Parents and teachers at Horace Mann Middle School are furious that their students next fall will have to share their Mission district campus with high school students from a charter school.
They said Tuesday they were blindsided by the San Francisco Unified School District’s decision to merge campuses. Until last week, Horace Mann’s teachers and parents said they did not know that Metropolitan Arts and Technology High School was granted a one-year lease to share the campus at 23rd and Valencia streets.
Students will end up crammed, and it is not wise to mix middle school students with high school students, Horace Mann representatives said. The addition of 200 Metro students will nearly double the number of students on the campus.
Teachers and parents said they were most angry that they weren’t made aware of the decision to add Metro. They vehemently opposed the plan when it was brought up in April.
“Metro students knew about this before the parents at Horace Mann knew,” said Jose Ramos, the father of an eighth-grader at Horace Mann. “As a parent, I’m frustrated. We’ve been lied to.”
Superintendent Carlos Garcia said he was “equally frustrated” that the merger happened and that he doesn’t “oversee every single thing this district does.”