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James Lick Middle School

School code number: 634
Grade level: 6-8
Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

1220 Noe Street, San Francisco, CA, 94114
Neighborhood: Noe Valley
Phone: 415-695-5675
Fax: 415-695-5360
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Principal: Apolinar "Paul" Quesada

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Our mission at James Lick Middle School is to support and nurture our students, encouraging them to challenge and overcome institutional limitations, realize their own potential, and achieve high expectations. Our students will be informed, active participants and conscientious leaders within their local and global communities. We offer a range of opportunities to prepare our students for the 21st Century. We have an exciting visual and performing arts program which includes art, dance, music (choral and rock), and leadership. Our students perform in our school assemblies, a musical, and local events. Our Spanish Immersion Program promotes bilingualism, biculturalism, and biliteracy. In addition, students enjoy trips to universities and grade level trips (ropes course, UFW, camping etc.) to develop a college-bound, future-oriented culture.

We stand firm in our commitment to support students' development of leadership skills so that they can make a positive impact on their local and global communities. Students can become involved and develop leadership skills through programs such as Student Council, Youth Outreach Workers, Safe School Ambassadors, and Peer Resources.. A diverse group of students have a voice in the school and provide community service by participating as Youth Outreach Workers, Safe School Ambassadors, Student Council members, SSC representatives, National Junior Honor Society participants, and conflict mediators. We believe that parents are critical partners in the education of our children. The school has a parent room which serves as a place where parents can come to meet other parents and participate in monthly Principal Chats. We have very active parent groups, and welcome many parent involvement and we're always looking for ways to increase parent participation from all our families. Our parent liaison is dedicated to providing parents with important information regarding school matters that impact our students and to serving as a link between school staff and parents.

This school is fed by:

Alvarado ES, Flynn ES, Glen Park ES, Harte ES, Mission Education Center, Muir ES

School Tours

Every Tuesday at 9 a.m., please call in advance


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Afterschool programs

3:30 to 6:00 p.m. Jamestown

Special Education Programs

  • Designated instructional services
  • Resource specialist program
  • Mild/moderate separate classes
  • Moderate/severe separate classes

Language Programs

  • Spanish

English Plus Pathway, Secondary Dual Language Pathway (Spanish 6-8)

Student Support Programs

826 Valencia, SF Promise, Peer Resources, Horizons, Instituto Familiar, First Graduate, Jamestown


Interscholastic sports which include: baseball, softball, basketball, volleyball, soccer, and track

Arts and Enrichment

Visual arts, dance, music, drama, design

School Day Academic Enrichment

All academic classes have students with a range of abilities and their needs are met through rigorous, open-ended lessons that engage and challenge students at their level.