Dr. Charles R. Drew Alternative Elementary School
School code number: 507
Grade level: PreK-5
Hours: 7:50 a.m. - 1:50 p.m. (early release on Thursdays at 1 p.m.)
50 Pomona Avenue, San Francisco, CA, 94124
School Loop: dcdas-sfusd-ca.schoolloop.com
Principal: Marian Currell
Discover This School
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.
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School ToursCall 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
Before-School Programs7:30 to 7:50 a.m. with breakfast
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.
Special Education Programs
- Designated instructional services
- Resource specialist program
- Mild/moderate separate classes
Language ProgramsEnglish Plus Pathway
Student Support ProgramsFull time learning support professional (MSW), nurse, Edgewood partnership (teacher trainer, behavior coach, mental health consultant, primary intervention program and family resource coordinator), and collaboration with the Bayview Foundation.
Arts and Enrichment
Choral music, movement class, poetry, gardening, cooking, art, Aims music program, Spanish/ music program
School Day Academic Enrichment
Drew offers students many special programs and opportunities.
Library: Our library learning commons and our librarian collaborate with classroom teachers to offer lessons on online safety and college-ready research methods, as well as offering free-choice book borrowing to encourage the love of reading.
Technology: Computer instruction begins in PreK to enhance computer literacy and integrate technology into the curriculum. The early childhood program emphasizes literature-based reading instruction with studies of students' ethnic heritage, and it maintains an emphasis on active learning in all subjects.
Physical Education: We participate in Playworks (formerly Sports4Kids), where trained coaches organize inclusive recess and physical education activities. This comprehensive program teaches the life skills of cooperation, conflict resolution, and teamwork. Visual and performing arts are integrated throughout the curriculum.
Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA): The mission of the VAPA program focuses on equity, access and excellence in arts education for every student. Resources and offerings include stand-alone and interdisciplinary lessons in instrumental music, choir, and visual arts to teach students to harness the power of the imagination to prepare to participate in meaningful ways in their communities.
Parents and Families: In addition to providing our students with a variety of enriching programs, we believe in maintaining a strong positive relationship with families through many supportive programs. Parent meetings present actions and strategies that families can use to better support their scholars.