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James Denman Middle School

School code number: 632
Grade level: 6-8
Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

241 Oneida Avenue, San Francisco, CA, 94112
Neighborhood: Outer Mission
Phone: 415-469-4535
Fax: 415-585-8402
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Principal: Teresa Shipp

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Discover This School

Our vision for James Denman Middle School is that all members of our learning community will be literate, motivated, respectful, and independent thinkers. We commit to creating a safe, non-competitive environment in classrooms—getting to know individual students—their families, skills, and talents. Our experienced teachers demonstrate, encourage, and expect respect in the classroom. They challenge each student to work hard and learn from others.

We believe that a joyful learner is one who is challenged just enough to feel like he/she has accomplished something real. The concept of a joyful learner needs to be applied not only to the students, but to the staff and the parent community as well. We aim for adventure in learning. James Denman is building partnerships with community members in bringing in choir and music production programs like digital music making and connecting it to mathematics. We are also focusing on character development through giving our students leadership opportunities. Student government is active with more than 20 participants. They work on improving student climate, bringing equity into their school, and improving the school's environment. Our school community is active in our own service projects—such as improving our school environment; creating bulletin board themes and murals; gardens, and recycling/composting. Our school community welcomes and supports active parent participation through a variety of involvement opportunities.

This school is fed by:

Lakeshore ES, Longfellow ES, Miraloma ES, Sheridan ES, Sunnyside ES

School Tours

Every Tuesday from October through February at 10 a.m. Call to schedule tour.


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Afterschool Programs

ExCEL program: no cost, Mon-Fri from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m. Call 415-292-3027 for more information.

Special Education Programs

  • Designated instructional services
  • Resource specialist program
  • Separate classes with a focus on services for emotional disturbance
  • Mild/moderate separate classes
  • Moderate/severe separate classes

Language Programs

English language support classes as well as long-term support

Student Support Programs

Restorative practices and Response to Intervention (RTI) are fully embraced and utilized at Denman.


Denman is competitive and has a rich athletics program.

Arts and Enrichment

We offer a variety of electives including media arts, visual arts, band and orchestra

School Day Academic Enrichment

Denman offers AVID (college prep course), PEP (diverse leadership course), Peer Resources and SPARK (SF internship program)

Additional Info

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