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About George Peabody Elementary

George Peabody is a small, safe, and successful elementary school located in San Francisco’s Inner Richmond neighborhood. The school has a small-town family feel, yet serves a diverse community of students that reflects our multicultural city. Download the brochure.

Our experienced and talented 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 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 has two kindergarten classes taught by teachers with a total 30 years of teaching experience. The teachers plan together to ensure that both classes cover the same curriculum. Each teacher brings her unique personality and special skills to the classroom, however, the curriculum covered is the same.

 

Kindergarten Schedule
8:40 - 10:00 Instruction
10:00 - 10:10 Supervised Snack
10:10 - 10:30 Recess (with first and second graders)
10:30 - 12:15 Instruction
12:15 - 12:45 Supervised Lunch
12:45 - 1:05 Lunch time "Kindergarten only" recess
1:05 - 2:40 Instruction


Computer Technology

All students have access to networked classroom computers. The school has a technology committee to ensure that the computers and associated equipment are maintained, the proper software is in place, and technology skills are taught at appropriate levels. We have an iMac cluster in our school library.

Music and Art

At George Peabody we have an articulated arts curriculum from kindergarten through the fifth grade. During the first semester students in grades K through 4 receive weekly music instruction from our musician-in-residence, which culminates in a schoolwide performance in December. The second semester involves working with the Performing Arts Workshop and an independent artist-in-residence; a 16-week experience.

In K and 1st grade, students focus on dance and movement. In second and third grade, the focus shifts to visual arts. Fourth and fifth graders focus on the performing arts. Outside consultants are hired to teach our arts curriculum, however classroom teachers undertake art projects in each of their classes to compliment and build upon the arts curriculum.

In addition, our second and third grade students participate in the Dance in Schools and Communities program offered by the San Francisco Ballet. Fourth and fifth grade students are provided with choral and instrumental instruction by a school district-provided music teacher on a weekly basis.

Library

A professional librarian and volunteers manage our library. Students make weekly visits to our well-maintained school library. The library is open before and after school almost every day.

After-School Program

The Richmond District After School Collaborative offers an on-site free program for 83 students. The program provides homework help, tutoring, art activities, and organized games and sports. The program is currently open to students in kindergarten to fifth grade, and operates Monday through Friday from 2:40 pm to 6:00 pm.

The Aspire program at St. James has a fee-based program Monday through Friday from 2:40 - 6:00. Students get picked up at George Peabody and walk to the St. James campus on California and 8th Ave.

Our after-school bus makes a stop at the Jewish Community Center.

Parent Involvement

Parents are our students' first teachers and play a vital role at our school. The Paren Teacher Association meets monthly to plan for school-wide events, fundraisers, after-school programs, and to help coordinate parent volunteer efforts at our school. Parent volunteers assist in classrooms, the school office, the library, and the schoolyard during lunch recess. Parents are an integral part of the Peabody community.

Community Partnerships

George Peabody is a beneficiary of the federally funded America Reads Program. Specially trained University of San Francisco Students provided over 50 hours a week of in-class literacy support in the primary grades. The Jewish Coalition for Literacy works with our targeted students to provide literacy tutoring. In addition, we have received donations from the GAP Foundation, Levi Strauss, The Junior League of San Francisco, the Wells Fargo Foundation, the Park Hyatt Hotel, and local area merchants.