Paul Revere School Chalks Up Big Academic Gains

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.

The San Francisco Examiner reports:

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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6 Responses to Paul Revere School Chalks Up Big Academic Gains

  1. oddlaugh says:

    It would be interesting to see if gentrification has had an impact with this. I guess that would be easy enough to estimate, I think looking at how many students qualify for the free lunch program is how it is traditionally evaluated for this variable.

  2. clumsy says:

    The principal is raising a glass to celebrate.

    I kid, I kid….

  3. yeastbeast says:

    That’s nice but there’s still no chance I’d send my kid there.

  4. bernal-mummy says:

    no, gentrification has little to do with it. just like it has little to do at the other schools on the spreadsheet in the article. hard work, differentiation, pride, safety (emotionally and physical – via counselors, mentors and security) as well as literacy intervention ASAP play significant roles.

    a steadfast principal who believes the data and doesnt fear the drastic change of curriculum and math program didn’t hurt either.

    my kid is very happy there. there is a lot of joy at Paul Revere.

  5. arianne says:

    I will be at our booth supporting our school at the fiesta on the hill. please come
    say hello! donate for a cookie, or even bring me all your “box tops for education”

    we are concerned about the loss of the SIG money and when we hit an API of over 800 we also lose other perks (ha) of being a low performing school.

    a lot of people don’t know about Paul Revere and where it is – but it’s close! please support your local school. and eat a cookie.

    say hi!

    arianne

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