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About This School

Lawton Alternative Elementary School is a public middle school in San Francisco. The principal of Lawton Alternative Elementary School is Beverly C. Dobrus, who can be contacted at 610 children attend Lawton Alternative Elementary School and identify mostly as Asian; White, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 26% of the Lawton Alternative Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 50% of the 610 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Lawton Alternative Elementary School is 19:1. Giannini (A.P.) Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

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

    • Mandarin
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • P.E. classes
    • Track

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 74% 41%
White, non-Hispanic 7% 11%
Hispanic 5% 23%
Black, non-Hispanic 4% 12%
Filipino 3% 6%
Unspecified 11% 5%
Multiracial 10% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0.6%
Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 56447%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 50% 56%
Limited English proficiency 26% 31%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (8 months ago)

    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.

  • (1 year ago)

    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.

  • (3 years ago)

    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....

  • (3 years ago)

    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.

  • (4 years ago)

    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.

  • (6 years ago)

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

  • (6 years ago)

    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.

  • (6 years ago)

    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.

  • (7 years ago)

    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.

  • (7 years ago)

    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!

  • (7 years ago)

    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.

  • (8 years ago)

    Very involved parent community!

  • (8 years ago)

    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.

  • (8 years ago)

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

  • (8 years ago)

    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.

  • (9 years ago)

    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.

  • (9 years ago)

    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.

  • (10 years ago)

    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.

  • (10 years ago)

    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.

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