Founded in 1966, The Urban School of San Francisco is an innovative, independent high school with a mission to ignite a passion for learning and to inspire our students to become self-motivated, enthusiastic participants in their education. We honor the uniqueness of each individual and seek students from diverse backgrounds in order to build a strong, inclusive community and prepare students for lives in a multicultural society.
The Urban School has been at the forefront of educational excellence since our founding, pioneering innovations such as block scheduling, a nationally regarded service learning program and a 1:1 student laptop program. At Urban, our extraordinary teachers find the key to learning in every individual, while instilling a rigorous educational foundation to prepare them for college and beyond.
At Urban, we believe high school should be a place where students discover the value of their minds and the excitement of learning. Both in and out of the classroom, locally and globally, we instill a consciousness of social justice, an ethic of citizenship and a commitment to service.
Number of Students: 417
• San Francisco 77%
• Marin 14%
• East Bay 5%
• Peninsula 4%
Faculty to student ratio: 1:10
Faculty with advanced degrees: 56%
Average class size: 14
Students of color: 39%
Faculty of color: 31%
Students receiving $3.3 million in tuition assistance: 29%
The Urban School of San Francisco seeks to ignite a passion for learning, inspiring its students to become self-motivated, enthusiastic participants in their education – both in high school and beyond.
Learning is an active, joyful process of discovery where students are challenged to ask essential questions, solve problems in disciplined and creative ways, and construct substantive understandings under the guidance of passionate and inspiring teachers.
Academic excellence is demonstrated by depth of conceptual understanding and achieved through rigorous engagement, comprehensive assessment and thoughtful self-evaluation.
We honor the uniqueness of each individual and embrace diverse backgrounds, values and points of view to build a strong, inclusive community and to prepare students for lives in a multicultural society.
Students best grow in personal responsibility and self-worth in a school characterized by trust, honesty and mutual respect among students and teachers.
We are committed to reflection, evaluation, evolution and innovation as means to improve teaching and learning.
Learning extends beyond the classroom to instill in students a sense of mission and purpose as citizens of the larger community and world.
As we prepare students for college, we celebrate the vitality of adolescence and the abundant possibilities for intellectual growth and personal achievement during these four years.