The San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) is the seventh largest school district in California, educating over 57,000 students every year. San Francisco is both a city and a county; therefore, SFUSD administers both the school district and the San Francisco County Office of Education (COE). This makes SFUSD a “single district county.”
SFUSD is governed by an elected seven-member Board of Education.
The mission of the San Francisco Unified School District is to provide each student with an equal opportunity to succeed by promoting intellectual growth, creativity, self-discipline, cultural and linguistic sensitivity, democratic responsibility, economic competence, and physical and mental health so that each student can achieve his or her maximum potential.
As of the 2015-16 school year, SFUSD has:
- 64 elementary schools (K-5)
- 8 alternatively configured schools (K-8)
- 13 middle schools(6-8)
- 19 high schools (9-12)
- 16 transitional kindergarten schools
- 13 active charter schools authorized by the district
A PreK through 12 core curriculum
To truly prepare students for future success in college and career, classroom learning emphasizes problem-solving, critical thinking, collaboration, and creativity. SFUSD’s Core Curriculum aligns with the California Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics, an even more rigorous set of standards that prepare students to be college and career ready for the 21st Century. The curriculum is designed to help students navigate our changing world, to learn and create in various media and to distinguish fact from fiction.
Healthy school meals
A healthy diet is essential for success in school and in life. For school meals we offer freshly prepared nutrient-rich foods that promote healthy growth and development. Breakfast is available every day and, at many schools, students can grab food on their way to their first class or even eat in the classroom. Included with each lunch is a family-style vegetable option, similar to a salad bar, that students can serve themselves.
Social and emotional support
Most students face personal challenges at school or at home at some point in their school career, and our school staff and community agencies who work with our schools are there to help. We have school nurses and social workers at least part time at every school and all of our high schools have Wellness Centers.
Enhancing student learning with technology
Technology is enhancing the way teachers teach and students learn. Now, with support from community organizations, Mayor Ed Lee and businesses, more students than ever have access to the latest technology, including personal computing devices and online learning opportunities to extend and reinforce classroom learning.
Students participate in physical education (PE) at school from kindergarten to 10th grade. While middle and high schools have specialized PE teachers, elementary school teachers are responsible for teaching PE along with all other subjects. With funding from San Francisco’s voter approved Public Education Enrichment Fund (PEEF), twice as many elementary school students will benefit from PE specialists who will help ensure that elementary students receive high quality PE instruction.
Parents as partners
As a parent or guardian in SFUSD you can expect to be informed about your child’s progress in school and welcomed as a member of the SFUSD learning community. There are many opportunities for you to participate in your child’s education both at your child’s school and districtwide. In addition to supporting your child’s academic growth by making time for homework, attending parent teacher conferences and participating in schoolwide events, we encourage you to consider being a part of a governance group at your school such as the School Site Council or the English Language Advisory Committee. If you’re interested in being part of a districtwide parent group to help all students across the city, there are also many options.
Visual and performing arts
We want your children to have a well-rounded education and to be able to express themselves in a variety of ways. Every elementary 4th and 5th grade student participates in a music instrument program, and all middle and high schools offer daily classes in the visual and performing arts.
Fostering a positive school climate
We believe that it is our role as educators to help children learn how to solve problems, empathize with others and conduct themselves with integrity. At every grade level students learn skills that help them to get along with others and resolve conflicts peacefully. SFUSD schools use restorative practices that promote strengthened relationships and community building, provide meaningful opportunities for students to hold themselves accountable for their actions, and support students to take responsibility for making their school community a safe and nurturing environment.