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Phillip and Sala Burton Academic High School

School code number: 764
Grade level: 9-12
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (with extended programs until 6:00 p.m.)

400 Mansell Street, San Francisco, CA, 94131
Neighborhood: Portola District
Phone: 415-469-4550
Fax: 415-239-6806
Principal: Suniqua Thomas

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Phillip and Sala Burton Academic High School promotes a nurturing, equitable school culture committed to high-level academic achievement for all students. Our student-centered learning communities engage students in rigorous, inquiry-based learning while also building personal relationships that support students in their pursuits. Burton graduates are creative and critical thinkers who use the foundations of the core curriculum and their commitment to social justice to make positive contributions to society. Our school serves as a model for institutions everywhere, and our graduates are recruited by colleges and businesses that recognize them as leaders.

Burton's diverse 1050+ student body represents every ethnicity, socio-economic group, and neighborhood of San Francisco. Our focus is to create a school-wide understanding of high achievement of essential learning; develop learning opportunities in each class, department, interdisciplinary group, differentiating for all students; measure student progress toward essential learning; and make changes to program, lessons, and support structures to improve student progress toward essential learning. The Academies at Phillip and Sala Burton Academic High School are small, diverse learning communities designed to personalize the educational experience for all students. We believe that students learn best in a school environment where they are supported and nurtured by the school staff and their classmates.

Burton is a true Community School. Families and community members play a larger part in the Burton program and design, and students and parents are excited to be a part of the Burton community.

School Tours

Mondays from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m.


Burton enforces a school responsible and appropriate dress code.

School Meals

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Afterschool programs

Burton is proud to have an extensive partnership with the Bayview YMCA. We have classes offered by City College on Saturdays and after school. The Bayview YMCA runs the Teen Center that offers programs that include intramurals, student-led workshops on a variety of topics, swimming lessons, and drivers' education. Also, we have tutoring during lunchtime and afterschool.

Special Education Programs

  • Mild/moderate
  • Moderate/severe
  • Access/transition (for moderate/severe students ages 18-22)

Language Programs

  • French World Language
  • Mandarin World Language
  • Spanish World Language

Student Support Programs

  • Access to nurse
  • Advisory
  • Counselor
  • Mentoring
  • Family liaison
  • Health and wellness center
  • On-site nurse
  • Social worker


  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Spirit squad
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball

Arts Enrichment

  • Band
  • Ceramics
  • Choir
  • Drama
  • Jazz
  • Media arts
  • Performing arts
  • Visual arts

School Day Academic Enrichment

  • Academic counseling
  • Advanced Placement (AP) classes
  • Career Technical Education (CTE) Academies
  • College classes at CCSF or SFSU
  • College classes on-site
  • Credit recovery
  • Honors classes
  • Individual learning plans
  • Internships available
  • Project-based learning
  • STEAM (science; technology; engineering; arts; mathematics)
  • Student portfolios
  • Tutoring in school
  • Work experience education

College Technical Education (CTE) Academies

  • Arts
  • Media and Entertainment
  • Engineering and Agriculture
  • Health Science and Medical Technology

College Counseling/Support Programs

  • 100% College Prep
  • Academic counseling
  • Cash for College or Financial Aid Night
  • College and/or career counseling
  • College and/or career fair
  • College application workshops
  • College tours and visits
  • Japanese Community Youth Council (JCYC)
  • Personal statement workshops
  • SF College Access Center
  • uAspire
  • UCSF Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP)
  • SFUSD Plan Ahead curriculum
  • Job readiness programs