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Non-discrimination Policy

Urban School admits students without reference to race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national and ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, financial aid program, athletic and school-administered programs.

Being a Blue

There are a lot of ways to be an Urban student! For some it means serious athletic participation; for others, it includes arts or performance, student government, outdoor and global trips, or all of these combined. For all Urban students, it means a serious commitment to the school’s mission of igniting a passion for learning. There is no one way to be an Urban student, but all of us are Urban Blues!

Zadie W ('22)

Hello! My name is Zadie. I am a Sophomore at Urban. For K-8, I attended Marin Country Day School, and I currently live in Marin. Urban classes are the best because they are engaging, are small, discussion-based, and encourage deep thinking and participation. I have particularly adored my English and science classes. I am an enthusiastic member of the Black Student Union (BSU), Students for Women’s Equality and Rights (SWEAR), and Community Outreach club. I also lead MESH, an affinity space for students of mixed race. In addition, I am on the tennis and track teams. Beginning last fall, I started as a staff writer for the Urban Legend, our school paper. My favorite thing about Urban is that it is an environment that celebrates differences. We are constantly having discussions about our identities and the various factors that affect how we navigate the world.

Ava R (’22)

Hi! My name is Ava, and I’m a current Sophomore at Urban. Previously, I attended San Francisco Day School, a K-8 independent school. At Urban, I‘m a representative on student committee and a member of Peer Resource, a student-led support group. I play basketball and alto saxophone in jazz band. I love that at Urban, all students thrive: musicians, athletes, artists, all are leaders in their own respective ways. I believe that being a Blue means exploring all aspects of yourself, through the variety of classes, clubs and other opportunities offered, and challenging yourself with the support of this amazing community.

Dustin B ('20)

Hey all, I’m Dustin. I graduated from Our Lady of Mercy Catholic School and am currently a Senior. My preferred pronouns are he/him. Here at Urban, I play varsity basketball and am a part of the Young Men’s Group (YMG). What I appreciate most about Urban is its inclusive community. We have a small yet diverse range of students, and through the years, these characteristics have made me feel closer with both my peers and teachers.

Frequently Asked Admission Questions

Where is Urban located?

Urban School is located in the heart of San Francisco adjacent to the Golden Gate Park Panhandle at 1563 Page Street, between Masonic and Ashbury. The new Mark Salkind Center is located at 1639 Oak Street. The school is accessible by 6, 21, 33, 43 and 71 MUNI bus lines. For directions and a map, please click here.

How many students are accepted to the Freshman class?

Urban enrolls approximately 105-110 students in each Freshman class. There are a total of 420 students currently enrolled at Urban.

Does Urban give sibling and legacy applicants priority in the admissions process?

We do not offer automatic admission to siblings, nor to children of alumni. These prospective students are required to undergo the same competitive admissions process as all Urban applicants. While we value our strong relationships with our current and legacy families, we strongly recommend that each family undergo a thorough review of potential high school options to ensure that whichever school they choose is the best fit for their child.

Does Urban accommodate students with learning differences?

Urban provides reasonable accommodations for students with learning differences. We employ Learning Specialists who do hands-on work with students, including one-on-one tutoring, and who coordinate outside tutoring. Our Learning Specialists also work with the faculty to determine practical learning strategies for the classroom. For more information on our Learning Support services, please click here.

How do I schedule a visit or Open House?

Starting at the end of August/first of September (check here for dates), you may register for an optional Open House, student visit, student interview, and/or parent information session through your Ravenna-Hub account. To see dates for this year's Open Houses and other application milestones, please see the Admissions calendar.

Does the Admissions Office require a standardized test?

For consistency between all 9th grade applicants, Urban prefers that applicants submit results from the SSAT. The SSAT should be taken in the 8th grade in October, November, December or January, in order to receive scores by the application deadline. Please designate Urban (school code 7861) as a score recipient on the SSAT registration form. Please visit the SSAT official website or call 609 683 4440 for more information about registration, procedures and dates.

While Urban School prefers that applicants submit SSAT scores, we also accept a number of other standardized tests widely used by other schools. These tests include but are not limited to the High School Placement Test and the Independent School Entrance Exam.

Does the Admissions Office require an interview?

Although an interview is not a required part of the application process, we greatly value the opportunity to speak with 8th grade students individually and hope you will choose to schedule a session with an Admissions staff member.

Following submission of the online Parent/Guardian Form and the non-refundable $100 application fee (waivers can be obtained by calling our office) in your Ravenna-Hub account, you will be able to choose a date and half-hour slot for an optional student interview, if space is still available. The number of available interview appointments is limited, thus we cannot guarantee that every interested student will be granted an interview. We strive to accommodate as many students as possible on a first come, first served basis. Interview appointments are available on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons beginning in October and run through mid-January.

What is Urban’s evaluation and grading policy?

Urban’s evaluation and grading practices combine the best of innovative and traditional approaches, consistent with our long history as a nationally recognized educational leader. Designed to challenge students to perform at their highest level, Urban’s assessment system include cycles of ongoing teacher feedback and student reflection. Written reports are provided twice per term – at the midpoint and at the end of each 12-week class – along with a final course letter grade. We know from more than 50 years of experience that our use of specific, differentiated evaluative feedback fosters high levels of student engagement, depth of understanding and achievement, all of which support our mission to inspire a passion for learning.

How does the 1:1 laptop program work?

All entering students will be assigned a MacBook Pro for both school and home use, which is paid via the annual laptop fee. After four years, laptop ownership is transferred to the student prior to graduation, following removal of school-provided software.

Students gain a wealth of learning, teaching and organizational benefits by having their own computer for use anytime, anywhere. This is an important step in helping students use computer technology as a natural tool of the learning process. In addition to personal laptops, many classes incorporate digital tools into the learning process, including iPads, tablets, sensors, etc.

Does Urban have a dress code?

Dress at Urban is casual and students are encouraged to select their own style of attire. However, students are expected to use good judgment and dress appropriately for a school setting. Students may not wear clothes that show emblems or slogans that are profane or that represent drugs, alcohol, tobacco or weaponry products or images. Shoes are required at all times, and undergarments may not show. 

Does Urban offer student clubs and activities?

Urban currently has more than 40 different student clubs, ranging from Model United Nations to the Students of Color to Environmental Clubs to Fight Club to Meat Club. There is a full array of performing arts, visual arts, yearbook, newspaper, student government and more! Incoming students are encouraged to get involved in club activities, and new clubs may be established -- even by Freshmen! -- if there is sufficient interest among a group of students.

Does Urban accept transfer applications?

Based on space availability, Urban will consider transfer applications for a very limited number of places in the 10th and/or 11th grades. We do not accept transfers for Senior year. Please email or call the Admissions Office (415 593 9555) for more information regarding the transfer application process and timeline.

What does it cost to attend Urban?

Please visit our Affording Urban page for additional information. The tuition and fees for the following academic year are determined in February. In budgeting for four years of an Urban education, parents can expect annual tuition increases. The average tuition increase over the past five years has been 4.2% per year. However, Urban does offer significant financial aid, and families are encouraged to explore all financing options. Click here to learn more about financial aid.