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

History

At Urban, we want and expect our students to be active historians. Several courses are taught exclusively through documents from the era, and in all our classes, students develop their own analytical ideas through abundant writing and discussion. We are committed to depth of understanding by teaching topic-defined classes that allow intensive study of critical periods, such as through courses like UAS America Transformed, a social history of the United States from 1865 to 1929, and Revolutionary Europe, a course on the French Revolution

We believe in the importance of global coverage. Our students can explore the variety and richness of the world with such courses as African History, UAS Middle East 1979, UAS History of South Asia and Birth of Modern China. Each of these courses focuses on contemporary history and traces current issues to their historical sources.

We value history for the greater understanding of today’s world that it provides. In focusing on the making of the modern world, we aim to highlight how the past is relevant to the present, emphasizing that students are not simply spectators but participants in their society. Students actively seek connections to current events in several courses: Elections examines the major candidates and key issues in national, state or local races; UAS Environmental History investigates the relationship between humans and the land beginning in pre-colonial times to understand the state of the planet today; and UAS History of Women in America discusses gender issues today by studying the evolution of those roles.

See history courses for 2017-18.




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UAS - URBAN ADVANCED STUDIES
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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