Dr. William L. Cobb Elementary School

More about this school

  • School Type

    Early Education, Elementary School, PreK-5
  • Estimated Enrollment

  • Principal

    • Joseph Funk
  • Hours

    Mo - Tu: 8:40 am-2:55 pm
    We: 8:40 am-1:40 pm
    Th - Fr: 8:40 am-2:55 pm

    Each Wednesday our students are released early so that teachers and staff can participate in regular Professional Development and Planning. 



  • School Tour

    We are excited to meet you! Please come visit our beautiful campus with our joyful learners and dedicated staff!

    TK - K Tours

    Our 2021-22 Tours will begin at 8:30 AM on our playground as we gather for Morning Circle.  Experience the energy and positive start as we begin the day with celebrations, birthdays and our morning affirmation.

    No need to call ahead or sign up in advance for TK/K tours.  Just come by!

    TK/K Tour Dates:

    • Tours are being scheduled and will be announced in this space when they are set.

    PreK Tours

    If you wish to visit our PreK program, please contact Ms. Giovanna Hoy, one of our PreK teachers, directly.  She can be reached at hoyg@sfusd.edu.

    She will be able to make individual arrangements with interested families.

  • Uniforms Policy

    Navy blue pants, skirt, shorts, or plaid jumper; white or navy blue shirt or blouse. Uniforms are not required, but are encouraged.
  • This School Feeds Into

  • Neighborhood

    Lower Pacific Heights, Western Addition
  • School Meals

    After School Supper
  • School Code

  • About Dr. William L. Cobb Elementary School

    Nestled in the heart of San Francisco's Lower Pacific Heights for nearly 100 years, Dr. William L. Cobb Elementary School is a small, inclusive, and multi-generational community that fosters the inherent potential within each child. Named after the first African-American principal in the San Francisco School District, Dr. William L. Cobb School provides a strong academic program for its students that focuses on the rigor and joy of learning.

    We offer many significant advantages for students and families, including small class sizes that assure not a single child falls through the cracks, ample amounts of technology for students, a stunning and renovated school building with easy access to public transportation, and a large playground and school garden. Our dedicated teachers, support staff and volunteers have a shared vision and put our students first. Students feel they belong at Cobb, and their intellectual, social, and emotional development shows it.

    The mission of Cobb Elementary is to provide a nurturing environment that inspires each student to thrive academically, emotionally, socially, intellectually, and creatively so that each student can be empowered to achieve his or her highest potential. As we deepen our focus on equity, we achieve this mission by getting to know each child individually, building relational trust between the student and our school, creating a positive school climate, providing culturally relevant and cutting-edge teaching and learning, collaborating strategically with community organizations, and meaningfully engaging with families as partners. We value the connection between school and home as the most important part of our school culture.

    Our students have extensive opportunities to be engaged in the arts and celebrate their individuality through song, dance, drama, instrumental music, and visual art. The staff and overall Cobb community strive to provide a safe and caring learning environment that promotes culturally sensitive pedagogy and critical-thinking skills through school-wide curriculum projects, full implementation of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS), Response to Intervention (RtI), Restorative Practices, and a strong and free after school YMCA/ExCel program.

    To support our students, we have strong partnerships with a number of art, sports, and volunteer organizations, as well as several local high schools. We welcome you to be a part of our tradition of learning, dating back to the 1920s in the Western Addition and Pacific Heights community.

    What do Cobb Tigers do? We ROAR with excellence!

  • Before School Programs

    Our Beacon partners support both before and after school care (7:30 AM).
  • After School Programs

    Afterschool programming provided by the Beacon / Buchanan YMCA from end of school day to 6 p.m. every day. The Beacon offers a balance of academic support and enrichment activities for approximately 60 students each day.
  • Special Education Programs

    • PreK Special Day Class
    • Resource Specialist Program Services
    Cobb Elementary School serves students with IEPs from PreK - 5th grade. Our PreK program has a combined general education and inclusion classroom, served by two credentialed teachers and 2 paraprofessionals. The PreK also provides a Special Day Class for a small group of students in an enriching and engaging academic environment.
    Cobb's TK-5 special education students spend the majority of their school day in the general education setting, with individualized supports provided according to a student's IEP.
    Cobb also provides Speech and Language, Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy to students with IEPs as appropriate.
  • School Day Academic Enrichment

    • Computer carts
    • English literacy interventionist
    • Other
    • Outdoor education program
    • Project-based learning
    • Tutoring in school
  • Arts Enrichment

    • Arts residency
    • Computers
    • Drama
    • Instrumental music
    • Music program
    • Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA)
    Students at Cobb are exposed to a variety of visual and performing arts, including drawing, painting, dancing, music, and drama. Students enjoy Playworks to promote fun and safe play during recess.
  • Student Support Programs

    • Student adviser
    • Speech pathologist
    • Social worker
    • On-site nurse
    • Mentoring
    • Instructional coach
    • Family liaison
    • Therapist
School Data

Application Data

General education entry grade seats per application: 30.00%
Contact Info
  • Address

    2725 California Street, San Francisco, CA, 94115
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Dr. William L. Cobb Elementary School

Grades PreK-5

2725 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

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MTWF: 8:40 a.m. - 2:40 p.m.; Thursdays: 8:40 a.m. - 1:40 p.m.