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Yick Wo Alternative Elementary School

School code number: 801
Grade level: K-5
Hours: 9:27 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

2245 Jones Street, San Francisco, CA, 94133
Neighborhood: Russian Hill
Phone: 415-749-3540
Fax: 415-749-3543
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Principal: Sarah Van Velsor

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Discover This School

The mission of Yick Wo Elementary School is to foster lifelong learning by providing enriching academic, social, emotional, artistic and physical development experiences to every student.

Our little school provides a rich educational program to our 250 students. We offer diverse, challenging, fun, and authentic learning opportunities. Teachers have high expectations of all students, address different learning styles, and incorporate hands-on and field trip experiences to inspire enthusiastic learners. We offer integrated learning experiences, building on a variety of instructional frameworks such as Reader's Workshop.

To ensure students are well rounded we have a comprehensive enrichment program that integrates art, poetry, science, music, physical fitness and sports. We have a wide variety of programs and partnerships such as cross-class reading buddies, Education Outside, SF Ed Fund School Volunteers, Education Outside, San Francisco Ballet, AIMS from San Francisco Symphony, Kimochi, Second Step, lunch room composting, and outdoor education.

Besides a rich daytime academic program, the Yick Wo PTO supports extracurricular activities such as Chess Club, Coding Club, Spanish classes, Piano Classes, Newspaper Club. Our small campus provides an intimate setting where teachers, staff and parents develop trusting relationships, understand student needs, and foster social and emotional development to allow students to thrive both inside the classroom, and as members of the greater community.

This school feeds into:

Francisco Middle School

School Tours

Please call to schedule.  Tours run from October to January on Tuesday mornings.



School Meals

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Afterschool supper

Afterschool programs

3:30-6:30 PM Chinatown YMCA ExCEL program offered at no cost to family. The Yick Wo After School Program was created as a "safe haven" where students and community members can access expanded learning opportunities and integrated education, health, and social skills.  Many students also attend Tel-Hi's After School Academy.

Special Education Programs

  • Moderate/severe with autism focus
Yick Wo specializes in Discrete Trials and alternative communication strategies for non-verbal students.

Student Support Programs

  • Social worker

Arts Enrichment

  • Arts residency
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Drumming
  • Gardening
  • Visual arts
Art, General and Instrumental Music Music, SF Opera Aria, Poetry, SF Ballet

School Day Academic Enrichment

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