Mission

The mission of Matthew Turner School is to provide students with a positive and safe learning environment where students are encouraged to achieve to their highest potential, to become contributing members of our community, to be tolerant and respectful of others, and to be empowered with the knowledge and skills to shape their future.


Turner History

Matthew Turner was considered the greatest individual American shipbuilder of his time and the most prolific shipbuilder in North America during the 19th century having launched 159 vessels at his South San Francisco shipyard and 169 at his Benicia yard. He was awarded medals by Queen Victoria of England and King Haakon VII of Norway for bravery in rescuing seamen during storms at great danger to himself and his ship. A true humanitarian, Turner commissioned four new ships from his own retirement fund to help rebuild San Francisco after the 1906 earthquake and fire. Matthew Turner's ships were known to be extremely sea-worthy and fast. The dolphin was chosen to be Turner Elementary School's mascot because they possess the qualities of speed, intelligence and helpfulness valued by Matthew Turner himself.


Parent Reviews

"I think MT is a great school, with devoted teachers and kids who work hard and are respectful. I also feel the school is a safe place to grow and learn."
- Submitted by a parent in the 2015 Site Council Parent Survey

"I feel very fortunate to be able to work with the wonderful staff at MT."
- Submitted by a parent in the 2015 Site Council Parent Survey

"We really like the school and the wonderful teachers and staff. Thanks for all you do!"
- Submitted by a parent in the 2015 Site Council Parent Survey

"There are so many great things that go on at the school, I truly believe the staff care about our children and the parent/teacher partnership. I believe safety and fun are regarded very highly along with all aspects of learning."
- Submitted by a parent in the 2015 Site Council Parent Survey

"I have one child at Matthew Turner now and another one who graduated from the same school who is now in middle school. The teachers and school staff are absolutely wonderful. Curriculum is top notch, as evidenced by my middle schooler who is not only breezing through middle school but constantly on honor roll."
- Submitted by a parent in 2014 via GreatSchools.org