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Gordon J. Lau Elementary School

School code number: 490
Grade level: PreK-5
Hours: 8:40 a.m. - 2:40 p.m.

950 Clay Street, San Francisco, CA, 94108
Neighborhood: Chinatown
Phone: 415-291-7921
Fax: 415-291-7952
School Loop:
Principal: Gloria Choy

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Discover This School

At Gordon J. Lau Elementary, we believe that all children can learn. The primary goal of our school is to provide children with skills which will enable them to fulfill their potential as individuals and as responsible, successful, and contributing members of a global society. Our students are engaged in relevant learning which promotes retention and application to real life experiences. We believe in frequent and ongoing communication with parents. We also communicate, collaborate, and network with community agencies to benefit students and parents.

Gordon J. Lau School has a culturally and ethnically diverse student population. To meet the linguistic and academic needs of our limited English-proficient students, English Language Development and biliteracy (Chinese and Spanish) programs are offered at every grade level. We support our students with paraprofessionals, a literacy specialist and computers. We believe in validating, promoting, and celebrating cultural and linguistic diversity on a daily basis.

This school feeds into:

Marina Middle School

School Tours

Every Tuesday, 9:00 to 9:40 a.m. or by appointment



Afterschool programs

On-site after-school program: 2:40 to 6:00 p.m., grades K-5. Includes activities such as tutoring, arts, or field trips.

Special Education Programs

  • Designated instructional services
  • Resource specialist program

Language Programs

  • Cantonese
English Plus Pathway, Elementary Biliteracy Pathway (Cantonese K-5)

Student Support Programs

Care Team - SAP and SST process, individual and group therapy, on-site therapy from CCDC, food bank, Living Library, child care by Commodore Stockton

Arts and Enrichment

AIM program, symphony 

School Day Academic Enrichment

Computer literacy classes, library skills, instrumental music program, dance classes, arts program, 5th outdoor education