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Alvarado Elementary School

School code number: 420
Grade level: TK-5
Hours: 7:50 a.m. - 1:50 p.m.

625 Douglass Street, San Francisco, CA, 94114
Neighborhood: Noe Valley
Phone: 415-695-5695
Fax: 415-695-5447
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Principal: Dr. Laurie Murdock

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Discover This School

Alvarado is more than a school; we are a community. We are a School of Languages, a School of Arts, and a School of Cultures and Social Justice. Our mission is to reach and teach the heart and soul of the child through fertile academic and art programs. We rely on our strong belief in community, equity, and the transformative power of education to empower our students to achieve their full potential. Alvarado offers a quality general education as well as an award-winning Spanish-English Dual Immersion Program. We are committed as a community of learners to the academic, social, and emotional growth of every student. We celebrate our diversity and are proud of the warmth in our halls.

Social justice is embedded in our curriculum and is promoted through assemblies such as Latino Pride, Gay Pride, Spoken Word, and Women's History. In a safe and fair classroom environment, joyful, students thrive on an engaging, challenging yet accessible curriculum. Our teachers employ a variety of meaningful, authentic strategies and activities that address the variety of learning styles of all students. This is accomplished through the use of our arts program to teach across the curriculum. We keep our promises to students and families when we have an open dialogue among all of the members of the community—communicating needs, responsibilities, and results. We actively embrace the cultures and languages of our families through cultural events and encourage parent volunteers of many languages and cultures.

This school feeds into:

James Lick Middle School

School Tours

Tuesdays at 8:15 a.m. during enrollment period. Tours in Spanish available. Reserve for tours online at


We have no official uniform, but our school colors are red and white.  The school mascot is the Alvarado cougar.

Before-school programs

Breakfast served daily starting at 7:30AM.  Fifth grade safety patrol assists with morning drop off.  Morning PE and circle time school-wide for special celebrations and singing.

Afterschool programs

Alvarado After School is one of SFUSD's largest, most comprehensive after school programs in the city, run by GLO.  We offer over 120 scholarships through the Excel program allowing many of our students to attend for free.  We also have a wide range of parent-run clubs including art, sewing, running, computer coding, yearbook, photography, foreign language etc.

Special Education Programs

  • Designated instructional services
  • Resource specialist program
  • Moderate/severe separate classes

Language Programs

  • Spanish
English Plus Pathway, Elementary Dual Language Immersion Pathway (Spanish K-5)

Student Support Programs

The Student Assistant Program (SAP) meets weekly to support students with needs impacting their education. Student Support Team meetings, which include parents, are held as needed. Reading Recovery, Reading Partners and Literacy tutors provide support for literacy building. Math tutoring provides support and and enrichment. Sand Play Therapists and a half-time LSP support students in the social-emotional realm.

Arts and Enrichment

We offer a 2D/3D Arts elective class, Orff music sessions for all grades and small group instrumental music instruction in grades 4 and 5.  Each classroom performs in at least one school-wide assembly a year.  We also hold an annual weekend Dia de los Muertos Art Workshop in October for families that is widely attended.

School Day Academic Enrichment

All students receive computer instruction by our technology teacher in an updated computer lab and library instruction in our newly remodeled school library.  We also offer distinct lab science taught by a science contractor for all grades in the science lab.  Students in grades K-2 take home weekly Science Sacks over the weekend.