Award Year: 2016

Lafayette Elementary School

4545 Anza Street
San Francisco, CA, 94121-2621

(415) 750-8483

Mr. Heath Caceres, Principal at time of Nomination

San Francisco Unified School District

School Website


Lafayette is a professional learning community committed to developing respectful, responsible students with growth mindsets. Our diversity is valued and celebrated as our greatest strength.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 3%
  • White: 32%
  • Hispanic: 13%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 3%
  • Asian: 35%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 13%
  • ELL: 22%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Lafayette is a diverse community school located in San Francisco.

Lafayette is a diverse community school located in San Francisco.

Lafayette Elementary School serves an exceptionally diverse community. There are 23 home languages spoken and representation from over 35 countries. 30% of the school population is socio-economically disadvantaged. These students are eligible for free and reduced lunch and have priority to enroll in the Richmond District After School Collaborative created to support and enrich the lives of disadvantaged families and youth. Lafayette serves a high number of English Language Learners. Current numbers indicate that English Learner students make up 22% of the school population.

Over the years Lafayette has received numerous awards and honors for academic excellence and achievement. Our school is twice a recipient of the California Distinguished School Award. We have also received the Title 1 Academic Achievement Award and the STEM Special Designation Award for excellence in Math and Science.

Lafayette provides a comprehensive curriculum that stresses academic excellence and social emotional development for our diverse student population. Teachers assess student-learning needs and then develop plans to move these students into proficiency with regards to English, language arts, and mathematics. Teachers create academic environments in which learning is student-centered, giving students maximum opportunities for academic conversations with their peers. Lessons have open-ended responses in order to differentiate teaching and meet the students at their educational levels. The entire staff works closely together to differentiate instruction and build assessible scaffolds for our students. Student-centered learning structures and a focus on academic conversations provide students with support, encouragement, and challenges that inspire all to become better individuals in life.