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The Academy - San Francisco @ McAteer

School code number: 832
Grade level: 9-12
Hours: 8:00 AM - 3:20 PM

555 Portola Drive, San Francisco, CA, 94131
Neighborhood: Diamond Heights, Glen Park, Portola
Phone: 415-695-5701
Fax: 415-695-5326
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Principal: Gregory Markwith

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The Academy - San Francisco @ McAteer first and foremost focuses on the three Rs – Relationships, Relevance and Rigor.

At the Academy, we believe in using Restorative Practices throughout the school day, and that strong RELATIONSHIPS are the most fundamental part of a successful school.  If students do not feel supported and cared for when they are on campus, then their academic and social-emotional success in school is compromised.  Additionally, if students do not feel like what they are learning matters to them, and is not being taught using RELEVANT pedagogy, then they are less engaged and less likely to have a positive academic experience.  And, if students have a positive relationship with their teachers and staff members, and they enjoy a relevant learning experience, then as a school we can provide them with RIGOROUS curriculum and expectations.

The Academy’s small school setting allows our teachers to create an effective learning environment by working closely with students and their families in building a strong community.  Within this community, teachers are able to give more individual attention to students and communicate regularly with parents.

Our administrators, like our teachers, work to individualize experiences for stakeholders by welcoming parents to drop in to school whenever they like discuss the best way to serve families.  As a small school, between our two administrators we know every student on campus and are very hands on with all student support issues that arise.

The Academy offers a rigorous and relevant curriculum to meet the needs of our diverse student body, and students receive college counseling all four years aided by a two full-time academic counselor and two full-time college counselors.

The Academy is co-located with with Ruth Asawa School of the Arts at the former McAteer campus, however, is a completely different school.

In 2012, the Academy received a 6 – accreditation through the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

School Tours

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Afterschool Programs

The Academy - San Francisco @ McAteer runs an ExCEL afterschool program from 3:30 to 6:30 PM, which includes academic tutoring, enrichment activities, CAHSEE prep and credit recovery.  All Academy student-athletes attend mandatory study hall through the afterschool program.  Activities include Graffiti Arts, Cooking Club, and a Hip Hop Recording Studio.  Students receive academic support as well as informal mentoring, through the relationships they build with our dynamic staff.

Special Education Programs

  • Designated instructional services
  • Resource specialist program

Language Programs

English Plus Pathway

Student Support Programs

Teachers use community building activities, talking circles, and restorative practices to create an environment where students feel comfortable.  Teachers meet weekly in Grade Level Teams to discuss student progress, plan any needed interventions, and refer students to additional support services.  The school holds weekly SAP (Students Assistance Program) meetings to talk about students who may be struggling academically or socially to make sure they have access to the necessary services.  Our Wellness Center offers individual counseling, support groups, substance use counseling, and health services.  Academy Counselors and Administrators provide interventions

Students have an advisory period twice a week to help ensure that they are successful both academically and socially.   

The Academy celebrates hard work and effort through honor roll celebrations, Student Wolves of the Month, the Wall of Honor, Ice Cream Socials, and monthly BBQs for good attendance.


Go Wolves!  We have Boys' soccer, girls' soccer, cross-country, boys' basketball, girls' basketball, girls' volleyball, baseball, fencing, track and field.

Arts and Enrichment

Academy students are offered arts instruction is the following disciplines: visual arts, modern rock band, photography and theatre.  We also offer arts enrichment in our afterschool program.

School Day Academic Enrichment

Students have access to Advanced Placement and Honors classes.  Students also have access to academic electives.

We offer an advisory section for each 9th through 12th grade student.  Every Wednesday, from 12:00 to 12:40 PM students meet in groups of 18 to 20 with a grade-level teacher advisor.  The objective of this advisory section is to help ensure that each student at the Academy has a meaningful connection with an adult at school, while increasing community, academic success and attendance rates.  Students engage in goal setting, attendance and students planner checks and receive important information. There are monthly grade-level meetings and once a grading period there are all-school meetings.


Beginning in 2015 - 2016, The Academy will offer an Agriculture pathway, and will add an advanced section during the 2016 - 2017 school year. 

College Counseling/Support Programs

The Academy - San Francisco @ McAteer features a Wellness Center, two full-time academic counselors and two full-time college counselors.  Our college counselors are paid for by two amazing CBOs – The SF Bar Association School to College program and the JCYC’s (Japanese Community Youth Center) SF College Access program.  Our students go on numerous college field trips throughout the year and host colleges and universities on site to meet with our students. 


WASC Accredited until June, 2019.


ASB, Gay-Straight Alliance, Video Game Club, Latino Student Union, Black Student Union, Academy Dance Club, Film Club, Lunchtime Book Club, Environmental Leadership Club, Mock Trial, Ethics Bowl

Additional Info

The Academy offers enrichment programs through our work with Community Based Organizations in San Francisco.

College Track – College Track has chose The Academy as one of five SFUSD high schools it is currently working with. College Track, founded in 1997 in East Palo Alto, expanded to San Francisco in 2007 and opened a center in the Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood. Beginning with a cohort of fifty freshmen, College Track’s San Francisco center serves students who primarily live in the Bayview Hunters Point, Visitacion Valley/Sunnydale, and Mission/Excelsior neighborhoods, but who attend schools throughout the city. College Track’s San Francisco center is staffed by a three-person team led by Site Director Omar Butler.

SF Bar Association (School to College) and Mock Trial - The SF Bar Association partners with the Academy on their School-To-College (STC) program.  The program is a yearlong high school mentoring and tutoring curriculum that inspires underserved and ethnically diverse students to attend college - an option many of these students never knew existed. The STC program provides guidance, insights and opportunity for student in grades 9-12.

The SF Bar Association sponsors our Mock Trial team, led by Alvaro Carvajal, our School to College advisor and Pat Coghlan, our American Democracy teacher.  The mock trial team will partner with law professionals in the City weekly and compete against other schools in the district.  

Eco SF –The Academy has a unique opportunity to partner with Eco SF to create an outdoor classroom space, organic garden, native plant nursery, and a potential learning  strand for the Academy’s outdoor education  program. This may include - social justice, sustainable living, and overall permaculture.  

CUESA Schoolyard to Market Program - is a youth development, entrepreneurship, and gardening program launched in January 2011.  Schoolyard to Market students are growing produce and vegetable seedlings in their school gardens and selling them at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. The students get hands-on experience in the garden and take field trips to the farmers market and local farms. They learn about sustainability and why it’s important, and they eat vegetables out of the garden. They also learn about running a successful business, with advice from local farmers, school garden managers, and other experts.

Community Works West ROOTs Program - ROOTS provides children of incarcerated parents with the support and tools to question and interrupt the intergenerational cycle of incarceration and violence. Using expressive arts, we provide a safe space for them to share and process their experiences, to make healthy choices, and to understand and analyze the circumstances of being a child of incarcerated parents, thus increasing their chances of succeeding at school socially and academically. The program helps them increase their self-awareness and positive self-image and allows them to belong to a caring community of youth facing similar issues.

Blue Bear School of Music - Blue Bear School of Music's nonprofit mission is to provide superior quality and affordable popular music education to aspiring musicians of all ages and skill levels within a supportive and encouraging community. Blue Bear School of Music is San Francisco's leading destination for aspiring musicians of all ages and all skill levels who want to enjoy learning and playing rock, blues, jazz, folk or pop. Blue Bear, a nonprofit organization founded in 1971, is a place where learning and playing popular music is fun and affordable, where people come together who love music, and where each student's unique talents and goals are recognized and supported.