School Tours • Excursiónes de Escuela
Welcome, and thank you for considering Alvarado Elementary School! Alvarado is a dual-immersion, TK-5th grade school offering a wide variety of academic and special enrichments enhanced by a strong PTA and tremendous support from our parents, teachers, and administrators.
Families can choose from four student programs at Alvarado: Spanish Immersion (K-5), General Education (K-5), Transitional Kindergarten (students who turn age 5 between September 2, 2023-April 2, 2024 are eligible) and our Special Day Classes (K-5).
Please click here to learn more about our beloved school and enjoy the following videos illustrating our love and appreciation for our Alvarado community.
We are thrilled to offer in-person school tours for prospective families. Tours will be held on Tuesday mornings from 8:30-9:30 a.m. PST November 2022 - January 2023. No tours will be offered during the Thanksgiving and Winter holiday weeks and the first tour of 2023 will be on Wednesday January 4.
Please REGISTER HERE* for a tour of Alvarado Elementary – your tour date can be selected from the dropdown menu.
Please note that once a tour is full, that date will no longer be offered in the dropdown menu. Tours will be offered in January 2023 but those later dates won't initially be listed for signups. If you wish to join a January tour date, please make a note to check the signups page again.
We look forward to introducing you to our school where our long tradition of celebrating diversity and creative arts provides a vibrant and inclusive learning environment for our students and families.
During a tour, you will learn about academics and social emotional learning at Alvarado, receive an inside look at several grade-level classrooms (with an emphasis on TK and Kindergarten), hear directly from student ambassadors, and learn about before and after school care options.
We are also excited to share with you our unique enrichment programs including year-round science lab, instrumental learning in music, computer lab, a bilingual school library, take-home book bags, ceramics, hand-painted murals, year-round multicultural celebrations, family social events, and much, much more!
We hope these wonderful offerings, in addition to our friendly and supportive community, will keep Alvarado as a top choice during your enrollment process.
We hope to see you on a tour this Fall/Winter!
Enrollment at all San Francisco public schools, including Alvarado, is handled by San Francisco Unified School District’s Educational Placement Center (EPC). Online and paper applications should be available starting on October 21, 2022. Please note that admission to Alvarado’s General Education and Spanish Immersion programs is handled as two separate programs by the EPC.
Applications for the 2023-2024 school year will be due on February 3, 2023 and placement decisions will be announced in late-March 2023. Alvarado will host tours for admitted students in early April 2023 as well as playdates for incoming students in Summer 2023.
Please check the SFUSD website for the latest and most accurate information about enrollment and the admissions process for the 2023-24 school year, https://www.sfusd.edu/schools/enroll.
After School Programs
Mission Graduates provides onsite aftercare at Alvarado, however, many of our students also attend offisite programs offered through SF Parks & Recreation and other nonprofit/private providers, including Boys & Girls’ Club, Eureka Valley Arts, Aventuras, and more. Enrollment deadlines for after school care will vary based on the organization but typically takes place during the summer. Contact each program directly for more information and to confirm their deadlines for 2023-24 enrollment. Please note that space is limited in these programs, including in Mission Graduates, and parents are advised to explore multiple aftercare options.
Many of our students participate in afterschool sports and other extracurricular programs with their Alvarado friends. These activities, such as soccer and baseball teams, Girl/Boy Scouts, choir, Rock Band Land and art clubs, are typically organized and shared by Alvarado families via ParentSquare, our Alvarado school communications platform (mobile/desktop application). Families that register to attend Alvarado will receive information to join the Alvarado ParentSquare group so they can receive these updates and connect with our school community.
There are opportunities to enroll in activities throughout the year, however, please note that the deadlines to register sports teams with San Francisco-based clubs usually occur 6+ months (e.g. the deadline to register for Fall soccer teams takes place the Spring prior). Our community is as inclusive as possible but students that enroll late or transfer in early in the fall may miss some deadlines.
The non-profit group Parents for Public Schools is a network of public school parents (not funded by the school district), which hosts enrollment workshops throughout the city. The organization is a great resource for navigating the enrollment process.
This page was last updated on October 3, 2022