Skip Navigation  
View of Jose Ortega from above

Jose Ortega Elementary School

School code number: 746
Grade level: PreK-5
Hours: -

400 Sargent Street, San Francisco, CA, 94132
Neighborhood: Ocean View
Phone: 415-469-4726
Fax: 415-584-7972
Principal: Benjamin Klaus

School Data

Watch videos explaining our new social-emotional and culture-climate indicators.

Discover This School

View of Jose Ortega ES from a distance Front of Jose Ortega ES with a welcome back message Architect's rendering of Jose Ortega ES after construction

Group of students having PE class outside Play structure Kindergarten block area

Calendars for kindergarten Kindergarten group area Kindergarten play kitchen

Kindergarten listening corner Kindergarten play area Kindergarten reading corner

Kindergarten science corner Jose Ortega's library First grade classroom

Fourth grade classroom

Jose Ortega Elementary School, a culturally diverse school, provides a rich, stimulating program that challenges all students to reach their fullest potential. Teachers use a variety of instructional strategies to fit the needs of all students. Students, parents, and staff work cooperatively to sustain a positive school climate. We strive to communicate honestly with parents in a culture of service. There are numerous opportunities for parent involvement in school activities such as Family Nights, the Greening Team, UMOJA Cultural Day, Lunar New Year Events and Dia De Los Muertos.
We offer many programs to accommodate all of our students. Our Mandarin Immersion program helps students develop Mandarin language skills. Our Full Inclusion, RSP and Speech programs ensure that children in Special Education have their Individual Education Plans met. Our Special Day Pre-K Program provides a structured curriculum for 3, 4, and 5 year olds that qualify for the mild/moderate program. We believe that a high and equitable level of student achievement can be achieved by having easy access to mental health services.
Many opportunities augment the academic curriculum at Ortega. Students receive 100 minutes of physical education weekly. Our community garden and our greening projects are connected with science education. The Stonestown YMCA runs an onsite afterschool program that provides a nurturing environment for our students. Additional programs offered at Ortega include social awareness programs (penny and can drives), performance opportunities, kickball and cheerleading teams, Ocean's week, and the 5th grade camping trip.

This school feeds into:

Aptos Middle School

School Tours

9am on Tuesdays from Oct. to January. An appointment is necessary; please call the office so we can arrange a parent tour guide to show you the school. Also, please let us know if a translator is required.


Navy blue cardigans/sweat jackets, navy blue pants (no jeans), navy blue jumpers, navy blue, light blue or white collared shirts or blouses, and white or blue socks.

Before-school programs

Breakfast is served from 7:30 to 8:15 AM.

Special Education Programs

Special Day PreK

Language Programs

  • Mandarin Dual Language Immersion

Student Support Programs

  • Mentoring
  • Family liaison
  • Social worker

Arts Enrichment

  • Arts residency
  • Ceramics
  • Gardening
  • Writing or poetry
  • Visual and performing arts (grades PreK-5)
  • Instrumental music (grades 4-5)

School Day Academic Enrichment

  • Computer carts
  • English literacy interventionist
  • Science lab
  • STEAM (science; technology; engineering; arts; mathematics)