Francisco Middle School Home

Principal: Kennith Lee

GATE Coordinator:

Parents are welcome to visit classrooms at any time.

Please call (415) 291-7900 to schedule an appointment.


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Gifted and Talented Education


The Francisco Middle School GATE Program focuses on developing critical thinking skills to promote independent learning experiences beyond the core curriculum. All grades offer challenging classes, special projects, and artistic and cultural activities. Students learn to analyze information and communicate creatively and effectively. Leadership skills are developed through a variety of independent and cooperative learning methods. GATE identified students are placed in honors classes or GATE clusters. All teachers strive to provide a differentiated curriculum, offering opportunities for students to explore their interests and develop the widest possible range of abilities.

Honors Language Arts and Social Studies Classes

Literature based curriculum in accordance with the California State Standards

A variety of writing contexts and strategies, including stories, drama, and poetry as well as opinion and analytical essays utilizing Bay Area Writing Project methodology

Word for Word Program to create performances from literature

Emphasis on critical thinking skills and high interest reading material, including the Junior Great Books Program

Project based Social Studies classes incorporating visual arts into the study of historical events

Independent reading and journal writing

Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee; National Geographic Geography Bee

Field trips to engage students in community-wide learning (Alcatraz, Asian Art Museum, plays and concerts)

Honors Math and Science Classes

Complex problem solving projects and creative applications

Use technology to explore and interpret curriculum; virtual experiments; web-based research and publication

High school equivalent 8th grade algebra program; pre-algebra in sixth and seventh grade

Inquiry based science projects to engage students; hands-on science projects in physics and chemistry (8th grade)

Special Enrichment and Support Programs

Fully equipped computer lab, with video equipment and a full time Curriculum and Technology Integration Specialist

EETT grant, provides interactive white boards in three classes. Teachers receive extensive training in teaching writing and the use of the boards.

Fund For Teachers grant, provides two interactive white boards and training for three teachers.

Full music program: three daily classes of orchestra, two piano classes

Peer Resources elective: helping to improve the social climate of the school by training students to mediate interpersonal conflicts, mentoring younger students, and educating the wider student body about issues of interest and concern

Art elective: hands-on field trips to LeRoy Neiman art studio at Pier 9

Library media center

ALEKS: an online math tutorial program

North Beach-Chinatown Beacon programs:

  • Beacon after school program offers tutoring, art instruction, hip hop dance, cooking, gardening, science, and computer skills
  • AACE Tutoring after school program with study skills, educational games, and outdoor activities
  • Lunchtime activities: art, recreational games, Bike Shop (learn to fix bikes)
  • Buddy Program provides mentors to students
  • Individual and group counseling for students
Safe Passage to Wellness grant:
  • Student Monitoring Program
  • Youth Health Outreach Workers
  • Case management to support families
  • Additional Staffing: two learning support professionals, nurse, family and community outreach worker

California State Award Winning Physical Education program

Annual 6th grade camping trip

Business and community partnerships with Levi-Strauss, Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center, Chinatown Youth Center, Community Educational Services, Asian American Communities for Education, San Francisco School Volunteers, Presidio YMCA