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Balboa High School

School code number: 439
Grade level: 9-12
Hours: 8:15 a.m. - 3:34 p.m.

1000 Cayuga Avenue, San Francisco, CA, 94112
Neighborhood: Excelsior
Phone: 415-469-4090
Fax: 415-469-0859
Principal: Freedom Siyam

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Discover This School

Balboa is a college preparatory high school with a rich history and tradition. All instruction is organized through small learning communities, so each student is able to build powerful relationships with teachers while engaging in rigorous academic, artistic, and athletic pursuits. The ninth and tenth grades have a strong academic focus combined with an emphasis on career, health, and college exploration. At the end of tenth grade, the students select a field of interest that they will pursue as juniors and seniors in one of our School-to-Career pathways. We envision that all of our students will obtain the skills and knowledge that allow them to be lifelong learners in a rapidly changing world.
Balboa has set "Sustaining a culture of continuous improvement" as its mission. As a school community, we work to incorporate the cultural and experiential contributions with which our students enter the school building; these provide foundational building blocks for learning. We must teach our students how to access opportunity—not just what we have, internally, but how they can recognize and access opportunities outside of the school environment. We at Balboa encourage students to believe in themselves, to feel appreciated, and to discover their own value. Students who identify Balboa as being their place demonstrate engagement and joy and find their niche in academic, extracurricular, and athletic participation. They want to be at Bal. Balboa faculty and staff are committed to setting clear expectations for students and for the wider school community. We believe in the process of educational partnership to demonstrate to our students the promise of positive engagement.

School Tours

School tours are offered on Tuesdays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and Thursdays from 1:15 to 3:15 p.m. Tours are by appointment only and last about 2 hours. For reservations, please call 415-469-4090.



Afterschool programs

3.34 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.. Athletics, Clubs, Classes, Tutoring, JROTC, After School Program

Language Programs

  • Filipino World Language
  • French World Language
  • Mandarin World Language
  • Spanish World Language

Student Support Programs

  • Counselor
  • Mentoring
  • Family liaison
  • Health and wellness center
  • On-site nurse
  • Peer resources
  • Social worker


  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Spirit squad
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Arts Enrichment

  • Band
  • Choir
  • Dance
  • Guitar
  • Media arts
  • Orchestra
  • Performing arts
  • Visual arts

School Day Academic Enrichment

  • Advanced Placement (AP) classes
  • Career Technical Education (CTE) Academies
  • College classes at CCSF or SFSU
  • College classes on-site
  • Honors classes
  • Individual learning plans
  • Interdisciplinary studies
  • Internships available
  • Project-based learning
  • Service learning
  • STEAM (science; technology; engineering; arts; mathematics)
  • Tutoring in school
  • Work experience education

College Technical Education (CTE) Academies

  • Arts
  • Media and Entertainment
  • Information and Communication Technology

College Counseling/Support Programs

  • Other Other