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1570 31st Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94122

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(415) 759-2832
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January 21, 2014
The school is k-8. It is safe. Students mostly Asian. I do not see and hear any bully situation . This school is very academic. 3-4 pages of homework per day for Kindergarden plus book report. It does not teach too much of the learning foundation. Parents are not very active. The ones active is working very hard. PE, music , art, science are taught by home room teacher for lower grade. I wish I can see more extra curriculum. New principal and new vice principal. Too little space for too many student.

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August 22, 2013
Lawton Alternative is a great school with a very family friendly environment. Our family really loves the staff. All the teachers we've come to know are very nurturing and dedicated to the kids. We've got a new principal and assistant principal and we think they're going to be really good for the school The PTA is active and helps fill the gap left by state funding cuts.

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May 19, 2011
Lawton is a great school. Having transfered both of my children from private school - we found the faculty as strong and engaged as any. The size and K-8 connections are exactly what we wanted and help keep the middle school kids focused and committed. The principle is a good leader and communicator. True that the diversity could be a little more mixed, but, all in all, the kids seem color blind. With a grant to green the school yard, the school just keeps getting better....

- submitted by a parent

January 14, 2011
We've felt very fortunate that our son has spent eight years at Lawton. His teachers have mostly ranged from the good to the very good; they and the principle have shaped a school community where academic achievement is valued. The K-8 set-up has worked well for us--it was nice not to have the stress of finding a good middle school a couple of years before having to find a good high school.

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April 06, 2010
This is really a great school. You get to know everyone and are really close to everyone for 9 years. The teachers really prepare you and care about you. Currently I am attending Wallenberg and Lawton really prepared me to do well at that school.

- submitted by a student

September 08, 2008
My child goes to this school. The principal has very high standards and makes sure that all students achieve. All-around excellent school.

- submitted by a parent

July 28, 2008
Lawton is a great school. I graduated from this school in 2007. The teachers are really helpful and friendly, and prepare you well for high school. Although there isn't much diversity (the school has mostly Asian students), everyone finds close friends and knows everyone else. The environment is very safe. No one ever really stresses out from homework. About getting into high school, of the students in my graduating class, around 26 students (out of 66, which is nearly half) were accepted into and are currently attending Lowell, and not one person is attending Mission High. A few people even got accepted into private schools. Please consider this school for your child.

- submitted by a community member

January 09, 2008
My daughter recently transferred to Lawton. It has surpassed my expectations. She is thriving socially and being challenged academically. Teachers are dedicated - your child will not get lost here. Learning disabilities are accomodated. Lack of racial diversity is an issue, but that is a problem throughout the west-side SFUSD schools.

- submitted by a parent

September 13, 2007
As both alumni & parent pf a current Lawton student, as well as a graduate (he's now a junior at Washington), I can substantiate that the school on the K-5 level is outstanding; the level of education received here far exceeds the standard of the majority of elementary schools in San Francisco. As far as I'm concerned, the middle school staff could use a complete overhaul; no one wants to hear about their Lowell students and their home life...your job is to prepare my child to get into Lowell. The teachers we had in the 80's were much better than what's there currently. Also, as an African-American/Hispanic parent I am astounded by how few children of either race attend Lawton; and no, it's not because we don't know about the school. Ethnic diversity is definitely an issue.

- submitted by a parent

August 21, 2007
I graduated from this school just recently. This school has taught me so many things and the teachers are just great! Our honor classes teach you more than regular schools. Go Lawton!

- submitted by a student

February 25, 2007
Great schools. Teachers make sure that the children know the materials and teach them really well. They try to prepare them for the future, and help them be aware of important things, like environmental issues. Great and wonderful school.

- submitted by a parent

March 15, 2006
Very involved parent community!

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December 04, 2005
Great principal that has been there for years. Love that the school is small and my child will stay in the same school for 9 years.

- submitted by a parent

December 02, 2005
Very good school from K-8. Small enough for students to know each other. Academics very good and high test schools.

- submitted by a student

October 10, 2005
It is a public school, what can I say. The teachers, however, are for the most part extremely committed and competant. My kids are happy, and I feel safe with them there.

- submitted by a parent

August 22, 2005
Overall, Lawton is a good school. But what they should improve is the GATE program. It is also a problem of the whole S.F. School District.

- submitted by a parent
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April 27, 2005
I'm extremely disappointed in Lawton school and can't wait to transfer ny child to Presidio Middle(hopefully). The quality of the teachers is low because they practically refuse to answer students' questions and instead refer them to fellow students. Their lackadaisical attitude is going to bring the school down. The biggest falsehood of this school is that it's imagining itself to be a gateway to Lowell. In reality, only two may make it there. The vast majority of Lawton kids wind up in Mission High.

- submitted by a parent

November 11, 2003
I highly recommend Lawton school -my child attends it. The curriculum for elementary and middle school is very good, and most of the students are considered 'honor' students. What I like most about Lawton is that teachers have very high expectations for the students, which you don't find in other public schools. The strenght of the Lawton is Math and reading skills. Because of its small size, Lawton has a family like environment. Teachers really care about students' academic success.

- submitted by a parent

October 27, 2003
I have two children attending Lawton and am very happy with the education they are receiving. Lawton has an academic focus and the students move at a fairly quick pace. The teachers supplement the State curriculum with hands-on projects, field trips, school assemblies and special projects. Parent support of the student population is high. Parents support the children in the classroom, by serving on committees, helping on special projects, by fund raising, and reviewing and assisting with homework. Parent participation allows the school to provide educational extras to the student body. Two of my favorite aspects of Lawton are the small size of the school and the fact that is goes through 8th grade. All the faculty know the students and the small size helps the pre-teens stay focused. The middle school students also help out the lower grades with service learning projects, a benefit to all grades.

- submitted by a parent

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Lawton Alternative Elementary School
1570 31st Avenue, San Francisco, CA  94122
(415) 759-2832
Last modified Lawton Alternative Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Lawton Alternative Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 30 reviews. Top