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Strategic Plan

If we...
  • Engage students to learn a rigorous Common Core-based curriculum
  • Invest in the professional learning of teachers, leaders and school staff

  • Enlist our partners and engage families in a community schools approach

  • Align school and central office supports and resources to our Six Strategies for Success

Then, every student who enrolls in our schools will graduate ready for college, career and life.

This is our theory of action—the actions we believe are our greatest levers to ensure our overall vision of graduating every student ready for college, career and life comes true.

Impact Learning. Impact Lives.

Our strategic plan “Beyond the Talk” launched in 2008, and since then our collective efforts have yielded incremental annual gains in achievement for all students.

Now, five years later and with a new leadership team at the helm, we have refreshed and deepened this plan so it continues to serve as our north star.

Six Strategies for Success

These, our highest leverage strategies to achieve our goals, will have impact at all levels of the system and are our shared roadmap for raising student achievement.

Implement the SFUSD Core Curriculum and use student data to make informed decisions and monitor our progress toward goals.
Provide tiered levels of academic and behavior support to all students using a Response to Instruction and Intervention (RTI2) model.
Build a clear vision, culture and conditions for college and career readiness at all school levels.
Differentiate central office supports to schools through a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS).
Recruit, develop and retain highly qualified teachers, leaders and staff.
Increase awareness and build the supports necessary to fully implement SFUSD's Family Engagement Standards.

Our Mission, Vision and Goals

The purpose 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 student can achieve his or her maximum potential.


Every student who attends SFUSD schools will graduate from high school ready for college and careers and equipped with skills, capacities, and dispositions necessary for 21st century success.


Access and Equity
Make social justice a reality by ensuring every student has access to high quality teaching and learning.

Student Achievement
Create learning environments in all SFUSD schools that foster highly engaged and joyful learners and that support every student reaching his or her potential.

Keep district promises to students and families and enlist everyone in the community to join in doing so.


The achievement gap is the greatest civil rights issue facing SFUSD.

It is possible to increase academic achievement of high performing students and accelerate achievement of those currently less academically successful.

Quality schools offer engaging and challenging programs, caring and committed staff, strong and visible leaders and instruction differentiated to meet each child’s needs.

Authentic partnerships are essential to achieving our vision for student success.

Strategic Plan Resources