Amid protests by angry parents outside the school and the public spectacle of a drunk-driving arrest in Marin, it’s been a difficult year for Sheila Sammon Milosky, the principal of the Paul Revere School in Bernal Heights. But on the bright side, the scores are in, and academic performance at Paul Revere has improved dramatically.
Principal Sheila Sammon and her staff and students at Paul Revere Elementary School have something to celebrate.
The K-8 school in San Francisco’s Bernal Heights neighborhood made the largest gain among The City’s elementary schools in the Academic Performance Index to put them within reach of the state’s performance target for the first time in its history.
Revere, along with three-quarters of the schools in the San Francisco Unified School District, celebrated gains in the test scores released Thursday by the California Department of Education. API is a state progress report that tracks year-to-year improvement. [...]
Revere, where the API score rose from 683 to 753, has been making gains for years, which Sammon credits to students, staff and the focus on achievement that the Superintendent Zones allow.
“We were in the 5 percent of persistently low-performing schools,” Sammon said. “But we’ve had resources with the School Improvement Grants and the Superintendent’s Zones and we’ve obtained consistent gains each year. No one can call us a persistently low-performing school anymore.”
Sammon gives credit to her school’s teachers.
“Our teachers are reluctant to take personal responsibility,” she said. “They are coming at 6 a.m. and they leave at 6 p.m. They’re dedicated and they are passionate, and they really should be proud of the results.”
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