Yick Wo Alternative Elementary School

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  • School Type

    Elementary School, K-5
  • Estimated Enrollment

  • Principal

    • Molly Jo Alaimo
  • Hours

    Mo - Tu: 9:30 am-3:45 pm
    We: 9:30 am-2:30 pm
    Th - Fr: 9:30 am-3:45 pm

    The Yick Wo campus opens at 9 a.m., playground supervision begins at 9:10 a.m. on the Upper Yard, and school begins for all grades at 9:30 a.m. Kindergarten dismissal is at 3:20 p.m., while dismissal for 1st - 5th grades is at 3:30 p.m..

  • School Tour

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

  • This School Feeds Into

  • Neighborhood

    North Beach
  • School Bus

  • School Meals

    Breakfast, Lunch, After School Supper
  • School Code

  • About Yick Wo Alternative Elementary 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 240 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.

    2021 - 2022 Bell Schedule

  • Before School Programs

    Morning care is offered onsite (beginning at 8:00am) by the Excel YMCA Chinatown Team who have long run the after-school program at Yick Wo.
  • After School Programs

    ON-SITE: The Chinatown YMCA runs an on-site program at Yick Wo (3:30pm-6:30pm) Application fee $350 & Monthly fee $100 (if you qualify for free and reduced lunch, cost is $350 for 10 months). Many Liu, Senior Director of Youth Programs, 415-748-3556 and email address mliu@ymcasf.org OFF-SITE: Many Yick Wo families utilize the After School Academy at the Tel-Hi Neighborhood Center (3:30pm-6pm). Tel-Hi staff come to Yick Wo at dismissal and walk the kids to the Tel-Hi Community center located at 660 Lombard Street. Monthly fee $275 (financial assistance is available). Have any other questions? Please contact Josh Feierstein, Program Director at JFeierstein@telhi.org or you can call him at (415) 421-6443 X 30 or check out their website. Salesians Boys and Girls Club retrieves students (from 3rd grade and up) from Yick Wo at the end of the school day and transports them via school bus to Club, located at 680 Filbert Street in North Beach. For more information visit: https://salesianclub.org Membership $10 per year. AFTER SCHOOL ENRICHMENT CLASSES: After school enrichment classes change each semester and include hip-hop dance, tennis, ukulele, gymnastics, and Spanish.
  • Special Education Programs

    • Resource Specialist Program Services
    • Separate class - Moderate/severe with autism focus
    Yick Wo specializes in Discrete Trials and alternative communication strategies for non-verbal students.
  • School Day Academic Enrichment

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

    • Arts residency
    • Ceramics
    • Dance
    • Drumming
    • Gardening
    • Visual arts
    After school enrichment classes change each semester and include hip-hop dance, tennis, ukulele, gymnastics, and Spanish.
  • Student Support Programs

    • Social worker
School Data

Application Data

General education entry grade seats per application: 19%
  • School Accountability Report Card (SARC)

    School Accountability Report Cards (SARCs) are required by state law and are intended to provide families with important information.

  • School Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA)

    School communities gather twice a year to review data and previous actions in order to intentionally plan for the coming months. The School Plan for Student Achievement is the template on which this review and stakeholder engagement process is codified.

  • Social-Emotional and Culture Climate Report

    SFUSD annually surveys families and school staff on a range of school climate indicators that have been found to predict positive student academic achievement. The social-emotional learning of students in grades 4-12 is also assessed.

  • 2018-2019 School Accountability Highlights

    Published annually by SFUSD to provide access to key data points and three-year trends related to student achievement and school culture-climate. The highlights are available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Filipino, and Vietnamese.
  • 2018-2020 Balanced Scorecard (BSC)

    A two-year plan each school creates with families, students and community members that details the school's goals and priorities.
Contact Info
  • Address

    2245 Jones Street, San Francisco, CA, 94133
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Yick Wo Alternative Elementary School

Grades K-5

2245 Jones Street, San Francisco, CA 94133

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9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.