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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.

Admissions Welcomes You!

Dear Students and Parents/Guardians,

We hope you and your family are well during these unpredictable and extraordinary times. As we turn our attention to Fall 2020, it’s important to acknowledge that the process for exploring high schools this fall promises to be very different than what you may have expected or hoped for. Open Houses, student visit days and various get-to-know-Urban events will be amended to ensure your health and safety, and will include virtual events. It’s also good to remember that your actual 9th grade year may look more “normal,” assuming the promise of a vaccine by then.

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 incredible curriculum not found anywhere else 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.

Urban teaches students how to think, not what to think."

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. For more than half a century, 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.

All of us at Urban send our best wishes for a restful summer. Starting late summer and throughout the fall, we will be with you every step of the way to guide you and your family through this exciting high school search process!


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


Admissions Updates!

For 2020-21 Admissions cycle: Urban School will no longer require standardized test scores as part of your Urban application. SSAT, ISEE or HSPT test scores are not required to apply. (See more details about Urban’s test-optional admissions process.)

Registration for all Urban fall Admissions events goes live on Wednesday, August 26, at 4 pm. We encourage you to sign up for your Ravenna Hub account now, though, and come back on August 26!

For more in-depth information and to stay up-to-date on Urban, please check out the following:

  • Follow along on our Return to Urban planning. We are currently working toward an innovative hybrid (combination of in-person and some virtual class time) educational experience for our returning students at the point that both San Francisco and the State of California approve in-person classes.
  • Join one or all of our social media accounts. See the links below!
  • Review the Urban Curriculum Guide, which includes descriptions about our innovative programs and courses.