George Peabody Elementary School San Francisco, CA

GEORGE PEABODY is a successful, safe, and small elementary school with a family feel located in San Francisco’s Inner Richmond neighborhood. We serve a diverse community of 280 learners that is a reflection of our multicultural city.

Our talented and experienced staff provides each student with meaningful learning experiences through purposeful instruction and a well-articulated curriculum. We work to ensure that all students learn the skills and gain the knowledge needed to build the foundation to lead successful lives and become productive citizens.

We also strive to ensure that every student leaves George Peabody with a positive elementary school experience full of fond memories, close friendships, a love of learning, and a curiosity of the world beyond San Francisco.

Kindergarten Program

Peabody offers two kindergarten classes taught by very experienced teachers. The teachers plan together to ensure both classes cover the same standards. Each teacher brings her unique personality and special skills to the classroom; however, the standards and themes covered are the same.

Kindergarten Schedule

  • 8:40–10:00 Instruction
  • 10:00–10:20 Recess
  • 10:20–10:30 Supervised Snack
  • 10:30–11:50 Instruction
  • 11:50–12:40 Recess and Supervised Lunch
  • 12:40–2:40 Instruction

After-School Enrichment

Our PTA sponsors a wide array of after-school enrichment classes. Please check our website for a complete list of offerings. Some classes typically offered are Art, Chess, Jr. Engineering, YMakers, Video Game Programming, Drama, Tree Frog Treks, Eco Heroes, Sewing and Handcrafts, Yoga and four different sport classes. A fee is charged for these classes; however, scholarships are available.

Before and After-School Care

We have three after-school care options available to George Peabody students. The Richmond District After-School Collaborative (RDASC) offers an on-site program from 2:40–6:00 PM. The program is open to students in all grades, and fees are on a sliding scale. Booker T. Washington Community Center and the JCC offer off-site programs for all grade levels. Both off-site programs provide a daily pickup at George Peabody. More information about all of these programs is available in on our website. RDASC operates a before school care program from 7:35-8:20. It is free for RDASC students and has a fee for non-RDASC students.

Arts and Music

At George Peabody we offer an articulated arts curriculum that spans kindergarten through fifth grade. In kindergarten and first grade, students focus on dance and movement. In second and third grades, the focus shifts to visual arts. Fourth and fifth graders focus on the performing arts. Consultants and SFUSD Specialist Teachers teach our arts curriculum; however, classroom teachers undertake art projects in the classroom to complement and build upon the core curriculum. Teachers have been trained in the Visual Thinking Skills program in order to teach monthly lessons designed to use artwork analysis as a way to promote critical thinking and a greater appreciation of visual artworks.

All classes receive at least one semester of music instruction. The focus of the music classes is on choral music. Students in grades four and five may also choose to learn an instrument and receive free instrumental music lessons one day a week. George Peabody is a charter member of the San Francisco Opera Aria Network. Through this partnership our students in grades two and three and in our three-five special day class learn about opera during a semester-long artist-in-residency program that culminates with a class opera performance. Kindergartners and first graders learn about opera through a one-day Opera Guild-sponsored program.

Second and third grade students also participate in the Dance in the Schools and Communities program coordinated by the San Francisco Ballet.


George Peabody partners with Education Outside to teach environmental stewardship, science, and coordinate our garden program for all grade levels. Students visit the garden once a week with their class for a lesson that is aligned with grade level science standards or addresses environmental and garden education. Our EO corps member also trains Eco Heroes to support younger students in their exploration of the garden during recesses and to keep our school litter free.

Peabody Works / Physical Education

The Peabody Works program is designed to inspire in children a lifelong love of sports and physical activity in addition to building class community and good sportsmanship. All our classes receive one class game-time session per week with our coach and their classroom teacher. In addition, our Junior Coach leadership program (fourth and fifth grades) trains students to help lead game times with the coach during the morning and lunch recesses.

Students also receive weekly PE lessons from a certificated SFUSD PE teacher. All students receive at least 200 minutes of PE every ten days.

Parent Involvement

Parents are our students’ first teachers and play a vital role at our school. The Parent Teacher Association meets monthly to plan school-wide events, receive updates on our two primary fundraisers, provide feedback about after-school programs, listen to guest speakers and the monthly principal update and to help coordinate parent volunteer efforts at our school. Parent volunteers have opportunities to help in the classrooms, the school office, the lunchroom, the garden and the schoolyard during recess. Parents are an essential part of the Peabody community and are always welcome at our school.

Community Partnerships

George Peabody is a beneficiary of the federally funded America Reads Program. Specially trained University of San Francisco students provide literacy support to identified students in the primary grades. The Jewish Coalition for Literacy works with identified students to provide one-to-one literacy tutoring. Many of our classroom teachers serve as mentor teachers for education students from local universities.


A professional librarian is on site two days per week. She and a cadre of volunteers keep our library collection well maintained and in the hands of our students. A good mix of fiction, non-fiction, and up-to-date reference material make up a well-rounded collection. Our librarian collaborates with the teachers to further expand on classroom lessons. She also assists the children in finding books with the appropriate reading level for them to enjoy.


We currently have 80 iPads and 120 Chromebooks that are used throughout the school. Keyboarding lessons begin in the second grade and all students in grades two-five have accounts with a keyboarding program. Fourth and fifth grade students have a 1:1 ratio with Chromebooks and are expected to type their published Writing Workshop pieces. All third-fifth grade students have accounts with an on-line math program and are expected to utilize the site several times per week.

Contact information

251 6th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94118

Phone: 415-750-8480 Fax: 415-750-8487

Please visit us on Tuesdays, October-January and select Fridays, November– January.

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