Rosa Parks Elementary School

More about this school

  • School Type

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

  • Principal

    • Laura Schmidt-Nojima
  • Assistant Principal(s)

    • Arpine Sogomonyan
  • Hours

    Mo - Tu: 7:50 am-2:05 pm
    We: 7:50 am-12:50 pm
    Th - Fr: 7:50 am-2:05 pm

    Raphael Weill Early Education School - 7:45 am-5:30 pm (office closes at 4:00)

  • School Tour

    2023-2024 School Tour dates

    Thursday, October 26

    Thursday, November 9

    Friday, December 1, Spanish language interpreter

    Thursday, December 14, Japanese language tour (you do not have to speak Japanese to attend)

    Friday, January 12

    Friday, January 26

    All tours are from 7:45 - 8:45 am.

    You can also swing by the weekly Friday Coffee Social 8am by the main school entrance.


    Sign up for a school tour at

  • Uniforms Policy

    Navy blue or white collared shirt and navy blue bottoms (pants, skirts, skorts, shorts). Also acceptable are any Rosa Parks t-shirts.
  • This School Feeds Into

  • Neighborhood

    Western Addition
  • School Bus

    94124, 94102, 94121, 94115
  • School Meals

    Breakfast, Lunch, After School Supper

    View menus at

  • School Code


    Rosa Parks Elementary integrates three distinctive program strands - STEAM Program, Special Education (SpEd), and the Japanese Bilingual Bicultural Program (JBBP) - into a vibrant and unified academic community with shared values of success for all students. In keeping with the SFUSD Strategic Plan, Rosa Parks is committed to ensuring students equal access to the resources and opportunities they need to thrive.

    Engaging high achieving and joyful learners at Rosa Parks means that teachers work with each student's strengths, that students cooperate in project-based activities, and that learning is culturally relevant. Our dedicated teachers respond to students' diverse learning styles. They offer opportunities to learn outside of the classroom through performing arts and field trips. An outdoor classroom, outdoor kitchen and two hands-on gardens have transformed the schoolyard into outdoor learning areas and created green oases of nature for our school and community.

    Afterschool programs offered on campus include ExCEL, and the Raphael Weill After-school program. Rosa Parks has a Parent Teacher Association focused on enhancing academic opportunities and resources and fostering a shared community culture of caring.

    The 2009 Ecozone "Green My Schoolyard" grant allowed us to remake the courtyard into an outdoor classroom, to add solar panels, eco-friendly paint, and ecofriendly lighting. Other additions: a chicken coop, chickens and a water catchment system.

    Partnerships with the UCSF Pharmacy School, Dr. Anthony Brown, and community organizations provide us with hands on science, jazz history walks, movement, tutors, and so much more.

    Our PreKindergarten Program

    We also offer an on-site PreK program for children 2 years and 9 months to 5 years old. Learn more by visiting Raphael Weill Early Education School.  


  • After School Programs

    ExCEL is offered on site through the Buchanan YMCA. Their program includes homework help, outdoor play, athletics and clubs. Raphael Weill offers Out of School Time (OST) with homework help as a focus. Many off site programs serve our families needs for afterschool programming.
    Other off site programs:
    • Raphael Weill OST
    Contact: Ugonma Uwakah (, 415-749-3548
    • Boys & Girls Club (Don Fisher)
    • Nihonmachi Little Friends
    • Magic Zone
    • Hamilton Rec Center
    • Booker T Washington
    • The Village Project
    • Boys & Girls Club - Tenderloin and Willie Mays
    • On hiatus: JCC, Prince Hall, Hayward ReConnect
    Cost: ExCel-Free/Reduced Meal appl. Qualifies for fee waiver. Others-Sliding scale.
    Hours: End of school day-5:30 PM or 6: PM Please contact above programs for more information.
  • Language Programs

    • Japanese Foreign Language in Elementary School (FLES) Program
    • Japanese World Language
    Japanese Bilingual Bicultural Program (JBBP) - Learning language through culture and community

    The only program of its kind in Northern California, the Rosa Parks Japanese Bilingual Bicultural Program (JBBP) integrates Japanese language and culture with the District's core curriculum, providing students and their families with a rich educational experience and "window to the world".

    Students experience one hour of formal Japanese language and culture on a daily basis delivered by native-speaking Japanese instructors, or sensei, who work closely with classroom teachers to integrate Japanese instruction with core curriculum content. Classroom teachers also maximize exposure to Japanese language and culture throughout the day in keeping with Japanese standards established for each grade.
  • Special Education Programs

    • PreK Special Day Class
    • Resource Specialist Program Services
    • Separate class - Mild/moderate
    • Separate class - Mild/moderate with autism focus
  • School Day Academic Enrichment

    • Computer carts
    • Education Outside
    • Playworks
    • STEAM (science; technology; engineering; arts; mathematics)
    • Tutoring in school
  • Arts Enrichment

    • Dance
    • Instrumental music
    • Jazz
    • Performing arts
    • Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA)
    • Visual arts
    Visual and performing arts (grades K- 2)
    SF Ballet (2nd grade)
    Music (grades K-2)
    Instrumental (grades 4-5)
    Jazz residency (3rd grade)
    PAW/Nagata dance (grades K-3)
    Capoeira (4th grade)
    Hip hop (5th grade)
  • Student Support Programs

    • Family liaison
    • Mentoring
    • Social worker
    • Student adviser
School Data

Application Data

General education entry grade seats per application: 33%
  • 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

    1501 O'Farrell Street, San Francisco, CA, 94115
  • Phone Number

  • Fax Number

  • Email


Map showing the location of the school.
Rosa Parks Elementary School
PreK, TK, K, 1-5
1501 O'Farrell Street, San Francisco, 94115
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Mo - Tu: 7:50 am-2:05 pm
We: 7:50 am-12:50 pm
Th - Fr: 7:50 am-2:05 pm