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

Urban Online Bookstore & FAQ

Click here or on the icon below to access the ordering website.

  • Once you know your schedule and have a list of classes (available to parents/guardians by logging in here or to students on PCR) click on the appropriate department and then select your course from the list. All students must purchase a TI-89 Titanium graphing calculator, which can be found under the Freshman/Transfer Students (Calculator).
  • Add the books you wish to purchase to your shopping cart. Tip: Marketplace books ship directly from the sellers.
  • Once you have added all the books you wish to purchase, click check-out and follow the on-screen instructions. If your student is receiving financial aid, you will receive a custom voucher code to assist in purchasing books. That voucher number will be used throughout the student's time at Urban. For more information, please email
  • Once you have submitted your order, will email you with your order confirmation number.
  • If you have any questions about using the website or marketplace, can be reached toll-free at 800 887 6459 or via email at To contact Urban's bookstore coordinator, please email

What is is the brand name for the online bookstore business operated by Akademos. So, while The Urban School partners with Akademos to provide the online bookstore service, your invoice, shipment and other items may be labeled “”

Why is Urban using

This system of ordering books provides significant options for cost savings to our families. Not only will students be able to buy used books, but they will be able to sell books back to Akademos/ at the end of the year. We can also ensure that we have updated books on an annual basis, which is so critical when it comes to many subject areas, i.e. history and science.

Do I have to use to order books?

All Urban students will need to order most of their classroom books and texts from Akademos/ We also offer the option of purchasing required equipment, such as the TI-89 Titanium graphing calculator required for all students taking a math course. Some readers and other specially printed materials will still be handed out at the start of class - there is no charge for those. Families can save money by ordering used books and by selling books back at the end of the year.

We can purchase used books?? offers many used books, both directly (sold as "Used") and through our built-in book Marketplace. Marketplace books will be shipped directly from their respective sellers, however will handle all aspects of the financial transaction to make sure that your order is secure. We will even provide the seller with a shipping label to use to get the book to you fast. Note: Some teachers/courses may require new books, thus used books will not be listed as an option.

What is the Marketplace? ?

The Marketplace is a platform that allows students and others to buy and sell books directly. Marketplace listings will show up right alongside new and used books. This allows you to instantly compare new and used retail prices with prices offered by Marketplace sellers.

What is your return policy? ?

Purchased items can be returned to for a full refund in the amount of the merchandise price paid, so long as the following conditions are met: ?- item was not purchased on our Marketplace?- item was purchased within 30 days of your order confirmation ?- item was not sold as "Non-returnable" ?- if the item is "consumable," for example a one-time-use access code ?- if the item has not been opened or used.?Please note that our return policy is different depending on whether your item was purchased on the Marketplace or directly from (marked as new or used online). Please read our return policy carefully to make sure that you are correctly following the procedure for your type of book.

How do I pay with a school voucher/gift certificate?

If Urban assigned you a voucher (for example, students who are receiving financial aid), or if issued you a gift certificate or store credit code, you can use this code during checkout to pay for your order. Simply continue with the checkout process until you arrive at the payment selection page. Enter your code in a box marked "special codes” above the credit card form. If your order is more than the value of your code, you will need to enter a credit card to cover the remainder. Please note that we will exhaust your code before putting anything onto your credit card.

How do I know which classes my student is taking this term? ?

Log into the Urban Parent Portal and cick Student Reports/Info. A new browser window will open with your student’s name; click on “Student Schedule List” or "Next Schedule Grid" if in the summer, and note the classes. If you have misplaced your Parent Portal password, please use the "forgot password" link.

What if I need more help?

If you need assistance with ordering you can contact customer service Monday-Saturday, from 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. EST or Friday 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. EST at 1 800 887 6459 or via email at To contact someone at Urban, please email


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