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Dr. Charles R. Drew College Preparatory Academy

School code number: 507
Grade level: PreK-5
Hours: 7:50 a.m. - 1:55 p.m. (early release on Thursdays at 1 p.m.)

50 Pomona Avenue, San Francisco, CA, 94124
Neighborhood: Bayview
Phone: 415-330-1526
Fax: 415-822-9210
Principal: Vidrale Franklin
School bus from zip codes: 94124, 94107, 94134

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Play structure Overview of the classroom Shelves for building blocks

Student sitting on a train they put together

Dr. Charles Drew College Preparatory Academy offers a challenging learning environment for students in PreK through 5th grade. The teaching staff works collaboratively to offer an academically challenging curriculum and foster the emotional and social growth of each child.


As a Bayview/Hunter’s Point Dream School, we understand that our students’ success ultimately depends on the shared responsibility of families, staff, and student scholars. All stakeholders will demonstrate an ongoing commitment:

  • To establish and maintain an environment of kindness and mutual respect. Students will become independent problem solvers through making positive choices and practicing conflict resolution.
  • To hold all students to their highest level of social development and academic achievement.
  • To differentiate instruction and engage each scholar through culturally responsive teaching of the Common Core State Standards.

Pre-kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten: The early childhood education program emphasizes literature-based reading instruction with studies of the students’ ethnic heritage, and it maintains an emphasis on active learning in all subjects.


Language Arts: At Dr. Charles Drew our approach to teaching reading and writing is balanced.  We focus both on basic skills and strategies, as well as the habits and practices required for life-long learning.  For the 2014-15 school year, our school-wide focus is oral language development and academic conversations.  Oral language development provides our youngest scholars with an important foundation for developing a literate life.  Academic conversations build on this foundation and promote critical thinking in both reading and writing.  Our hope is that scholars from Dr. Charles Drew will become adults who use reading, writing, and thinking to make the world a more joyful and equitable place.

Math: At Charles Drew, our teachers incorporate the 8 Mathematical Practices (of proficient math students) on a daily basis.  For example, the teachers at Charles Drew support a culture where all math thinking is visible.  Teachers fine tune their questioning skills to elicit more student talk opportunities.  All Scholars are held accountable for thinking and responding to others. As a site, we are most concerned with students’ ability to apply newly acquired knowledge to different situations.  All math thinking is “mined” for learning opportunities – instead of just looking for right/wrong answers.  Based on our collective knowledge of the “Growth Mindset,” teachers use formative assessments to provide task-centered feedback vs. ego-based feedback.  Task centered feedback helps to move the learning forward.  All student errors represent gifts, or collective learning opportunities.

Science: Our science program provides opportunities for our scholars to develop understanding and skills necessary to be productive problem solvers. We use the FOSS program, which involves hands on exploration, investigation, and inquiry. A variety of presentation models accommodate different learning styles. Our scholars are given opportunities to interact and share ideas with their peers. In fourth and fifth grade, this expands to include outdoor education, an annual science project fair, and field trips to the Exploratorium and the Academy of Sciences.

Our rigorous academic program includes social studies instruction through literature with a focus on social justice, interdisciplinary projects, and quarterly field trips.

At Dr. Charles Drew, every Thursday afternoon is devoted to teacher and staff development so that we can continuously reflect on and improve our practice. 

This school feeds into:

Brown Middle School and A.P. Giannini Middle School

School Tours

Call school for times and dates.


  • Boys: Black pants (no jeans), white collared shirt/polo, black belt, burgundy sweater or vest, all-black shoes 

  • Girls: Black skirt, jumper or pants, white collared shirt/polo/peter pan collar, burgundy sweater or vest, all black shoes

School Meals

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Afterschool supper

Before-school programs

7:30 to 7:50 a.m. with breakfast

Afterschool programs

The after-school programs extend the academic program, onsite through EED and YMCA, and off-site with Boys & Girls Club.

SFUSD Early Education Department Out of School Time 
Program: Pre-K & K-5th grade, 7:30AM-5:30PM, (415) 330-1546.

Arts Enrichment

  • Cooking or home economics
  • Gardening

Choral music, movement class, poetry, gardening, cooking, art, Aims music program, Spanish/ music program

School Day Academic Enrichment

  • Computer carts
  • Computer lab
  • Technology teacher
  • Tutoring in school