About Us

An Extraordinary School

Grattan Elementary is a small, vibrant K-5 public school located in the Cole Valley neighborhood of San Francisco, California. We offer a solid, structured program with an emphasis on developing basic skills, supplemented with extra programs in arts and sciences.

Our school believes in a balanced approach to the development of the whole child. We foster critical thinking skills, nurture social and emotional growth, encourage respect for self and others, and inspire a lifelong love of learning. We implement anti-bullying and conflict-management curriculum for all students, with an emphasis on Restorative Practices.

 

THE GRATTAN WAY

Our students are all taught The Grattan Way:

Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be Kind.

This is an important school philosophy that guides the Grattan community. While all of our students embrace The Grattan Way, many will be "Caught in the Act" of doing so. On Mondays, Principal Cate Walter reads the names of all the children who were "caught" exemplifying The Grattan Way, and those children take a well-deserved bow. This ritual is one way that our school builds and nurtures community, creating a solid foundation for our use of Restorative Practices.

 

COMMUNITY

Community-building activities are an integral part of Grattan School, with frequent family events such as potlucks, festivals, and evening assemblies. Favorite yearly events include our Film Fest and Halloween Carnival in October, our Holiday Sing-Along in December, and our School Dance and Fun Fest in the spring.

 

TECHNOLOGY

Grattan has a state-of-the-art technology lab that is maintained by a trained, full-time paraprofessional. All students have weekly access to the lab and work on educational projects and publishing applications, as well as software applications, including Mavis Beacon, Rosetta Stone, Final Cut Pro, Kid Pix, and more. A newly renovated library provides a special place for the children to expand their skills and imagination.

 

GREENING

We are proud of our award-winning, innovative composting and recycling programs. All students participate in gardening activities that promote earth-friendly practices that will last a lifetime. We have several gardening spaces, including an "outdoor classroom" on our campus. We dig, we plant, and we nurture our seedlings. We even cook and eat the food that we grow!

 

ENRICHMENT

Our PTA supports the enrichment of all our students by funding our computer tech consultant, P.E. consultant, gardening instructor, choral music instructor, storyteller, after-school programs, and so much more!

 

VOLUNTEERING

Grattan’s parent participation has surged in the past few years. Parents are welcome and encouraged to volunteer in many different capacities. Many parents choose to help out in the library, classrooms, gardens, on field trips, and during the lunch+recess hour. Other parents devote their time and energy to various committees, including Greening, Inclusion, Literacy, Welcoming, Fundraising, and After-School Enrichment. Still others enjoy planning school events and traditions, like our Kindergarten Milk & Cookies, Film Fest, Fun Fest, and Graduation.

 

AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

Grattan has been recognized by the San Francisco School Volunteer Program and has received several awards and designations over the past few years, including being named a 2014 California Distinguished School.

 

If you have questions about how to apply to Grattan and other SFUSD schools, please visit the SFUSD website.

Our School Logo

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The Grattan logo was designed in 2003 by a fourth-grade student named Hung Su, who was newly arrived from Cambodia. When asked to describe her logo, she wrote, "The big G is for our school community. The star symbolizes our children, because they are all stars. The hands show the support of our teachers and adults. The birds show our journey toward independence. And the planet signifies our place in this universe."