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

Embracing the Joy of Discovery

An Urban education is a joyful process of discovery: students learn to ask questions, to search for their own answers, to voice their opinions, to think critically and independently, and to discern with their hearts as well as their minds.

All Urban courses share a common educational approach based on the following principles:

  • the expectation that students be active participants in their education
  • a commitment to cooperative learning and collaboration among students
  • an understanding and respect for the achievements, experiences and perspectives of various peoples, cultures and races
  • use of the Bay Area’s rich environmental, cultural and intellectual resources to extend learning beyond the classroom.

Urban classes are characterized by the enthusiastic engagement of both students and teachers in the learning process. The nature and quality of classes result in part from our pioneering block schedule and longer class periods, which allow for more intense and focused study. Urban’s extraordinary teachers take full advantage of the block system by emphasizing depth of understanding in every course.


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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