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

Diversity and Inclusion at Urban

Since our founding in 1966, diversity, inclusion and access have been critical core values at The Urban School. We believe the best education occurs in a school made up of students, teachers and families drawn from many different socioeconomic backgrounds, cultures, races, religions and sexual orientations. The school has a larger public purpose to educate students who have been historically under-represented in independent schools. This commitment to a diverse and inclusive school community was re-emphasized in the most recent statement of Core Values, approved by the Board of Trustees in May 2006. Specifically, the third Core Value states:

We honor the uniqueness of each individual and embrace diverse backgrounds, values and points of view to build a strong, inclusive community and to prepare students for lives in a multicultural society.

Diversity alone is not enough. While the work of diversity and community have always been a part of the mission of Urban, we seek to build on this commitment, and by so doing, create a truly inclusive school – one where students and adults are welcomed and supported, and where their faces, voices and experiences are reflected and valued. We believe that the work of inclusion is a responsibility held by all and done for all, person to person.

For our complete statement on Diversity and Inclusion, please click here. For information on resources on the P-IDEAS, the parent/guardian body representing Parents for Inclusion, Diversity and Equity at School, please click here.


Number of Students: 420

  • San Francisco 80%
  • Marin 10%
  • East Bay 3%
  • Peninsula/South Bay 7%

Faculty to student ratio: 1:9
Faculty with advanced degrees: 65%
Faculty of color: 35%
Average class size: 14
Students of color: 42%
Students receiving $3.72 million in tuition assistance: 29%

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