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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 make up 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.


Fela, Superintendent’s 21st Century Scholarship award winner and 2017 graduate at Galileo Academy of Science and Technology

Senior year, I told myself I was going to do really well in AP Biology. It was the hardest class I’ve ever taken. I read the textbook every day. I took a lot of notes. At one point, I didn’t want to take the class anymore. My counselors and teachers persuaded me to keep taking it. I’m still a Biology major today.


Rikki, former 5th-grader at Sanchez Elementary School

I remember the first day of kindergarten. I was crying because I missed my mom and I wasn’t use to everyone. There was another girl who was crying too because she didn’t know anyone. We were crying together. Then I became familiar with the school. Now I’m use to the other kids here. It’s a good school.


William, 2017 graduate at Galileo Academy of Science and Technology

I’m going to City College for two years and then transferring to the University of California. I plan to study media and arts. I want to make music videos and take good pictures. Patience is key. Believe in yourself.


Amy, 2017 graduate at Galileo Academy of Science and Technology

Do what makes you happy. Achieve your dreams. Even when people say you can’t -- just go for it anyway.


Jaylan, 2017 graduate at Abraham Lincoln High School

I never would have graduated if it weren’t for my counselor, Ms. Brumbach. She helped me pass all of my classes and stay focused in school. She kept me on track. I wouldn't have graduated if it wasn't for her.


Nate, incoming 10th-grader attending the Outdoor Biology summer class at SFUSD

I heard good things about the summer program. I like it because we learn about biology during field trips instead of sitting in the classroom.


Vincent, 2017 graduate from Galileo Academy of Science and Technology High School

Good friends are hard to find. I went through high school trying to find quality friends. Once you find one or two quality friends, you’re set. We had sleepovers and stayed up until 1 or 2 a.m. talking about what we wanted to do in the future.


Cindy Cheung, Teacher at San Francisco International High School

The students that I teach at San Francisco International are all first generation immigrants. Seeing my students makes me think about how my parents were when they came here. My parents never had the opportunity to go to school because they had to work. Without my teachers, I don’t think I’d be where I am. Because of them, I do what I do every day.


Vialina, 2017 graduate from Abraham Lincoln High School

Find your passion. Follow what you want to do. For me, it was architecture. Finding architecture -- something that I love -- helped me get to this level. My friend group also is into architecture. They’ve always been there for me. We’ve had the greatest times.


Jordan, 2017 graduate at Abraham Lincoln High School

To incoming freshmen: join a club. Any club. You’ll get to meet a lot of new people. I was the drummer for the jazz band. I opened myself up to my band, and now we’re family.