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International Studies Academy at Enola Maxwell

School code number: 624
Grade level: 9-12
Hours: 8:15 AM - 3:20 PM

655 De Haro Street, San Francisco, CA, 94107
Neighborhood: Potrero Hill
Phone: (415) 695-5866
Fax: (415) 695-5864
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Principal: Paul J. Koh

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    Entrance to ISA Mural of inspirational figures After-school program mural

    Cafeteria Gym School library

    Computer lab Classroom Wall of colleges

    International Studies Academy, part of the Small Schools by Design Initiative, located on Potrero Hill and overlooking downtown San Francisco, is a small, academic high school drawing on the diversity of neighborhoods throughout the city. International Studies Academy is the ideal choice for students who want to excel in their understanding of languages, world cultures, and global issues. Our vision is to produce global citizens with the essential academic and life skills to be successful contributors to a world wide economy for the next generation.

    Students should be working at grade level in their middle school classes or be willing to make an extra academic effort to enable them to participate fully in our specialized programs. International Studies Academy maintains high academic standards and requires specific course work beyond the SFUSD requirements, including 2 years of a world language, 3 years of college prep science and math, and international relations. We believe that all students come to International Studies Academy with natural talents, skills and knowledge that are valued as assets in our community—a community defined by respect for culture, history, diversity and equity. We strive to empower students to access their education, and challenge the community to question beliefs and practices that reinforce the historic power of demographics. In an effort to make college an attainable goal for our students, ISA collaborates with Seven Tepees' college readiness program and San Francisco State to provide the support necessary for access to two and four year colleges and other training programs. In addition, we provide students with opportunities to participate in community service and leadership programs such as CORO and Build On! Student activity groups such as Black Student Union, Gay Straight Alliance and Gifted and Talented Education (GATE ) are a formal part of our seminar program. A special feature of the school is the World Expedition Program. The Student Equity and Access Team works to address issues of school culture, climate, and discipline. The Instructional Leadership Team addresses academic policy, teaching practice, curriculum, and professional development. We encourage students to be curious, open, and informed and to feel supported through positive relationships with staff and other students. We place high value on each student's ongoing intellectual and creative growth and skill-building, and on empowering students to succeed in a broader global community.

    This school is fed by:

    Bryant ES, Webster ES

    School Tours

    Tuesday at 9:15 AM from October until February.


    Students shall dress appropriately for daily attendance at school.

    Afterschool Programs

    • International Studies Academy High School after-school program (ExCEL Program) is available to all students. Call (415) 561-0631 for details.
    • Urban Sprouts Gardening Program after-school seminars: grades 6-12, from 3:20 to 6:00 PM Monday through Friday

    Special Education Programs

    • Designated instructional services
    • Resource specialist program
    • Mild/moderate separate classes

    Language Programs

    English Plus Pathway

    Student Support Programs

    Advisory English language development, Engligh language reading, SDC core classes in math, science, English, and social science


    Middle school: basketball, volleyball, track

    High school: girls' varsity volleyball, girls' tennis, boys' and girls' varsity basketball, boys' and girls' spirit squad, boys and girls' soccer, girls' badminton, girls' softball, boys' and girls' track and field.

    Arts and Enrichment

    Dance, visual arts, digital arts

    School Day Academic Enrichment

    English support classes, math support classes, college advising, wellness center

    College Counseling/Support Programs

    College counseling, Gear Up, after-school program, wellness center, advisory


    ISA staff were nominated by parents for the SFUSD RAVE Team Awards


    Student Leadership Council (SLC), Black Student Union (BSU), Yearbook, Gay Straight Alliance (GSA), International Trips, are some examples.

    Additional Info

    Advanced Placement courses in statistics, biology, chemistry, English, Spanish, and US history.

    Find out more about the various programs at International Studies Academy.