About Alvarado

School Overview

Our Mission and Philosophy

Alvarado is more than a school; it is a community. We are a school of languages, arts, cultures and social justice. Our mission is to reach and teach the heart and soul of the child through a fertile language experience, math, the arts and sciences. We believe community, equity and the transformative power of a challenging education help our students reach their potential. Alvarado offers a quality General Education as well as an award-winning Spanish Immersion program. A resident artist works curriculum into painting and clay projects created in our art room; a science instructor leads the children through experiments in our science lab. We also focus on the social and emotional growth of our students, celebrating our ethnic differences while sharing our Cougar pride.

Academic Program

Alvarado is a dual-immersion TK–5th grade school with 530+ students in four programs: General Education, Spanish Immersion, Special Education and Transitional Kindergarten. Our teachers follow the curriculum established by the San Francisco Unified School District. Our Spanish and English curriculums mirror each other and are based on Macmillan/McGraw Hill for social studies; Reading & Writing Workshop for language arts; Common Core and DreamBox for mathematics; and the Full Option Science System (FOSS). Our programs also provide daily instruction in English Language Development.

Faculty and Staff

We are extremely fortunate to have an enthusiastic, energetic and committed group of professionals working at Alvarado – including our new principal, Sara Shenkan-Rich. Many of our staff, extracurricular instructors and parent volunteers speak English and Spanish, among many other languages.

Parental Involvement

Without our parents, Alvarado would not be the school it is. We expect and encourage families to be involved in the classroom, on field trips, at events or behind the scenes.

The Kindergarten Experience

Kindergarteners are gently introduced to the wider school, which, at more than 500 students, can be intimidating.

Transitional Kindergarten

Transitional Kindergarten bridges the preschool and kindergarten years. Taught by a credentialed teacher, TK is part of a two-year kindergarten program that offers a modified curriculum based on the California Preschool Learning Foundation and the Kindergarten Common Core Standards. This grade level provides children time to build necessary social, developmental, and the academic skills for kindergarten success and beyond. To be eligible for TK, your child must have his or her fifth birthday between September 2 and December 2 of a given school year.