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When can I tour the school?
Thursday mornings from October through January
How long are the tours?
Tours meet at 9:00 a.m. and end at 10 a.m.
Where do I meet my tour guide?
At the school's main office
Is an appointment necessary?
No appointment or reservation is necessary.
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About Student Population, Recess, Community, After School
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What is the breakdown of the student population? Currently, 482 students in 2011.
- 53% Latino
- 16% African-American
- 19% Caucasian
- 12% Asian/Other
Recess & Lunch
What is lunch like? Do the children eat together?
- All grades go to recess before eating lunch. This encourages hungry kids to eat their lunch and discourages those eager to go play to abandon their lunch for the playgrounds.
- Paid hot lunch is $3 & breakfast is $1.50. More information about MealPayPlus
- Yes, the children eat together, with three different lunch times for the school (K & 1, 2 & 3, 4 & 5 grades).
- Health Eating is Our Motto: We want to create a healthy food atmosphere and encourage healthy eating; families are asked not to include prepackaged foods (such as “Lunchables”), chips & sodas.
How many recesses will my child get a day?
Do the kids in different grades play together in the yard?
- Play areas are split up by time and location so that the 5th grade kids aren’t playing in the same space as the kindergarteners. In fact, the yellow play structure in the East Yard is only for the Kindergarteners.
Do the kids from Spanish Immersion interact with the kids from the GE program?
- Recess and lunch are combined, as well as some assemblies and field trips. But, the classes are not combined.
Library / Curriculum
How much access do the kids have to the computers in the library?
- Every other week during their classroom library visit
What can you tell me about the curriculum?
- Science: Inquiry through Sciences/Social Studies. Flynn is part of the District’s WISE (Working to Improve Science Education) program since 2004. This program focuses on providing teachers with the support, resources and training necessary to implement science instruction all year long.
- We are also working in collaboration with our local Mission Science Center. Each class will go on one or two field trips to the Mission Science Center. Workshops reflect curriculum and science standards for each grade. The center is also piloting a new "lending library" of science materials such as a variety of animal skulls, vertebrae and other bones, rocks, minerals and fossils. These materials will be kept on site for teachers to check-out as needed.
- Balanced Literacy: This year our teachers are working with the principal to implement the Balance Literacy approach.
- Common Core Curriculum for Math
Community & Problem Resolution
What is the school’s relationship with the LGBT community?
- We feel we are a true San Francisco-style school: Multilingual, diverse and open minded...we have teachers and staff of all backgrounds, LGBT families, and welcome all kinds of families (via Our Family meetings and through our interactions with the Bernal Heights community - for example at the Cortland Street fair). We truly want Flynn to be representative of the community and our city.
What is the school doing to ensure there is a good relationship between the Spanish speaking and non-Spanish speaking families?
We strive ensure language is not a barrier to parents working together to improve the educational experience of ALL children.
- All literature sent to parents is in both languages.
- PTA meetings are alternately held in Spanish and English with headphone translation.
While still a work in progress, efforts are being made to ensure that Flynn is representative of our community and that all families are welcome at Flynn and are able to participate in our community without barrier.
Is there room in the YMCA after-school care?
- Yes. Our YMCA program was started in 2003-04 and because it is still fairly new, there have been open spaces every year. Nothing is guaranteed, but it looks good for next year.
Is there room in the Afterschool Enrichment Program (CDC) or Mission Learning Center after school programs?
- Yes. Please contact the afterschool programs for more information.
What do they do in the YMCA after-school care?
- There is lots of time for free play, either in the KaBoom structure, or inside. But they will also help with homework, or do project based activities like art projects.
Entering from Cesar Chavez is noisy and discomforting.
- Your interaction with Flynn will generally be from Harrison Street, and if you drive here, you will either park on Precita Park which is lovely, or go through the “Drive Through” drop off area on Harrison. Once a student makes it past Alba at the Harrison Street gate, they are in the school for good – Alba is the gatekeeper.
Is access to the school secure? I'm concerned because Flynn is on busy Cesar Chavez.
- Access from Cesar Chavez is watched closely by teachers and parents at school. Younger children are excused from classrooms (to go to the restroom or office, for example) in pairs only.