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Lawton Alternative School (K8)

School code number: 676
Grade level: K-8
Hours: K-5: 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.; Middle School: 9:00 a.m. - 3:16 p.m.

1570 31st Avenue, San Francisco, CA, 94122
Neighborhood: Outer Sunset
Phone: 415-759-2832
Fax: 415-759-2842
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Principal: Armen G. Sedrakian

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Discover This School

We, the Lawton community, encourage academic excellence, critical thinking, tolerance and strength of character. Through scholarship, creativity, exploration and service, we grow individually and as a community. We are committed to educating the whole child with respect, responsibility, and compassion. It is the mission of Lawton Alternative School to produce students who achieve academic excellence, exhibit good character, explore personal interests, and acquire the necessary habits of mind and behavior that enable them to attain high personal, education and career aspirations. We want students to feel welcome, safe, and free to ask questions.

Our teachers design lesson plans that maximize the opportunities for our students to become actively involved in mastering the specific subject matter. Our dedicated teachers also maintain regular communication with students' parents and involve parents in their children's education. Teachers provide progress reports to parents in addition to regular report cards. Information to parents focuses on assessments, achievement data, meeting standards, and completion of requirements for grade level and promotion. Teachers at Lawton create classrooms that are responsive to all diverse learners. They engage students in discussion, debate, creative thinking, questioning, and teamwork, and promote relationship building and interdependence.

This school feeds into:

Lawton K-8 School

School Tours

School tours are on Tuesday and Thursday at starting at 9:25 a.m. from October to mid-January.   Please call (415) 759-2832 to make an appointment for a tour or sign up on Eventbrite at:  If you'd like to speak with a current parent, please send an email to



Before-School Programs

K.E.E.P - Fee-based AM and PM childcare. Call (415) 681-0390 or (415) 661-9891 for more details.

Afterschool Programs

P.R.I.D.E.: 3:15 to 6:00 PM. Offered at no cost to grades 3-8 via an application process.

Special Education Programs

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

Language Programs

English Plus Pathway

Student Support Programs

K-8 counselor, learning support professional.


Middle school boys/girls athletics program: basketball, baseball, volleyball and track

Arts and Enrichment

Artists-in-residency for dance and theatre, literary, and fine arts; music teacher for performing arts; and partnership with the San Francisco Ballet and the San Francisco Symphony-Adventures In Music Program.

School Day Academic Enrichment

Our classrooms emphasize literature-based reading instruction, hands-on math, experiments in science, interdisciplinary projects, computer literacy, visual and performing arts with artists, service learning and fieldtrips to extend learning.

Additional Info

Librarian on site 3 days/week