San Francisco Unified School District

Elementary school student at San Francisco Unified School District Photo by Molly Decoudreaux

San Francisco schools aim to even the odds

The City’s schools are on an ambitious path to close the opportunity gap so that all kids can have the chance to reach their full potential.

San Francisco is a city of entrepreneurs and innovation. It is home to some of the top cultural institutions and the most savvy and creative businesses in the world.

At the same time, the gap between wealthy and poor residents is growing faster than in any other city in the country. More than six out of 10 public school students in San Francisco are from low-income families — and statistics show that these students are at a clear disadvantage when it comes to getting a decent education that will set them up to succeed. In fact, children who grow up in poverty are already two to two-and-a-half years behind their more affluent peers in reading and math skills by the time they reach third grade.

The San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) serves 57,000 students and their families every year in nearly 150 school sites across the city. The district’s leaders understand the challenges they face, as well as their responsibility to improve outcomes for all children, especially students of color and those from low-income families. With support from the Haas, Jr. Fund and others, the district is strengthening its ability to improve student outcomes across the board.

Schools for the Future

Not all children are afforded the same life chances. Education equity means evening the odds and improving the lifetime opportunities for all children.

This vision is about a social movement. This is about how we want to go into the future. It’s not about creating the same old thing.

Superintendent Richard Carranza

The SFUSD’s Vision 2025 is a bold plan for closing the opportunity gap and creating schools of the future that prepare all students for success in the global economy. Through Vision 2025, district leaders have committed to:

  • Improving and aligning education in the early years from preschool through third grade,
  • Investing in historically low-performing schools in low-income neighborhoods using research-based reforms,
  • Providing professional development for teachers and principals as the district raises expectations for its graduates and implements the new Common Core State Standards,
  • Embracing a “community schools” model to support the whole child, and
  • Engaging with a broad range of San Franciscans to jointly craft and implement this plan.

Learn more about Vision 2025 in this video, or visit the School District’s website for more information about how to get involved.