Balboa High School


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  • School Type

    High School (9-13)
  • Estimated Enrollment

  • Principal

    • Catherine Arenson
  • Assistant Principal(s)

    • Traci Avar
    • Norma Hernandez
    • John Nepomuceno
  • Hours

    Mo - Tu: 8:40 am-3:50 pm
    We: 8:40 am-1:30 pm
    Th - Fr: 8:40 am-3:50 pm
  • School Tour

    Please visit to sign up!

    School tour sign ups will open at 9:00 a.m. on October 1.

    If all the dates are full, please feel free to call us at (415) 469-4090.

    Note: We do not have student shadows.

    Tour Dates and Times:

    10/03/23 - 10-11am

    10/05/23 - 11:45-12:45pm

    10/10/23 - 10-11am

    10/12/23 - 11:45-12:45pm

    10/17/23 - 10-11am

    10/19/23 - 11:45-12:45pm

    10/24/23 - 10-11am

    10/26/23 - 11:45-12:45pm

    10/31/23 - 10-11am

    11/02/23 - 11:45-12:45pm

    11/07/23 - 10-11am

    11/09/23 - 11:45-12:45pm

    11/14/23 - 10-11am

    11/16/23 - 11:45-12:45pm

    11/28/23 - 10-11am

    11/30/23 - 11:45-12:45pm

    12/05/23 - 10-11am

    12/07/23 - 11:45-12:45pm

    Sign up for a school tour at

  • Neighborhood

  • School Meals

    Breakfast, Lunch, After School Supper

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  • School Code

  • 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

    M/T/Th/F 4:00-6:30; Wed 1:30-6:30, Athletics, Clubs, Classes, Tutoring, JROTC, After School Program. Cost:Free
  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Contact Info
  • Address

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

  • Fax Number

  • Email


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Balboa High School
1000 Cayuga Avenue, San Francisco, 94112
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Mo - Tu: 8:40 am-3:50 pm
We: 8:40 am-1:30 pm
Th - Fr: 8:40 am-3:50 pm