- School data can be found on the SFUSD site
- Principal: Matthew Hartford
- Enrollment: approximately 500 students in grades K-5. There are 4 kindergarten classes and 2 Special Day Classes (SDC)
- Hours: 9:30 AM-3:35 PM with before and after school programs
- Bell Schedule:
- 9:15: Yard opens for drop-off
- 9:27: First bell
- 9:30: Second bell – school begins (morning greeting and announcements)
- 10:40 – 11:00: Recess K
- 10:45 – 11:00: Recess grades 1-3
- 11:00 – 11:15: Recess grades 4-5
- 11:40 – 12:55: Lunch/recess K
- 12:05 – 12:55: Lunch/recess grades 2-3
- 12:20 – 1:10: Lunch/recess grade 1
- 12:40 – 1:25: Lunch/recess grades 4-5
- 2:00 – 2:15: Recess grades K-3
- 3:30: 5 Minute dismissal warning
- 3:35: Dismissal
- What are the school hours?
- Is there before or after school care onsite?
- What makes Lakeshore special?
- What is the campus like?
- What enrichment programs does Lakeshore offer?
- Where does the funding come from for all the enrichment programs?
- Does Lakeshore offer foreign language as part of the regular school day?
- Does Lakeshore have a computer program?
- Is there parking?
- What is the drop-off zone?
- How does the drop-off zone work?
- How can my child volunteer for the drop-off zone?
- Is the school supported by school bus routes?
What are the school hours?
School starts at 9:30 AM, and dismissal is at 3:35 PM. Yard and cafe supervision begins at 9:15 AM. At the end of the day, Kindergarten classes are dismissed before the upper grades to allow them free access to the hallways.
Is there before and after school care onsite?
Yes. There are several options for before and after school care on-site. Programs begin as early as 7:30 AM and end as late as 6:30 PM.
- Before and after: Everyday Magic
- Before and after: ExCEL
- Before: Morning Mandarin and Cantonese language programs
- After: Afternoon Mandarin language program
- After: Additionally, Academic Chess, piano, and other after school extracurricular activities are often available
- Lakeshore Elementary is an ethnically and economically diverse urban school located across the street from beautiful Lake Merced.
- Lakeshore takes pride in being one of SFUSD’s most ethnically, culturally, and economically diverse parent/student bodies.
- See the SF Chronicle write-up (about halfway down the page)
- SFGate ranks Lakeshore within the top 10 most diverse elementary schools in SFUSD.
- Lakeshore hosts several events that celebrate our diverse community, and our curriculum is enriched with multicultural components throughout.
- Lakeshore Elementary provides a wide variety of enrichment activities and a nurturing, joyful community where teachers and parents work together to create a meaningful education and enhance academic achievements.
- Our proximity to Lake Merced provides a unique opportunity to study local entomology and ornithology.
- The surrounding area is also well-suited for Native American, Californian social studies, and urban agriculture.
- Our students have a natural playground in which they can explore, write poetry, paint, and draw, as well as a wide variety of gardens that provide food, science curriculum opportunities, and a beautiful environment for the school.
- Lakeshore boasts seven beautiful gardens.
- We have three child-friendly playgrounds with padded turf, including one separate playground for the kindergarten classes and one for first grade.
- Lakeshore has a sizable Community Room, complete with a stage, piano, and sound system.
- Students create art in our kiln-equipped Studio Art room.
- We have a dedicated classroom for Science in the Garden classes.
- Children eat their lunches in the cafeteria, and older children have the option of eating at our colorful picnic tables alongside a garden.
- Lakeshore has gone through extensive renovations to make the entire campus ADA compliant including all classrooms, offices, the library and our beautiful gardens. All areas are accessible via ramps and a full access elevator.
- There are approximately 500 students in grades K-5. There are 4 kindergarten classes and 2 Special Day Classes (SDC).
- Our community is dedicated to offering Lakeshore Elementary’s signature ongoing enrichment programs. Our Gardening, Motor Perception, and Studio Art programs were created and continue to be led by alumni parents.
- Additional enrichment programs may vary throughout the year. These include, but are not limited to: architecture, choral music, cultural arts, movement, storytelling, theater, visual art, and yoga.
- Lakeshore Elementary also offers many SFUSD-sponsored programs and other community-sponsored art and cultural experiences such as: a physical education program, general music for grades K-5, instruction for musical recorders for grade 3, optional instrumental music for grades 4-5, Adventures In Music with the SF Symphony, SF Ballet instruction for grade 2, and many field trips to local museums and cultural centers throughout all grade levels.
Where does the funding come from for all the enrichment programs?
Funding for Lakeshore’s programs comes from several sources: SFUSD, Department of Children, Youth and their Families (DCYF), Prop H, Parent Teacher Association (PTA) memberships, charitable contributions, fundraising, and grants.
Does Lakeshore offer foreign language as part of the regular school day?
No. However, Lakeshore does offer daily Mandarin and Cantonese language programs before school and a Mandarin language program after school. See Before and After School Programs for more information.
Does Lakeshore have a computer program?
Our school library received one of 12 grants from the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD). The Lakeshore Library grant proposal, eReading Improves Proficiency (eRIP), was implemented during the 2013-2014 school year. Classes eRead on iPads during alternate week visits in the library.
Is there parking?
There is street parking available in the neighborhood. Leave 10-15 minutes extra in the morning as neighborhood streets get congested. If you need to be at school for more than a few hours, check posted signs since many streets have 2-hour parking restrictions. There are often spots on Gellert and Eucalyptus west of Middlefield without 2-hour restrictions. If you are not able to park, there is a drop-off zone on Eucalyptus at Middlefield where upper-grade students escort children from your car to the yard between 9:15 and 9:30. The drop-off zone may be best for students 1-5 who are more familiar with school.
Please do not park right in the white zone right front of the school at the beginning and end of they day as that area is reserved for buses. During the school day, those spots become available to park in; check posted signs for hours.
What is the drop-off zone?
Not everybody who is driving can park and walk their child in to school. Or, you might be running late one day. For those cases, the drop-off zone lets you drive right up to school and let your child out. Volunteer students under the direction of Student Advisor Classy Martin will see your child safely to the correct yard for morning intake.
How does the drop-off zone work?
The drop-off zone is located at the corner of the school, on Eucalyptus Dr. at Middlefield Dr. You may drop off your student between approximately 9:15 and 9:30am. Pull in to the area on the right marked by yellow traffic cones. As cars clear in front of you, pull as far forward as possible. When you stop, have your child undo the buckle and gather any belongings. A student volunteer will open the curb-side door and help your child based on his or her comfort level – either all the way to the yard, or just to the gate.
It’s best if your child can exit the car curb-side. If your child’s car seat is on the driver’s side and your child cannot climb over obstacles to get to the curb-side door (such as a sibling’s car seat), please wave visibly to the student volunteer to help open the driver’s side door. DO NOT GET OUT OF THE CAR as this impedes the flow of the drop-off zone.
If you are in a rush and wish to use the drop-off zone, please note that Middlefield Dr. can be congested right before school. It may be easier to enter the drop-off zone if you approach from Eucalyptus Dr. heading east, or Middlefield Dr. heading south toward that intersection.
Is the school supported by school bus routes?
Yes. Lakeshore offers limited general education transportation services. If your child is enrolled, they may participate in general education transportation services subject to availability. To ensure equitable access to this limited resource, you must request general education transportation services on behalf of your child. You can do this by:
- Filling out the online form or
- Picking up a copy at the Transportation Department at 1000 Selby Street or at the Educational Placement Center at 555 Franklin Street (Room 100) or
- Contacting the Transportation Department at (415) 695-5505 and asking them to mail you a copy of the bus schedule.