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Starr King Elementary School

School code number: 838
Grade level: PreK-5
Hours: 8:40 a.m. - 1:40 p.m. on Thursdays

1215 Carolina Street, San Francisco, CA, 94107
Neighborhood: Potrero Hill
Phone: 415-695-5797
Fax: 415-695-5338
Principal: Darlene Elizabeth Martin

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Discover This School

Starr King Elementary School is a lively, student-centered and ethnically diverse community located atop Potrero Hill. We offer four programs to incoming families: Pre-Kindergarten, General Education, Mandarin Immersion and and a Moderate-Severe Autism-focused Special Day Class. Our student body of 340 students is supported by more than 50 staff members in 20 engaging classrooms, and a robust after school program.

Our mission: Starr King School is dedicated to providing a supportive and equitable learning environment that empowers students to be life-long learners and community leaders. To this end, our faculty and staff are committed to fostering a safe, respectful and responsible learning environment where all students achieve both academic proficiency and social competency. We are assisted in this task by a strong parent volunteer program that provides classroom support as well as enrichment opportunities.

We offer the lowest average class size in the district and strive to know each member of our community personally. This enables us to build deeper and more meaningful relationships with all of our students. Our joyful learners are happy, engaged, curious, eager, and confident enough to take risks.

This school feeds into:

Aptos Middle School

School Tours

Fridays 9:30 Oct. to Jan - see website for available dates


White or navy polo shirt or SK shirt with navy pants

Before-school programs

Breakfast served at 8:10 - 8:35 AM. Yard supervision at 8:25-8:40 AM, Monday through Friday. Tuesday food pantry program for Starr King families, 8 AM.

Afterschool programs

Our after school program is run by Urban Services YMCA. They offer a variety of programs including extensive sports programming, music, chess, swimming and Mandarin support. Each afternoon includes time for play and homework.

Also available offsite - Jackson Park ASP, Potrero Rec ASP and Fei Tian ASP.

Special Education Programs

  • Moderate/severe with autism focus

Language Programs

  • Mandarin Dual Language Immersion

Student Support Programs

  • Mentoring
  • Family liaison
  • On-site nurse
  • Student adviser
  • Social worker
  • Therapist

Arts Enrichment

  • Arts residency
  • Drumming
  • Gardening
  • Visual arts
Stagewrite - building literacy through theater. MUST (Music In Schools), Arts and Music through VAPA and  Chinese Cultural Enrichment.

School Day Academic Enrichment

  • Computer carts
  • Education Outside
  • English literacy interventionist
  • Science lab
  • Technology teacher
  • Tutoring in school
  • Other