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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: Downtown/Civic Center
Phone: 415-695-5860
Fax: 415-695-5863
School Loop:
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.

School Tours

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Afterschool Programs

The overarching goal of the Downtown High School’s Real Options for Organizing the Future Afterschool Program (ROOF ASP) is to help young students realize and achieve their full potentials while developing within them the skills they need to successfully transition into adulthood. To these ends, our program works to help students:

  1. Increase graduation rates.
  2. Gain self-confidence and develop the courage they need to take risks.
  3. Develop critical thinking skills and competency about their own development.
  4. Cultivate a consciousness of individual self in society with active voices and opinions.
  5. Fulfill their potentials while developing ambition, life skills, and talents to they can take through graduation and into post-secondary education and/or a vocational trade (CTE).

Special Education Programs

  • Designated instructional services
  • Resource specialist program

Language Programs

English Plus Pathway


Although Downtown HS does not have athletics, students can participate in athletics through SFUSD. See Mr. Charles Hatch at DHS regarding participation in athletics.


Stationary Engineers Program (available to all SFUSD students)

College Counseling/Support Programs

Jewish Vocational Services offers both job training and college counseling.

Our wellness center provides the following groups: boys/girls groups, anger management, substance abuse, and grief and loss.


Bay Area Urban Debate League, Gay-Straight Alliance, Asian Pacific Islander