Sunset Elementary School – San Francisco, CA

Award Year 2017

Exemplary High Performing Schools

Sunset Elementary School

1920 41st Avenue
San Francisco, CA, 94116-1101

(415) 759-2760

Ms. Sophie Lee, Principal at time of Nomination

Choice School

San Francisco Unified School District

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Bell Award Winner


Student Demographics

  • Black/African American: 6%
  • White: 26%
  • Hispanic: 6%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Asian: 43%
  • Two or more races: 18%
  • ELL: 18%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 25%


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Sunset Elementary School's Vibrant Community and Joyful Students

Sunset Elementary School's Vibrant Community and Joyful Students


Sunset Elementary School is a vibrant, multicultural community of engaged students, educators, and parents. Located in the metropolitan city of San Francisco, Sunset embraces a culturally, linguistically and economically diverse student population.

Strategic initiatives create a welcoming school climate. Sunset staff cultivate strong, trusting relationships as a foundation for academic achievements using the Caring School Communities program and Restorative Practices. Partnering with an energetic PTA and community-based organizations has led to more school wide events, increased resources, and beautiful gardens and murals. Parent and community volunteers are key to Sunset Elementary's success in nurturing and preparing our children.

Over the years, Sunset enhanced its programming and instruction. An emphasis on cohesive, supportive staff relationships boosts teachers' professional capacity and leadership. Substantial opportunities for professional development leads to academic growth. With a comprehensive and differentiated curriculum addressing individual needs, students are challenged in a variety of settings. Sunset's Gold Ribbon Award-winning technology program equips students to excel in STEAM projects. In the Learning Garden, hands-on activities and projects teach lessons in life sciences and sustainability. A robust Visual and Performing Arts program features dance, drama, visual arts, plus instrumental and choral music. Providing access and equity to all students ensures that social justice and academic growth are a reality at Sunset.

Sunset Elementary School's community of joyful learners is committed to the highest academic standards in a nurturing environment, affording all students success in lifelong, 21st century learning.