We are so excited for you to join Urban School and we cannot wait to welcome you on campus. Until we see you in person, our community wanted to share the above big Blues video welcome and let you know how much fun it is to be an Urban Blue. Whether you’re an athlete, an artist, a writer or a scientist, our goal is to inspire your passion for learning so that you may start exploring who you are and who you want to become.

We can’t wait to see you in the fall. GO BLUES!

Welcome Class of 2025

Congratulations New Blues and Families!

We are thrilled to welcome you to the Urban community, and extend a very hearty welcome to our new Urban students and families! We look forward to joining with you in creating a memorable, challenging, joyful and successful high school experience.

You now join a special community of students, parents/guardians, alumni and former parents from the school’s 54-year history. Over the next few months and until school begins on Monday, August 30, 2021, please consult this page for information and updates.

We understand that some students might have questions about academics and/or student life at Urban. Please feel free to email us at admissions@urbanschool.org and we will be happy to answer your questions or put you in touch with a current student or other member of our community!

Warmly,
Lauren, Chris, Ken & Student Admissions Committee


Reach Out to Meet Members of the Urban Community!

If you have additional questions for members of the Urban community, please refer to the contact list included on your acceptance letter in Ravenna. Urban students, parents/guardians, teachers and coaches would be delighted to speak with you.

You may also message any of the students, faculty or parents/guardians in our Urban Ambassadors program (see the pop up at right!) or see our Ambassadors page for the complete list! But if you have a specific question, email us and we will put you in touch with the right person.

Course Sign-up Form - Due April 5
Please review and complete the 9th grade Course Sign-up Form by next Monday, April 5. You will be asked to choose the particular math and language level that you believe is appropriate as an incoming 9th grader, as well as an art elective. You can read about all of the required courses for incoming students on the page, and on the email we sent you recently from Assistant Head for Instruction Geoff Ruth. Please contact us with any questions!

Language and Math Level Placement  
Incoming 9th graders who have previously taken Algebra 1 should take a math placement test to determine which level of math is most appropriate for them. If a student's math placement test does not clearly point to a proper math placement, math teachers will also hold a short conversation with the student to better understand their mathematical thinking and get more clarity on the best placement. If students have prior experience in a language and want to be placed into Level 2 language, they also will need to take a language placement test. Language teachers will review the test results, and place students into the course that will best support their growth, success and learning in language. See the 9th grade Course Sign-up Form for more information.

Visit Urban Days: Coming Up April 14-16
We're excited to see you and your parent(s)/guardian(s) on campus soon to pick up your special new welcome gift! Please see the email and scheduler link from the Admissions office to choose your day and time slot. Can't make it? Let us know and we can mail your gift to you. But we would really like to see you in person! Questions? Email us at admissions@urbanschool.org.
   - Wednesday, April 14, 3-6 pm
   - Thursday, April 15, 3-6 pm
   - Friday, April 16, 2-4 pm

Coming Soon: Online Forms for Parents/Guardians
Within the next couple of weeks, we also will request that parents/guardians login to the Urban Parent Portal to complete the online student forms, including Magnus Health forms, emergency release, field trip approval, etc. All forms at Urban are done once as incoming 9th graders, and then updated annually or as needed.

Take a Tour of the Urban Campus! 
While we can't invite you on campus in person yet, you can take a walk with our Student Admissions Committee members and get a virtual tour of our beautiful Urban campus. Be sure to check your mail as well for a very special Urban map!



Want to See More/Learn More About Urban?
Visit our Experience Urban page where you will find all kinds of video and information that will help you learn more about the high school you'll be attending!

You’re Now in the Blues House!
Urban fields title-winning interscholastic teams in baseball, basketball, cross-country, fencing, golf, lacrosse, sailing, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and volleyball at our own gyms and at athletic fields and venues throughout the city. Nearly 70% of all Urban students participate in our competitive athletics program and all students are expected to complete eight physical activity credits. Questions? Reach out to Director of Athletics Joe Skiffer and go here to learn more about sports at Urban.

UrbanWear and BluesWear
UrbanWear and BluesWear, including t-shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, hats, shorts and more are available for order online here. Items will be shipped directly to you.

Learning Services Information
To request accommodations, please forward a copy of your child's educational testing report to Rachel Herbert, Director of Learning Services, before April 15. Middle schools do not provide this confidential information to Urban. While families can submit documentation later, sharing it early allows the Learning Services Department to collaborate proactively with families during the spring of 8th grade. For additional information about learning services at Urban, please go here.

2021-22 Academic Calendar
Please click here to download a copy of the 2021-22 academic calendar showing all start dates, holidays, etc. Also, we recommend that you become acquainted with the online Urban calendar on our website. You are cordially invited to attend upcoming arts events, including the Spring Music Concert (May 16) and the One Acts Festival (June 4). Despite a large number of athletics activities happening, the San Francisco Department of Public Health and the Bay Counties League are not currently allowing fans at games or matches.

From Marin, East Bay, Peninsula?  
Urban offers transportation to to students who live outside of San Francisco. We use CYO bus service for Marin and Peninsula students, and BART shuttles for East Bay students. We will let you know later this spring or summer about schedules and ticket costs. 

9th Grade Family Welcome Event
Please plan to join us at Urban in early May for a very special welcome event for the Class of 2025! More details to follow soon.

9th Grade Orientation – Save the Date!
9th Grade orientation is scheduled for Wednesday-Friday, August 25-27, 2021. These are mandatory days for incoming new students. The first day of fall term classes is Monday, August 30.

Socialize with Urban
Keep abreast of all the fun stuff going on around campus by checking our various accounts via the icons below! You don't need to be a member of any of them to take a peek.