Edwin and Anita Lee Newcomer School

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  • School Type

    Elementary School, K-5
  • Estimated Enrollment

  • Principal

    • Victor Tam
  • Hours

    Mo - Tu: 8:00 am-2:55 pm
    We: 8:00 am-1:40 pm
    Th - Fr: 8:00 am-2:55 pm
  • School Tour

    Please call for an appointment.

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  • Neighborhood

    Chinatown, Financial District
  • School Meals

    Breakfast, Lunch, After School Supper
  • School Code

  • About Edwin and Anita Lee Newcomer School

    Edwin and Anita Lee Newcomer School (formerly the Chinese Education Center) is a school for Chinese-speaking, newly-arrived immigrant students. It is a transitional, one-year program designed to teach foundational English skills in reading, writing, and oral English language development. In addition, basic skills, protocols, and understanding in all CORE subject areas are explicitly taught to address the gap that typically results from students having been raised in a very different educational system.

    Beyond the academics, a large focus is placed on nurturing our students’ social emotional learning. We address the cultural gap and the many challenges that accompany such a significant transition as immigrating from China to the United States. Immigrant students and families face numerous challenges as they work to learn a new language and understand a new culture. The English language is as significantly different from the Chinese language, as American culture is different from the Chinese culture. We educate students and their families on concepts that include the importance of having a growth-mindset; the acceptance of failure as a natural part of the journey toward mastery; the importance of positivity; and, the expression of love in parenting.

    We provide valuable and essential supports to newly-arrived immigrant students and families. We nurture a greater sense of self-confidence in students because of the academic and social-emotional gains they are able to make at our school. In the long-term, the families gain a greater understanding in how to better support their children through this transition. Their participation in our program sets the foundation for the students’ long-term success.

    Note on feeder schools:

    Fifth-graders feed into Francisco Middle School OR Visitacion Valley Middle School. As a one-year newcomer program, the K-4 students have the opportunity to transfer to any SFUSD elementary school. Generally, grades K-1-2-3-4 newcomer students who enroll after JANUARY 1st are eligible to remain here for another school year.

  • After School Programs

    2:35 - 6:00 p.m. The ExCEL Afterschool Program is run by the Chinatown YMCA. It is on-site and provides tutorial, enrichment, and recreational activities for students to extend their opportunity to learn and use English. The program is fee based but is subsidized for students who qualify.
  • Language Programs

    • Chinese Newcomer Program
  • Special Education Programs

    • Integrated General Education Class (PK only)
  • School Day Academic Enrichment

    • Computer carts
    • Computer lab
    • Technology teacher
  • Arts Enrichment

    • Ceramics
    • Dance
    • Performing arts
    • Visual arts
    All students participate in visual and performing arts classes that are focused on drama, music and the visual arts. In addition, we have the District Instrumental Program available to students in grades 3-5.
  • Student Support Programs

    • Social worker
    • Family liaison
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  • Address

    657 Merchant Street, San Francisco, CA, 94111
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Edwin and Anita Lee Newcomer School

Grades K-5

657 Merchant Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

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8:30 a.m. - 2:35 p.m.