Wednesday, October 2, 2013

SFUSD Tour Information

Sounds like the SFUSD elementary schools are starting tours. Here's what we've heard so far, and links to the school websites we found. If you want to add a school or correct any information you see below, please please do! Just email us at with the correct info.

List of schools

Applications for Round 1 are due on Tuesday, January 21, 2014.


School Tours will be offered on Fridays from 9 to 10 am starting October 11th. Please call the school office at 415-750-8456 to reserve a space.

Tours start at 8:30 a.m. in the cafeteria.
October 1, 2013
October 8, 2013
October 15, 2013
October 22, 2013
October 29, 2013
November 5, 2013
November 12, 2013
November 19, 2013
(The Nov. 19 tour will have an additional tour leader who can
talk about the school’s Special Education and Inclusion program.)

December 3, 2013
December 10, 2013
(The Dec. 10 tour will have an additional tour leader who can
talk about the school’s Special Education and Inclusion program.)
*December 12, 2013, 6 to 7:30 p.m. evening tour*
December 17, 2013


Tours at Argonne are led by our parent volunteers and will begin in mid-October 2013. They are scheduled on following days from 8:45 am to 10:30 am.
Tour Dates Fall 2013
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Monday, October 21, 2013
Monday, November 4, 2013
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Monday, December 9, 2013
Monday, January 13, 2014

Please contact Grace in our Argonne office to reserve a spot: 415-750-8460

Buena Vista
Fridays at 8:30 am
First tour is October 25, 2013
Call the office at (415) 695-5885 to RSVP! Space limited to 25 people.

Chinese Immersion School at DeAvila
Sign up now by clicking here
The school tours have been scheduled for the following dates at 9:00 am in room 301. (10/3, 10/9, 10/17, 10/24, 11/7, 11/13, 11/21, 12/4, 12/12, 1/8 and 1/16) Tours will be given by Principal Tong and parents.

Claire Lilienthal
Most tours are at the Madison Campus Site (K-2). There is only 1 tour for the Scott Campus (3-8). Tours are ONLY on Thursdays at 9:00 a.m. at the Madison Campus and the designated Wednesday at the Scott Campus. Tours are approximately 45 minutes to one hour. If your schedule does not permit you to attend one of our tours, you may choose to come to either site (depending on the grade level you are applying for) at 2:15 p.m., Monday thru Thursdays to do a "self-guided tour of the facility only. We do ask that you respect our rule of not entering classrooms or questioning teachers as they are prepping for their next day's lessons. For after-school self-guided tours, please sign-in at the office and get a visitor's badge.

Tour dates--Madison Campus Site:
Nov. 7
Nov 14
Nov. 21
Dec. 5
Dec 12
Dec 19
Jan. 9
Jan 16

Tour date--Scott Campus
Oct. 23

All tours start promptly at 9:45am and last approximately one hour. Tour dates include:
Wednesday, October 9
Thursday, October 24
Thursday, November 7
Wednesday, November 13
Wednesday, November 20
Thursday, December 5
Wednesday, December 11
Thursday, January 16

Commodore Sloat
Tours will begin in October. Please call the school office at 415-759-2807 to reserve a spot.
Tours will be every Tuesday (when school is in session) until the enrollment deadline of January 21, 2014. Tours begin promptly at 9:00am and end at 10:00am.
Please check the school calendar for exact dates.

Please be sure to find a legal parking spot and check the signs for street cleaning. Check-in is in the lobby.

Daniel Webster
Tours begin at 9:00am on Wednesdays at the school office on the following dates: Oct 16, Oct 23, Nov 13, Nov 27, Dec 11, Jan 15, Jan 22, Jan 29.

Dianne Feinstein
2550 25th Ave.
Tel: 615-8460 
School Hours: 7:50am-1:50pm 
Visitation Days: School tours will be given on Wednesday mornings from 10:00-10:45am, beginning November 6, 2013 and ending January 15, 2014. Sign up for a tour.

School tours for the 2014-2015 will be on Mondays from 8:30-9:30AM this year, beginning October 21. Tours will begin with an observation of our morning assembly, guests are to convene at the top of the stairs near the flagpole.
NOTE: Tours will be conducted in either ENGLISH or SPANISH. Translation will not be provided. Tour sizes are limited, you must call 415/695-5669 to reserve a tour spot. Sorry, no children are allowed on tours.
October 21st – English
October 28th – Spanish
November 4th – English
November 18th – Spanish
November 25th – English
December 2nd – Spanish
December 9th – English
December 16th – English
In addition, there will be a bilingual evening Open House in November, date TBD, no reservation necessary.

Francis Scott Key
Group tours are offered from September 25, 2013 until school applications are due in January. The tours are every Wednesday at 8:30 am. Personal tours with the principal are available by appointment if Wednesdays are not possible. In either case, please call 759-2811 to RSVP for a tour.

Frank McCoppin
Please contact Frank McCoppin Elementary at (415) 750-8475 to make an appointment for a school tour.
Tours: Thursday 9:00 AM, occasionally Friday

George Peabody
Tours during the 2013/2014 school year will be begin on October 15th. They are conducted every Tuesday between October 15 and January 14 and begin at 9:00. Tours will also be offered on Friday November 1, December 6, and January 10th. There will be a short window of tours in April once school assignment letters are mailed by the SFUSD. Please check back here in late March for those exact dates.

Tours last approximately 60 minutes. All visitors are required to sign in outside the main office. The principal will lead the tour and conduct a question-and-answer session after the tour. Reservations are not needed. Parking is difficult in this neighborhood, so please allow time to find a parking space.

There will be school tours that focus on our special education programs (self contained classrooms and inclusion). These tours will include a general school tour and a chance to visit the classroom while the students are at recess. These tours will begin at 9:15 am and will be conducted on Nov 7, Dec 13 and January 8th.

Gordon J. Lau
By appointment only, every Tuesday, 9:30 AM
(415) 291-7921

Sounds like tours are on Fridays. Here's what the Grattan website says:
Tours begin 10/25 at 8:30. Please arrive early to allow time for parking and sign in. No Appointment Necessary, so no need to call the front desk. The first Friday of the month is street cleaning, therefore we suggest public transportation because parking is difficult on those days. Tours meet in the Grattan Courtyard in front of the office.

Glen Park
Glen Park School will be offering tours to prospective families on Tuesdays, beginning on 10/1. (Please note: There will no tours held on 11/26, 12/24, or 12/31.) Glen Park School is located at 151 Lippard St., between Bosworth and Joost. Tours begin at 9am in front of the main office and last approximately one hour, concluding with a principal chat in the school library. Parents who arrive by 8:40am are welcome to join the school community for morning clap-in behind the school in the Brompton Ave. yard. No advance registration is required for tours. Please call 415-469-4713 with any questions. We look forward to meeting you!

Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy
School Tours for 2014-15 School Year Begin Thursday 10/10 at 10am
School Tours for incoming families for the 2014-15 school year are scheduled every other Thursday beginning Oct 10, 2013.
Dates: Oct 10, Oct 24, Nov 7, Nov 21, Dec 5 and Dec 19 in 2013
Tours are Drop-In. No reservation required.
Start promptly at 10 am and last around 30 minutes.
Plan to arrive 9:50 am in front of the school office, so we can start promptly at 10 am.
To get to the office, walk up Collingwood Street and enter through the schoolyard gates.
Before the stairways near the water fountain, you'll find the entrance to the building.
Office is down the hallway on the right-hand side.
Join a tour and learn about our school! We're located at 4235 19th Street, SF, CA 94114

Join us for a parent led tour of Jefferson, offered selected Wednesdays and Thursdays, October through January. Tours begin promptly at 9:00AM and will end by 10:30AM.
Our principal will also be available to chat with prospective parents during most tour dates. Mandarin and Cantonese translation will be available on November 13 and January 8.
Register for a slot online by clicking here. Please come to the cafeteria to sign in on your selected date. Parking can be tricky around Jefferson, so you may want to take public transit or park along MLK drive in Golden Gate Park (at the east side of 19th Ave) then walk the 1.5 blocks to Jefferson. There are also metered spots along Irving St.

Jose Ortega
School Tours this year will occur on Tuesdays at 8AM and will run approximately 1 – 1.25 hours. There will be 8 in total on the following dates:
- October 15
- October 22
- October 29
- November 5
- November 12
- November 19
- December 3
- December 10
Please call the school at 415-469-4726 to register in advance to attend a tour. We do not offer tours to individuals or on dates outside the schedule above.

School tours are on Wednesday mornings starting at 8:30 a.m. Call the Lafayette School secretary at 415-750-8484 to schedule a tour. Tours are led by our Principal, Mrs. Ruby Brown, who does a personal 1 1/2 hour tour of the school. 1-3 PTA parents will be on hand at the beginning and end of each tour to help answer questions and to give a parents perspective.

To schedule a tour, please call (415) 753-8312 and let us know if you’re interested in getting more detailed information about our SDC program.

Tour dates:
Wednesday, October 9: 10am – 11:30
Thursday, October 17: 10am – 11:30
Tuesday, October 22: 10am – 11:30
Wednesday, November 6: 10am – 11:30
Thursday, November 14: 10am – 11:30
Tuesday, November 19: 10am – 11:30
Wednesday, December 4: 10am – 11:30
Thursday, December 12: 10am – 11:30
Tuesday, December 17: 10am – 11:30
Wednesday, January 8: 10am – 11:30
Thursday, January 16: 10am – 11:30

Lawton Alternative School
School Tours begin Oct 1, 2013 and are Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning at 9am.  Please call (415) 759-2832 to make an appointment for a tour. On the day of the tour, visitors should sign in the Main Office.  The meeting begins in the library and then the group goes out to the school yard for the morning lines.  A Lawton staff member and a parent will lead a tour around the school grounds. 

Leonard Flynn
Flynn is a community-based K-5 elementary school nestled at the bottom of Bernal Hill, bordering the Mission District. We offer two language strands, English Language and Spanish Immersion. Tours are offered on select Thursdays until January. They start at 9am and run for about an hour. Meet in front of the office - no reservation is necessary. For any questions, you can send email to 
October 10th and 24th
November 14th and 21st
December 12th and 19th
January 9th
All tours are offered in English and Spanish.

Tours of Marshall take place on Fridays at 8:40 A.M, starting November 8, 2013. The last tour will be the last Friday, January 17, 2014.  Marshall school tours are held on Friday mornings, allowing prospective parents to experience our Friday assembly and sing-a-long. The Friday assembly is for both the students and the parents. It includes school announcements, class performances or presentations, and ends with the Friday Morning School Sing-Along. Touring parents will then have an opportunity to meet with the principal and/or current parents and tour the school grounds. Metered parking is available on 15th Street. Please do NOT park in the Walgreens parking lot. Call 415-241-6280 to RSVP. Tours last approximately one hour.

All school tours at Miraloma are self-guided. Please SIGN UP HERE.
Friday Oct 4
Saturday Oct 26
Friday Nov 8
Friday Dec 6
Friday Dec 20-Inclusion Tour
Friday Jan 10- Inclusion Tour
Saturday Jan 11

You will be provided with a tour book which may also be downloaded. For a different experience download the podcasts and bring your mp3 player with you.
Parent representatives will be available throughout the school to answer your questions during the tour. All tours are followed by Q&A with our principal, Mr. Machado.

Tour Times
Friday tours: 8:30-9:15am and 8:45-9:30am
Saturday tours: 10:00-10:45am

Focus on Inclusion on the following days:
While anyone is welcome to the tour, it will be geared mainly for parents and/or family members of students who currently have or expect to receive Special Educational Services through an Individualized Educational Plan (IEP). This is a great opportunity to learn about our Inclusion program and our philosophy behind inclusive education.
Friday, December 20
Friday, January 10
Questions? Contact us at

Tours of McKinley for the 2013-2014 school year will be held from October 24th through December 19th. Tours will be on Wed. and Fri. mornings from 8:15-9:15, and will meet in the school lobby. Principal Sousa will be leading the tours, with assistance from McKinley parents. Reservations are required, please email
No tours will be held on Halloween (10/31) and the week of Thanksgiving.

Monroe Elementary School will be holding tours the following days:
October 17
October 31
November 14
December 5
December 19
January 16
Please RSVP to the secretary in the main office: (415) 469-4736 and check in at the office for the tour. 
Tours start at 8:45 am in the cafeteria. The address is: 260 Madrid St, San Francisco, CA 94112.

New Traditions
2049 Grove Street
For more information on any of the below, please email: 
To schedule a tour please go to: 
1st tour of New Traditions: Wednesday November 6, 2013, 9:45am-11am
2nd tour of New Traditions: Wednesday November 13, 2013, 9:45am-11am
3rd tour of New Traditions: Wednesday November 20, 2013, 9:45am-11am
(No tour, all SFUSD schools closed for Thanksgiving Break, Wednesday November 27-Friday November 29) 
4th tour of New Traditions: Wednesday December 4, 2013, 9:45am-11am, 
5th tour of New Traditions: Wednesday December 11, 2013, 9:45am-11am 
6th tour of New Traditions: Wednesday December 18, 2013, 9:45am-11am 
(No tours, all SFUSD schools closed for Winter Break, Monday December 23, 2013-Friday January 3, 2014. The Educational Placement Center (EPC) at 555 Franklin is open during most of WInter Break.) 
7th tour of New Traditions: Wednesday January 8, 2013, 9:45am-11am
8th Tour of New Traditions : Wednesday January 15, 2013, 9:45am-11am

Rosa Parks
School tours cover both programs at Rosa Parks Elementary: the General Education program (GE) and the Japanese Bilingual Bicultural Program (JBBP). Tours start at 7:50 am in the main school yard on the following dates and can be scheduled by calling the school office at 415-749-3519.
Thursday Oct 24, 2013
Saturday Nov 2, 2013 SFUSD School Fair, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday Nov 6, 2013
Thursday Nov 14, 2013
Wednesday Nov 20, 2013 - led in Japanese
Thursday Dec 5, 2013
Wednesday Jan 15, 2014
Thursday Mar 27, 2014

Sanchez School
325 Sanchez Street, San Francisco, CA, 94114
Neighborhood: Castro/Upper Market
Phone: (415) 241-6380
Fridays, call to schedule appointment.

SF Public Montessori
School Tours will resume in October, 2013! We will be leading tours each Thursday at 9:15 am, barring holidays that fall on that day.
Preschool Tours: 1st and 3rd Thursdays
Elementary School Tours: 2nd and 4th Thursdays
Please reserve your space by calling the school office at (415) 749-3544. Capacity is limited to 30.
Prior to scheduling a tour, please take the time to watch a short video of the inside a Montessori classroom and read a detailed description of the inside of a Montessori classroom to see what Montessori looks and feels like.
Video: A Peek Inside a Montessori Classroom (from a film project called "Building the Pink Tower") (Preview)
A Detailed Description of an Observation Inside a Montessori Classroom

Mondays at 9:00 am

During the SF Unified School District's enrollment period (approximately September through February), tours of Sherman Elementary are held on Friday mornings at 9:00am. Prospective parents are introduced to Principal Shenkan-Rich and are led through our school by Sherman parents. You can sign-up for a tour of Sherman here (link opens in a new tab). Alternatively, you can call the school office at (415) 749-3530. Sherman office staff can provide information on special needs class tours as well.

Spring Valley Science School
Beginning in the month of October, weekly tours are scheduled every Thursday at 9:30 a.m. Call 749-3535 to sign up.

Starr King
Tours are held on Tuesdays, from 9:30am to 11am, during the touring season. 
To reserve a spot, please register online at call the school office at 415.695.5797
We are located at 1215 Carolina St. on the south side of Potrero Hill. Street parking is generally available after the rush of morning dropoff. Park on Wisconsin St. and enter the school yard by walking up the ramp on the left side of the school. Tours will begin inside the cafeteria. Parents may bring small children, but please be quiet and respectful of the learning that is taking place. It can be cold in the morning, so be dressed for outdoors!

Please come tour our school on the following Tuesdays at 9 am:
- October 1
- October 8
- October 15
- October 22
- November 12
- December 3
- December 10
- January 7
- January 14
We will have one Saturday tour on January 11 at 9 am.


To reserve a place on a school tour, please call the office at 415-759-2760.
All tours start at 9 AM. Tour dates for 2013-2014:
October 10
October 24
November 7
November 14
November 21
December 5
December 12
January 9
January 16

235 12th Avenue
Starting October 1st, school tours will be offered on Tuesdays and Thur
sdays at 9:15am.
Please call the school secretary at (415) 750-8525 to reserve a space.

School Tours:
Wednesdays at 9:45am.
Please call to confirm tour.
Tel: 415-759-2841

West Portal
Tours take place every school day that falls on Thursday, from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM, starting October 24, 2013 through January 16, 2014. The School Tour Packethas a lot of useful information you will need about West Portal Elementary. Please print a copy and bring with you on the day of the tour.
Please reserve a spot on the web site or by visiting the EventBrite page directly: School tour registration.

Yick Wo
940 Filbert Street
Phone: (415) 749-3540

Call to schedule a tour.


  1. Public charters run their own lottery and have their own application process. Creative Arts Charter, Thomas Edison Charter, Mission Prep Charter are some of the public charters in San Francisco.

    Thomas Edison Charter (TECA) accepts students on a first come, first serve basis. They are the only school with this process. You can find out about their school and tours on their website. If you put in an application in one of their first enrollment sessions, you have a good chance of getting a spot. TECA's enrollment dates are:
    October 22, 2013 – Tuesday 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
    November 7, 2013 – Thursday 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
    November 18, 2013 – Monday 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
    December 3, 2013 – Tuesday 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
    January 7, 2014 – Tuesday 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
    January 24, 2014 – Friday 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

    If you live in the Noe/Bernal/Mission/Glen Park area is a useful website which lists public, private, and parochial options in the area.

  2. Creative Arts has tours on Fridays, twice a month, no appointment necessary. Dates:

    Applications for CACS' lottery (separate from the district-wide one) are due January 31, 2014 at 3 p.m:

    If you are interested in TECA, it is highly advisable to apply at an EARLY enrollment date. Last year we were one of the earlier familes to apply in the second enrollment session and ended up on the wait list (we were eventually offered a spot, which I believe are offered in order of the waiting list).