About Us

The San Francisco Beacon Initiative coordinates public and private partnerships and funding that enable schools, communities, and families to offer academic, social, and emotional support to their youth as they prepare for lives as successful adults.

San Francisco Beacon Initiative is one of the first models of communities and schools working in partnership. The community and its youth feel connected and supported as they take steps to shape their own bright future.

The mission of the San Francisco Beacon Initiative is to work at the site and system level to transform public schools into youth and family-centered places of learning. Grounded in the community schools model/framework,  Beacon Centers are committed to a cohesive, comprehensive, and collaborative approach that create pathways to lifelong learning and transformative experiences for youth and the adults who support them through advocacy, leadership, networking and program support.

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Please join the San Francisco Beacon Initiative and Beacon Bridge at our annual conference - Beacon Way Day!

This conference brings together line staff, program coordinators, and directors from the 27 Beacon Community Schools across San Francisco.

Our Beacon Way Day theme this year - Get Up, Stand Up calls each of us to stand up for our communities. The work we do is paramount in the lives of the youth and families we serve. This conference offers an opportunity to build skills we need to advocate for our communities and reignite our purpose.

Click HERE to register Beacon Staff!

Click HERE for more conference information!

Check out our San Francisco Community Schools Toolkit!

We are excited to share with you the San Francisco Community Schools Toolkit! This document is a product of a partnership between the San Francisco Beacon Initiative and San Francisco Unified School District. It is full of resources and tools to help any school community move closer to a comprehensive community school model.

Many of the resources you will find in the toolkit were adapted from those created over the last decade of Community Schools work in San Francisco. We have also borrowed from other Community School efforts across the nation. In particular, our San Francisco Community School standards were adapted from the recently created national standards from National Coalition for Community Schools.


Beacon Director Contact List





Elementary Schools

Bret Harte Elementary School Merita Kaulave
Bryant Elementary School Dianna Caracoza
Cesar Chavez Elementary School Liliana Santos
Dr. Charles Drew Elementary School Tiana Kaulave
Dr. William Cobb Elementary School Jasmine Benton
El Dorado Elementary School Natalie Toland
Dr. George Washington Carver Elementary School Kevin Wilson
John Muir Elementary School LaSaundra Owens
Leonard Flynn Elementary School Melissa Alvarez
Malcom X Academy Elementary School Shanyanae Tucker
Sanchez Elementary School Charlotte Le Riviere

K-8 Schools

Bessie Carmichael K-8 Alfredo Guardado
Buena Vista/Horace Mann K-8 Alberto Martinez
Paul Revere K-8 Sherry Galdamez

Middle Schools

AP Giannini Middle School Mandy McGowen
Aptos Middle School Stefanie Almendares
Everett Middle School Wilson Jimenez
Francisco Middle School Lorraine Orlandi
Herbert Hoover Middle School Reggie Valenzuela
James Denman Middle School Patricia Barraza
James Lick Middle School Anttwan Stanberry
Marina Middle School Amelia Rudberg
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Middle School Jibraan Lee
Presidio Middle School Mia Tswago
Roosevelt Middle School Cass Terry
Visitacion Valley Middle School Ryan Campagna
Willie Brown Middle School Ed Cheveres