Award Year: 2022

Lawton Alternative School

1570 31st Avenue
San Francisco, CA, 94122-3104

(415) 759-2832

Mr. Armen Sedrakian, Principal at time of Nomination

Choice School

San Francisco Unified School District

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Lawton K-8 Alternative School seeks to prepare each student to achieve their maximum potential academically, culturally, socially, and emotionally in an environment that fosters respect for all.Vision: Students at Lawton are encouraged to do their personal best, become independent critical thinkers, strive to reach their full academic potential, be joyful learners, and understand that tenacity and overcoming mistakes and setbacks are keys to long term success. We want our school to be a fun, friendly and safe place where all students grow into responsible, respectful, and compassionate citizens.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 4%
  • White: 7%
  • Hispanic: 6%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Asian: 77%
  • Two or more races: 5%
Middle School Dance at End of Year Lawton Carnival

Middle School Dance at End of Year Lawton Carnival

Lawton Alternative School is located in the Outer Sunset District of San Francisco. As a kindergarten to eighth grade school, it is a city-wide school with half the students coming from the local zip code and half attending from across the city. Our school has a strong academic track record as well as a rich program of visual arts, music, computer science, gardening, chorus, and dance. In addition, we want our students to have a strong sense of themselves and develop their social-emotional learning.

Thirty-five percent of our elementary students in grades 3-5 are English Learners. Sixty percent of EL students met or exceeded standards on the 2022 SBAC test in ELA and 58% of EL students met or exceeded standards in Math. In addition to academic success, our middle school girls' volleyball team have won eight city championships in the last fourteen years.

Students in eighth grade have developed a strong sense of family with their classmates of nine years. As a K to 8 school, middle school students watch out and support elementary students while elementary students look up to our middle school students as role models. We have leveraged this to support mentorship programs such as our middle school Black Student Union reaching out to our elementary Black students. Also, middle school teacher assistants regularly work with and tutor elementary students.This both supports the elementary students academically and emotionally and gives confidence and a sense of responsibility to our middle school students.