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"We Are SFUSD" shares real stories about our students, staff, leaders, and families with the community of San Francisco. Take a glimpse into the lives of the people who makeup SFUSD, and learn how SFUSD core values to be student-centered, fearless, united, and to support social justice and diversity leads the work every day in our schools.


Ana, 8th-grader at Visitacion Valley Middle School

I felt so nervous the first week of school because I was new. But then I started making friends, and my teachers helped me a lot. When they moved me to English general education classes, I felt so proud. My mom especially was so proud of me. If an English-learner is feeling nervous to go to a new school, this school is a good place to go because they can learn English fast, and they will have so many activities to help them.


Chanun, 11th-grader at The Academy

“San Francisco Unified is where I met my closest friends. My teachers and friends have been there for me since day 1. They’re constantly pushing me to do better. I’ve experienced many different cultures at The Academy. I love that my school is full of diversity. It’s quite a melting pot.”


Rico, 6th-grader at Visitacion Valley Middle School

My mom chose this school for me. My brothers and sisters went here. The first day I didn’t know anybody. But then my friends invited me to be their friend. Now I know half of the students here. It’s a fun, caring school. Students shouldn’t worry and be nervous about coming here because it will turn out good in the end.


Gennessis, 8th-grader at Visitacion Valley Middle School

I’ve been dealing with some problems lately and my counselor helps me out. I know I can count on her. I have a relationship with my counselor that I don’t have with anybody else. She is the best person I could have.


Jessica, 12th grader at Lowell High School and SFUSD Student Advisory Council student delegate

Social justice means everyone has the equal chance to succeed. SFUSD has a mission of providing all schools with an ethnic studies class so everyone can see their history, and succeed in the classroom. What’s important is having conversations, understanding where people are coming from, and not just basing that on stereotypes. People should learn about different cultures and try to change their mentality that way.


Melissa Collier, Family Liaison at Dr. William L. Cobb Elementary School

“Cobb is filled with staff who care deeply about the students. They work hard for the students and love the work that they do. This place is quite a gem. The neighbors around the school love us and even help us trim our plants. We’re a family. Everybody does their part here.”


Jordan, 11th-grader at Phillip and Sala Burton Academic High School

Burton feels like a very small community. Coming from the perspective of class president, I’m friends with most of my classmates. We’re very close. When I came to Burton, I didn’t know what to expect. There’s different cultures that I can embrace and see. Burton’s hallways are very diverse.


Alex Snell, teacher at Dr. William L. Cobb Elementary School

"You never know what your day will be like as a teacher. I love my kids whether they’re screaming at me or hugging me. I love that I’m making a difference in their lives. For me, teaching is about the difference that you’re making in kids’ lives."


Candy Lee, teacher at the Chinese Education Center (CEC), and SFUSD graduate who attended CEC

“In the morning, some of the kids smile -- they beam at you. They don’t speak a lot of English yet. But with their big smiles and them saying ‘good morning Ms. Candy’ -- I’m recharged instantly. I don’t even need my coffee. The job is very challenging, but the kids make it all worthwhile.”


Tommy, 11th-grader at Ruth Asawa School of the Arts

Being confident in what I do and leaving my comfort zone has been my main goal, but it’s a constant struggle. If you’re always in that zone, you’re never going to accomplish anything. If you always want to be safe, you’re never going to have fun.