Award Year: 2013

John Yehall Chin Elementary School

350 Broadway Street
San Francisco, CA, 94133-4503

(415) 291-7946

Allen Lee, Principal at time of Nomination

San Francisco Unified School District

School Website


JYC provides a rigorous environment that empowers all students to become educated and productive citizens who are able to grow and succeed in our complex world.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 4%
  • Hispanic: 1%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Asian: 90%
  • Two or more races: 3%
  • ELL: 69%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %

John Yehall Chin parents love our small, welcoming school and the well-rounded education we provide their students. Being efficient and productive are the two attributes that we treasure the most here. We fully realize and accept without angst the importance of state mandated assessments. We believe in creating a learning environment that fosters caring and innovation so that our students are thirsting to transform our world. Our teachers possess a deep knowledge of their content areas and current research on human development to effectively teach all learners. We believe in using technology, as well as maintaining the all-important human touch, to communicate clearly and frequently with families.

Monthly programs such as the Wells Fargo Bank Savings Program, the School Spirits Store, and weekly programs such as the School Pride Tickets, and the Lily Cai Chinese Cultural Dance Program are just some of the unique opportunities that our students and families all love.

Pull-out versus push-in, holistic assessment versus standardized assessment, Mac’s versus PC’s, Prometheans versus SMART – these are just some of the seemingly endless debates that we as educators mire ourselves into, detracting us from serving our students. Research has shown that some of our students benefit more from a pull-out service modality and yet others benefit more from a push-in service modality. Research has also shown that in certain instructional environments, pull-out is more effective while in other instructional environments, push-in is more effective. Staying above the political fray is an important factor to our school’s overall success.