How did we get here?

How did we get here?

6 students getting their photo taken

The beginning of this work started a decade ago.

In 2014, SFUSD partnered with the community to articulate an inspiring vision for our students: we prepare our graduates to live, thrive, and succeed in San Francisco and beyond. (Vision 2025Graduate Profile.) 

To achieve that vision, SFUSD initiated numerous system-wide efforts, including:

Even with these efforts, outcomes have not meaningfully improved, and we have not made sufficient progress toward closing opportunity gaps. [Read our Student Performance Analysis].

Why? Our circumstances have also changed, while our approach to resourcing schools hasn’t, creating inequities for our students and their families. 

  • Enrollment has declined and will continue to decline [Read our Enrollment Demographic Analysis report]

  • We’ve had persistent problems staffing classrooms and filling vacant positions

  • Many of our facilities are in poor condition 

  • Under-enrollment is spread across all of our schools

In 2022, after extensive community engagement, Superintendent Dr. Matt Wayne and the Board of Education established three student outcome goals and five guardrails for the school district, affirming SFUSD’s commitment to equity and excellence. We committed to accomplishing these goals, however we can’t reach them without concentrating our resources to create strong and supportive learning environments for every student in every school every day. 

The Resource Alignment Initiative is our roadmap for the critical work we must do as a school district to move us toward a future where every student attends a strong school, our educators have the resources and support to excel, and our community grows stronger.

Facts about SFUSD's Current School Portfolio

We've put together some information to help understand our schools better, including elementary, middle, K-8, and high schools in SFUSD. 

This information covers what families are looking for, what schools offer, and how students are doing. We look at both the whole district and individual schools. The main reasons for sharing this information are to 1) help us make smart plans based on facts, and 2) share openly with families and everyone in our community. 

Using this information, SFUSD wants to make sure we have great teachers and staff, safe and friendly places for students to learn, and programs that help students do well and be happy. This information is kept up-to-date to make sure it's always accurate. If you have suggestions or corrections that you'd like us to consider, please use the Student Family Resource Link to submit your comment. There's a section at the end of each fact base called "Error/Update Log" where you can see any changes we've made.

This page was last updated on May 1, 2024