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The Urban School
of San Francisco
1563 Page Street
San Francisco, CA 94117
415 626 2919


The math program at Urban is balanced and eclectic, drawing from both traditional and contemporary approaches and content. Our core classes are Math 1, 2, 3 and Functions. Our approach to teaching these courses is state-of-the-art and reflects the professional consensus as expressed by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Principles and Standards. In content, the courses are close to the traditional Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2 and Precalculus sequence.

We navigate between multiple representations of concepts to reach different types of learners and to provide more depth of understanding to all. This includes graphical, hands-on, technological, geometric, numerical and symbolic approaches whenever possible. Foundational concepts (such as equations, functions and trigonometry) are investigated and practiced each year at increasing levels of challenge. On a number of topics, our curriculum goes much deeper than tradition requires, and many of our lessons serve as the backbone of a syllabus for the professional development of high school math teachers.

Our elective courses include both standard and unusual offerings for high school students. We offer an exceptionally broad selection of electives, including accessible introductory courses in Computer Science, Statistics and Discrete Math, as well as UAS Analytic Geometry, UAS Calculus, UAS Group Theory: Space, UAS Set Theory and Chaos Theory: Infinity, UAS Computer Science 2, UAS Computer Science 3 and Multivariable Calculus offered at part of BlendEd. This extraordinary range of classes makes it possible for students to be exposed to a wide range of mathematics and select courses that are appropriate to their interests, abilities and priorities.

See math courses for 2017-18.


The Urban School curriculum provides an exceptionally strong foundation in college preparatory subjects. Many of our classes have distinctive features that set them apart as particularly challenging and comparable to college level work. These classes, designated as UAS (Urban Advanced Studies), are developed by the Urban faculty and comprise the school's most rigorous coursework. UAS classes are offered in every subject area and most are recognized by colleges (including the University of California) as honors level courses. Many Urban students choose to take Advanced Placement subject exams after taking these courses.

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