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

After School Classes & Programs

Urban offers a variety of co-curricular and academic options after school beginning at 3 p.m.  Some of these are drop-in activities, whereas others require a term or yearlong commitment.

Interscholastic Competitive Athletics (click here to visit the athletics website)
Fall: Boys/ Girls Cross Country, Boys Soccer, Girls Tennis, Girls Volleyball
Winter: Boys/Girls Basketball, Girls Soccer
Spring: Boys Baseball, Boys Golf, Girls Softball, Boys Tennis, Boys Volleyball, Co-Ed Fencing, Girls/Boys Lacrosse, Girls/Boys Track, Co-Ed Swimming

After-School Study Halls In an effort to support all of our students, we have instituted an After-School Study Hall program that runs Monday-Thursday. An adult proctors the study halls and a professional tutor is available for brief appointments. The Study Hall program is a great opportunity for students to effectively manage their time and stay on top of assignments across the term. Each session takes place on campus. (Drop-ins available four days per week.)

Music Combos All of our music ensembles (Chamber Orchestra, Chorus and Jazz Band) break into smaller sections or “Combos,” on Thursday afternoons. These Combos meet to work on more specific individual techniques and repertoire. These more agile groups allow us to explore material geared at different paces for groups split by ability as well the chance to focus on tools employed by soloists and lead players including expression, interpretation and improvisation. (Typically one after school afternoon every other week)

Physical Activities (each fulfills 1 of the 8 credits of Physical Activities required by the State of California):

  • Yoga A great way to exercise and unwind. Offered after school on campus. (One to two days per week)
  • Strength and Conditioning - Beginner This course is designed to be an introduction to strength and endurance training. Throughout the term, students will develop: aerobic base through running and circuit training, familiarity at safely and effectively using the weight-training tools in the gym, and stretches and core exercises that will enable future training and injury prevention. The goal is to improve students' confidence and comfort around being in shape and staying healthy. (Two days per week)
  • Speed, Strength, and Strategy - Advanced This is an advanced course for students who compete in interscholastic sports or those looking to push themselves in a team setting. Focus will be on improving general aerobic and anaerobic fitness in addition to learning advanced lifts for building strength.  The training program will be rigorous, and students will work to develop a strength program that supports their sport. Students can also expect to learn methods of injury prevention, discuss healthy training/eating/scholar-athlete habits, and practice leadership. (Three days per week)
  • Rock Climbing Offered on Tuesday and Thursday.  Prior experience is not necessary but a solid work ethic and desire to push yourself is.  Expectations and scheduling will be discussed in a meeting prior to the first climb. (Two days per week)
  • Fencing Beginner and Intermediate fencing classes taught by our team fencing coach. (One day per week)
  • Hiking Get outdoors to earn your gym credit.  We will explore the unknown trails of the city and enjoy nature at our own pace.  Hikes will vary in length but will typically be 3-4 miles. (Participate in 6 of the 8 hikes offered)
  • Dance Class (TBD yearly) – Urban generally offers at least one dance class per year, which will vary depending on staffing. A great class for improving athleticism, musicality and rhythm.  In the past we have offered swing dance and salsa. Absolutely no experience necessary. (One day per week)


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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