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About Us


Our school provides a safe, supportive environment that prepares immigrant youth for college and their careers.


  • Every student is known well and supported to succeed. We are a small school with small classes. Our team structure allows for personalization, growth and success for our students.

  • Our students are involved in internships, community service, and service learning within the larger community.

  • 90% of Internationals students graduate and 90% of Internationals graduates go on to college.

One of the main differences in our program and what is available at other schools is that students are never tracked or separated by their level of English proficiency. All of our instruction is in English, but students are supported to continue the development of their literacy in their native language as well. We support students to use all of the strengths that they bring to their new community to help them develop their academic English skills and adapt to their new culture while preparing them academically to go on to college.


We know that there are many indicators of student success, so we use a variety of benchmarks to evaluate our work including: student portfolios, course pass rates, attendance rates, standardized test results, graduation rates, and college entrance rates. We also work very closely with families to ensure that they are involved in the educational process and empowered to be advocates for their students.



Our Academic Program


There are many things that make SF International a unique school. Our school is a close-knit, supportive community for students who may feel displaced after moving from another country and are unfamiliar with American language and culture. Differences among students are cherished and nurtured as they are continually encouraged to celebrate their cultural and linguistic individuality. We also believe that recent immigrants are capable of the highest levels of academic success when given the support they need.
Because of these beliefs, our program is designed around these key features:

Experiential Learning

Learning goes beyond the walls of the school through community participation, career internships, and academic projects.

Small Size

Each grade level has only 100 students. Class sizes are 25 students or less. Our team structure allows for personalization, growth, and success for our students.

Language Development through the Content Areas

Students learn academic English skills most effectively in a meaningful context and their skills will emerge most naturally in purposeful, language-rich, experiential, interdisciplinary study

College Preparatory Focus

Students receive significant support to become prepared academically for success in college. Starting in 9th grade, students begin to explore options for college.

Career Exploration

In their junior and senior years, seniors will have opportunities for internships and community service in different settings, from businesses to government offices to community organizations.

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9/26/16

Dear students,

 

Please take this survey only when asked to by your teacher. The purpose of this survey is to help SFUSD support and provide the activities, programs and services that you are most interested in.

All your responses will remain anonymous.

 

When asked to begin the survey, please click on the link below to choose your language. Once you open the survey webpage, please read the instructions carefully before you begin.

 

If you do not want to take the survey online, please let your teacher know, and you will have the option to complete a paper version if you wish.

 

http://tinyurl.com/hhk6yht

 

Thank you for your time and for contributing your voice to this process!

 

If you have any questions, please contact Devin Corrigan at 415-355-7764 or corrigand@sfusd.edu.

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9/23/16
Dear Parents,
 
You may have recently received a text message  " SFUSD alerts. Reply Y to confirm, HELP for info. Msg&data rates may apply.  Msg freq varies.schoolmessenger.com/txt" from the number 67587.
 
This is an official opt-in message from SFUSD via SchoolMessenger, our mass notification system for sending out phone calls, emails and text messages.
 
You have received this message because your mobile phone number was recently updated in our student information system.
 
We understand this message is alarming and not clear. Unfortunately, we do not have any control over the way this message gets sent out from SchoolMessenger. 
 
We do encourage you to reply "Y" to this invitation to receive text messages from SFUSD, as it makes for much faster communication, which is crucial in the event of an emergency.
 
SchoolMessenger does not share any of your information, and you will not receive texts from any third parties.
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9/23/16

826 Valencia is proud to announce our eighth weekend-long personal statement tutoring event, The Great San Francisco Personal Statement Weekend, will be held on October 15 and 16 at Mission High School. We invite all SFUSD high school seniors to register for a weekend of free college essay help.


Here’s how it works: during the weekend of October 15 and 16, 826 Valencia will have trained tutors on call to give one-on-one attention to students who are writing responses to the UC's Personal Insight Questions, Common Application essays, and scholarship essays. We're prepared to support students at all stages of the writing process, whether they’re just starting, almost finished, or somewhere in between. We’ll also have computers on hand for easy editing and brain food to keep them going.

 

Registering for the event as a student is easy and free—just follow this link for more information and to sign up. You can choose to attend one or two two-hour session(s) on either or both days. Advance registration is required so we can best prepare to meet each student's individual needs.

 

Save the date and spread the word! Last year we served 171 students over the weekend, and this year we are hoping to exceed 200. Seniors: Don't miss this opportunity to polish your personal statements, making them clear, powerful, meaningful, memorable, and effective at getting you into college!  

 

Contact essayhelp@826valencia.org with questions.

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