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About This School

Carmichael (Bessie)/Fec School is a public middle school in San Francisco. The principal of Carmichael (Bessie)/Fec School is Lawrence Gotanco, whose e-mail is tavernettik@sfusd.edu. 653 students go to Carmichael (Bessie)/Fec School and identify mostly as Black, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Asian. 52% of the Carmichael (Bessie)/Fec School students have "limited English proficiency." 77% of the 653 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Carmichael (Bessie)/Fec School is 18:1. San Francisco County Rop School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Theater drama
  • Languages Taught

    • French
    • Japanese
    • Korean
    • Latin
    • Spanish
    • Tagalog
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Field hockey
    • Football
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Track
    • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 8% 12%
Multiracial 6% %
Asian 54% 41%
Filipino 50% 6%
White, non-Hispanic 4% 11%
Unspecified 3% 5%
Hispanic 27% 23%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.7% 0.6%
Pacific Islander 0.7% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.1% 56447%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 77% 56%
Limited English proficiency 52% 31%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (11 months ago)

    My kids has been in this school since they where kinder I love everything about his school especially the teachers. However biggest mistake when they put Karen Francois as the new assistant principal in this school. She doesnt care for the students and the parents. She snaps to the teachers easily she yells! Non of the students like her at all. We need a new leader in this school! No wonder she got kicked out from her last school because of her attitude she is very controlling and thinks can do everything she wants. You would she will change because of her past experience but NO she got worst!!! The district needs to do something

  • (3 years ago)

    I have two kids my son & my step-son and they both love and had a marvelous time at this school. They also go to an after school program w/c is called 'Galing Bata'. I enrolled my son a month before his scahool starts at Galing Bata and I enrolled my step-son late but Galing Bata was so nice that they took him since they have an extra slot to fill in. This school has another school program w/c is YMCA. I don't have any issue regarding this school and I'm semi-active in regards with their PTA activities since me & my husband are working full time. I think they mostly cater to kids and parents who are active and communicates well at school to encourage them to get involve especially parents who only knows to complain and doesn't even participate at all. Most school now a days does not get that much fund but I'm happy that my kids still get enough learning and attention at this school. They also gives flyers most of the time to kids and hand it down to their parents and put up flyers along the bulletin board for parents to read. Sometimes I think of it of too much spam but I still wonder why other parents still doesn't even bother to stop and read it?

  • (3 years ago)

    Bessie Carmichael K-8 is a hidden gem. My daughter has attended since Kinder and my son since middle school. The teachers are involved caring have high standards and are well educated themselves.The principal genuinely cares about each student and runs an effective school. The students at the school are well mannered and very friendly. There are 2 after school programs the YMCA and the Filipino after school program where kids get to learn about Filipino culture and practice Tagalog. In the K-5 school there is a drama chorus girl scouts brownies and now a third grade soccer team!! In the middle school the students have basketball soccer volleyball track and sudent council. Baseball coming this spring year 2011. Get to know MS teachers for fantastic summer opportunities for MS students!!! I feel my two children are receiving a good education in a supportive and caring community. My only complaint would be parent involvement and the communication between school and home needs work. There are opportunities going on that we parents don't always get to hear about. We need a few more active parents who can help our school become even better!

  • (3 years ago)

    BECAUSE OF BUDGET CUT AND RECENT LAY-OFF TEACHERS COME AND GO FROM THIS SCHOOL AND SAD TO SAY THEY HAVE REPLACED SOME OF THE BETTER TEACHERS THAT KNOWS THE KIDS AND SOMEHOW MUCH MORE STUDENT ORIENTED STAFF WITH INCOMPREHENSIBLE AND UNTOLERABLE INSTRUCTORS. I APOLOGIZE TO THE BESTEST TEACHERS THAT THIS SCHOOL HAVE FOR QUITE A LONG TIME AND THEY KNOW WHO THEY ARE-THE ONES THAT GIVES HOMEWORK BECAUSE THEY KNOW KIDS NEEDS IT NOT BECAUSE THEY HAVE TO FOLLOW AND MEET SUCH AND SUCH THINGS. THE TEACHERS THAT TALKS TO STUDENT INSTEAD OF BELITTLING THEM FOR THEIR SIMPLE MISTAKES. I LOVE BESSIE BUT THEIR MISSIONS AND GOAL ARE QUESTIONABLE IN CERTAIN ASPECT.

  • (3 years ago)

    Great School!!Lots of extracurricular programs music dance drama art chorus lots of field trips and band (for older grades) also has optional spanish & tagolog immersion programs they offer lots of parent workshops & family fun days throughout the year.Awesome principle! I believe Mr.Burgos really has a passion for the children for the school and his teachers! He makes it a point to know every child by name(& he does)! This is only our first year here my son just completed his kinder year! He did amazing! He was a lil' ahead of the game academically but he was challenged in unexpected ways & enjoyed every minute of kinder! I hope all of the teachers have as much integrity as my boy's kinder teacher Ms.McCormac! Her consistency&patience is commendable! Ms.Chai is also a teacher worth mentioning she is very loving&has her own child enrolled in Bessie! Parent involvmnt is lacking but i have high hopes!

  • (4 years ago)

    the best school ever. i love this school. best teachers principal students to hang out with and education that your able to get. i have had so many memories through out my school years here at bessie. i have been here since kinder and now i am going to graduate from bessie carmicheal as a 8th grader. i will surely miss this school and hopefully i will come visit this school. (

  • (5 years ago)

    Great School for my 2 kids teachers really care about kids education. Students in this school are well mannered.

  • (7 years ago)

    The School overall is fine it could be better though I attended th school less than a decade ago I felt most teachers did the job to get pain and no real interest in the students. Today my sister is the one attending I am still not entirely satisfies by what I find. The teachers view classmate problems very superficially and in the end dont resolve anything if they got to know the students better I know more problems would be properly taken care of. On the other hand the do provide the school bus free lunch programs therapy and afterschool groups perhaps the schoo is just not ment for certain students.

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