César Chávez Elementary School

More about this school

  • School Type

    Elementary School (TK, K, 1-5)
  • Estimated Enrollment

  • Principal

    • Lindsay Dowdle
  • Assistant Principal(s)

    • Angelica Trejo-Ortiz
  • Hours

    Mo - Tu: 8:40 am-2:55 pm
    We: 8:40 am-1:40 pm
    Th - Fr: 8:40 am-2:55 pm
    • PreK/TK

      • MTThF 8:40am-2:55pm
      • W 8:40am-1:40pm
  • School Tour

    Come tour Cesar Chavez Elementary on the following dates from 9 - 10am:





    Enter on the Shotwell side (ring the doorbell) and check in at the office for instructions on where to meet.  Can't wait to see meet you!

    Sign up for a school tour at sfusd.edu/tours.

  • This School Feeds Into

  • Neighborhood

  • School Meals

    Breakfast, Lunch, After School Supper

    View menus at sfusd.edu/menus.

  • School Code

  • Driving through the heart of the Mission District, it is difficult to miss the rich and vibrant murals of César Chávez Elementary School. Incorporated in these multi-colored images are the core values that this school community strives for: excellence in academic achievement, respect for diversity, and strength in character and personal growth. At César Chávez, every member of our staff and community holds high expectations for all students' academic success—a ¡sí se puede! philosophy. We do this because we know our work is part of a movement to ensure that all people are treated with dignity and respect and are given opportunities to succeed in life. We recognize and build on our students' strengths. For many of them, that is the knowledge of another language. We firmly believe that our students deserve the empowerment of biliteracy.

    We focus on a rigorous academic program emphasizing reading, writing, math, science, and the arts. At César Chávez, we know that teaching is not simply about the standards—and that high expectations aren't enough. We must also know the whole child and provide individualized support. We recognize and build on our students' strengths. Our dedicated and caring staff of teachers and support staff work together to provide a safe and nurturing environment for learning. Our teachers use a variety of engagement strategies to engage students and help them learn grade-level standards. These provide equity by giving each child many opportunities to express opinions and practice skills. We know that when effective and responsive instruction is happening, our classrooms are filled with the sounds of children conversing, laughing, and asking questions. These are the sounds of learning at César Chávez Elementary School.

    We believe that every member of the school community is responsible for every child. There are regular check-ins to this aim. Partnering our efforts with a committed parent community, César Chávez Elementary School, like its namesake, works toward a better future for all our children. We want to listen to the dreams of those we serve on a daily basis.

  • Before School Programs

    Supervised recess from 8:15-8:35 a.m. Jamestown Phoenix Risers - 7:00-8:30 a.m., fee based
  • After School Programs

    Jamestown/ExCEL program by application, free to families: 3-6 p.m. offering homework assistance, academic support, recreational activities and enrichment opportunities; Site-based Homework Help/Tutoring; Reading Partners reading support. Boys & Girls Club at Columbia Park Boys & Girls Club at Mission Clubhouse PI Deaf/Hard of Hearing Jamestown Beacon program. Partnerships with Boys and Girls Club, Mission Girls and Precita Center.
  • Language Programs

    • Spanish Biliteracy Program
    Our Spanish biliteracy program is a Kindergarten through 5th grade program. The goal of our program is that our students leave Cesar Chavez fully biliterate/bicultural and with a strong sense of who they are and pride in themselves by the end of 5th grade.
  • Special Education Programs

    • Resource Specialist Program Services
    • Separate class - Deaf and hard of hearing (total communication)
    Separate class - Deaf and hard of hearing (total communication) for TK-5
  • School Day Academic Enrichment

    • Mission Science Workshop program
  • Arts Enrichment

    • Dance
    • Instrumental music
    • Visual arts
    PreK-5 Visual arts, music and dance
    Fourth and fifth grade: instrumental music, collaboration with community partners such as 826 Valencia and mariachi development program
    3rd - 5th grades: Digital Art
  • Student Support Programs

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

Application Data

General education entry grade seats per application: 45%
  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Contact Info
  • Address

    825 Shotwell Street, San Francisco, CA, 94110
  • Phone Number

  • Fax Number

  • Email



Map showing the location of the school.
César Chávez Elementary School
TK, K, 1-5
825 Shotwell Street, San Francisco, 94110
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Mo - Tu: 8:40 am-2:55 pm
We: 8:40 am-1:40 pm
Th - Fr: 8:40 am-2:55 pm