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Buena Vista Horace Mann K-8 Community School

School code number: 618
Grade level: K-8

  • K-5: 9:30 a.m.-3:45 p.m. (Thursdays: 2:30 p.m.)
  • 6-8: 8:15 AM-3:45 p.m. (Thursdays: 1:45 p.m.)

3351 23rd Street, San Francisco, CA, 94110
Neighborhood: Mission
Phone: 415-695-5881
Fax: 415-282-7869
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Principal: Richard Zapien

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Discover This School

Buena Vista Horace Mann celebrates the proud heritage of being San Francisco's oldest Spanish immersion elementary school, having served the community for more than a quarter of a century. The entire school is Spanish immersion. Our mission is to produce students who are not only bilingual and biliterate, but also have a strong sense of self, purpose, and place in our society. We are responsible, we are courteous, and we are safe! Cesar Chavez and Barack Obama's common message is heard quite frequently at Buena Vista Horace Mann as we connect the dots and unify over the "Si Se Puede! Yes we can!" philosophy of overcoming adversity.

We know that it is important to provide art, dance and performing opportunities for the children to motivate themselves and to get in touch with their creative spirits. It is important for students to become fully engaged in meaningful curriculum that allows them to showcase the skills learned during the school days. Joyful learners have knowledge of technology, are engaged in learning at all times and are provided with hands-on activities. Children have the opportunity to visit the Mission Science Center, where they can enjoy and experience the wonder of the scientific process and see science come alive. Teaching staff work collaboratively to address all curricular areas, ensure academic growth for our students, and create opportunities for our families to be fully informed, empowered, and actively engaged in their children's education.

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No uniforms. Please follow the dress code for SFUSD.

Before-school programs

Jamestown Community Center.

Afterschool programs

Jamestown Collaborative offers no-cost after school programs through ExCEL, including academic tutoring and enrichment.

Special Education Programs

  • Designated instructional services
  • Resource specialist program
  • Mild/moderate separate classes

Language Programs

  • Spanish
Dual Language Immersion Pathway (Spanish K-8)

Student Support Programs

Student assistant program (SAP) meets weekly to identify students who have additional needs. SSTs and IEPs held as needed. Two full-time counselors, a full-time nurse and a full-time LSP help to coordinate wrap around services. Partnerships with Institute provide mental health services. Intervention and tutoring for both reading and math is also available.


Dance and Movement

Arts and Enrichment

ES: PE, Library,Computer lab, dance, music, art. 4/5 students may take an instrument if they desire. MS gets a year long art class with an option to take an instrument or to opt out in 7th or 8th grade to take peer resources. Interscholastic sports which include: Baseball, Softball, Basketball, Volleyball, Soccer and Track

School Day Academic Enrichment

  • English language development or Spanish language development
  • Middle school seminars on Thursdays 
  • Education Outside 
  • Technology lab library