San Francisco Beacon Centers


For twenty years, Beacon Centers have revitalized communities and empowered youth by transforming school sites into hubs that connect the community and expand learning beyond school hours and academics. Today, 27 Beacon Centers serve over 13,000 San Francisco youth and their families and serve as a model for community schools in the Bay Area and nationally.

Beacon Centers strengthen the connection between schools, students, and families and close the gap between school services (and hours) and community needs. Through strong partnerships, more resources are available and services are better coordinated to achieve positive outcomes for our youth, families and communities.

Beyond supplementing the school day, Beacon Center activities nurture the skills necessary to be successful in life and school – problem solving, critical thinking, personal motivation, and confidence. Beacon Centers are a place where youth feel safe and supported, somewhere to turn to when things get tough at school, at home or with their friends. They ignite a passionate sense of possibility that inspires youth to take ownership of their future.

Families are welcome at Beacon Centers. Siblings, parents, and guardians who participate with the students experience their own learning and build a social support network.

You can find contact info and details for each Beacon Center on the top menu under ‘Centers.’

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