The Urban School of San Francisco

1563 Page St, San Francisco, CA 94117

Urban's program is designed to develop individual responsibility, student initiative and cooperative work habits. The school's block system, which divides the school year into three 12-week periods of intensive work, allows for the in-depth study of each subject through discussions, films, projects, research and fieldwork. The variety of topics explored includes constitutional law, Latin-American and African literature, the Civil War, Russian history, neurobiology, marine biology, painting, music composition and circus movement. Advanced work in the humanities, math, science and the arts is required for graduation. In addition, each student is expected to undertake a yearly project that combines a personal interest with service to the community. Among activities, the school offers students the opportunity to serve on the board of trustees and on other committees, as well as to assist the faculty in planning new courses and special programs. Participation in physical activities, which range from rock climbing, backpacking and competitive athletic teams to nature hiking, jogging and tennis in Golden Gate Park, is encouraged. Urban organizes various outdoor activities and trips throughout the year. The school also hosts a tuition-free summer program for middle school students from low-income families.

General Information

Academic OrientationCollege Preparatory
Grade RangeDay — Coed Grades 9-12
Coed, Boys, or GirlsCoed
Full Address1563 Page St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Year Established1966
Legal StatusNonprofit
Religious Affiliation(None)
AdministratorMark Salkind
Applications DueJanuary
Total Enrollment375
Day Students375
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