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Downtown Continuation High School

School code number: 742
Grade level: 9-12
Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 2:40 p.m.

693 Vermont Street, San Francisco, CA, 94107
Neighborhood: Portrero Hill
Phone: 415-695-5860
Fax: 415-695-5863
Principal: Ellen Wong

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Discover This School

Downtown High School offers project-based learning that emphasizes critical thinking skills across curricular areas and a strong connection with the School-to-Career Program. We focus on each learner's need for alternative strategies and are rooted in the commitment to student mastery of the core curriculum. With a project-based approach to learning, students have the opportunity to select a project that matches their own interests and learning styles. Each project has integrated curriculum and the flexibility of high interest academic and hands on experiential learning, backed by high expectations and teacher support.

In addition to a rigorous core curriculum that includes language arts/literacy, mathematics, science, history/social science, world languages, and visual/performing arts, Downtown High programs prepare students for the real world, building essential life skills. Even students who have not been successful at traditional high schools find success and self motivation within rich academic settings. Mandatory parent conferences twice a semester ensure that academic and social information is passed between parents/guardians and teachers, bridging communication with families in a supportive manner. Service learning is also an essential element of the Downtown High School experience. Many students work and volunteer in the community as part of their selected projects. The world is immense and Downtown High is focused on bridging real world wisdom through exposure of multiple academic subjects coupled with experiential learning.

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School Meals

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Afterschool programs

Students can accelerate their credit recovery by taking online classes through our afterschool program. There is also a cooking class once a week after school.

Special Education Programs

  • Mild/moderate

Student Support Programs

  • Counselor
  • Health and wellness center
  • On-site nurse
  • Social worker

Arts Enrichment

  • Cooking or home economics
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Guitar
  • Media arts
  • Performing arts
  • Visual arts
Digital arts, media and video productions, piano

School Day Academic Enrichment

  • Credit recovery
  • Interdisciplinary studies
  • Project-based learning

College Counseling/Support Programs

  • Academic counseling
  • Cash for College or Financial Aid Night
  • College and/or career counseling
  • College application workshops
  • Job readiness programs