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O'Connell, John High School

School code number: 651
Grade level: 9-12
Hours: 8:00 AM - 3:22 PM

2355 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA, 94110
Neighborhood: Mission
Phone: (415) 695-5370
Fax: (415) 695-5379
School Loop: jochs-sfusd-ca.schoolloop.com
Principal: Mark Alvarado

School Data

Discover This School

Discover the learning experience at John O'Connell High School! It's a small school, which means smaller classrooms where students develop academic and 21st century skills. Students engage in projects and in-depth learning opportunities with an academic focus. All students are enrolled in the University of California's A-G coursework to ensure students receive a college preparatory curriculum. An honors program begins in the 9th grade with English and Algebra. AP courses are available in Biology, English Literature, English Language, Calculus, Spanish Language, and Spanish Literature. Along with a rigorous core curriculum, O'Connell offers relevant pathway courses. Students can choose among Drama, Art, Computer Art, Networking, Architecture and Design, Peer Resources, Student Leadership, and Culinary. Advanced courses include Biotechnology, Advanced Media Arts, Advanced Art, Pre-Engineering, Programming, Advanced Culinary, and a half-day program in Architecture and Design with the Architectural Foundation of San Francisco. Located in the Mission district of San Francisco, O'Connell partners with City College, City Build, and the Academy of Art to round out student learning experiences.

At O'Connell, we believe every student should be able to make choices about his/her future based on interests and dreams, and define (rather than wait for) opportunities. This means all students are prepared to enter post-secondary options of four-year university, community college, or livable wage careers after high school. Students are excited to come to school and participate in classes because they see the link between school and their future goals. Students and teachers feel safe to take risks in their learning and try new things.

O'Connell thrives on a culture where all families feel comfortable and welcome at the school, and everyone can participate in events that further personal growth. We want and encourage our students and families to hold us accountable for providing the best educational opportunities for our students. Our monthly Principal's Coffee Chat is an informal meeting for parents to hear about school updates or ask the principal any questions. While informal in nature, the coffee chat has taken an active advocacy role in the community.

School Tours

O'Connell is regularly providing tours to families, community partners, and others. We are happy to accommodate anyone interested in learning more! Please contact Principal Mark Alvarado at alvaradom@sfusd.edu for more information.

Uniforms

No uniforms. OC expects students to dress respectfully each day with opportunities for more professional dress.

After School Programs

John O'Connell High School ExCEL Urban Services YMCA Program offered each day until 6:00 PM. Highlights include tutoring and homework help, computer lab access, online credit recovery courses, clubs, athletics, Tech 21 and more! For more information, call (415) 695-5370 ext. 1113.

Special Education Programs

  • Designated instructional services
  • Resource specialist program
  • Mild/moderate separate classes
  • Community Access Transition (CAT)

Language Programs

English Plus Pathway

Student Support Programs

Advanced placement support class, support classes in English and algebra, online credit recovery program, weekly advisory program, wellness center, weekend CAHSEE classes.

Athletics

Soccer, wrestling, basketball, volleyball, track, badminton, softball, baseball, cross country

Arts and Enrichment

Redelarte arts program, Loco Bloco

School Day Academic Enrichment

OC offers a unique model, focused on real world, deeper learning. With a focus on preparing for both college and the professional world, students participate in rigorous integrated projects at all grade levels to help them see rich connections across different areas. In the 11th and 12th grade Upper Division, students have the opportunity to participate in integrated career-themed labs. These labs integrate college-preparatory academic courses with career-themed classes. Teams of teachers facilitate integrated projects, advanced research, and internships within each career area.

Pathways/Academies

Integrated labs include:  environmental technology, business and entrepreneurship, building trades.  Health science coming soon!  Honors and Advanced Placement also available.

College Counseling/Support Programs

O'Connell also has a nurse, a wellness center, a parent liaison, and a community coordinator. O'Connell High also has full-time staff available to help all students with college information and recruitment five days a week. Your child will have the opportunities and support to attend college and enter exciting career paths if they come to O'C High School!

Additional Info

Strong arts program: art, computer art, ceramics, dance, vocal music, drama, digital music, photography. a Cisco networking program, biotech, construction academy, architecture, culinary program. A seven-period day.