Lawton Alternative School


School Info


K - 5th Grade  9:30 a.m to 3:30 p.m. 

6th - 8th Grade  9:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. 

Lawton IXL



Jazz started in San Francisco. Find out why and how during the third session of Come to the Water: Teaching California Black History.

Come join Oxford University Press historian John William Templeton as he leads the seventh annual Come to the Water: Teaching California Black History seven-week course. The author of Our Roots Run Deep: The Black Experience in California, Vols.1-4, Templeton is the creator of the West's first African American Freedom Trail. 

The next session of the course is Saturday, Jan. 28 at 11 a.m. in the ReUNION: Education-Arts-Heritage offices at 1691 Turk.
The books for the seven week course are: 
Our Roots Run Deep: the Black Experience in California, Vols. 1-4 
Come to the Water: Sharing the Rich Black Experience in San Francisco 
Cakewalk: a historical novel about the unsung creators of jazz 
To our SFUSD Middle School staff and families,
Please join us for the 5th Annual CTE Showcase, presented by the Office of College & Career Readiness and the Career Technical Education (CTE) team for San Francisco Unified School District.
Date:  Wednesday, January 25th, 2017
Time:  5:00 - 7:00 pm
Location:  Palace Hotel (2 Montgomery Street in SF)
At our Showcase, you will:
  • Get a great snapshot of incredible opportunities in SFUSD high schools!  See how students in our over 40 different College & Career Pathways in SFUSD high schools are engaged in challenging, hands-on, project-based learning and getting ready for college, careers, and the community!
  • See examples of incredible real world learning, anywhere from new logos, to tiny houses, social media campaigns, farm-to-table catered dinners, business plans, demonstrations of emergency response, and much more!  Yes, this is San Francisco's future innovators and future workforce!
Please register at the link below:

CTE Showcase 2017 Registration Link

Please pass this on to anyone and everyone you think might want to celebrate, learn about, and participate in our incredible College & Career Pathways!


Erik Rice
Director of College & Career Pathways
San Francisco Unified School District


The San Francisco Alliance
of Black School Educators
The 21st Annual
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Composition & Art Contest

see attached  MLK Essay Contest


Standing Tall when Standing Alone

Contest Dates: January 3, 2017 - February 17, 2017


The 21st Annual
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Art Contest Guidelines

All participants are asked to submit work showing artistic interpretation of the theme related to the work of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., other civil rights leaders, and the ongoing fight for social justice in America. We invite any Pre-K—12 student who is enrolled in any SFUSD school to participate our art contest!



Giving to Lawton

There are a variety of ways you can support Lawton  Three very easy things that you can do right now are to view teacher proposals on, sign up for eScrip, and bring in some Boxtops.


You give to a project, Donorschoose delivers the materials to the class, kids learn and show it in photos and thank-you notes.


eScrip is a resource where participating business partners contribute a percentage of your grocery loyalty cards, credit card, and debit/ATM card purchases to Lawton.       For example, if you register your Safeway Club Card with eScrip, Safeway donates 1% of what you spend per month to the school.  Lawton's Group ID# is 119028715.  


Next time you go grocery shopping, look for the Box Top logos located on many different products like Cheerios.  If you buy any of these products, all you need to do is clip the tops and leave them  in the PTA cubby in the Lawton main office. 

School History

Over seventy years ago, Lawton Alternative School was founded in the growing Sunset District.   The school was built by the Works Progress Administration (WPA), which provided work to nearly eight million Americans during the Great Depression.  Most of the school buildings in the area were built by the same architects in an Art Deco influenced style known as "Streamline Moderne."  This type of style emphasized curving forms, long horizontal lines, and sometimes nautical themes.  Source: Sunset Beacon.

Today, Lawton is a Kindergarten through 8th Grade school with an open enrollment which allows students from any San Francisco neighborhood to apply to attend.  Our school-wide priority is to improve the academic performance of all our students by developing each student's learning potential through a wide variety of challenging programs that provide them with as many active learning and problem solving to reach their full academic potential.  We endeavor to become better citizens through adherence to our motto, "Respect, Responsibility, and Compassion."  Our Parent Teacher Association (PTA) is committed to fostering a strong sense of community and raising funds to support the classrooms with materials, enrichment programs, and extracurricular activies.

Lawton is a California Distinguished School 1986, 1993, 2002, and 2014

Class photo from Lawton January 1960

Class photo from Lawton January 1960

Class photo from Lawton November 1954

Class photo from Lawton November 1954

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Visit Lawton

School tours are on Tuesday and Thursday at starting at 9:25 a.m. from October to mid-January.   Please call (415) 759-2832 to make an appointment for a tour or sign up on Eventbrite at:  If you'd like to speak with a current parent, please send an email to

Lawton Calendar