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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. or 2:15 p.m. on Tuesdays

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

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Discover This School

Gordon J. Lau will continue its longstanding tradition of advocacy and service in the Chinatown community, offering all students a relevant, standards-aligned curriculum that challenges them to think, question, and prepare for success in middle school and beyond. Being in the heart of Chinatown, we are proud to be first to welcome newcomers and English Learner families as they transition into a new culture. Parents enroll in our school because the majority of staff speak multiple languages. We have a very veteran staff with very little turnover each year. Even though our school is the largest elementary school in the district, we try to meet the needs of every student.

This school feeds into:

Marina Middle School

School Tours

9:30 a.m. Tuesdays (October to April)



School Meals

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Afterschool supper

Afterschool programs

We have 2 on-site after school programs: Chinatown YMCA and Commodore Stockton Children Center. Other neighborhood after school programs also pick up from our school: Cameron House, Salvation Army, etc.

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

  • Resource specialist program (RSP)

Language Programs

  • Cantonese Biliteracy Pathway

Student Support Programs

  • Mentoring
  • Social worker
  • Therapist

Arts Enrichment

  • Arts residency
  • Dance
  • Drumming
  • Gymnastics
  • Performing arts
  • Theater
  • Visual arts
AIM program, symphony 

School Day Academic Enrichment

  • Computer carts
  • English literacy interventionist
  • Technology teacher
  • Tutoring in school