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

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Announcing Urban Thrives 2023
Posted 03/28/2018 10:59AM

We are pleased to introduce Urban Thrives 2023, Urban School's new strategic plan, approved by our Board of Trustees in December 2017. The culmination of many months of analysis and discussion about the challenges and opportunities facing Urban, this plan will serve as a blueprint for the school's priorities and growth over the next five years. Please click here to view the Urban Thrives website.

Now in our 52nd year, Urban School is committed to strengthening the distinctive and highly regarded education we provide our 420 students. Accomplishing the goals outlined in Urban Thrives will deepen our impact on the students, teachers and staff who make up our school community, while extending our reach as an educational leader and innovator.

Urban Thrives grows out of a position of strength and recognizes all the accomplishments the school has achieved over the last decade. The plan has three major pillars – Urban Includes, Urban Inspires and Urban Invests – that reflect the school's core values and commitments to accessibility and inclusion, teaching and curriculum, and facilities and endowment. While these three pillars are familiar and defining elements of an Urban education, the plan identifies a range of new goals and aspirations that will guide the school's growth and allocation of resources over the next five years. Chief among these are fostering our students' social and emotional intelligence; integrating project-based learning across the curriculum; expanding the UrbanX Labs program; pursuing new strategies to ensure that the school continues to attract and retain outstanding faculty and staff; and finally, completing the school's campus with the conversion of the St. Agnes Gym into a new Performing Arts Center.

We look forward to working with our community to make this plan a reality!


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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