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Media Coverage

Check out a sample of what the media is saying about our students and the work we do in the District. These stories were originally published in newspapers, online, and/or broadcast by television and radio.


Seven San Francisco Schools Among "Best High Schools"

Jill Tucker | San Francisco Chronicle
Seven San Francisco high schools have landed in the top 5 percent of “Best High Schools,” according to U.S.News and World Report. For those keeping score, that’s about half of the traditional high schools in the city.... Read more


Mandarin Masters: Starr King's First Class Grows Up

Jill Tucker | San Francisco Chronicle
In the fall of 2006, 23 kindergartners walked into their classroom for the first time at Starr King Elementary in San Francisco where their teacher only spoke Mandarin, a language most of the children had never seen nor heard.... Read more


SF Schools Try to Mend Problems Without Suspension

Jill Tucker | San Francisco Chronicle
For two decades, Principal Paul Jacobsen was known as a no-nonsense, cut-to-the-chase, hard-nosed school administrator who didn't hesitate to dole out strict punishment when students broke the rules.... Read more


Stanford Researchers Bring Life to High School History Classes

Brooke Donald | Stanford News
There are no orderly rows of desks in Valerie Ziegler's high school history class – students sit in groups of three or four at small tables around the room. There also is no lectern because there are no lectures. And perhaps most striking, there are no textbooks.... Read more


Study Shows Impact of Stress on Learning for Inner-City Kids

Frank Somerville | KTVU
The violence on city streets takes its toll on the young. A new survey by Bay Area researchers shows that one out of six of the sixth grade students they looked at suffer from post-traumatic stress.... Read more


SF Schools Pushing Kids to Drink More Tap Water

Patricia Decker | San Francisco Appeal
San Francisco public school officials are hoping to encourage students to drink more water–both at school and at home–by promoting the benefits of tap water and allowing students to use refillable water bottles in classrooms, district officials said today.... Read more


Brisk Breakfasts Feeds Scrambling Students in San Francisco High Schools

Amy Crawford | San Francisco Examiner
Students at Wallenberg High School now have no excuse for missing the most important meal of the day. Starting last week, the school began handing out bagels, muffins and breakfast burritos at the door for students to eat in their first-period classes.... Read more


Gay Straight Alliance Takes Hold in Earlier Grades

Jill Tucker | San Francisco Chronicle
It took just a single word for Marcel Brown to make up his mind to join his school's Gay Straight Alliance. "I was walking down the hallway with my little brother, and he was messing around with his friends and they called him a 'faggot,' " said Marcel, an eighth-grader at San Francisco's Everett Middle School. ... Read more


San Francisco Schools Report Fewer Absences

Amy Crawford | San Francisco Examiner
Chronic absenteeism is down among San Francisco public school students, according to recently compiled school district records. For the first three months of the current school year, the district reported a drop of two percentage points or more in nearly every grade since the 2010-11 school year. ... Read more


SF Balboa High's Coach Uses "Sport to Teach Life"

Meredith May | San Francisco Chronicle
The only sound louder than the squeak of 10 pairs of high-tops on the Balboa High basketball court is the beating of 10 nervous boys' hearts, scrambling to escape the coach's glare.... Read more

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