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1220 Noe St, between Clipper and 25th, in the center of Noe Valley.
School buses serve the Oceanview and Bayview neighborhoods. A special #48 bus
towards the Mission stops outside the school at 3:30 every afternoon. Muni #24 bus to
Bernal Heights is one block away, and the J-Church line is also nearby.
The school day begins at 8:25 and ends at 3:30. There is late-start (10am) on Wednesday for
staff professional development. On these days (Wednesdays) school starts at 10am and lets out at 3:30pm.
After School Program
Our "Jamestown" after school program is free and onsite for students who meet criteria of
receiving free/reduced fee lunch and Far Below Basic or Below Basic on the California Standards
Test. It is available Monday through Friday from 3:30 to 6:30 pm. All students are welcome to sign
up, but space is limited so there may be a waiting list. Students complete homework assignments
and participate in activities including sports, animation, arts, dance and skateboarding.
Students can gather in the yard at 8 am. The first bell rings at 8:25. Students are expected to be
at their desks and ready to learn by the time the second bell rings 8:30 am.
All students must wear black pants or skirt, with a white collared shirt or JLMS t-shirt sold by the PTSA. Blue or red colors are not allowed on clothes including jackets and backpacks.
There are approximately 560 students at James Lick. About 45% are in the Spanish Immersion program.
The School Day
There are a total of seven 50-minute periods per day, as follows (classes are not taught in
Language Arts / Social Studies: 100 minutes daily
Students study with the same teacher in all grades. Students in the Spanish Immersion
program receive instruction through Spanish.
Math / Science: 100 minutes daily
Students study with the same teacher in sixth and seventh grades. In eighth grade the two
subjects are taught separately. All students receive Algebra in eighth grade.
Physical Education (50 minutes daily)
Unified Arts (50 minutes daily): includes music, dance, visual arts, and a peer resource
class (see Electives, below)
Unified Arts/ English (50 minutes daily): Students in the Spanish Immersion program take
a separate English class. Other students receive a variety of enrichment classes, taught by
the core teachers.
In 6th grade, students rotate through the three to four enrichment classes. In 7th grade,
they rotate through two semester-long enrichment classes. At the end of 7th grade,
students fill out a preference form and request a year-long enrichment class for 8th grade.
Enrichment classes include Peer Resources, Art, Dance, Instrumental Music and Guitar,
Chinese, Drama, AVID, Gardening, Design, etc.
We have three Special Education Programs: Inclusion, Resource, and Special Day Class.
Students in Inclusion and Resource are mainstreamed in general education classes with
the support of grade level Resource/Inclusion teachers and paraprofessionals. Students
in Special Day Class have the opportunity to be in smaller classes for the academic core
Teachers meet the needs of GATE and high achieving students by differentiating
instruction. Differentiation may include extensions on projects or alternate assignments.
Breakout sessions in math allow students who have mastered a particular concept to work
at a higher level.
All students have a daily physical education class for 50 minutes. Students develop
a “Sportfolio” to track their progress in the area of health and fitness. Lick students compete
in all sports in the SFUSD AAA League (softball, baseball, basketball, soccer, volleyball
Sixth graders eat lunch separately from seventh and eighth grades. They can eat in the
cafeteria or in the yard. School lunches are served and food is offered for sale at the
There are many volunteer opportunities and parents are always welcome. Parent
volunteers sit on the Site Council, chaperone field trips, write grants, coordinate fundraising and community events, and perform many other tasks. We have an active PTSA and ELAC group. There is a full-time parent liaison officer and all parents are welcome at monthly Principal chats.
• extensive support staff includes grade level counselors and social workers
• college and career readiness programs
• library and computer lab
• annual musical theater performances
• onsite writing lab operated by 826 Valencia
• school garden
• AVID college preparatory classes