Balboa High School


Balboa Calendar (In Detail)

More about this school

  • School Type

    High School, 9-12
  • Estimated Enrollment

  • Principal

    • Catherine Arenson
  • Assistant Principal

    • Elizabeth DeGele
    • Michael Jones
    • John Nepomuceno
  • Hours

    Mo - Tu: 8:40 am-3:59 pm
    We: 8:40 am-1:33 pm
    Th - Fr: 8:40 am-3:59 pm
    • Please note the new start and end times! School starts at 8:40am everyday and ends at 3:59pm on Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday and 1:33pm on Wednesdays.

    • Calling in for an Excused Absence? 
      Please call the Main Office at 415-469-4090 regarding illness/doctor's appointments, and inform your child's teachers as well.


    • School Counselors

      assigned by student last name
    • Parent Liaisons

      • Ella Chiu
        Languages: Mandarin/Cantonese/English
        Student Caseload: Last names - A-Lia
      • Ingrid Magnoli-Pedroza
        Languages: Spanish/English
        Student Caseload: Last names - Lib-Z
  • School Tour

    School tours are offered on Tuesdays at 9:30 am and Thursdays at 1:10 pm. Tours are by appointment only and last about 1 hour. For reservations, please call 415-469-4090 or 415-333-1729. See our tours page for more information.

  • Neighborhood

  • School Meals

    Breakfast, Lunch, After School Supper
  • School Code

  • About Balboa High School


    Balboa Grads 2021

    Photo by Jessica Christian for the San Francisco Chronicle

    Balboa is a college preparatory high school with a rich history and tradition. All instruction is organized through small learning communities, so each student is able to build powerful relationships with teachers while engaging in rigorous academic, artistic, and athletic pursuits. The ninth and tenth grades have a strong academic focus combined with an emphasis on career, health, and college exploration. At the end of tenth grade, the students select a field of interest that they will pursue as juniors and seniors in one of our School-to-Career pathways. We envision that all of our students will obtain the skills and knowledge that allow them to be lifelong learners in a rapidly changing world.

    Balboa has set "Sustaining a culture of continuous improvement" as its mission. As a school community, we work to incorporate the cultural and experiential contributions with which our students enter the school building; these provide foundational building blocks for learning. We must teach our students how to access opportunity—not just what we have, internally, but how they can recognize and access opportunities outside of the school environment.

    We at Balboa encourage students to believe in themselves, to feel appreciated, and to discover their own value. Students who identify Balboa as being their place demonstrate engagement and joy and find their niche in academic, extracurricular, and athletic participation. They want to be at Bal. Balboa faculty and staff are committed to setting clear expectations for students and for the wider school community. We believe in the process of educational partnership to demonstrate to our students the promise of positive engagement.

  • After School Programs

    3.34 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.. Athletics, Clubs, Classes, Tutoring, JROTC, After School Program
  • Language Programs

    • Filipino World Language
    • Mandarin World Language
    • Spanish World Language
  • Special Education Programs

    • ACCESS - Adult Transition Services
    • Resource Specialist Program Services
    • Separate class - Mild/moderate
    • Separate class - Moderate/severe
    • SOAR (Success, Opportunity, Achievement, Resiliency formerly known as ED or Emotionally Disturbed)
  • School Day Academic Enrichment

    • Advanced Placement (AP) classes
    • Career Technical Education (CTE) Academies
    • College classes at CCSF or SFSU
    • College classes on-site
    • Honors classes
    • Individual learning plans
    • Interdisciplinary studies
    • Internships available
    • Project-based learning
    • Service learning
    • STEAM (science; technology; engineering; arts; mathematics)
    • Tutoring in school
    • Work experience education
  • Arts Enrichment

    • Band
    • Choir
    • Dance
    • Guitar
    • Media arts
    • Orchestra
    • Performing arts
    • Visual arts
  • Athletics

    • Badminton
    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cross country
    • Golf
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Spirit Squad
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Track and Field
    • Volleyball
    • Wrestling
  • Student Support Programs

    • Counselor
    • Family liaison
    • Health and wellness center
    • Mentoring
    • On-site nurse
    • Peer resources
    • Social worker
  • Career Technical Education Academies

    • Arts, Media and Entertainment
    • Information and Communication Technology
  • College Counseling

    • Other
School Data

Application Data

General education entry grade seats per application: 27%
  • School Accountability Report Card (SARC)

    School Accountability Report Cards (SARCs) are required by state law and are intended to provide families with important information.

  • School Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA)

    School communities gather twice a year to review data and previous actions in order to intentionally plan for the coming months. The School Plan for Student Achievement is the template on which this review and stakeholder engagement process is codified.

  • Social-Emotional and Culture Climate Report

    SFUSD annually surveys families and school staff on a range of school climate indicators that have been found to predict positive student academic achievement. The social-emotional learning of students in grades 4-12 is also assessed.

  • 2018-2019 School Accountability Highlights

    Published annually by SFUSD to provide access to key data points and three-year trends related to student achievement and school culture-climate. The highlights are available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Filipino, and Vietnamese.
  • 2018-2020 Balanced Scorecard (BSC)

    A two-year plan each school creates with families, students and community members that details the school's goals and priorities.
Contact Info
  • Address

    1000 Cayuga Avenue, San Francisco, CA, 94112
  • Phone Number

  • Fax Number

  • Email

Balboa High School

Grades 9-12

1000 Cayuga Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94112

Get directions

8:15 a.m.- MTThF 3:34 p.m., W 1:04 p.m.