Since its founding in 1972, SF Community School has always been committed to creating a challenging and supportive learning environment, employing the principles of equity pedagogy to ensure we meet the needs of each and every student who comes through our doors. This core value is reflected in all aspects of our life as a school and as a community. Our student body reflects the rich ethnic, linguistic, and socio-economic diversity of the city itself. Supporting each one of our students on their educational journey is a core facet of our mission.
We make great efforts to hire a staff that reflects the diversity of our community. Staff and families strive to change the predictable patterns of achievement for our traditionally under-served students. With an explicit school norm of “keeping equity at the center,” all staff participate in regular professional development intended to build our expertise in addressing the cultural, language, and developmental needs of our students. Staff also participate in monthly Inquiry Groups to reflect on and interrogate the role of race and identity in our practice, and ongoing professional development courses on culturally-relevant teaching, meeting the needs of English language learners, closing the achievement gap, and creating a rich, real-world based, project-based curriculum.
Every effort is made to respond to the diverse needs of our students. SFC offers individual and group counseling, varied family workshops, student and family support and alliance groups, and on-site after school tutoring and programming. Further, every effort is made to partner with community organizations, including the Excelsior Boys and Girls Club, Bay Area Community Resources, and the OMI Excelsior Beacon Center in order to support the development of the whole child.
Family and community members participate in our School Site Council, Parent Action Committee, Leadership Team, English Language Learners Advisory Council, and on hiring committees. Through school events we strive to create a school culture that is well-integrated within the Excelsior neighborhood, and serves as a base for community-building.