Frequently Asked Questions About Urban
The Urban School is located in the heart of San Francisco near Golden Gate Park at 1563 Page Street, between Masonic and Ashbury. The school is accessible by 6, 21, 33, 43, 71 MUNI bus lines. For directions and a map, please click here
Urban enrolls approximately 95-100 students in the Freshman class.
Siblings and children of Urban alumni are required to undergo the same competitive admissions process as all Urban applicants. While we value our strong relationships with our current and legacy families, we strongly recommend that each family undergo a thorough review of potential options to ensure that whichever school they choose is the best fit for their child.
Urban provides reasonable accommodations for students with learning differences. We employ a part-time learning specialist who does some one-on-one tutoring and coordinates outside tutoring, as well as works with the faculty to determine practical learning strategies for the classroom. For more information on our Learning Support services, please click here
At the end of the summer, you may register for an optional Open House, student visit, interview and parent information session through you Ravenna-Hub account. To see dates for this year's Open Houses and other application milestones, please visit the Admissions Calendar.
For consistency between all 9th grade applicants, Urban prefers that applicants submit results from the SSAT. The SSAT should be taken in the 8th grade in October, November, December or January, in order to receive scores by the application deadline. Please designate Urban (school code 7861) as a score recipient on the SSAT registration form. Please visit the SSAT official website www.ssat.org
or call 609 683 4440 for more information about registration, procedures and dates.
While The Urban School prefers that applicants submit SSAT scores, we also accept a number of other standardized tests widely used by other schools. These tests include, but are not limited to the High School Placement Test and the Independent School Entrance Exam.
Although it is not a required part of the application process, we greatly value the opportunity to speak with students individually and hope you will choose to schedule an interview with an Admissions staff member. Following submission of the online Parent/Guardian Form and the non-refundable $100 application fee (waivers can be obtained by calling our office) in your Ravenna-Hub account, you will be able to choose a date and half-hour slot for an optional student interview, if space is still available. The number of available interview appointments is limited, thus we cannot guarantee that every interested student will be granted an interview. However, we will strive to accommodate as many students as possible on a first come, first served basis. Interview appointments are available on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons beginning mid-October and will run through mid-January.
All entering students will be assigned a MacBook Air for both school and home use. Students gain a wealth of learning, teaching and organizational benefits by having their own computer for use anytime, anywhere. This is an important step in helping students use computer technology as a natural tool of the learning process.
In addition to personal laptops, many classes incorporate other digital tools into the learning process, including iPads, tablets, sensors, etc.
Learn more about technology at Urban.
Dress at Urban is casual and students are encouraged to select their own style of dress. However, students are expected to use good judgment and dress appropriately for a school setting. Students may not wear clothes that show emblems or slogans that are profane or that represent drugs, alcohol or tobacco products. Shoes are required at all times.
Urban currently has more than 40 different student clubs, ranging from Model United Nations to the Students of Color and Environmental Clubs. New students are encouraged to get involved in club activities. New clubs may be established if there is sufficient interest among a group of students.
The block schedule divides the academic year into three, 12-week terms: fall, winter and spring. Students take four intensive classes every term and most classes last for one or two terms. These classes meet for 70-minute periods with one 2+ hour period per week. Due to longer class periods, a term-long class is equivalent to a semester course and a two-term class is equivalent to a year-long course.
In addition, students may take elective classes such as UrbanX Labs TED, Jazz Band, Chamber Orchestra, Urban Singers, Yearbook and Newspaper, which meet during a shorter period that spans all three terms. Students also have the option of participating in physical activity classes or study halls during this shorter elective period. The weekly schedule includes advising, a grade-level meeting, an all-school meeting and consultation periods for students to meet individually with teachers. The block schedule enables teachers to draw upon valuable off-campus resources such as art and science exhibitions, wildlife habitats, the court system and cultural performances. To see a sample schedule, click here.
Urban’s evaluation and grading practices combine the best of innovative and traditional approaches, consistent with our long history as a nationally recognized educational leader among secondary schools. Designed to challenge students to perform at their highest level, Urban’s assessment system include cycles of ongoing teacher feedback and student reflection. Written reports are provided twice per term – at the midpoint and at the end of each 12-week class – along with a final course letter grade. We know from nearly 50 years of experience that our use of specific, differentiated evaluative feedback fosters high levels of student engagement, depth of understanding and achievement, all of which support our mission to inspire a passion for learning.
Based on space availability, Urban will consider transfer applications for a very limited number of places in the 10th and 11th grades. We do not accept transfers for the senior year. Please email or call the Admissions Office at for more information regarding the transfer application process and timeline.
Please visit our Tuition & Fees page for additional information. The tuition and fees for the following year are determined in February. In budgeting for four years of an Urban education, parents can expect annual tuition increases. The average tuition increase over the past five years has been 4.2% per year. However, Urban does offer significant financial aid, and families are encouraged to explore all financing options. Click here to learn more about financial aid.
Please call 415 593 9555 to speak with an Admissions Representative, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
, or send correspondence to:
The Urban School of San Francisco
1563 Page Street
San Francisco, CA 94117