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2017 Spotlight Archive


Expanding access to computer science

Just two years ago, the SF Board of Education adopted a PK-12 computer science (CS) resolution. This means that all students will be learning computer science, not just the small number high school students who take it as an elective. ... Read more


Over twenty percent of SFUSD's 2017 graduates received Seal of Biliteracy

In the 2016-17 school year, 723 SFUSD graduates, over 20 percent, received a Seal of Biliteracy on their diploma, a 33 percent increase from the year before. The seal, jointly presented by SFUSD and the California Department of Education, is a recognition of the graduate’s high levels of language proficiency in English and another language.... Read more


Introducing Next Generation Science Standards

On the first day of school, Superintendent Matthews visited Buena Vista Horace Mann, a kindergarten through eighth grade school in the heart of the Mission District. The staff there created opportunities for students to examine different aspects of the partial solar eclipse, using art, movement, research, discussions, and of course, observation.... Read more


English Learner student reaches success at SFUSD, heads to UC Berkeley

Four years ago, Gilda, a recent graduate of San Francisco International High School, moved to the U.S. from Guatemala. When she started as a freshman, she had only completed sixth grade in Guatemala and had to catch up after missing six years of classes. ... Read more


Outstanding graduates of 2017

When we created Vision 2025: Reimagining Public Education for a New Generation, we constructed a graduate profile with the community —the knowledge and skills our students need to succeed in the future. Meet a few members of the Class of 2017 who exemplify traits in our graduate profile.... Read more


What is QTEA?

You may not have heard of the Quality Teacher and Education Act (QTEA), a voter initiative approved in 2008 for a parcel tax to support San Francisco’s ability to attract and retain quality teachers, but its impact is undeniable.... Read more


Increase to the Public Education Enrichment Fund approved

On March 21, the San Francisco Board of Education approved a $3.9 million increase to Public Education Enrichment Fund (PEEF) programs in the SFUSD budget, as the city has a projected increase in funds for PEEF. The additional funds will support the expansion of programs and create new positions in areas funded by PEEF, including school sports, libraries, arts, music, and student wellness. ... Read more


Schools save 21,000 gallons of water

One early Tuesday morning in February, first graders at Fairmount Elementary gathered in their schoolyard garden to sing about water. More specifically they sang about precipitation, condensation, and evaporation -- also known as the water cycle. Then they grabbed watering cans and watered their growing crop of kale, carrots and flowers.... Read more


Engaging students with Modern Band at Visitacion Valley Middle School

Students won’t find clarinets, flutes or other traditional school band instruments in Lauren Schwartz’s music class. Instead, Schwartz is keeping her students engaged by encouraging them to sing and play today’s chart-topping songs. In her Modern Band class at Visitacion Valley Middle School, students learn electric bass, acoustic guitar, keyboards, drums, and singing. ... Read more