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César Chávez Elementary School

School code number: 603
Grade level: PreK-5
Hours: 8:40 a.m. - 1:40

825 Shotwell Street, San Francisco, CA, 94110
Neighborhood: Mission
Phone: 415-695-5765
Fax: 415-695-5843
Principal: Jennifer Freeman; Assistant Principal Jimmy Lopez

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Discover This School

Driving through the heart of the Mission District, it is difficult to miss the rich and vibrant murals of César Chávez Elementary School. Incorporated in these multi-colored images are the core values that this school community strives for: excellence in academic achievement, respect for diversity, and strength in character and personal growth. At César Chávez, every member of our staff and community holds high expectations for all students' academic success—a ¡sí se puede! philosophy. We do this because we know our work is part of a movement to ensure that all people are treated with dignity and respect and are given opportunities to succeed in life. We recognize and build on our students' strengths. For many of them, that is the knowledge of another language. We firmly believe that our students deserve the empowerment of biliteracy.

We focus on a rigorous academic program emphasizing reading, writing, math, science, and the arts. At César Chávez, we know that teaching is not simply about the standards—and that high expectations aren't enough. We must also know the whole child and provide individualized support. We recognize and build on our students' strengths. Our dedicated and caring staff of teachers and support staff work together to provide a safe and nurturing environment for learning. Our teachers use a variety of engagement strategies to engage students and help them learn grade-level standards. These provide equity by giving each child many opportunities to express opinions and practice skills. We know that when effective and responsive instruction is happening, our classrooms are filled with the sounds of children conversing, laughing, and asking questions. These are the sounds of learning at César Chávez Elementary School.

We believe that every member of the school community is responsible for every child. There are regular check-ins to this aim. Partnering our efforts with a committed parent community, César Chávez Elementary School, like its namesake, works toward a better future for all our children. We want to listen to the dreams of those we serve on a daily basis.

This school feeds into:

Everett Middle School

School Tours

Tours arranged through Parent Liaison or Community Schools Coordinator and held Friday mornings 9:15 - 10:00 a.m. or by appointment. Call school to make an appointment, 415-695-5765.


White shirt/blouse, navy blue pants/skirt/jumper and comfortable shoes.

School Meals

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Afterschool supper

Before-school programs

Supervised recess from 8:00 - 8:35 - Playworks

Jamestown Phoenix Risers - 7 am -8:30 fee based.

Afterschool programs

  • Jamestown/ExCEL program by application, free to families: 3:00-6:00 p.m. offering homework assistance, academic support, recreational activities and enrichment opportunities; Site-based Homework Help/Tutoring; Reading Partners reading support. 
  • Boys & Girls Club @ Columbia Park 
  • Boys & Girls Club @ Mission Clubhouse 
  • PI Deaf/Hard of Hearing
  • Jamestown Beacon program. Partnerships with Boys and Girls Club, Mission Girls and Precita Center.

Special Education Programs

Separate classes with a focus on services for deafness and hearing impairment: PreK to 5 (total communication)

Student Support Programs

  • Family liaison
  • On-site nurse
  • Student adviser
  • Social worker
  • Therapist

Arts Enrichment

PreK-5 Visual arts, music and dance; 4th-5th Grade: instrumental music and collaboration with community partners such as 826 Valencia and Streetside Stories. **NEW**Mariachi development Program for 4/5 graders.

School Day Academic Enrichment

  • Mission Science Workshop program