Common Questions

We hope that we have answered your questions about our wonderful school! If you still have questions, please contact the main office.

What is the tuition rate?

Elementary (Grades K - 5)
The elementary program is part of the San Francisco Unified School District, and like all public schools, it is free for all enrolled children when they enter the Kindergarten year. Our school's hours are 8:30am to 2:30pm.

Pre-K/Primary (Early Education Department)
The Early Education Department offers state-subsidized and tuition-based services to meet the needs of families. The pre-k primary program is open from 7:45am to 5:45pm year-round.

  • To be eligible for subsidized services, parents/guardians must meet income criteria and be employed, in training or in school, seeking employment, or incapacitated. Some families will pay a fee.
  • The tuition-based rate is the same as at all SFUSD Early Education Department Programs.
  • Tuition-based services are available to all families and spots are filled from a wait pool.

What after-school programs are available?

San Francisco Public Montessori offers both After-School Enrichment Classes and Language Programs in Spanish and Mandarin on-site from 2:30-6:00 pm. The program is year-round and follows the SFUSD calendar. All the programs have Montessori-knowledgeable instructors. Families must enroll in the program and may pay a fee, with financial assistance available for those who qualify. For more information call 415-749-3553 or contact the program director.

How many classrooms are there?

There are two Primary (pre-K) classrooms for ages 3-5, one kindergarten class (Elementary), one kindergarten-1st grade classroom, one 1st grade classroom, three 2nd grade-3rd grade classroom, one 4th grade classroom and one 4th-fifth grade classroom.

Who are the teachers?

All of our Elementary teachers hold California teaching credentials and are either Montessori certified or are currently enrolled in a Montessori training program. For more information about our teachers, paraprofessionals, and staff, please contact the office at (415) 749-3553.

How often are parent/teacher conferences?

Parent-teacher conferences are held once per semester, but you can schedule additional meetings with your child’s teacher at any time. Please remember that during the school day the teachers need to keep their focus on the children, so if you would like to speak to them or have questions for them you should leave them a note in their folder. They will be happy to get back to you at their earliest convenience.

Where can I see a list of school related events?

Events are publicized in several different ways. You'll find featured events on our school homepage, and you'll also find an Events & News section on this website. Public events are posted on our community Facebook page—please join us! Announcements are also posted to the bulletin board in the main hallway, and your child may bring them home.

How do I schedule my Enrollment Appointment?

Please visit the Enrollment section of our site for complete information—school tours may also be conveniently booked online!

When do new students and families meet the teachers?

You will schedule a time to meet your child’s teacher at your Enrollment Appointment.

How do I drop off and pick up my child?

There is a white zone at the front of the school on Jackson Street, where a group of dedicated parent volunteers provide a rolling drop-off service in the mornings. There is also a white zone on Webster St. If your child is a Pre-K student, you will need to park in order come in and sign your child in and out for the day. The parking lot on Webster is for faculty and staff only.

General parking (non-white zone) in the area is limited. Please allow plenty of time for drop off so that your child is on time for the start of their morning work period.

Is there a cafeteria in the new building?

Pre-K students eat their lunch in their classrooms, per Montessori tradition. Elementary students eat their lunch in our auditorium/multi-purpose room.

The Early Education Department provides lunch for all Primary children, or they may bring a lunch from home.

Children in elementary will be able to participate in SFUSD's School Lunch Program, or may bring a lunch from home. Check the SFUSD website to find out more about free and reduced lunches. Payment for lunch may be made at school or online through Mealpay Plus.

Please be aware that peanut products have been banned from our school, and no nuts of any kind are allowed in the Primary classrooms due to potentially serious allergic reactions by children.

What are some features of our new school location?

We have a new library, a new playground and a dedicated art room. Our PTA has funded a new garden teaching program on the play yard, and we are also planning a rooftop garden intended for our older students.

I’m a parent. How can I get involved?

We’re glad you asked! Learn more about how to get involved in the Support SFPM section of the website. And, check out all of the volunteer opportunities listed on the SFPM Family-Net Site.