From your Dean Charisse


(click on the square at bottom right for best viewing!)

We are so excited for you to join Urban School and we cannot wait to welcome you on campus. Meantime, our community wanted to share the above big Blues welcome video 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.


Welcome Class of 2026

Congratulations, New Blues and Families and Welcome to Urban!

We are thrilled to have you join the Urban community, and extend a wholehearted welcome to our new Urban students and families! We look forward to joining with you in creating a memorable, challenging and successful high school experience for you and your family.

You now join a special community of students, parents/guardians, alumni and former parents from the school’s 55-year history. Over the next few months and until school begins on Monday, August 29, 2022, 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!

Lauren, Chris, Ken & Student Admissions Committee

Information for Our New Blues!

All-Class Summer Read
The 9th grade summer all-class book is Born a Crime, by Trevor Noah. Written by the host of The Daily Show, this book recounts Noah's life under apartheid in South Africa as the son of a white father and Black mother. Urban's Library Director Sarah Levin has created a reading guide that students should consult as they read the book. 

9th Grade Orientation – Wednesday-Friday, August 24-26
9th Grade orientation is scheduled for Wednesday-Friday, August 24-26, 2022. These are mandatory days for incoming new students. The first day of fall term classes is Monday, August 29.

Blues Athletic Team Interest Form
Let us know your interest in playing on an Urban team next year by completing this form! 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 65% of all Urban students participate in our competitive athletics program and all students are expected to complete eight physical activity credits.

Fall Season Tryouts and Practices
Cross Country: August 8
Tennis: August 8
Varsity girls volleyball: August 8
Frosh/JV girls volleyball: August 15
Flag Football: August 29 (first day of school)

Any student trying out for a team must turn in their physician-signed physical form prior to the start of the season. You can download that form here. Questions? Reach out to Director of Athletics Joe Skiffer and go here to learn more about sports at Urban. You may also attend any Urban athletic events.

Questions for Our 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 or click here. Urban students, parents/guardians, teachers and coaches would be delighted to speak with you. You may also reach out via Peer Pal to leave a message for a participating community member! If you have a specific question, contact us at admissions@urbanschool.org and we will put you in touch with the right person!

Need Translation or Language Assistance?
Urban School provides certain key information pieces translated into Spanish, Chinese or Vietnamese and/or we can arrange interpretation services for 1:1 meetings. Please contact Admissions Associate Ken Chou via email or call him at 415 593 9555 should you need assistance.

2022-23 Academic Calendar
Please download a copy of the 2022-23 academic calendar showing all start dates, holidays, etc. Also, we recommend you become acquainted with the online Urban calendar on our website. You are cordially welcome to attend upcoming arts events, including the Spring Music Concert (May 15) and the One Acts Festival (May 25-28).

Learning Services Information
To request accommodations, please forward a copy of your child’s educational testing report to Director of Learning Services Rachel Herbert by April 15. Middle schools do not provide this confidential information to Urban. For additional information about learning services at Urban, please go here.

From Marin, East Bay, Peninsula?
Please take a few moments to get acquainted with our various modes of transportation for those students living outside San Francisco by visiting our Transportation page. We will let you know later this spring or summer revised times and ticket costs. Please do not order tickets or make reservations, as the current form is for 2021-22.

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.