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420 Filbert Street,
San Francisco, CA 94133

(415) 291-7924

Garfield is a public elementary school located at the base of Coit Tower n- one of the most picturesque spots in the city of San Francisco. As one of the first public elementary schools in the city, Garfield has been providing a rich academic environment for local children for more than 100 years. Today, Garfield is a small, tight-knit community serving 240 children of diverse cultural and economic backgrounds in grades K-5.

Garfield Elementary offers general education classes for grades K-5; a Chinese Immersion program for grades K-1 (additional grades will be added every academic year through grade 5); a Special Day Class (SDC) program for children with high-functioning autism in grades K-5; and an after-school program from 1:50 – 6:00pm every school day. In addition to the music, art and P.E. programs that are offered throughout the district, Garfield partners with San Francisco community-based organizations to provide enrichment opportunities for its students. These partners include CUESA (the Center for Urban  Education about Sustainable Agriculture); the Chinatown Y.M.C.A; the San Francisco Opera Guild; LEAP Arts in Education; and more. 

For more information about Garfield, please visit the school’s Facebook page, Garfield’s San Francisco Unified School District page, and Great Schools . If you are interested in receiving the Garfield PTO newsletter, please provide your email address here.

Special Day Classes (SDC)


Special Day Classes 

Garfield provides supportive classes for children with mild to moderate autism. Students enrolled in Special Day and their families are an essential part of the Garfield community.

Special Day students are assigned for a majority of the school day to a separate class and are grouped by instructional need into two, multi-grade classrooms:  one serving grades K-2, and one serving children in grades 3-5. 


This setting provides academic enrichment to students with more intensive needs who cannot meaningfully benefit from instruction in a general education setting. 

Special Day Class teachers and paraprofessionals work collaboratively with general education classroom teachers and the IEP team to plan services and provide classroom instruction. 

The primary focus of instruction in Special Day Classes at Garfield is the Common Core academic standards accommodated and/or modified with specialized instructional strategies to meet individual student needs.