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San Francisco International High School

School code number: 621
Grade level: 9-12
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 3:10 p.m.

1050 York Street, San Francisco, CA, 94110
Neighborhood: Mission
Phone: 415-695-5781
Fax: 415-695-5402
Website: sfihs.com
School Loop: international-sfusd-ca.schoolloop.com
Principal: Julie Kessler

School Data

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Discover This School

SF International is a new school that opened in 2009 and offers a unique program designed for recent immigrant students who have attended school in the United States for four years or less. SF International teachers are specially trained to offer extra support to help every student develop their academic English skills while they learn the content they need to graduate and be prepared for college.

Each grade level has only 100 students. Our team structure promotes personalization, growth, and success for our students. It also allows every student to be known well and supported to succeed. Learning goes beyond the walls of our school through community participation. All subjects teach English development through meaningful projects that keep students motivated and connected to their learning.

Students will participate in career internships and will have the opportunity to attend college classes during their senior year. Seniors will have opportunities for internships and community service in different settings, from businesses to government offices to community organizations. SF International is the best choice to help ensure your student has a successful and rewarding high school experience.

School Tours

Every Monday and Thursday, 9 to 11 a.m. Please contact the school for more information or to make an appointment.

Uniforms

None

Before-School Programs

Free breakfast for most students at 7:30 a.m.

Afterschool Programs

In order to extend learning beyond the school day as well as provide a safe and enriching environment for our students in the afternoons, SFIHS offers numerous activities free of charge. The school offers programs every day until 6:00 PM for all students. Tutoring, sports, clubs, and extracurricular activities offered 5 days a week.

Special Education Programs

  • Designated instructional services
  • Resource specialist program

Language Programs

  • All Newcomer Languages
Newcomer Pathway Program (all newcomer languages for grades 9-12), English Development Program

Student Support Programs

The academic program at SFIHS is designed to prepare recent immigrant English Learners for success in college in the United States. All students at SFIHS have arrived in the U.S. within the last 4 years. Our teachers are trained to teach students to improve their speaking, writing, and reading skills in English and to demonstrate deep understanding of the other academic content areas as they develop skills in English. Wellness center services include nursing, individual and group therapy, case management, connections to city services, and community resources. Our advisory program creates a tight and safe community that fosters relationships and a network of support between students, school staff, and families.

Athletics

Men’s soccer, cross country, basketball, wrestling, badminton, track and field. Women’s soccer, cross country, volleyball, wrestling, badminton, track and field.

Arts and Enrichment

All students take two full years of art instruction (and meet the college entrance requirements) in visual arts and in arts extension classes focused on design, murals, or community art.

School Day Academic Enrichment

Small class sizes promote the personalization, growth, and success for our students. Students are known well and supported to succeed through individualized academic instruction. All subjects teach English development through meaningful projects that keep students motivated and connected to their learning. Students participate in career internships and have the opportunity to attend college classes during their senior year. All students participate in service learning in different settings, from businesses to government offices to community organizations.

Pathways/Academies

The mission of SFIHS is to empower each of our recent immigrant students to develop the academic, linguistic and cultural skills necessary for success in high school, college and beyond. Our diverse students develop academic English skills through interdisciplinary projects, collaboration, and actively participating in their community.

College Counseling/Support Programs

College preparation and exploration begins in the 9th grade for every student. 11th and 12th grade students work closely with their advisor and the college counseling department to complete applications, learn about the U.S. university system, apply for scholarships and financial aid, and prepare for entrance exams.

Awards

Member, Internationals Network for Public Schools; Member, The Hewlett Foundation Deeper Learning Community of Practice;  Member, Western Association of Schools and Colleges

Clubs

  • Tutoring & homework help 
  • SAT prep class
  • Sports 
  • School newspaper 
  • Student leadership club
  • Yoga 
  • Music 
  • Art 
  • Theater and more!