Edwin and Anita Lee Newcomer School 李孟賢伉儷新移民學校

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  • School Type

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

  • Principal

    • Lisa Kwong
  • Hours

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

    Chinatown, Financial District
  • School Meals

    Breakfast, Lunch, After School Supper

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  • School Code

  • 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

    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.
    Hours: 2:55pm - 6:00pm, Wednesday: 1:40pm - 6:00pm
    Contact: Chinatown YMCA
  • 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

    • Family liaison
    • Social worker
School Data
  • 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

    657 Merchant Street, San Francisco, CA, 94111
  • Phone Number

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Edwin and Anita Lee Newcomer School 李孟賢伉儷新移民學校
K, 1-5
657 Merchant Street, San Francisco, 94111
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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