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Admissions Welcomes You!

Dear Students and Parent/Guardians,

Thank you for your interest in Urban! Enrollment is now closed for the 2023-24 academic year. If you would like to opt in to our Extended Wait Pool, which we will refer to in the spring and summer if a space becomes available, email us ( 

If you are a rising 8th grader, we cannot wait to meet you in a few months. Your role this fall is to look deeply at Urban to understand what’s most important and most enduring: our profound and lasting student-teacher relationships; an astonishing curriculum not found at any other high school in the Bay Area; a vibrant, inclusive community where students are encouraged to explore their identity and embrace diverse backgrounds, values and points of view; a place that values the vitality of adolescence and where students are encouraged to push boundaries, make mistakes, and become the person they want to be; and importantly, an abiding commitment to our mission — to ignite a passion for learning, both in high school and beyond.

Urban School believes there is a better way to educate high school students. Our approach has always been to teach our students how to think, not what to think. Since 1966, our educational innovations have ignited the minds of Urban graduates, who pursue their passion for learning at the nation’s best colleges, and who go out into the world uniquely equipped to solve the challenges their generation will face.

We hope you will explore Urban and get to know our community this fall. Our event scheduling goes live at the end of August. After creating your Ravenna-Hub account, you will be able to schedule events (after clicking “Apply”) and begin your application. We hope that you take advantage of the many different ways to experience Urban! 

For now, we are excited to show you what it’s like to be an Urban Blue. Please check out the following: 

We wish you a safe, happy summer. Go Blues!

Lauren Byrne, Director of Admissions
Chris Williams, Associate Director of Admissions and Equity and Outreach Coordinator
Ken Chou ('14), Assistant Director of Admissions

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