About our School


Claire Lilienthal K-8 Alternative School inspires each student to achieve their maximum potential in an academically, culturally, and socially inclusive environment.


We aspire to provide all students access to a wide range of integrated learning opportunities so that they meaningfully experience, understand, and engage in the world around them as responsible citizens.

School description

Claire Lilienthal is a California Distinguished School with a mission to inspire each student to achieve their maximum potential in an academically, culturally, and socially inclusive environment. Lilienthal was founded on the ideals of equity, academic excellence, and parent partnership. These ideals continue to support the work we do today.  

Currently, our robust PTA helps fund significant professional development for our already strong teaching staff. We have channeled that support to expand The Readers and Writers Workshop throughout our school. In addition to the Workshop model, our staff is engaging in a small Project-Based Learning pilot program. These two programs are creating a lot of excitement for our staff, parents, and most importantly, our students.

Lilienthal’s staff and community also recognize the importance of providing social-emotional learning opportunities for our students. We’ve expanded access to counseling at both campuses and are implementing a curriculum that helps students self-regulate, manage interpersonal conflict, and contribute to a positive, happy school environment.  

Enriching learning experiences can be found throughout the school as well. We have a wonderful garden program at both campuses run through The Education Outside Program. Our students also take outdoor education trips each year ranging from a day in the Presidio to a week in Catalina Island. We also have a long history of arts integration and work with SFArtsEd to provide rigorous arts programming for the entire school.

Lilienthal is a two-track school offering both General Education (English only)  a Korean Immersion Program (KIP). KIP is the only one of its kind in Northern California. Welcoming both native Korean speaking students as well as English speakers, KIP seeks to achieve full bilingualism. KIP provides its students with the same curriculum as that provided to General Education students, but does so in both languages.   

We also employ inclusive practices with our special needs students, and have early intervention for struggling readers.

Thank you for your interest in Claire Lilienthal. We look forward to meeting you and partnering with you on the education of your child!


Madison Campus (K-2)

Lilienthal’s youngest students, from kindergarten through 2nd grade, attend class at the school’s Madison campus. Located in a quiet neighborhood in the Inner Richmond district, the Madison campus comprises the former James Madison Elementary School’s renovated facility along with a modern addition around an open courtyard.

Scott Campus (3-8)

Starting in 3rd grade, Lilienthal students attend classes at the school’s Scott campus, located a short distance from the Madison campus in the city’s Marina District. Occupying the former Winfield Scott Elementary School facility, Lilienthal’s Scott campus has additional facilities to accommodate the middle school academic and athletic programs.

Day-to-day at Claire Lilienthal

Madison Campus (K-2) 3950 Sacramento St. (415) 750-8603

  • Admin. Assistant: Kathleen Shustar

  • Classes starts at 7:45 AM

  • Curbside drop-off and pick-up is on Clay Street. Parent volunteers help younger children in and out of cars. Drop-off starts at 7:30 AM. Pick-up begins at 1:45 PM.

  • Bus drop-off and pick-up is on Sacramento Street. Adults help children on and off of the bus. Drop-off starts at 7:25 AM. Pick-up begins at 1:50 PM. For additional bus information from SFUSD, see SFUSD Transportation - Lilienthal

  • Aftercare. On-campus aftercare is available at The Claire Lilienthal After School Program (CLASP). CLASP is a nonprofit organization licensed by the State Department of Social Services. CLASP is open every day after school from 1:45 PM to 6:00 PM. There is a an initial registration fee and an ongoing monthly fee. For further information concerning fees and CLASP programs contact CLASP at (415) 750-1577.

Scott Campus (3-8), 3630 Divisadero St. (415) 749-3516

  • Admin. Assistant: Candace (Candy) Selig

  • 6th – 8th Grade Classes start at 7:40 AM.

  • 3rd – 5th Grade Classes start at 7:45 AM.

  • Curbside drop-off and pick-up is on Divisadero Street. Drop-off starts at 7:30 AM. Pick-up begins at 1:45 PM.

  • Bus drop-off and pick-up is on North Point Street. Adults will help children on and off of the bus. Drop-off starts at 7:25 AM. Pick-up begins at 1:50 PM. For additional bus information from SFUSD, see SFUSD Transportation - Lilienthal.

  • Aftercare. On-campus aftercare is available at The Claire Lilienthal Learning Academy (CLLA). CLLA is provided with our community based partners at the Presidio YMCA. CLLA offers Lilienthal 3rd -8th grade students an extracurricular after-school program. CLLA is open every day after school from 1:45 PM - 6:00 PM. CLLA Emergency and Pick Up forms are available in the CLLA office and must be filled out prior to attending. General questions may be left for CLLA at the school office number of (415) 749-3516 prior to 3:00 PM daily. To reach CLLA directly once your child is already enrolled, call (415) 749-1869.

Homework Policy

Over the course of the 2016-2017 school year, our School Site Council and Staff created a new homework policy that we are implementing this year.  In taking a look at the research and best practices of other schools we decided that it was best to write a progressive homework policy.  The research showed that children in middle school had academic gains when given homework while there was little to no correlation in the younger grades (K-2). 

For more, please see our policy here


A Parent Partnership school

Claire Lilienthal is a “Parent Partnership” school, which means that all parents/guardians are encouraged and supported to actively participate with the teachers, staff and the administration, in their child’s educational experience.  There are several different kinds of groups that support the educational mission at CL.

  • School Site Council (SSC): The SSC is a state-mandated, elected, consensus-based entity, which includes parents, teachers, and administration. It is the primary way the school community can participate in the review, development, and implementation of the school’s curriculum, as well as other important issues affecting the school.

  • Korean Immersion Program (KIP): CL has a Korean/English Immersion Program for grades K-8. KIP students generally participate in all curricular and extracurricular activities offered at Lilienthal. KIP is administered by our Principal.

  • Parent Teacher Association (PTA): The CL PTA is a child-advocacy body that meets monthly to develop fundraising and volunteer programs to support school academics, improve coordination between home and classroom, build a strong, supportive school community, and coordinate with SFUSD and statewide PTA activities. PTA membership is open to all parents/guardians, school administrative staff and faculty. Members vote on most PTA issues and PTA elections. The CL PTA Executive Board consists of individuals elected by the members of the PTA body (elections are held at the end of the school year).

Stay connected

1. CLPTA Newsletter

The PTA publishes an email newsletter on Monday mornings. This newsletter is sent through SchoolPages and contains useful school-wide relevant information on upcoming school activities, fundraisers, and volunteer opportunities. Grade-specific information (e.g., field trips; class parties) is disseminated via Room Parents. The newsletter can also be found at the bottom of this page on SchoolPages.

2. Wednesday Bulletin

The school publishes a Wednesday Bulletin that at your option, is either sent home with your child or emailed to you directly. It contains information on school events, a principal's update, and the weekly CLPTA newsletter. If you are not getting emails, please call the school to update your email address.

3. School Calendar

This is the master calendar for all school events, and can be found both here and on SchoolPages.

4. Public Website (this site)

This site is a resource for CL families, staff, parents of prospective students and the community for public-facing information about the school. Email clpta.message@gmail.com with requests for Web content or updates.

5. SchoolPages Website

SchoolPages is a secure, password-protected internal website that allows our entire school community to easily communicate and organize school-wide events in a safe environment. It contains the school directory, information on upcoming events, school pictures, classroom pages, committees’ information and archives of our weekly CLPTA newsletter.

How you can help

As a Parent Participation school, our success is dependent on you!  There are a lot of ways to help:




Claire Lilienthal Programs

Learn all about LIlienthal's Outdoor Ed, Korean Immersion, Music and Art, Physical Education programs and more.

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Non-Discrimination Policy: San Francisco Unified School District programs, activities, and practices shall be free from unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression; or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

If you believe you have been subjected to discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying, you should immediately contact the school site principal and/or Director of the Office of Equity (CCR Title 5 and Title IX Officer), Keasara (Kiki) Williams, at 415-355-7334 or equity@sfusd.edu. A copy of SFUSD’s uniform complaint policy and SFUSD’s non-discrimination policy are available upon request.