420
NUMBER OF STUDENTS
80% SAN FRANCISCO
20% BAY AREA
9:1
FACULTY TO STUDENT RATIO
$3.8 MILLION
TUITION ASSISTANCE GRANTED TO 29% OF URBAN STUDENTS
40% 
STUDENTS OF COLOR
35% 
FACULTY & STAFF OF COLOR

Welcome from the Head of School

It is with great pleasure that I invite you to learn about the richness and vitality of the Urban community. Urban School believes there is a better way to educate high school students. Here you will find a school where learning is an active, joyful process of discovery – and where students are at the center of this process.

Urban School is the premiere independent high school in San Francisco with a national reputation as an educational leader, having designed, pioneered and implemented educational innovations for more than half a century. With innovations such as UrbanX Labs, our unique integrated approach to technology, design and engineering; our nationally recognized community service program; and our pioneering technology integration program, our students experience a meaningful, in-depth and well-rounded approach to learning. Urban’s extraordinary teachers ensure that each student has a strong sense of themselves as learners, and that they graduate uniquely equipped to solve the challenges their generation will face. 

As I enter my 32nd and final year as Head of School, I am pleased to have had the privilege of watching so many students graduate Urban and enter college as engaged, well-rounded and confident learners. We now welcome you to Urban and encourage you to explore our diverse community of students, teachers and families. Learn for yourself why Urban is not just our name, but our advantage.

Mark Salkind (’70)
Head of School