Tenderloin School

Tenderloin School, San Francisco, California, USA

A symbol of the neighborhood’s native cultures, the Tenderloin School serves as a safe haven in a notoriously dangerous neighborhood. Guided by visioning workshops with teachers, parents, children, and community members, the design uses a tight site creatively, accommodating a medical and dental clinic, counseling rooms, adult education classrooms, parent resource center, community kitchen, community garden, and play yards, in addition to the elementary school. Color is used as an orientation device, and the layout integrates school and community functions for maximum interaction. Large, north-facing windows bring daylight into each classroom, where intimate learning spaces are tucked into bay windows.


Size : 66,600 sq. ft.

2000 Beautification Award

San Francisco Beautiful

2000 Honor Award for Architecture

AIA San Francisco

1999 Merit Award

AIA/Committee on Architecture for Education

1997 Award of Merit

AIA CC/Coilition for Adequate School Housing




San Francisco

500 Treat Ave #201
San Francisco, CA 94110

(415) 285-9193