June Jordan School for Equity
School code number: 757
Grade level: 9-12
Hours: 8:10 a.m. - MF 3:30 p.m.; TWTh 2:30 p.m.
Discover This School
Are you an independent thinker who wants to build the skills necessary to succeed in college and life? June Jordan prepares a diverse group of urban youth to be: Community members who show respect, integrity, courage, and humility; Agents of change in their school, their neighborhoods, and the world; and Intellectuals with the skills necessary to succeed in college and life.
June Jordan School for Equity was explicitly designed as a school for equity and social justice. It was founded through a community organizing effort by a group of teachers, parents, and youth, with the goal of providing better educational options for students who were not being served well in traditional schools. The group aimed to be a part of a social justice movement to provide a high-quality education to all youth in the city—not just those from certain neighborhoods or backgrounds. Social justice and equity are reflected in the key design features of the school, which we are moving toward fully implementing a safe, personalized learning environment with a sense of belonging. We offer a small overall school size since the school is a Small School by Design. We support mental and physical health support for students through our Wellness Center. .
June Jordan School for Equity believes that active, in-depth learning leads to both joy and high achievement. We have a performance assessment system which describes what we want students to know and be able to do by the time they graduate. Our performance assessment system includes what we call Masterpieces, which are a graduation requirement, as well as Portfolios, which are a requirement to move from the Junior Institute (9th/10th grade program) to the Senior Institute (11th/12th grade program). Both Masterpieces and Portfolios are rooted in classroom work, help drive classroom instruction, and include a final committee presentation and defense. Each Masterpiece/Portfolio task is scored on a rubric with six criteria, which we call our Habits of Mind. These Habits embody the cross-cutting skill areas which we believe will enable students to perform well and succeed.
At June Jordan School for Equity, we believe that teachers are most accountable for results when they have promised those results to families they know and care about, and thus do not want to disappoint. This relationship-based accountability not only requires a different kind of school, it also requires re-thinking of traditional school district systems and structures. Rather than relying on high-level state and district officials to determine whether our school is doing well, and enforcing higher performance when necessary, we believe the pyramid should be flipped on its head, with parents and students as the ultimate arbiters of a school's success.
School ToursOpen for tours most days. Please call in advance.
UniformsAppropriate dress required.
Afterschool ProgramsJune Jordan School for Equity ExCEL Program
Special Education Programs
- Designated instructional services
- Resource specialist program
- Mild/moderate separate classes
- Moderate/severe separate classes
Language ProgramsEnglish Plus Pathway
Student Support ProgramsAs an SFUSD Small School by Design, JJSE's enrollment is capped at approximately 250 students. Key design features to challenge and support students include: – class size of 25 or less – an advisory system, including frequent parent contact – all students take a-g university entrance requirements – partnerships with local colleges where students take university courses – a portfolio system to create public accountability for student achievement – a Wellness Center to address mental and physical health needs – a parent organizing committee to promote parent leadership and community-based accountability
AthleticsSoccer (boys & girls), volleyball (girls), basketball (girls & boys), cross country, baseball (boys)
Arts and EnrichmentVisiting professional artists. Past courses: visual arts, media arts (film, digital photography) and performing arts (dance, acrobatic arts, drums, guitar, and keyboard)
School Day Academic EnrichmentAll 12th graders take college classes at San Francisco State University or City College of San Francisco. Two elective/support courses are offered to all students, in addition to core subjects. All students participate in Intersession, a 3-week intensive physical fitness and experiential education course, at the end of the school year.
Pathways/AcademiesJJSE is a Small School by Design with fewer than 250 students, similar in size to many academy programs.
College Counseling/Support Programs
JJSE’s 4-year college eligibility rates for Latino graduates (59%) and African-American graduates (75%) are by far the highest of any public school in the city and far exceed statewide rates. Our overall college eligibility rate of 68% is second highest after the city’s prestigious Lowell High. For a list of colleges attended by JJSE grads, visit http://jjse.org. We achieve these results through:
- College-prep coursework for all students
- College-readiness curriculum, starting in 9th grade
- College-focused events
- Individualized support with admissions and financial aid
- Concurrent enrollment with SFSU and CCSF