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Buena Vista Horace Mann

School code number: 618
Grade level: K-8

  • K-5: 9:30 AM-3:45 PM (Thursdays: 2:30 PM)
  • 6-8: 8:15 AM-3:45 PM (Thursdays: 1:45 PM)

3351 23rd Street, San Francisco, CA, 94110
Neighborhood: Mission
Phone: (415) 695-5881
Fax: (415) 282-7869
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Principal: Jennifer Steiner

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    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.

    School Tours

    School tours are held Wednesdays and are coordinated and scheduled by the secretary. Call (415) 695-5881 between 8:00 AM to 3:45 PM.


    No uniforms. Please follow the dress code for SFUSD.

    Before-School Programs

    BVCC runs a before-school program from 7:00 to 9:10 AM for K-5 students.

    Afterschool Programs

    Jamestown Collaborative offers no-cost after school programs through ExCEL, including academic tutoring and enrichment. Buena Vista Child Care in partnership with Jamestown Community Center is also offered at no or low cost. Academic, enrichment, and recreation activities are open to all students. Activities include tutoring, homework assistance, music, art, dance, and cooking classes among others.

    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

    • Elementary school: PE, library, computer lab, dance, music, art. Students in grades 4 and 5 may take an instrument class if they desire. 
    • Middle school: one semester of art and one of choral music. Interscholastic sports include baseball, softball, basketball, volleyball, soccer and track

    School Day Academic Enrichment

    • Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program English language development or Spanish language development middle school seminars on Thursdays 
    • Education Outside 
    • Technology lab library

    Additional Info

    Active PTA promoting the arts in the school.