Independence High School

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  • School Type

    High School (9-12)
  • Estimated Enrollment

  • Principal

    • Anastasia Klafter
  • Assistant Principal(s)

    • Krishna Kassebaum
  • Hours

    Mo - Th: 8:00 am-3:30 pm
    Fr: 10:00 am-1:00 pm
  • School Tour

    Tours by appointment.

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  • Neighborhood

    Inner Sunset
  • School Meals

    Breakfast, Lunch

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  • School Code

  • Truly Individualized Education

    At Independence High School we offer individualized learning structure and menu of support create the conditions for students to become self- determined learners who find success in school, career and beyond. We offer a wide range of options for programming, school schedule and curriculum to meet the unique individual needs of students and their families. In our small and supportive environment  students are on campus 5-15 hours per week. 9th through 12th Graders in SFUSD are eligible to transfer to Independence through the voluntary transfer process.

    Project-Based Learning

    We believe that students will get excited about learning when we make the learning relevant and meaningful to them. We try and embed elements of project-based learning in all of our classes: authenticity, collaboration, inquiry, student voice and choice.

    Embedded Supports

    Every Independence student has an Advisor or Supervising Teacher who serves as their "go-to adult" in the building. Every student has time scheduled in the Learning Lab, where they can receive academic or organizational support. Our Counselor provides College Counseling and post-secondary support. Our Wellness Center is open every day for drop-in services as well as referrals to therapy, medical services, support groups and connections to community-based organizations.

    Unique Programming

    Independence students have access to concurrent enrollment at City College of San Francisco, where they can earn both high school and college credit. Students also have access to job training and internship placement. Our new Career Technical program focuses on Media Arts, Video and Digital Art. Art Electives include Ceramics, Drawing, Painting, and Mural painting. Other electives include Surfing, Computer Programming, Outdoor Education, Journalism, LGBTQIA Studies, Film Studies and more. Each quarter we offer clubs and groups based on student interest.

    Flexible Schedules

    We create each student schedule individually when a student enters Independence. Many of our students have obligations outside of school: family, employment or a special talent. We support students to continue doing what they need while they go to school by creating schedules that fit their needs. Students can choose what days they attend or what time of day works best for them. We also offer online learning opportunities for students who can do more independently.

  • After School Programs

    Outside of required sections, Independence offers many electives and clubs, such as Outdoor Education, Learning Lab tutoring and support, GSA Club, City Surf Project, Mural Painting, Ceramics, Digital Art, Painting, Drawing, Yearbook, Student Union, Ethnic Studies, Enterprise for Youth Job Readiness, Interdisciplinary projects and online learning opportunities. Career Technical Education-Media Arts (Podcasting and Video Production) is offered in the morning.
  • Language Programs

    • Spanish World Language
  • Special Education Programs

    • Resource Specialist Program Services
    We offer Resource Specialist services as well as a Counseling-Enriched Classroom.
  • School Day Academic Enrichment

    • College classes at CCSF or SFSU
    • Individual learning plans
    • Interdisciplinary studies
    • Internships available
    • Journalism
    • Leadership class
    • Outdoor education program
    • Project-based learning
    • STEAM (science; technology; engineering; arts; mathematics)
    • Tutoring in school
    • Work experience education
  • Arts Enrichment

    • Ceramics
    • Media arts
    • Visual arts
    All juniors and seniors can partake in Early College classes at CCSF.
  • Student Support Programs

    • Advisory
    • Counselor
    • Health and wellness center
    • On-site nurse
    • Social worker
  • Career Technical Education Academies

    • Arts, Media and Entertainment
  • College Counseling

    • Academic counseling
    • Cash for College or Financial Aid Night
    • College and/or career counseling
    • College application workshops
    • College tours and visits
    • Job readiness programs
    • Personal statement workshops
    • UCSF Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP)
School Data
  • 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

    1350 7th Avenue, San Francisco, CA, 94122
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Independence High School
1350 7th Avenue, San Francisco, 94122
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Mo - Th: 8:00 am-3:30 pm
Fr: 10:00 am-1:00 pm