Archived Press Releases

Archived Press Releases

2019 Press Releases

12/19/19

Four SFUSD Schools Named California Distinguished Schools

Four San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) schools have been named California Distinguished Schools.... Read more

12/19/19

SFUSD Joins Bay Area School Districts in Suing Juul

The San Francisco Unified School District is among school districts in the Bay Area that have filed litigation in San Francisco’s federal district court against Juul Labs, Inc. for its targeting of minors.... Read more

12/13/19

MEDIA ADVISORY: Superintendent, Special Guests Join AccessSFUSD Students in Holiday Sing Along

Students of AccessSFUSD will host and perform in the 11th annual Holiday Sing Along. The program will also feature guest musicians Superintendent Vincent Matthews, remarks by Deputy Superintendent Myong Leigh, ASL interpretations by Jenny Herges, and former State Senator Mark Leno.... Read more

12/12/19

New 2018-19 California Department of Education School Dashboard shows 89% graduation rate for San Francisco’s public schools

African American graduation rate reaches 89.5%, increases in college and career readiness.... Read more

12/11/19

SFUSD Board of Education Passes Resolution Aimed at Improving Latinx Student Success

Resolution calls for new oversight committees, increase in culturally relevant academic offerings, and enhanced accountability measures.... Read more

12/06/19

Students Learn Hands-On Computer Science Skills in Spanish to Celebrate Start of CS Education Week

Third Grade students at Flynn Elementary School will get a hands-on computer science lesson to celebrate the beginning of Computer Science Education Week.... Read more

12/02/19

MEDIA ADVISORY: SFUSD Celebrates Inclusive Schools Week

San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) schools are celebrating Inclusive Schools Week Monday, December 2 - Friday, December 6.... Read more

11/22/19

SFUSD, Spark* SF Public Schools and National Nonprofit DonorsChoose Announce New Partnership

Crowdfunding platform offers more ways to support classroom initiatives for teachers.... Read more

11/20/19

MEDIA ADVISORY: Newcomer Students Celebrate Their Very First Thanksgiving

Wearing their best clothing, dozens of Mission Education Center students will crowd the “dinner table” to enjoy a feast of turkey, mashed potatoes, vegetables, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie.... Read more

11/13/19

MEDIA ADVISORY: Edwin and Anita Lee Newcomer School Celebrates 50th Anniversary

The Edwin and Anita Lee Newcomer School is celebrating a half-century of providing students a strong foundation in academic subjects and an orientation to American culture in a positive and nurturing environment.... Read more

10/22/19

SFUSD Opens First Carbon Neutral Building

As SFUSD’s first Zero Net Energy-ready school, Claire Lilienthal will only use one-third of the energy usage of a typical California school.... Read more

10/16/19

MEDIA ADVISORY: SFUSD Students Participate in Great California ShakeOut

Thousands of SFUSD students will participate in the Great California Shakeout Earthquake Drill, which occurs on the 30th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake.... Read more

10/15/19

SFUSD Celebrates National School Lunch Week with Grand Opening of McAteer Culinary Center

The McAteer Culinary Center serves as a model for a central kitchen for the district.... Read more

10/11/19

MEDIA ADVISORY: Largest Meal Provider in SF Doing More Scratch Cooking

SFUSD is celebrating the grand opening of the McAteer Culinary Center.... Read more

10/09/19

SFUSD Ahead of Peer Districts in Students Meeting Standards

The California Department of Education (CDE) has released the results of the 2019 California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) for English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics.... Read more

09/11/19

SF Board of Education Passes Resolution in Support of Equity Studies

Resolution calls for SFUSD to continue as a leader in celebrating cultures, identities, and backgrounds of all students... Read more

09/06/19

SF Hosts 20th Annual Historically Black Colleges & Universities Fair

Superintendent Dr. Vincent Matthews and Mayor London Breed will join students at the 20th Annual Historically Black Colleges & Universities Enrollment Fair.... Read more

08/22/19

SFUSD Begins School Year With 99% of Classrooms Staffed

Recent raises, innovative pipelines for teacher candidates, and robust recruitment efforts help staff teachers in all San Francisco public schools... Read more

08/17/19

MEDIA ADVISORY: First Day of School Visits: Community Building Kicks Off New Year; Middle Grades Redesign on Display

Superintendent Dr. Vincent Matthews, Mayor London Breed and other elected officials will greet students returning to class as they begin the new year, and celebrate innovative approaches to the middle school experience.... Read more

08/14/19

S.F. School Board Approves Amendment to Cover “Life of Washington” Mural

The San Francisco Unified School District Board of Education voted to remove the “Life of Washington” mural from view by covering it without destroying it, amending its June 25 vote to paint over the mural unless doing so would result in undue delay. ... Read more

08/09/19

S.F. School Board President Stevon Cook Proposes Solution to Dispute Over Controversial Mural

“Life of Washington” Mural Could be Preserved by Covering Over It to Make Way for New, Positive Artwork... Read more

08/09/19

SFUSD Continues School Nutrition Program for 2019-20

Free and reduced-price meals available to students who qualify or attend certain schools... Read more

07/01/19

Lau Consent Decree Sunsets for SFUSD

After decades of compliance following 1970s lawsuit, District exits federal oversight... Read more

06/28/19

SF Board of Education Approves Resolutions for Equity and Access

At its last meeting of the school year, the San Francisco Board of Education voted unanimously for three resolutions related to equity and access in arts learning, new school funding allocations and wellness services.... Read more

06/27/19

SFUSD Receives Digital Citizenship Certification

District recognized for teaching safe, appropriate and responsible online behaviors for students and staff ... Read more

05/29/19

MEDIA ADVISORY: SFUSD, OUSD Students Compete in Future Trailblazer Challenge

Middle school students from seven SFUSD and OUSD schools will compete at the first-ever Future Trailblazer Challenge, hosted by Salesforce.org.... Read more

05/28/19

Highlights May 28-31, 2019: School holds Eco Action Conference; Band to perform in national 4th of July Parade; Exploring skulls and fossils at STEAM night

Highlights for May 28-31, 2019... Read more

05/20/19

Highlights May 20-24, 2019: Spring arts showcase at The Arc; Automotive Technology facility gets major tune-up; EMS skills put to the test with experts

Highlights for May 20-24, 2019... Read more

05/16/19

MEDIA ADVISORY: Dolores Huerta Elementary School Celebrates New Name With Namesake Civil Rights Activist

Dolores Huerta Elementary School will celebrate its new name with SFUSD and City leaders, students and families, community members, and its namesake — labor leader and civil rights activist Dolores Huerta — in attendance.... Read more

05/13/19

Highlights May 13 - 17, 2019: Former SF Giants player inspires students; Building a tiny house with tradespeople; Students get creative for Arts Showcase and school food

Highlights for May 13 - 17, 2019... Read more

05/06/19

Highlights May 6-10, 2019: New STEAM spaces, African American College Signing Day

Highlights for May 6-10, 2019... Read more

04/22/19

Highlights April 22-27, 2019: Earth Day promotes sustainability, Middle school commemorates 86th anniversary, Annual arts festival celebrates student creativity

Highlights for April 22 - April 27, 2019... Read more

04/16/19

Highlights April 16-19, 2019: Award-winning journalist visits namesake school, Students bike & roll to school

Highlights for April 16 - 19, 2019... Read more

04/16/19

SFUSD holds 3rd annual Ethnic Studies Student Summit

Event gives students exposure to legacy of social change movements led by youth... Read more

04/15/19

SFUSD recognized as California Exemplary District

Award celebrates growing student achievement through model practices in mathematics ... Read more

04/11/19

SFUSD Students Honored at 15th Chinese Language Bridge Cup Awards Ceremony

San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD)students will be among 250 awardees recognized at the 15th Chinese Language Bridge Cup Awards Ceremony.... Read more

03/18/19

Highlights March 18-22, 2019: Middle school students showcase STEAM projects; 16th annual Youth Summit empowers students

Highlights for March 18-22, 2019... Read more

03/15/19

SF Board of Education approves nearly $80M spending plan for school enrichment programs

Funding reflects growing investment in programs aimed at improving enrichment opportunities and academic outcomes for all students.... Read more

03/14/19

SF Education Partnership Promotes College Opportunities for Underserved Youth

City College and San Francisco Unified School District partner to support pathways to higher education among African American and Latinx students ... Read more

03/12/19

Highlights March 12-15, 2019: Culinary arts students prep for pop-up dinner; Mariachi concert celebrates diversity

Highlights for March 12-15, 2019... Read more

03/07/19

MEDIA ADVISORY: SFUSD Celebrates One Millionth Breakfast Served in a Classroom

In honor of National School Breakfast Week (March 4-8) and the one millionth breakfast served in the 2018-19 school year, Superintendent Dr. Vincent Matthews will enjoy breakfast in a classroom alongside ​students of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Academic Middle School (MLK).... Read more

03/04/19

Highlights for March 4-8, 2019: Students shadow SF hotels and restaurants; Young voices unite in song

Highlights for March 4-8, 2019... Read more

02/25/19

Highlights Feb. 25-March 1, 2019: Podcasting, Reading Aloud and Digital Learning

Highlights for Feb. 25-March 1, 2019... Read more

02/19/19

Highlights Feb. 19-23, 2019: African American Honor Roll Celebration, Heritage Assembly Celebrates Black Leaders, Oratorical Contest and Stomp Competition

Highlights for Feb. 19-23, 2019... Read more

02/14/19

Report highlights African American student achievement

Third annual update of District’s progress and challenges in closing opportunity gap ... Read more

02/11/19

Highlights Feb. 11-15, 2019: Jazz and Symphony strike a chord with students; Youth Summit and theater promote social justice; Students reflect on Lunar New Year

Highlights for Feb. 11-15, 2019... Read more

02/04/19

Highlights Feb. 4-8, 2019: Schools celebrate Lunar New Year

Highlights for Feb. 4-8, 2019... Read more

01/31/19

SFUSD middle grades undergo redesign

New middle grades (grades 6-8) learning experience will include expanded access to electives, deeper learning and additional professional development time for teachers... Read more

01/28/19

Highlights Jan. 28-Feb. 2, 2019: Students perform with world-famous string quartet; High schoolers pickle and preserve; Getting a head start on careers; Preparing students with learning supports for life after high school

Highlights Jan. 28-Feb. 2, 2019... Read more

01/16/19

Board of Education elects leaders for 2019

The San Francisco Unified School District Board of Education elected its leaders for the 2019 year on Tuesday night.... Read more

01/14/19

Highlights Jan. 14-18, 2019: Technology donations; Preparing for health-related careers; Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day events

Highlights for January 14-18, 2019... Read more

01/04/19

Record-high number of SFUSD students enrolled in higher level math

New data show 10.4% more high school students taking advanced math courses in 2018-19 school year.... Read more

2018 Press Releases

12/20/18

SFUSD shares original math curriculum with the world

The San Francisco Unified School District(SFUSD) has publicly released its K-5 Elementary Math Core Curriculum under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY).... Read more

12/18/18

Lincoln High varsity football team wins school’s first ever state championship

The Lincoln High School varsity football team defeated Orange Glen, the San Diego Section Division V champion, on Saturday, December 15, at City College of San Francisco, capping off a perfect 13-0 season for Lincoln.... Read more

12/17/18

Highlights Dec. 17-21, 2018: School spreads holiday cheer with 10th annual sing-a-long; Student club celebrates Arabic language and culture

Highlights Dec. 17-21, 2018... Read more

12/12/18

Board of Education approves renaming of three SFUSD facilities

The San Francisco Board of Education unanimously approved the renaming of several San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) facilities in honor of those who have positively impacted San Francisco public schools.... Read more

12/12/18

SFUSD to begin process of developing new student assignment system

The San Francisco Board of Education approved a resolution Tuesday night to launch the process of developing a new student assignment system.... Read more

12/10/18

Highlights Dec. 10-14, 2018: Kindergartners open college savings accounts; Newcomer students receive holiday gifts from volunteers

Highlights Dec. 10-14, 2018... Read more

12/04/18

MEDIA ADVISORY: Students showcase uses of donated Pepper robots

Students in Galileo’s Girls Coding Club will demonstrate how they use Pepper robots to create custom applications that include conversation, animation, images, and more.... Read more

12/03/18

Highlights Dec. 3-7, 2018: Special Olympics promotes inclusion; Schools participate in Computer Science Education and World AIDS Commemoration weeks

Highlights Dec. 3-7, 2018... Read more

11/26/18

Highlights Nov. 26-30, 2018: Students train for weightlifting competitions; High school choir preps for performance with SF Opera

Highlights for Nov. 26-30, 2018.... Read more

11/15/18

SFUSD Closures Due to Air Quality

San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) schools, central offices and afterschool programs will be closed tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 16, due to ongoing concerns regarding air quality both inside and outside of schools and offices.... Read more

11/15/18

SFUSD’s graduation rate increases to 85.5%

African American, Filipino, Latino, Pacific Islander, English learners, students with disabilities, and homeless youth graduation rates on the rise... Read more

11/14/18

SFUSD to increase students’ access to City College

More San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) students than ever are taking college courses before they graduate from high school. That number is set to increase after the San Francisco Board of Education unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday, “In Support of Making College More Accessible to SFUSD Students.”... Read more

11/13/18

Highlights Nov. 13-16, 2018: High school students test air quality from Camp Fire; Newcomer students celebrate first Thanksgivings

Highlights for Nov. 13-16, 2018... Read more

11/06/18

Highlights Nov. 5-9, 2018: High school poll workers gain experience on Election Day, Student dance showcase promotes visual and performing arts

Highlights Nov. 5-9, 2018... Read more

10/29/18

Highlights Oct. 29-Nov. 2, 2018: Merchant walk promotes classroom attendance, Historical Halloween spurs creative costumes, Student art contest winners celebrated at City Hall

Highlights Oct. 29-Nov. 2, 2018... Read more

10/24/18

SF Board of Education approves creation of World Languages Council

Council will build upon existing language programs that provide the opportunity for all San Francisco students to become multilingual ... Read more

10/22/18

Highlights Oct. 22-26, 2018: Students get lesson in online safety, Healthy eating helps student achievement, Family Literacy Night promotes reading

Highlights Oct. 22-26, 2018... Read more

10/17/18

MEDIA ADVISORY: SFUSD students participate in Great California ShakeOut

Mayor London Breed, Superintendent Vincent Matthews and Public Safety Officials Join San Francisco Students in 10th Anniversary of Statewide Earthquake Drill... Read more

10/15/18

Highlights Oct. 15-19, 2018: Anesthesiologists awaken students’ interest in field; Students showcase wearable technology

Highlights for October 15-19, 2018... Read more

10/10/18

SFPUC, San Francisco Unified School District Celebrate Opening of First Stormwater Schoolyard Project

Installation at Robert Louis Stevenson Elementary School will provide educational opportunities about sustainability, water resilience and conservation... Read more

10/09/18

MEDIA ADVISORY: SFPUC and San Francisco Unified School District to Celebrate Opening of First Joint Green Infrastructure Project at Local School

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC), the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), Supervisor Katy Tang, educators and students will celebrate the official opening of the City’s first jointly funded “Stormwater Schoolyard” at the Robert Louis Stevenson Elementary School in the Sunset District.... Read more

10/09/18

Highlights Oct. 9-13: School, City leaders join students for Walk and Roll to School Day; Parents explore school options at Enrollment Fair

Highlights for October 9-13, 2018... Read more

10/02/18

Highlights Oct. 1-5, 2018: Dreamforce winners, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass student performers, anti-bullying education

Highlights for October 1-5, 2018... Read more

10/02/18

More than half of students meet or exceed state standards for math and English Language Arts

The California Department of Education (CDE) has released the results of the 2018 California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) for English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics.... Read more

09/26/18

MEDIA ADVISORY: Edwin and Anita Lee Newcomer School Holds Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony to Celebrate New Name

The Edwin and Anita Lee Newcomer School (formerly the Chinese Education Center) will celebrate its new name, which was unanimously approved by the Board of Education on August 28, 2018.... Read more

09/25/18

Salesforce.org Announces $8.5 Million Grant to SFUSD

Salesforce.org announced it will donate $15.5 million towards San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) and Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) for the sixth and third year of partnerships, respectively.... Read more

09/24/18

MEDIA ADVISORY: State Superintendent Tom Torlakson Visits Bryant Elementary to Highlight Global California 2030 Initiative

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson will visit Bryant Elementary School to announce progress on California’s State Seals of Biliteracy, which signifies fluency in another language, and highlight successes in Bryant’s Spanish Biliteracy Program for English Learners.... Read more

09/24/18

Highlights Sept. 24-28, 2018: History-making pilots visit elementary school, students learn about fire safety

Highlights for September 24-28, 2018... Read more

09/19/18

SFUSD, Department of Emergency Management Announce New Earthquake Curriculum

Lessons for 7th grade students will pilot this school year... Read more

09/18/18

MEDIA ADVISORY: SFUSD, Department of Emergency Management Announce New Earthquake Curriculum

San Francisco city and school district leaders will announce a new curriculum unit specifically focused on educating students about earthquakes and how to be prepared for them. ... Read more

09/10/18

Highlights Sept. 10-14, 2018: College recruitment fair, climate change talks & boost for Latinos in the arts

7th Annual Historically Black Colleges and Universities Recruitment Fair, Climate change discussion at high school’s Green Academy, Cast of ‘ON YOUR FEET!’ promotes Latinos in the arts at elementary school... Read more

08/30/18

Update regarding incident at Balboa High

On Thursday, August 30, 2018, at approximately 11:15 a.m., Balboa High School contacted San Francisco Police regarding a possible gunshot fired in a classroom. Balboa High School immediately went on lockdown and kept all students in classrooms behind locked doors and out of sight. ... Read more

08/30/18

Incident at Balboa High

There was a report of a gun found at Balboa today. There was one minor non-life threatening injury reported. Balboa was placed on lockdown, and in an abundance of caution San Miguel Early Education Center, Denman MS, and Leadership HS were placed on lockdown too.... Read more

08/29/18

SF Board of Education approves name changes for two elementary schools

Chinese Education Center, Fairmount Elementary to be named after prominent figures who represent, inspire school communities... Read more

08/27/18

Highlights Aug. 27-31, 2018: Seniors go to college & students as tech coaches

High school seniors spend afternoons in college, student tech team recruits members... Read more

08/22/18

Highlights Aug. 21-24, 2018: ‘Passport Day’ & School Renovation

‘Passport Day’ builds middle school culture, major renovation nearly complete at elementary school... Read more

08/17/18

First Day of School Visits: A New Way to Learn Math, How Supportive Practices Improve School Climate

Superintendent Dr. Vincent Matthews will greet students returning to class as they begin the new school year, and celebrate innovative teaching strategies in the classroom.... Read more

08/07/18

SFUSD announces school nutrition program for 2018-19

The San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) is announcing its policy to serve nutritious meals every school day and provide free and reduced-price meals to students who meet certain qualifications. Additionally, students enrolled in one of more than 50 SFUSD schools will be offered breakfast and lunch every school day at no charge.... Read more

08/06/18

SF Board of Education President Hydra Mendoza to become Deputy Chancellor in New York City’s Department of Education

Hydra Mendoza, president of the SF Board of Education, announced today she will be stepping down from the Board at the end of September. President Mendoza will be moving to New York City’s Department of Education (NYC DOE) to serve as Deputy Chancellor for Community Empowerment, Partnerships and Communications.... Read more

08/01/18

Lincoln High School Dragon Boat Team Wins World Championships

Team takes home gold medals in four competitions in Szeged, Hungary... Read more

07/17/18

SFUSD expands program to teach reading habits to families in effort to close literacy gap

SFUSD has partnered with Springboard Collaborative, a national nonprofit created to close the reading achievement gap for low-income students by leveraging the capacity of families to support reading habits at home during summer recess.... Read more

07/17/18

Students create simulated roller coasters using algebraic equations

High school students taking Algebra 2 this summer will hold a “Polynomial Carnival” for preschoolers to showcase roller coasters they created.... Read more

07/11/18

SF Board of Education declares support for proposed state measure to amend Prop. 13

Initiative would generate $4.5 billion annually for California’s public schools ... Read more

06/27/18

SF Board of Education approves budget for 2018-19 school year

Revenue growth to fund raises and services for underserved students... Read more

06/13/18

MEDIA ADVISORY: Recent Ruth Asawa School of the Arts graduate who won state award heads to New York City to compete for coveted national award

Cole Sisser, class of 2018 at Ruth Asawa School of the Arts (RASOTA) and winner of the “Best Actor” award at the Rita Moreno California High School Musical Honors ceremony in May, is now traveling to New York City for the National High School Musical Theatre Awards™ (the Jimmy® Awards), presented by The Broadway League Foundation. Cole is the first ever RASOTA student to compete for the national award.... Read more

06/13/18

Youth lead resolution in support of cannabis-free schools

The San Francisco Board of Education unanimously approved a student-led resolution in support of cannabis-free schools at the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD). ... Read more

06/12/18

MEDIA ADVISORY: Black Star Rising Summer Program welcomes Head of Operations and Chief of Staff at eBay as guest speaker

The Black Star Rising Summer Program, offered by SFUSD to incoming African American high school freshmen students to increase their exposure to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education, will host Regina Wallace-Jones, Head of Operations and Chief of Staff at eBay, as a guest speaker.... Read more

05/24/18

MEDIA ADVISORY: Galileo Health Academy students demonstrate EMT skills for SF Fire Department firefighters/paramedics

Galileo Academy of Science and Technology Health Academy students in the Pre EMT class will be tested by San Francisco Fire Department firefighters/paramedics on their ability to perform the six patient assessments they have learned.... Read more

05/23/18

MEDIA ADVISORY: Aptos Middle School students build prosthetic hands for children

A group of seventh grade students at Aptos Middle School are using a 3D printer in their school's Makerspace to create prosthetic hands for children who have lost a hand due to war or an accident, or who were born with only one hand.... Read more

05/17/18

SFUSD launches three-year IT project to empower educators with real-time data to support students and better inform parents

The San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) and its non-profit partner SPARK*SF Public Schools today announced the launch of the Unified Data Ecosystem Acceleration Project, a three-year project which will transform its current data systems to meet the growing needs of students and educators in the district.... Read more

05/10/18

College Signing Day celebrates African American seniors' post-secondary plans

SFUSD will hold the African American Reach Higher: College Signing Day to celebrate African American students who have made plans to attend college or professional training program next year. The Reach Higher Initiative is part of former First Lady Michelle Obama's effort to inspire every student in America to take charge of their future by completing their education past high school.... Read more

05/07/18

SFUSD announces new leader for KALW as historic public radio station looks to the future

​The San Francisco Unified School District and its community broadcast service KALW, a pioneer in public broadcasting since 1941, have selected a new General Manager with deep roots in both public media and education to lead the station.... Read more

05/03/18

Balboa High School celebrates 90th anniversary

Balboa High School, the sixth oldest high school in the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), is gearing up to celebrate its 90th anniversary this weekend with music, food and a classic car show on campus.... Read more

04/26/18

SF Giants player Austin Jackson to teach students importance of education

Students from Lafayette Elementary will be joined by San Francisco Giants player Austin Jackson for an end-of-year celebration to emphasize the importance of studying math while pursuing their athletic dreams, as part of an event planned by student athletes from Washington High's Athletes In Math Succeed (AIMS) program.... Read more

04/06/18

MEDIA ADVISORY: SFUSD elementary students receive 100 donated bikes, lessons in riding

SFUSD second to fifth grade students from four elementary schools (Bryant, Leonard Flynn, Daniel Webster and Marshall) will receive 100 donated bicycles, helmets and locks from the Rotary Club of San Francisco.... Read more

04/04/18

Six SFUSD schools named California Distinguished Schools

Six San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) schools have been named California Distinguished Schools: John Y. Chin Elementary, Lawton K-8, Claire Lilienthal K-8, Peabody Elementary, Sloat Elementary and Ulloa Elementary. ... Read more

03/16/18

SF Board of Education approves $73.7M spending plan for enrichment programs

The San Francisco Board of Education on Tuesday approved the $73.7 million Public Education Enrichment Fund (PEEF) Expenditure Plan Proposal, which allocates voter-approved funds for sports, libraries, arts, music and other programs in the city's public schools. ... Read more

03/01/18

MEDIA ADVISORY: Ulloa Elementary celebrates national distinguished school award

Ulloa Elementary School will host a community celebration in honor of receiving the prestigious National Title I Distinguished School recognition. The celebration will consist of students singing and dancing, and special remarks from city and school leaders.... Read more

02/14/18

SFUSD’s drug and alcohol education for students

In light of yesterday’s incident at James Lick Middle School, in which 10 students became ill after consuming cannabis, the San Francisco Unified School District is sharing more information about reported marijuana use among students and its approach to educating students about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. ... Read more

01/30/18

SFUSD recruits potential bilingual Spanish educators for innovative teaching credential program

As a diversity driven district, the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) is recruiting for the second year of Pathway for Teaching program, focusing on training Bilingual Spanish and Special Education teachers for the city’s highest-need schools and subject areas.... Read more

01/11/18

School Board Elects Leaders for 2018

The San Francisco Board of Education elected its leaders for the 2018 year on Tuesday night. Commissioner Hydra Mendoza-McDonnell is now president of the Board of Education and Commissioner Stevon Cook is vice president. ... Read more

2017 Press Releases

12/20/17

Galileo High School football team wins state championship

On December 16, the Galileo Lions football team took home CIF State Division 6-A champions with a 38-20 win over Vincent Memorial , the San Diego Section Division 7 champions.... Read more

12/12/17

Statement regarding Mayor Ed Lee’s passing

“We are all saddened by the untimely death of Mayor Edwin Lee. Mayor Lee was a true champion for San Franciscans, we personally worked together in fighting for affordable housing, combating unemployment, working to eliminate violence in communities, tackling homelessness, and supporting our schools,” said SF Board of Education President Shamann Walton. ... Read more

12/07/17

Ulloa Elementary receives national distinguished school award

Ulloa Elementary School is one of up to 100 schools across the country recently chosen as a National Title I Distinguished School. Ulloa received the national recognition for its exceptional student performance.... Read more

11/30/17

SFUSD recognized as a leader in achieving zero net energy performance goals

San Francisco Unified School District received a School Leadership Award in recognition of its efforts to utilize policies and plans that result in larger scale advancement of zero net energy (ZNE) buildings. ZNE buildings represent high performance buildings that combine energy efficiency and renewable resources to produce at least as much energy as they consume annually.... Read more

11/15/17

Superintendent Vincent Matthews releases report of findings following listening and learning tour

At the Nov. 14 Board of Education meeting, Dr. Vincent Matthews presented a report regarding his observations and findings after several months of listening and learning about the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD). ... Read more

11/13/17

MEDIA ADVISORY: Their Very First Thanksgiving

Wearing their best clothing, dozens of animated students will crowd the “dinner table” to enjoy a feast of turkey, mashed potatoes, vegetables, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. Newly arrived Spanish-speaking immigrants in grades K to 5, will highlight the American tradition with songs such as “This Land is Your Land”, to “Mr. Turkey” and “Let There Be Peace on Earth.” ... Read more

11/13/17

MEDIA ADVISORY: SFUSD teens launch public health campaign

To build awareness among teenagers about the growing public health threat of antibiotic resistance, twenty SFUSD students launch a multimedia health campaign that includes a website, social media posts, and printed materials.... Read more

11/04/17

SFUSD & UESF Announce Tentative Agreement for a 16% Compensation Package over Three Years

The San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) and the United Educators of San Francisco (UESF) announced today that they have reached a tentative agreement in contract talks, including a total compensation package increase of 16 percent over three years for teachers, paraprofessionals, and other educators represented by UESF.... Read more

10/26/17

Sunset Elementary School named 2017 National Blue Ribbon School

Sunset Elementary School has been recognized as a 2017 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education, along with 25 other California schools. The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private schools for overall academic excellence or notable improvements in closing the achievement gap. ... Read more

10/13/17

Media Advisory: Say Something Week

Two parents of children who were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012 will be at Lawton K-8 School to talk with sixth through eighth graders about the important role young people play in looking out for one another to prevent violence and self-harm. ... Read more

10/11/17

Health and wellness: Highlights for October 10-16, 2017

Every school day at Lincoln High, up to 70 students visit the school’s Wellness Center. It could be for a vision/hearing screening, first aid, or to talk with someone after having a hard day. And the Wellness staff—which includes the Wellness Coordinator, the Community Health Outreach Worker, a nurse, and two full-time Richmond Area Multi Services mental health clinicians—are there to help.... Read more

10/03/17

"Walk to school & save for college": Highlights for October 3 - 9, 2017

It’s time for the annual Walk and Roll to School Day, and this year the Vision Zero Hero will be walking to school with Cleveland Elementary students and their families. Joining them will be Mayor Ed Lee, as well as Rec and Park General Manager Phil Ginsburg, who will lead dozens of students in a lively warm-up exercise at the Excelsior “Safe Routes” hub before walking to school. ... Read more

09/27/17

SFUSD students’ English and math scores show upward trend

The California Department of Education (CDE) released the results of the 2017 California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) for English language arts (ELA) and mathematics. Last spring, approximately 26,000 SFUSD students in grades 3 to 8 and 11 took these state assessments. ... Read more

09/26/17

San Francisco Board of Education voted unanimously on Carbon-Neutral Schools Resolution to fight global climate change

In recognizing its contribution to climate change via the natural gas it uses to heat buildings and the fuels it uses to power vehicles, the San Francisco Board of Education introduced the Carbon-Neutral Schools Resolution, which makes SFUSD the first school district in the nation to propose such aggressive fossil-fuel reduction targets to fight global climate change. ... Read more

09/25/17

Media Advisory: SF Board of Education to vote on aggressive carbon-reduction targets

The SF Board of Education will vote on aggressive targets for reducing fossil-fuel usage by 2040. SFUSD has developed a Carbon Reduction Plan for SFUSD buildings and vehicles, including phasing out gas heating systems, switching to renewable diesel for buses, and harvesting more rainwater, among other strategies.... Read more

09/18/17

“Taggin’ On” & learning to code: Highlights for September 19 - 25, 2017

The transition to middle school is a big one. Just getting to school can be a new and daunting task for students -- catching buses, trains, and even biking to school on their own. To help students understand traffic rules, pedestrian laws and more, the Bay Area Children's Theater is bringing transportation to life with a performance of skits and songs that include ‘Taggin’ On,’ which teaches students how to use the Clipper Card, and ‘Respect the Bus,’ which covers public transportation etiquette and safety. ... Read more

09/14/17

Policy shifts in Math show promise

New SFUSD data show that students who took Common Core Algebra 1 in ninth grade were 80 percent less likely to have to repeat the course than students who took Algebra 1 in eighth grade. The comparison between current juniors and seniors marks SFUSD’s transition to its current approach to secondary math instruction. ... Read more

09/13/17

SFUSD receives $7 Million from salesforce.org to expand STEM education

Salesforce.org, the philanthropic arm of Salesforce, announced today it will donate $7 million to the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) to continue to expand and improve STEM education. This marks the fifth consecutive year of Salesforce.org’s partnership with SFUSD, bringing Salesforce.org’s total investment in the district to $26.7 million. ... Read more

09/05/17

SFUSD statement regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program

Since 2012, SFUSD has been helping students who are eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to attain available enrollment histories and school transcripts at no cost in order to support their DACA applications. It has enabled graduates to contribute to their communities by significantly increasing opportunities for higher education and jobs. ... Read more

08/18/17

Media Advisory: First Day of School Visits - A different walk to school, new tech classrooms & eclipse viewing

Superintendent Vincent Matthews, Ed.D. will join Rico, a seventh-grader at Visitacion Valley Middle School (VVMS), on his 15-minute walk to school from his home in Sunnydale public housing. The Superintendent and Mayor will greet families and students and tour classrooms where sixth-graders will be welcomed with new state-of-the-art classroom environments that support project-based learning modeled after and guided by New Tech Network. ... Read more

07/24/17

Free and Reduced-Price Meals for School Year 2017-2018

San Francisco Unified School District announces its policy to continue serving nutritious meals every school day under the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, and/or Afterschool Snack Program]. ... Read more

06/28/17

SFUSD Board of Education adopts 2017-18 budget

In the 2017-2018 LCAP and budget, SFUSD prioritizes accelerating achievement for its most vulnerable students and the schools that serve them. Additionally, SFUSD recognizes one of the most direct levers for influencing student achievement is its staff. Therefore, the budget also prioritizes further increasing staff salaries and benefits.... Read more

06/22/17

Record number of SFUSD graduates recognized for bilingual proficiency

Seven hundred twenty-three San Francisco Unified School District graduates (or more than 20 percent) were awarded a Seal of Biliteracy, a 33 percent increase from last year. The Seal of Biliteracy is presented jointly by SFUSD and the California Department of Education to recognize graduates who demonstrate high levels of language proficiency in English and another language. ... Read more

06/21/17

Media Advisory: Black Stars’ participants present reflections on STEM learning

SFUSD's Black Stars program aims to increase African-American student exposure to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and prepare incoming high school freshmen to stay on track for graduation. After three and a half weeks in class, the students transition to a five-week internship, where they will focus on STEM-based group projects through the City & County of San Francisco's Community Safety Initiative (CSI). ... Read more

05/24/17

San Francisco Board of Education unanimously adopts resolution to increase support of immigrant students and their families

The San Francisco Board of Education (SFUSD) has unanimously approved a student-led resolution, “Undocumented, Unafraid and United,” reaffirming and strengthening district policies to protect and support immigrant students and their families. ... Read more

05/22/17

Fun farewells & little grads: Highlights for May 23 - 26, 2017

The Unity Project, a seven-foot circular flower arrangement comprised of vibrant ceramic flowers made by 600 students, will be on display this week. The project began in November 2016 in response to the negative political climate of the presidential campaign and is meant to symbolize strength in diversity. Each student at the school, along with family members and staff, created a flower.... Read more

05/16/17

Dining, dancing & disaster relief: Highlights for May 17 - 22, 2017

High school students on the SFUSD School Food Advisory Committee will be proposing four different recipes they developed for school menus in the fall. Guests will sample the new recipes and learn about the steps students took -- from analyzing nutrition, budgeting and sourcing ingredients -- to make a successful school meal. ... Read more

05/10/17

Promoting literacy & going to college: Highlights for May 10-16, 2017

Olympic champion and author Kristi Yamaguchi will be reading her newest book, "Cara's Kindness," to Sanchez Elementary students and giving copies to each participant. The book follows Cara the Cat as she struggles to pick the perfect song for her new ice-skating routine. When a friend in need turns up at the rink, Cara drops everything to lend a helping hand.... Read more

05/04/17

SFUSD announces partnership with NYU Steinhardt’s Technology-Enhanced Teacher Education Program

The San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) has begun a partnership with NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. Applicants are invited to apply for the new San Francisco Embedded Master of Arts in Teaching (SF EMAT), a one-year residency program for teacher education. ... Read more

05/04/17

Lowriders & golf swings: Highlights for May 5-9, 2017

Please do call it ‘FRISCO,’ say students who created the event acronym for Friday Is Successful College Opportunities for the day that soon-to-be SFUSD graduates descend upon the City College of San Francisco Ocean Campus to explore the College Resource Fair & Career Expo and even enroll in City College classes. ... Read more

04/28/17

Citywide SFUSD Arts Festival opens Saturday, April 29

This coming weekend and throughout the week, thousands of students, teachers and community members will be streaming through the Asian Art Museum to see what San Francisco’s students have been thinking, drawing, filming and practicing all year long. ... Read more

04/24/17

Promoting healthy hearts & hospitality: Highlights for April 25 - May 1, 2017

SF Giants World Series Champion pitcher George Kontos will be taking part in an annual year-end celebration with students at Lafayette Elementary, planned by student athletes in the Washington High AIMS (Athletes in Math Succeed) program. Kontos, a Northwestern economics graduate, will visit with students and take part in an assembly that inspires kids to speak up on someone's behalf when they are bullied.... Read more

04/19/17

Honoring a young hero & prioritizing high-needs students: Highlights for April 18 - 24

When his uncle was having a medical emergency, 12-year-old Adrian Perez didn't panic-instead, he called 911, followed the public safety dispatcher's instructions while waiting for the paramedics to arrive and saved his uncle's life.... Read more

04/11/17

San Francisco’s graduation rate rises to 86.5%

The California Department of Education (CDE) has released its 2015-16 Cohort Outcome Data, which includes graduation rates as well as a-g course completion rates. San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) rates continue to improve and exceed statewide rates by nearly four percentage points. ... Read more

04/11/17

Bootcamp, bees & basketball: Highlights for April 11-17, 2017

Two students at John O'Connell High are taking community wellness into their own hands by offering a Fitness Boot Camp for the neighborhood. The students, a 12th-grader and a 10th-grader, are trained as wellness coaches and teach participants how to live healthy without going to a gym by using body-based workouts. The students also started the boot camp to fundraise for donations to fix equipment in the school's fitness lab. So far, the class is attracting neighbors, teachers and other students- -- and there's still room for participants to join.... Read more

04/04/17

District proposes compensation package to SF teachers union

Today the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) made a significant total compensation package offer to the United Educators of San Francisco (UESF). The package includes a proposed salary schedule increase of 10 percent over three years to all UESF members. UESF members include teachers, paraprofessionals, counselors, nurses and other certificated staff. ... Read more

04/04/17

Melissa Dodd named Outstanding CTO of the Year

San Francisco Unified School District’s Chief Technology Officer Melissa Dodd has been named “Outstanding CTO of the Year” by the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN). Dodd accepted the award at the organization’s annual conference today. ... Read more

04/03/17

Making robots & going global: Highlights for April 4 - 10, 2017

Seventh graders at Willie Brown Middle School have been working on robotics projects in teams composed of a mechanical engineer, an electrical engineer and a computer engineer as part of the school’s hands-on, project-based Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) curriculum. ... Read more

03/29/17

San Francisco Board of Education Announces Finalist for San Francisco Unified School District Superintendent

Today the San Francisco Board of Education announced that they have selected Vincent Matthews as their finalist to serve as the District’s next superintendent. Vincent Matthews is a 30-year veteran in education and has held a range of roles including teacher, principal and superintendent. ... Read more

03/20/17

Out of harm's way & leading in green: Highlights for March 21-27, 2017

San Francisco’s Muni and Emergency Management departments have been upgrading signage along the city’s tsunami zones, and now it’s time to remind citizens where to go if a tsunami is coming. More than a hundred Marina Middle School students will be demonstrating how to follow the signs to their neighborhood tsunami shelter, which happens to be their very own school.... Read more

03/14/17

Running for office & looking for jobs: Highlights for March 14-20, 2017

Future leaders are gathering to be inspired, entertained, and most importantly, to hear election stump speeches for Student Advisory Council (SAC) spots next year. The SAC Leadership Summit is a day of entertainment, inspiring speakers and workshops. The SAC is a citywide, youth-led organization that provides SFUSD students with opportunities to advise the administrative and policy-making bodies of SFUSD. Two SAC Student Delegates sit on the Board of Education. ... Read more

03/08/17

State audit recognizes SFUSD’s approach to preparing students for college

The California State Auditor recently submitted a report to the Governor and legislators titled “College Readiness of California’s High School Students: The State Can Better Prepare Students for College by Adopting New Strategies and Increasing Oversight.” In the report San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) is cited as an exemplar district that has provided students access to college preparatory coursework and set high expectations for graduates, while ensuring supports and interventions to keep students on track. ... Read more

03/06/17

Immigration stories & 1.5 million breakfasts: Highlights for March 7 – 13, 2017

Students at James Lick Middle School, with the help of their music teacher Keith Carames, have created an original musical revue about immigration. “Just in Case” revolves around a Latino, Jewish and Syrian family, and the play explores fears of emigrating to the U.S., the rewards some find here, and the trauma of being forced to flee a war.... Read more

02/27/17

Pledging and Unplugging: Highlights for February 28 - March 6, 2017

Students and teachers in AccessSFUSD:The Arc are on a mission to end the ‘r-word.’ They say they still hear the word and it hurts. At a rally on the steps of City Hall, students will be talking about their very real experiences with the put-down and asking everyone to join the pledge. ... Read more

02/23/17

Mayor Ed Lee, SFUSD Interim Superintendent Myong Leigh, and Board of Education President Shamann Walton's statement on transgender discrimination

All students deserve to learn in an atmosphere that is free of fear and discrimination. While attending school, no child should feel overwhelmed by the simple decision of which bathroom to use, or fear the consequences of entering a locker room. ... Read more

02/21/17

Honor roll & roller coasters: Highlights for February 22-28, 2017

Every year, the African-American Honor Roll Celebration honors students in grades 3-12 who are earning a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) or higher. Board of Education President Shamann Walton, Interim Superintendent Myong Leigh and other district leaders will be on hand to congratulate this year’s one thousand plus honorees.... Read more

02/14/17

Water & warmth on Valentine's Day: Highlights for February 14 - 20, 2017

Across the city, there are approximately 20,168 gallons of rainwater stored in 28 schoolyard cisterns. Thanks to recent downfalls, the water tanks (almost empty at the beginning of the school year) are now full. The tanks are installed to collect rain from school roofs to be used for watering school gardens.... Read more

01/26/17

Statement regarding President Trump’s executive order to increase immigration enforcement

The San Francisco Unified School District is working with the City and County of San Francisco and community agencies to create a rapid response protocol to support children and families in the event that enforcement actions increase in or around schools. ... Read more

01/25/17

SF Board of Education rescinds 1906 resolution that excluded Asians from “normal” schools

Last night, the San Francisco Board of Education (BOE) formally rescinded a BOE resolution dating back to 1906 that excluded children of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean ancestry from normal schools and restricted them to an “Oriental School.” ... Read more

01/23/17

Showcasing arts providers and career-savvy students: Highlights for January 24-30, 2017

The arts are alive and abundant in SFUSD’s schools, and the annual Arts Education Resource Fair provides teachers, arts coordinators, administrators, parents, and the public a window to the wealth of arts education providers in the Bay Area that schools can take advantage of for artist residencies and field trips.... Read more

01/11/17

School board elects officers for 2017

At this week's regular meeting, the San Francisco Board of Education elected its officers for 2017. Commissioner Shamann Walton is now president, and Commissioner Hydra Mendoza-McDonnell is vice president.... Read more

2016 Press Releases

12/19/16

SFUSD launches its first district-based credentialing program in latest step to alleviate teacher shortage

Aspiring teachers now have a new route to San Francisco classrooms: SFUSD Pathway to Teaching. Now accepting applications and nominations, the one-year credentialing program will train new teachers to build strong relationships in their school communities while developing standards-based and culturally relevant curriculum for students in the city’s highest-need schools and subject areas.... Read more

12/09/16

Singing, coding and STEAMing: Highlights for December 13-16, 2016

Students at AccessSFUSD: The Arc are holding their eighth annual holiday sing-along with guest musicians Deputy Superintendent Guadalupe Guerrero on violin and Director of Visual and Performing Arts Rob Daniels on piano. AccessSFUSD is a community-based program focused on teaching functional life skills to students between the ages of 18 to 22 who receive special education services. ... Read more

12/05/16

Statement regarding tragic death of Ruth Asawa School of the Arts student in Oakland Ghost Ship Warehouse fire

An 11th grader from Ruth Asawa School of the Arts (SOTA) is one of the confirmed deceased from the Oakland "Ghost Ship" warehouse fire that occurred on Friday, Dec. 2.... Read more

11/28/16

Black beans & solar suitcases: Highlights for November 29 - December 4, 2016

Continuing its tradition of partnering with Pie Ranch, Mission High’s Urban Culture Pathway students will be debuting a new food item at lunch that they helped to harvest. This coming Tuesday, the Mission High menu will feature black turtle beans. ... Read more

11/04/16

Kids vote for president & tackle tough issues: Highlights for Nov. 3 - 8, 2016

Hoover Middle School students will be heading downtown on Saturday to tackle youth homelessness, affordable housing, gender gap issues ,and cyberbullying during the annual Civic Tech Challenge. ... Read more

11/02/16

Board discusses superintendent search and community engagement plan

The SF Board of Education met with consultants from the Leadership Associates Executive Search Firm to discuss the search for the next SFUSD Superintendent. The Board and consultants reviewed an engagement plan and discussed other phases of the recruitment and hiring process, including recruitment of a diverse pool of highly qualified candidates, reference checking, and the interview process. ... Read more

10/28/16

Opportunity to learn: Schools get creative for Halloween

SF Public Montessori has its own annual Halloween tradition, called “Historical Halloween.” All students choose a historical person to research, then dress up as that person and present them to their classmates. his year, second and third graders are creating their own live museum of characters for upperclassmen to visit and learn more about these historical figures. ... Read more

10/26/16

SF School Board adopts College and Career Pathway Agreement so high school students can take more City College courses

To provide more opportunities for SFUSD high school students, the San Francisco Board of Education is charting new territory with the City College of San Francisco (CCSF). The SFUSD College and Career Access Pathway Partnership Agreement (CCAP) opens up access to City College classes at high school campuses to more students. ... Read more

10/25/16

New City Services to Provide Housing Assistance to San Francisco Unified School District Educators

Today, SFUSD Interim Superintendent Myong Leigh, Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development, and United Educators of San Francisco President Lita Blanc, alongside civic, nonprofit and labor organization leaders of Homeownership SF which includes Asian Inc, Balance, Mission Economic Development Agency, San Francisco Housing Development Corporation, and the San Francisco LGBT Community Center, Eviction Defense Collaborative (EDC), the Justice and Diversity Center of the BAR Association of San Francisco announced joint investments and services to provide housing assistance, eviction defense, and increase access to affordable housing opportunities for San Francisco educators.... Read more

10/25/16

A salsa side dish & a lot of data: Highlights for Oct. 25 - Oct. 30, 2016

Students at Galileo High created a new salsa recipe for SFUSD’s school lunches, and they will be taste testing it before it goes districtwide. SFUSD is part of the California Thursdays network, which celebrates the abundance and creativity of California by creating a new recipe for this popular California condiment.... Read more

10/24/16

New City Services to Provide Housing Assistance to SFUSD Educators

Tuesday, October 25, at 11:00 a.m. at Tenderloin Elementary School, HomeownershipSF and its Member housing counseling agencies, Asian Inc, Balance, Mission Economic Development Agency, San Francisco Housing Development Corporation, and the San Francisco LGBT Community Center, the San Francisco Mayor's Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD), the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), ... Read more

10/19/16

Update re: June Jordan School for Equity

June Jordan School for Equity (JJSE) is open today and students, their families and staff are receiving support from counselors and the school administration has convened community meetings with students and families. ... Read more

10/19/16

Statement from SFUSD Interim Superintendent Myong Leigh regarding incident at June Jordan School for Equity

All of us in the San Francisco Unified School District are deeply troubled by the incident that took place yesterday afternoon in the parking lot at June Jordan School for Equity (JJSE). Our understanding at this time is that a small group of outsiders unaffiliated with the school came to campus around the time of school dismissal, targeting a particular JJSE student for reasons that are presently unclear. ... Read more

10/18/16

Statement re: June Jordan School for Equity

Today at around 3:15 p.m. at June Jordan School for Equity, an SFUSD high school, gunshots were fired outside the school around dismissal time. The San Francisco Police department is on scene, and SFUSD officials are working closely with the police.... Read more

10/18/16

Ballot measures & better attendance: Highlights for Oct. 18 - 24, 2016

Attorney General Kamala Harris will be at John Muir Elementary this week to congratulate the school for making big improvements to student attendance. Principal Shawn Mansager and others will be discussing the steps that teachers, staff and families have taken over the last few years to get students to school on time every day ,which is a habit and mindset that leads to more class time and a better education for the students throughout their years in school.... Read more

10/12/16

Building castles & college plans: Highlights for Oct. 12 - 17, 2016

Officials from the California Department of Education (CDE) and leaders from the DiCaprio Foundation will be at Glen Park Elementary this week to congratulate the school for being a trailblazer in California’s Blueprint for Environmental Literacy. ... Read more

10/04/16

An early walk & a long table: Highlights for Oct. 3 - 10, 2016

On International Walk and Roll to School Day, Dianne Feinstein Elementary students and families will be joined by Mayor Ed Lee and Interim Superintendent Myong Leigh and Rec and Parks Director Phil Ginsburg as they walk to school. SFMTA Director Ed Reiskin will be greeting students as they arrive at school. This year, more than 15,000 students are expected to walk or bike to school.... Read more

09/30/16

Lafayette Elementary School Named a 2016 National Blue Ribbon School

Lafayette Elementary School has been recognized as a 2016 National Blue Ribbon School by the US Department of Education, along with 33 other California public schools and 4 private schools. ... Read more

09/26/16

Heaters & hootenannies: Highlights for Sept. 27 - Oct. 3, 2016

Bryant Elementary will be receiving 3,000 new books, plus 300 Spanish/English bilingual titles for the school’s main libraries. The donation is from Wipro, a global information technology business. Children’s author, Todd Parr, will be on hand to read to students to help celebrate the donation.... Read more

09/12/16

Cradle to College: Highlights for Sept. 12 - 19, 2016

More than 40 historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) will be on hand to provide high schoolers with information -- and even offer admission and scholarships on the spot to qualified seniors. This is SFUSD’s 17th annual HBCU recruitment fair, and hundreds of SFUSD high school juniors and seniors are expected to turn out. The evening is sponsored by the San Francisco Alliance of Black School Educators. ... Read more

08/24/16

More than half of SFUSD students proficient in Math and English Language Arts

Today, the California Department of Education released the second year of test results for students who took the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC), the computer-adaptive tests and performance tasks based on based on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics. ... Read more

08/23/16

Free breakfast for 37,000 students & vaccination updates: Highlights for Aug. 23-29, 2016

Starting this school year, 37,000 SFUSD students will get breakfast and lunch for free without having to fill out paperwork. This is because 54 schools are now taking part in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) program. ... Read more

08/11/16

SFUSD information regarding free and reduced-price meals programs

This is the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) Student Nutrition Services’ annual announcement regarding the policy for providing free and reduced-price meals for children served under the National School Lunch Program and/or School Breakfast Program. Each school has a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed on request.... Read more

08/10/16

New report shows SFUSD eighth grade students outperforming peers in Math

A new report from SRI Education on SFUSD’s Science, Technology, Engineer and Math (STEM) Learning Initiative shows SFUSD’s eighth grade students ahead of peers in other school districts when it comes to math performance. ... Read more

07/27/16

San Francisco Unified School District Superintendent Richard Carranza is top pick to lead Houston Independent School District

Superintendent Richard A. Carranza announced today that he has accepted a preliminary offer from the Houston Independent School District Board of Education to lead the 215,000 student Texas school district. The Houston Independent School District is the seventh largest in the nation.... Read more

07/06/16

District Offers Signing Bonuses for Special Education Teachers and Aides

With the hope of attracting more applicants to fill 70 current openings for Special Education teachers and 90 openings for Special Education Instructional Aides, the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) is offering signing bonuses for the first time in recent history. ... Read more

06/29/16

SF Board of Education approves budget for 2016-17 (Funding increases for teacher salaries and retirement funds)

The San Francisco Board of Education has approved the 2016-17 operating budget for the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD). The budget for next year totals $823.9 million in expenditures, an increase of approximately $38 million over the previous year. ... Read more

06/22/16

SFUSD adopts new Physical Education policy

The San Francisco Board of Education has passed a resolution to provide clarity regarding San Francisco Unified School District’s (SFUSD) Physical Education requirements. ... Read more

06/15/16

San Francisco Board of Education adopts math placement policy

Following the California Mathematics Placement Act (SB 359), the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) has adopted a policy for placing incoming ninth-grade students in math courses. ... Read more

06/09/16

Free summer enrichment academy attracts 70 students to Willie Brown Middle School

School may be out for summer, but not for students at Willie L. Brown Jr. Middle School who are participating in the school’s first free, three-week Summer Enrichment Academy. On Saturday, June 18, students will showcase for their families and the community what they learned, including African drumming, and how to make Claymation videos and cook. ... Read more

05/25/16

District adopts Good Food Purchasing Program

The San Francisco Board of Education voted unanimously to adopt the Good Food Purchasing Program (GFPP), a metric-based framework and set of tools that guides organizations to direct their buying power toward suppliers. This meets five inter-connected values: local economies, environmental sustainability, valued workforce, animal welfare and nutrition.... Read more

05/19/16

SFUSD hires new Executive Director for Creativity and The Arts

“We are excited to have Mr. Harris rejoin SFUSD in this important leadership role,” said Richard A. Carranza, SFUSD Superintendent of Schools. “There is no better person to help us capture the great opportunities we have in front of us, working collaboratively with every school to ensure that each student has equal access to arts education.”... Read more

05/17/16

San Francisco's graduation rate rises

The California Department of Education (CDE) has released its 2014-15 Cohort Outcome Data, which includes graduation rates as well as A-G course completion rates. San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) rates continue to improve and exceed statewide rates. ... Read more

05/10/16

Mayor Lee announces recipients of 2015-2016 teacher & principal of the year awards

Mayor Edwin M. Lee will honor nine outstanding San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) educators as the Mayor’s 2015-2016 Teacher and Principal of the Year tonight at a San Francisco Giants Pre-Game Homeplate Ceremony at AT&T Park for Teacher Appreciation Month.... Read more

05/09/16

Getting ready for careers & rocking the runway: Highlights for May 10 - 16, 2016

District 9 Supervisor David Campos will be sharing what his workday is like with Junipero Serra students along with employees from Xoom, a digital money transfer company whose employees regularly volunteer at the school as part of SFUSD’s Circle the Schools program. They will be joined by other representatives from local organizations talking about their careers. ... Read more

05/04/16

Celebrating moms & 'steaming up' science: Highlights for May 3-9, 2016

Students at the Chinese Immersion School at De Avila will be throwing open the doors of their new STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) lab for a grand opening. The lab was part of the Spring 2015 iLab redesign process, the iLab being an SFUSD program that sponsors cross-functional team design challenges where students, parents, school staff, district administrators, and partners create innovative solutions to problems within their communities.... Read more

04/29/16

San Francisco Unified School District earns national Green Ribbon Schools award

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded the San Francisco Unified School District a 2016 Green Ribbon Schools award for environmental accomplishments. Nationwide, 47 schools, 15 districts and 11 postsecondary institutions were honored for their innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness, and ensure effective sustainability education. ... Read more

04/26/16

SMS poets & low riders: Highlights for April 26 - May 2, 2016

SF Giants World Series Champion pitcher Sergio Romo will be taking part in the AIMS year-end celebration with students at Lafayette Elementary, planned by student athletes from Washington High.* Romo is a regular at this event, taking time from his busy schedule to visit with Lafayette Elementary students and Washington High athletes and to participate in games that teach the importance of finishing projects with a passionate spirit. ... Read more

04/14/16

Schools to teach voting process & rights, and offer voter pre-registration to students

The SF Board of Education adopted a resolution this week specifying ways the school system will better prepare youth to vote. The resolution cited a 2009 study conducted by George Mason University, which examined voter pre-registration programs in Hawaii and Florida and found that pre-registration, when combined with civic education, had positive long-term effects on young people's voting behavior. ... Read more

04/12/16

Outstanding volunteers & big conversations: Highlights for April 13-18, 2016

For the first time ever, the Game Design Academy class at Marshall High will be using an industry-grade program called Unity, which was used to make Angry Birds and other popular games. This will challenge students to up their game on collaboration by pair programming--a common industry practice--and learning a new user interface. Unity has just begun "Unity for Education," and Marshall High is one of the very first schools to test out the curriculum. ... Read more

03/31/16

SFUSD approves increase to Public Education Enrichment Fund budget

With a projected increase in funds from the city’s Public Education Enrichment Fund (PEEF), last week the San Francisco Board of Education approved a $3.17M increase to its 2016-17 PEEF budget. The additional funds support the expansion of programs and create new positions in areas funded by PEEF including sports, arts and music, and libraries. ... Read more

03/21/16

Making the most of rain & careers in hospitality: Highlights for March 22-25, 2016

Spring has arrived and 28 SFUSD schools currently have access to nearly 40,000 gallons of water – collected by cisterns installed in their schoolyard gardens. With so much rain this winter, some cisterns are now full, including the one at New Traditions Elementary, where students are learning more about rainwater catchment systems and other sustainable activities. New Traditions’ students, along with thousands of other SFUSD students, work with Education Outside Americorps members, who help maintain and use the gardens as outdoor science classrooms. On March 22 a third-grade class will be learning about the water cycle and drought-tolerant plants.... Read more

03/14/16

More tech, more food & more youth leadership: Highlights for Mar. 15-21, 2016

High schoolers will get hands-on experiences as they are introduced to potential future careers in the Bay Area's STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) professions. Students will have a chance to visit the research and drug discovery hub at Bayer’s U.S. Innovation Center, which focuses on biologics research with an emphasis on hematology, and they can participate in activities at TechShop San Francisco, including making key chains with laser cutters. ... Read more

03/09/16

SFUSD to expand training and services to meet the needs of students

The San Francisco Board of Education unanimously approved a resolution to provide more staff training, curriculum and services to meet the needs of students with incarcerated parents.... Read more

03/07/16

Future restaurateurs & future planning: Highlights for Mar. 8-14, 2016

Sixteen students in the Culinary Arts and Management class at O’Connell High are preparing to compete in the ProStart Cup competition. The four teams design a restaurant, create a storyboard, put together a business plan, and then present and defend their plan in a pitch to industry leaders. Twenty-six professional chefs will judge three of those students while they prepare a three-course meal from scratch in one hour with two butane burners and no electricity. ... Read more

03/04/16

San Francisco Board of Education unanimously supports lowering voting age to 16

San Francisco Board of Education commissioners unanimously endorsed a proposal before the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to extend voting rights in San Francisco to 16- and 17-year olds for San Francisco municipal elections, while also urging the Board of Supervisors to include non-citizens in local elections.... Read more

03/01/16

Books for every classroom and information for every parent: Highlights for March 2-8, 2016

Business and civic leaders will be at Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy to celebrate Read Across America Day where thousands of new "leveled books" (reading material for each student that focuses on words and sentences of increasing complexity) are being delivered to all classrooms. The books are being donated by Salesforce.org, with support from local neighbors and the Cloud 9 Foundation.... Read more

02/24/16

San Francisco Board of Education updates policy on condom availability to include middle schools

Middle school students will be required to meet with San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) nurses or school social workers for assessment, education, and intervention. Only after a nurse or social worker deems it appropriate, students will receive information about condom use, its risks and effectiveness. They will also be informed that abstinence is the only 100 percent effective method to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.... Read more

02/23/16

Statement from Superintendent Carranza regarding events at Lowell High School

As superintendent of this city’s public schools, I see how much work our staff does every day to create a supportive, thoughtful and thriving culture in our schools and in our offices. Through education, reflection, and intentional corrective action, many are working to eliminate stereotypes and to address racism, and bias, within their community. But we must do better...... Read more

02/23/16

Celebrating artistic and academic achievements: Highlights for Feb. 23-29, 2016

Students will be posing with the Golden State Warriors World Championship team trophy at the African-American Honor Roll celebration, which honors the approximately 1,200 students in grades 3-12 who are earning a 3.0 grade point average or higher. Board of Education Vice President Shamann Walton, Superintendent Richard Carranza and other district leaders will be on hand to congratulate students. Students who have a 4.0 GPA will receive an ancestral kente cloth from Ghana. This family celebration is sponsored by the San Francisco Alliance of Black School Educators, a volunteer organization of SFUSD educators.... Read more

02/10/16

San Francisco Board of Education updates immunization policy

At this week’s regular San Francisco Board of Education meeting, commissioners unanimously approved a resolution to update its immunization policy. The previous policy on immunizations consisted of a one-sentence instruction, "No pupil shall be enrolled in any school in the San Francisco Unified School District without proof of immunization as required by California Administrative Code, Title 17." ... Read more

02/10/16

SF Board of Education supports expanding access to Mandarin and other languages in elementary schools

San Francisco Board of Education commissioners unanimously approved a program that would increase access and opportunity to world language instruction for elementary students not enrolled in immersion programs. Unlike SFUSD’s immersion programs, where all subjects are taught in the language throughout the school day and English is gradually added as students advance from grade to grade, this pilot will offer language instruction as part of a daily curriculum available to all students. The program will start by offering Mandarin.... Read more

02/08/16

Oral health for sixth graders & growing teachers: Highlights for Feb. 9-15, 2016

Students at Willie Brown Jr. Middle School will be smiling a little brighter thanks to free dental exams being offered this week at the school. The entire sixth grade will undergo the screenings. The event promotes February’s National Oral Health Month. Staff from the San Francisco Department of Public Health will conduct the exams and identify students who need follow-up care and those who are candidates for receiving sealants at no cost. Students who need additional care will be referred to dentists and other community resources. Dental screenings at middle schools are rare; SFUSD only routinely provides dental screenings for kindergartners. In addition, Willie Brown is the only SFUSD middle school to house an onsite medical clinic. ... Read more

02/03/16

An unexpected graduation ceremony & football games for all ages: Highlights for Feb. 3 - 8, 2016

Last summer, when the state stopped giving the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE), dozens of SFUSD high school seniors were not granted diplomas because they hadn’t passed the exam before testing was ended. SFUSD quickly “went rogue” and issued diplomas to the students. Now that the state law has changed, San Francisco International High will hold a celebration for the approximately 20 students from the classes of 2013, 2014 and 2015 who previously could not graduate. ... Read more

01/27/16

SF Board of Education supports proposed City legislation to raise minimum age for tobacco purchases

San Francisco Board of Education commissioners unanimously approved a resolution to support proposed legislation by Supervisors Scott Wiener, Malia Cohen and Eric Mar, to raise the age to purchase tobacco products to 21.... Read more

01/26/16

Big data, ballgames & a kick-off read-in: Highlights for Jan. 26 - Feb. 1, 2016

With all the variables that go into making schools great for every child, there is a lot of data to look at. That’s where a new plan required by the State of California called the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) comes in. The LCAP is where SFUSD identifies its annual priorities for student success, puts them into action, and then measures its progress. ... Read more

01/13/16

School Board Elects Officers for 2016 - Matt Haney elected Board President

“It is such an honor to be elected to serve as the President of the Board of Education,” said Haney. “I am looking forward to working with my colleagues and Superintendent Carranza to close the achievement gap and ensure that the tremendous opportunities available in our city are shared with all of our children.”... Read more

01/12/16

Drinking Water & Open Spaces: Highlights for January 12-18, 2016

Water fountains are ok, but an even better way to drink tap water at school is the ‘drink tap’ fountains that have been installed at various SFUSD schools since 2011. This week, Supervisor Scott Wiener will join Mission High students as they unveil their new fountain, which dispenses tap water to personal water bottles. Students will be getting a free new water bottle as well. ... Read more

01/07/16

SFUSD advises schools, reassures families re. procedures in the event of Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids

Superintendent Richard A. Carranza is reassuring students and families that ICE will not be given immediate access to SFUSD schools and any request for access would need to go through a thorough review process. ... Read more

01/07/16

Soccer Fields & Family Fairs: Highlights for January 5-11, 2016

Bret Harte Elementary students will be taking to the field right in their own schoolyard. The newly-installed soccer field, the largest yet for SFUSD schools, is 11,000 square feet. The field was built by America SCORES Bay Area, a program that partners with urban schools to provide a high-quality, team-based soccer program that also integrates poetry and service learning. Funding to build the new field was provided by Major League Soccer and Wells Fargo. ... Read more

 

2015 Press Releases

12/10/15

Statement from Superintendent Richard A. Carranza regarding the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA)

SFUSD teamed up with five other school districts, all members of the California Office to Reform Education (CORE), to create SQII, the nation’s first school district accountability system that includes not only academic achievement, but also student social emotional learning and school culture and climate. This Index measures student academic as well as social-emotional learning, and the schools’ overall culture and climate. We’re moving away from narrowing curriculum (essentially only paying attention to math and English test scores) to looking at the whole child again. ... Read more

12/10/15

SF Board of Education commits to equitable and sustainable student transportation

At this week’s regular San Francisco Board of Education meeting, commissioners approved a resolution to continue the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD)’s pursuit of strategies to advance equitable, healthy, and sustainable transportation for all students and families at all schools.... Read more

12/09/15

SF Board of Education to honor three Chinatown public schools’ namesakes and history

The San Francisco Board of Education plans to install plaques at three of San Francisco Unified School District’s (SFUSD) Chinatown-area schools to commemorate the contributions Chinese have made to San Francisco and public education.... Read more

12/08/15

Coffee & Music: Highlights for December 8-14, 2015

Inclusive Schools Week celebrations began in both classrooms and on the steps of City Hall this week. Since 2012, the San Francisco Unified School District has celebrated this week in recognition of the district’s commitment to provide a supportive and quality education to a diverse student population, including students who may be marginalized due to disability, gender, socio-economic status, cultural heritage, language preference, and other factors. ... Read more

12/02/15

College Savings Bonus & Inclusive Schools: Highlights for December 2-7, 2015

San Francisco Treasurer José Cisneros will join Dr. William L. Cobb Elementary students at the school's monthly Honor Assembly where he will award “students of the month” with an additional $10 deposit into their Kindergarten to College (K2C) savings accounts. All Cobb students selected as Student of the Month this year will receive a certificate and the $10 scholarship.... Read more

11/19/15

First feasts & a four-star menu

Wearing their best clothes, dozens of newly-emigrated elementary students will gather to enjoy a feast of turkey, mashed potatoes, vegetables, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie to celebrate Thanksgiving for the first time. ... Read more

11/17/15

SFUSD support services celebrate milestones

In 1998, a survey of San Francisco’s youth identified a need for safe, easily accessible health services on high school campuses. Since then, Wellness programs have grown steadily at SFUSD high schools, offering free, confidential physical and behavioral health services to students where they can easily get to them – inside their schools. To celebrate its 15th anniversary, staff and students will gather at Galileo High to write a history of the Wellness Initiative on a timeline and speak about how the program has influenced student health – and in turn their academic success. ... Read more

11/10/15

Making sense of scores & life lessons on the yard: Highlights for Nov. 10 - 16, 2015

Last spring, thousands of students took the new Smarter Balanced assessments online, replacing the old paper-and-pencil standardized tests of the past, and now aligned with the new Common Core curriculum. Parents received their child’s score report recently, and to help families make sense of the reports, staff from the SFUSD Achievement Assessments Office will provide help on reading and interpreting the reports. Districtwide, SFUSD’s baseline results show that students are testing above the state average in both math and English Language Arts. ... Read more

11/09/15

SFUSD receives two CSBA Golden Bell awards

The San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) has been awarded two Golden Bell Awards from the California School Boards Association (CSBA). The award recognizes public school programs that are innovative and sustainable, make a demonstrated difference for students, and focus on meeting the needs of all public school students. ... Read more

11/03/15

Schools receive Impact and Innovation Awards

Eighteen SFUSD schools will be awarded with funding in recognition of their impact and innovation. These awards, focused on fostering innovation, are funded by the Quality Teacher and Education Act (QTEA) passed by voters in 2008. With QTEA, SFUSD is able to recognize impactful and innovative work taking place and provide funds to help schools further advance their efforts. Over 50 SFUSD schools applied for the award this year. ... Read more

10/28/15

Halloween roundup: characters, idioms and a ‘Thriller’: Highlights for Oct. 27-Nov. 2, 2015

At Argonne Elementary, the fourth- and fifth-grade students dress up as idioms and participate in a social mixer where they guess each other’s idiom costume. Not only is it a unique way to celebrate the Halloween dress-up tradition, it helps the school’s English language learners with some of the more quirky English phrases. When: Friday, Oct. 30 / 9:30-10:15 a.m. Where: Argonne ES / 680 18th Ave. ... Read more

10/19/15

San Francisco Unified School District accepted into national network of innovative districts

The San Francisco Unified School District is one of 22 school districts accepted today into the League of Innovative Schools, a national coalition of forward-thinking school districts organized by Digital Promise, an independent, bipartisan nonprofit organization authorized by Congress to accelerate innovation in education.... Read more

10/15/15

Staff and Students to Learn about Human Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children

The San Francisco Board of Education unanimously approved a resolution authored by Board President Emily M. Murase in support of teaching school district staff and students to identify the signs of human trafficking. ... Read more

10/13/15

Tasting, shaking & sailing: Highlights for October 13-19, 2015

It’s National School Lunch week, and students at Marshall High are inviting other students to taste test some new lunch menu items. The food is free of artificial colors and preservatives, contain no high-fructose corn syrup or trans fats. What’s more, students help create the menu. This week at lunch students will be tasting a new kid-inspired item, Hot Turkey & Cheddar Flatbread, and giving it a critical teen appraisal.... Read more

10/06/15

New games, ‘movie’ castles & healthy walks: Highlights for October 6-12, 2015

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy and Mayor Ed Lee will be walking to school with Spring Valley Elementary students and families. Last year, a record 84 schools took part in San Francisco’s annual Walk and Roll to School Day, and this year looks to be even more populated, with a total of 16,000 students expected to walk or bike to school on Wednesday. Walk and Roll to School Day encourages community members to work together to make their communities safer and more pleasant for walking while promoting physical activity.... Read more

10/01/15

Hootenannies & anniversaries: Highlights for Sept. 29 – Oct. 5, 2015

More than 3,000 SFUSD middle school students will be treated to a free outdoor concert on the opening day of the 15th annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival. Philanthropist, community leader and banjo player Warren Hellman founded the San Francisco tradition, including this special program for youth. Students will hear the banjo stylings and close vocal harmonies of the group PMW, and there will be visual tricks performed by sword swallowers, magicians and clowns from Circus Quirkus.... Read more

09/21/15

Seeding, watering & growing teachers: Highlights for September 22-28, 2015

Sherman Elementary will take advantage of the weather system predicted this winter. With its new cistern, the school garden will be able to capture, store and use the water as needed. Students there are ready to talk about their newest addition to Sherman’s green schoolyard and show visitors how it works. SFUSD’s green schoolyards are designed by each school’s community, and 25 SFUSD schools now have cisterns. Sherman students, along with thousands of other SFUSD students, work with Education Outside corps members, who help maintain and use the gardens as outdoor science classrooms.... Read more

09/18/15

Equity collaboratives funded for game-changing work

The San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) and HOPE SF have been awarded $800,000 by the Hellman Foundation to help disrupt systemic inequality in San Francisco. The 2015 Hellman Collaborative Change Initiative announced the competitive awards were given to initiatives that “are poised to make real change in the areas of education and poverty.” ... Read more

09/14/15

On-the-spot college admissions & the greening of education: Highlights for September 15-21, 2015

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson will be visiting Lincoln High to share the California Department of Education’s Blueprint for Environmental Literacy, which promotes environmental literacy for all students in California. Juniors enrolled in Lincoln’s Green Engineering course will be inviting Torlakson, Assembly Member David Chiu and Superintendent Richard Carranza to join them in building a rain water catchment system for the school garden. These students, along with the hundreds of students enrolled in the school’s Green Academy, discover and implement new solutions to environmental issues in a hands-on college preparatory program. ... Read more

09/09/15

SFUSD ahead of state and other large urban districts in first California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP)

The California Department of Education (CDE) today unveiled the results of new, computer-based assessments, administered to students last spring to gauge their progress in learning new, more rigorous academic standards designed to prepare them for college and careers in the 21st century. ... Read more

09/08/15

O'Connell HS students & hotel managers from around the globe problem-solve together: Highlights for September 8-14, 2015

John O'Connell High students will be taking on some hefty topics to help out Ritz-Carlton hotels across the globe. Ninety general managers will visit the school and collaborate with students on problems they have at work. In groups made up of two general managers and four students, the entire school will tackle issues the hotels are currently grappling with, including responsibly reducing food waste from large banquet functions and creating a better workplace wellness program. ... Read more

08/31/15

Saving for college & gender-neutral bathrooms: Highlights for September 1-7, 2015

When it comes to low-income families saving for college, Monroe Elementary school parents are on top of it. They are participating at a greater rate than many others in the ever-growing city savings program called Kindergarten to College. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is coming to visit students and their families to celebrate their participation in the savings program and to urge others to save. ... Read more

08/24/15

Mayor Lee, San Francisco Unified School District and the Salesforce Foundation Announce Third Year of Partnership to Expand Computer Science Opportunities in San Francisco Schools

Salesforce Foundation invests $6 million and Salesforce employees plan to volunteer 10,000 hours in San Francisco Unified School District during the 2015-2016 school year Salesforce adopts 20 schools in San Francisco Unified School District as a part of San Francisco Education Fund and sf.citi’s Circle the Schools initiative... Read more

08/17/15

Statement from SFUSD Superintendent Richard A. Carranza re. Fully Staffed Classrooms on Opening Day

As we celebrate opening day for SFUSD, I want to commend everyone who worked tirelessly to ensure our students have a teacher in every classroom.... Read more

08/14/15

SF Board of Education Amends Graduation Requirements, Defies Current State Law to Expedite Awarding of Diplomas

The San Francisco Board of Education voted unanimously today to amend SFUSD’s graduation requirements, a decision that immediately grants diplomas to 107 SFUSD students who received a Certificate of Completion in May 2015 instead of a diploma solely because they had not passed both sections of the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE).... Read more

08/07/15

Statement from Superintendent Carranza in Honor of Rosario Anaya

Ms. Rosario Anaya led the way for so many women and Latin Americans here in San Francisco, providing not only excellent leadership, but also serving as a role model as the first Latina elected to public office in San Francisco. Her work in service to our community was extensive and touched many lives. ... Read more

08/05/15

Statement from Superintendent Carranza Regarding Death of Teacher Ed Cavanaugh

Our hearts are with Ed Cavanaugh’s family and all those who knew and loved him. Our community has experienced a devastating loss. Mr. Cavanaugh spent 14 years teaching in SFUSD, the majority of time at Downtown High School, where he taught youth who face tremendous challenges in their lives. ... Read more

08/03/15

Graduation Rates Increase for SFUSD Students

The graduation rate for San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) has been adjusted to 83.9 percent, which is up from 81.7 percent the prior year. ... Read more

07/01/15

Superintendent Carranza to Lead Council of the Great City Schools

Superintendent Richard A. Carranza of the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) today becomes chair of the Council of the Great City Schools’ Board of Directors. ... Read more

06/30/15

High Schoolers Try on Careers for the Summer

SFUSD high schoolers are trying on careers in the automotive technology, urban agriculture, environmental technology, and building and construction trades this summer.... Read more

06/25/15

SFUSD Completes Update to Lau Action Plan

At its regular meeting this week, the San Francisco Board of Education approved the modifications to the San Francisco Unified School District’s Lau Action Plan, which guides how SFUSD provides English Learners with the programs and services to academically succeed.... Read more

06/24/15

SF Board of Education Adopts 2015-16 School Year Budget

At its regular meeting last night, the San Francisco Board of Education adopted unanimously its 2015-16 budget, which reflects increased funds for schools due to the state’s improving economy. ... Read more

06/10/15

Board Approves Plans to Expand Computer Science Curriculum to All Grades

The San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) plans to phase-in teaching computer science to all students, at all schools, from preschool to 12th grade. ... Read more

06/03/15

Incoming Sixth-Graders Finish “Middle School Boot Camp” with Olympic-Style Obstacle Course

School may be out, but more than 1,800 SFUSD incoming sixth-graders went straight to their new middle school this week to learn the ropes for success in sixth grade and beyond.... Read more

05/28/15

Collaboration Scores $6 Million Grant for Comprehensive Career Technical Education Program

A collaborative consortium of City College of San Francisco (CCSF), San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), the San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) and BayBio Institute scored a nearly 6 million dollar California Career Pathways Trust (CCPT) grant yesterday... Read more

05/27/15

SFUSD to Develop Arabic and Vietnamese Language Programs

At its regular meeting last night, the San Francisco Board of Education voted to develop and implement Arabic and Vietnamese world language pathways beginning in the 2017-18 school year.... Read more

05/27/15

SF Board of Education Commits to Support and Monitor African American Student Achievement

The San Francisco Board of Education voted unanimously for a resolution that mandates a heightened level of attention to African American student achievement as well as a regular and comprehensive internal and external review of the programs and services supporting African American students in the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD)... Read more

05/27/15

SF Board of Education Adopts New Enrollment Policy for Ruth Asawa School of the Arts

The San Francisco Board of Education unanimously adopted a resolution that enrollment at the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts (RASOTA) be restricted to students who live in the City and County of San Francisco... Read more

05/26/15

Farewells & Scholarships - Highlights for May 26-29, 2015

Argonne Elementary always felt a little empty after the fifth graders left the day of their commencement, so the school started a farewell walk tradition so every student in the school can say goodbye... Read more

05/18/15

Becoming Fluent in English & Leading Change - Highlights for May 19-25, 2015

SFUSD is a linguistically diverse school system, with students who speak 71 different languages. This week, more than 65 students at Buena Vista Horace Mann (BVHM) will be celebrated by the school for demonstrating English fluency and being reclassified from English Learner to Fluent English Proficient... Read more

05/13/15

SF Board of Education Adopts New Policy in Support of Newcomer High School Students

At its regular meeting last night, the San Francisco Board of Education adopted the new “Let Me Learn” resolution calling for high schools with Newcomer Pathways to increase translated signage and allow students to access to their smart phones during the school day for translation support. ... Read more

05/11/15

Marching to College & Interpreting Test Results - Highlights for May 12-18, 2015

Bret Harte Elementary School, Buena Vista Horace Mann K-8, and Spring Valley Elementary School will be honored at City Hall during SF Environment’s annual school award ceremony... Read more

05/08/15

New Approach to Fundraising for School Technology

SFUSD is launching the first-ever school district crowdfunding initiative that enables donors to give directly to district schools through one central portal. The portal, called SparkLearning, will focus on raising funds for student classroom technology and eventually other priorities to help the district achieve its vision for teaching and learning... Read more

05/06/15

Three SF Public Schools Named California Gold Ribbon Schools for 2015

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced that three San Francisco public schools, Lowell High, Roosevelt Middle and City Arts and Tech High (a public charter school), will be recognized under California’s new Gold Ribbon Schools Awards Program... Read more

05/04/15

Outstanding Teachers and Students - Highlights for May 5-11, 2015

Vera Jones is an early-education teacher at Theresa Mahler Early Education School, a San Francisco native, and a graduate of San Francisco’s public schools. She has lovingly taught young children in SFUSD’s schools for more than 42 years... Read more

04/29/15

New Wellness Policy Calls for Adults to Model Wellness, Phase Out “Benched Recess” and Chocolate Milk

The San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) has updated its wellness policy, which includes recommendations related to nutrition, nutrition education, food and beverage marketing, physical education, physical activity, and staff wellness. ... Read more

04/27/15

Poems Under the Dome & Same Love Day - Highlights for April 28- May 4, 2015

There’s been a flurry of poetic activity across our schools, and Burton High is no exception, with three creative writing clubs taking time to read, write and explore poetry during National Poetry Month... Read more

04/20/15

Biking to School & Translating for Parents - Highlights for April 21-27, 2015

To celebrate Earth Week, thousands of SFUSD students and families will be biking to school on Tuesday. Students at Commodore Sloat Elementary, who have also been beefing up pedestrian safety with a new student crossing guard program, will host a special event after the ride to school... Read more

04/15/15

Board Approves $60 Million Budget for Public Education Enrichment Fund, Largest Allocation in Fund’s 10-Year History

Last night the San Francisco Board of Education unanimously approved the largest allocation of the Public Education Enrichment Fund (PEEF) in the fund’s ten-year history. ... Read more

04/13/15

The Millionth Breakfast & Parents Have a Say - Highlights for April 14-20, 2015

SFUSD’s Student Nutrition Services has been working for years to not only improve school food, but also make sure more kids are getting it. This is particularly true for breakfast, where new programs have made it easier to grab breakfast in the morning, get a second chance to eat at morning recess, and even eat in class... Read more

04/06/15

Classroom Games & Poet Athletes: Highlights for April 7-13, 2015

Glen Park Elementary has embraced a new game in the classroom. The PAX Good Behavior Game starts at the beginning of the school year, when students discuss and agree on what is good behavior and what is not... Read more

03/27/15

Message to SFUSD Employees

Today Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law, thereby legalizing discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals. The San Francisco Unified School District stands united with the City and County of San Francisco and our San Francisco community to condemn Indiana’s new discriminatory law, and will continue to work together to protect the civil rights of all Americans including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students and staff.... Read more

03/23/15

Building a Pipeline to SF Careers - Highlights for March 24-30, 2015

It’s tax season, and the Academy of Finance students at Lincoln High are headed to the audit, tax and advisory firm KPMG for an up-close look at some of the careers they are already preparing for while in school... Read more

03/19/15

Former Mayor Willie Brown, Jr., and Mayor Lee Tour Willie Brown Jr. Middle School

Today Mayor Edwin Lee and former-Mayor Willie Brown, Jr. joined by Supervisor Malia Cohen, SFUSD Superintendent Richard A. Carranza and Principal Demetrius Hobson, toured the construction in progress of the new Willie Brown Jr. Middle School... Read more

03/18/15

Former Mayor Willie Brown, Jr. and Mayor Lee to Tour Namesake Middle School

Mayor Ed Lee and former Mayor Willie Brown, Jr. will tour the new Willie Brown Jr. Middle School for the first time and meet with Superintendent Richard Carranza, Principal Demetrius Hobson, and a handful of students who will be attending Brown in the fall.... Read more

03/16/15

Superintendent Carranza Meets with President Obama To Discuss Legislation, Reforms and Challenges

San Francisco Unified School District Superintendent Richard A. Carranza joined 10 other urban school superintendents and board members to meet with President Barack Obama at the White House to discuss a range of issues, reforms and challenges aimed at improving American urban public education.... Read more

03/16/15

¡Viva el Mariachi! & No to Vaping - Highlights for March 17-23, 2015

Mission High school launched its first mariachi music program in January, and the students, some of whom have picked up an instrument for the first time, will be giving their debut performance to a packed house of students and families from across San Francisco.... Read more

03/09/15

Cooking Healthy Meals and Manipulating Molecules - Highlights for March 10-16, 2015

A hundred high schoolers will get hands-on experiences with potential future careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). The STEM Career Day will introduce freshmen and sophomores from Burton and Marshall High Schools to the expanding opportunities that are available in the Bay Area's STEM professions... Read more

03/05/15

Students Bolster Brainpower with School Breakfast

With the recent expansion of flexible eating options, SFUSD is seeing a big leap in the number of students eating breakfast at school this year. ... Read more

03/02/15

Food, Art & Money: Highlights for March 3-9, 2015

Since skipping the first meal of the day can make it difficult for students to focus on learning, SFUSD is finding creative approaches to get food into kids' bellies. This week is National School Breakfast Week, and the students at Marshall High, the first high school to offer Breakfast for All, are eating school breakfast at nearly double the rate compared to when the program began earlier this year... Read more

03/02/15

SFUSD Leaders Try Sample Smarter Balanced Assessments Questions, Hear from Students

Superintendent Richard Carranza, Board of Education President Emily Murase and Vice President Matt Haney hear from students about the new Common Core curriculum and try out a few sample math questions typical of those found on the Smarter Balanced Assessments, which students in SFUSD and across California will begin taking on March 10.... Read more

02/24/15

Superintendent Richard Carranza Selected by Education Week as a Leader to Learn From

San Francisco Unified School District Superintendent Richard A. Carranza has been selected by Education Week as a 2015 “Leader to Learn From.” ... Read more

02/23/15

Honor Rolls & Pink Rooms - Highlights for Feb. 24 – March 2, 2015

Mayor Edwin M. Lee, San Francisco Board of Supervisors London Breed and Malia Cohen, and representatives from the Golden State Warriors will be congratulating approximately 1,200 SFUSD African-American students who are currently earning a 3.0 grade point average or higher... Read more

02/16/15

Lions and Holidays - Highlights for Feb. 17-23, 2015

Lunar New Year begins this week, and Lakeshore Elementary’s kindergartners are ready to put on a parade. Each year, the school’s four kindergarten classes put on a lion dance to ring in the new year. Dressed in costumes and playing drums, they take to the hallways amid cheers from their upper classmates. ... Read more

02/11/15

SF Board of Education Unanimously Endorses Superintendent Richard Carranza

Last night the San Francisco Board of Education voted unanimously to renew San Francisco Unified School District’s (SFUSD) Superintendent Richard A. Carranza’s contract for another three years. Carranza is in his third year as superintendent and began working in SFUSD six years ago as deputy superintendent for instruction, innovation and social justice... Read more

02/09/15

Technology in the Classroom and Friends in the Lunchroom - Highlights for Feb 10-16, 2015

Students at International Studies Academy have been hard at work learning through hands-on projects, and they’re ready to exhibit what they’ve learned. Projects to be presented include a study of how students will pay for their first year of college; a student-drafted constitution; and a project on unfair housing practices connected to the play A Raisin in the Sun... Read more

02/05/15

New Alternative Discipline Practices in SFUSD Contribute to Decline in Suspensions of African-American Students

New data from the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) show that efforts to build a safer school climate and reduce the disproportionate number of suspensions of African-American students are starting to pay off. Mid-year data show that the number of suspended African-American students is down 17 percent since last school year.... Read more

02/02/15

Staff Recruitment & School Supplies - Highlights for February 3 - 9, 2015

Graduation rates and test scores have been steadily climbing for African American students in SFUSD. However, there still is an “opportunity gap” resulting in too many African American students faring worse than their peers in school.... Read more

01/27/15

SFUSD Alumnus, Landon Dickey, Joins District Leadership to Help Improve Outcomes for African American Students

After a national search, San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) Superintendent Richard A. Carranza has hired Landon Dickey, an SFUSD and Harvard Business School graduate, to serve as his Special Assistant for African American Achievement and Leadership. ... Read more

01/26/15

Techies in the Classroom & Geezers on the Court - Highlights for January 27- Feb 2, 2015

Several tech professionals have been starting their days in SFUSD classrooms as volunteers, helping SFUSD computer science teachers prepare students for future tech careers... Read more

01/21/15

Smarter Tests & Old Artifacts - Highlights for January 20-26, 2015

The old “fill in the bubble” tests have left SFUSD classrooms and are being replaced by “Smarter Balanced Assessments,” which align with the new Common Core State Standards... Read more

01/16/15

School Board Elects Officers for 2015

The San Francisco Board of Education elected Emily Murase to serve as president and Matt Haney to serve as vice president.... Read more

01/12/15

Board-Certified Teachers & Famous Authors - Highlights for January 13-19, 2015

SFUSD now has 252 National Board Certified teachers, a greater percentage than any other California district, and this number is growing at a faster rate than the national average... Read more

01/06/15

New and Returning San Francisco Board of Education Commissioners Take the Oath of Office

Hydra Mendoza-McDonnell, Dr. Emily Murase and Shamann Walton will be sworn into office today at 6:00 p.m. by San Francisco officials at the Tenderloin Community School. Oaths will be administered by San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Gail Dekreon and State Senator Isadore Hall, III.... Read more

01/05/15

Saving Water & Touring Schools - Highlights for January 6-12, 2015

This fall the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) calculated how much water large organizations were using on average for landscaping and other needs and asked them to reduce usage by 10 percent... Read more