All classes, whether in the English, Mandarin, or Autism-Focused Program, follow the Common Core State Standards for English and math instruction and the Next Generation Science Standards, as mandated by the state of California.


General Education

Our General Education program is a rigorous English-language academic program that provides students with opportunities to extend their learning, particularly using the Readers-Writers Workshop model to build reading and writing skills.


Mandarin Two-Way Immersion

The Mandarin immersion (MI) program prepares students to be bilingual, biliterate, and bicultural. For Kinder, 1st, and 2nd grades the breakdown of instructional time is roughly 80% Mandarin and 20% English. For 2nd and 3rd grades, MI time is 70/30 and by 4th and 5th grades, Mandarin/English instruction throughout the day is roughly 50/50. As with our GE program, the MI students use the Readers-Writers Workshop model to build reading and writing skills in English.

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Special Education

Starr King offers an autism-specific special day program as well as a full inclusion program and RSP services. The program consists of three Special Day Classes and students are included in most classrooms. The highly trained staff use PECS and TEACH strategies.


Pre-K Program

Through SFUSD's Early Education Department, Starr King offers a pre-school program for our youngest learners to provide them with the academic and social foundations that will help them succeed in the elementary years.