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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, envisioned by the school community, is to purposefully develop the full potential of each student through teacher-facilitated, active learning experiences. Yick Wo is dedicated to the successful social, emotional, artistic, physical, and intellectual development of every student through teacher-facilitated, student-centered active learning experiences in a safe and nurturing environment. It's a warm and caring environment for 266 students. We provide an educational program that promotes academic success, respect and personal responsibility. 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 and involved lifelong learners. We offer integrated and project-based learning experiences, building on a variety of instructional techniques and strategies. We support a strong, rigorous academic program with a comprehensive enrichment program that integrates art, poetry, music, physical fitness and sports. We encourage students to build on their interests in order to foster the joy of learning.

Yick Wo teachers collaborate in programs such as cross-class reading buddies and tutors, America Reads volunteers from USF, SF School Volunteers, ABC and reading support clubs, Peacemakers, lunch room composting, and outdoor/overnight education (3rd-5th grades). Teachers seek grant funding and participate in partnerships with UCSF (science), the DeYoung Museum, San Francisco Symphony, and the San Francisco Ballet. All of us at Yick Wo hold ourselves accountable for the academic, social, and emotional well-being of all students through ongoing communication, assessments, and feedback opportunities, and ongoing relationships with community-based organizations (such as neighborhood afterschool programs that our students attend). The principal has an open door policy; everyone is welcome to stop in and talk. We believe that each individual in our community deserves respect, and we support every student's opportunities for success.

This school feeds into:

Francisco Middle School

School Tours

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Before-school programs


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

  • Designated instructional services
  • Resource specialist program
  • Moderate/severe separate classes (autism)
Yick Wo specializes in Discrete Trials and alternative communication strategies for non-verbal students.

Language Programs

English Plus Pathway

Student Support Programs

Reading intervention support, CARE, 4/5 support


SF Ballet, Orff Music

Arts and Enrichment

Art, General and Instrumental Music Music, SF Opera Aria, Poetry, SF Ballet

School Day Academic Enrichment

Gifted and Talented Education (GATE), Computer Lab, Library, Art Consultants