical Education Classes

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

No

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

San Francisco Pacific Academy introduces students to the cultural heritage through a rigorous bilingual curriculum with a strong emphasis in math and languages.
Our school is fully accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges ( ACS WASC), the organization serving as the accrediting body for the western United States.

Teaching approach of the school

OUR MISSION is to provide a motivating and challenging high-quality educational program that inspires students to academic success. We achieve this by offering a curriculum emphasizing higher level mathematics as well as written and oral communication skills in several languages. Our interdisciplinary, hands-on approach takes place in a safe, orderly and nurturing multicultural environment which promotes intellectual development and responsibility.

To accomplish its mission, the school makes every effort to:

Teach toward mastery of the basic skills.
Encourage the love of reading and writing in both languages.
Promote critical thinking and problem solving in both languages.
Improve social skills (i.e. self-control, self-esteem, self-respect, self-motivation, conflict resolution, cultural diversity awareness, and acceptance).
OUR GOAL is to prepare students to be confident, goal-oriented lifelong learners in order to succeed in today’s multi-national society.

OUR VISION is to become the premier K-8 private school in the Bay Area where all students are given the opportunity to exceed national norms.

OUR PHILOSOPHY

Student achievement is the chief priority of the school.
Literacy in a bilingual environment prepares our students to meet the needs and challenges of the twenty-first century.
All students can learn.

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