Urban Engagement Program
Our School, Our Community, Our City
The Urban Engagement Program connects our school to the wider city and community through experiences in the arts, civic life, service, social justice, urban environmentalism, business and entrepreneurship. Our program includes an internship opportunity for high school students, a Community Salon for our entire community, school-wide Days of Service, and supports curricular service learning activities and sustainability initiatives.
Urban Engagement Internship
The Urban Engagement Internship allows high school students to explore work beyond the school through shadowing and internship opportunities. The program entails an introductory course in the fall for all of Grade 10, which gives students an overview of the kind of projects, skills, and experiences that an internship can offer. Students identify their passions and envision a specific project, and ultimately secure a short internship for the spring or summer break. The program gives students real-world experience in student-defined areas of interest, as well as provides a springboard for potential internships or career development opportunities in Grades 11 and 12.
At our Salons, parents, faculty, alumni, and high school students get together to share and discover over drink and food in a round-table setting at the Arts Pavilion. In the spirit of learning and exchange, each Salon has a thought-provoking theme, such bio-technology, political engagement, or intellectual property.
These free community events include food and drink, are part of our wider Urban Engagement Program, and feature members of our school community who share their expertise and spearhead conversation.
Engagement + Service
On school-wide days of service, parents, students of all ages, faculty, staff, and alumni, share in service towards the wider urban community.
During the 2019-2020 school year, we have scheduled three opportunities for days of service with a community partner, Glide Memorial Church, which oversees one of the largest free-meal programs in the city, serving over 2,000 meals per day in the Tenderloin. These will be opportunities to help make and serve food, and be of service in different ways.
Mark your calendar for 2020-2021 service days: November 14 and March 6
Our school is also committed to sustainability and environmental protection, as evident through initiatives such as the entirely "plastic-free" high school and our use of energy-saving solar panels.
The 630 solar modules on the roof of our main campus have produced over 1 billion watt-hours of power to-date. That's more than equal to the energy of 588.9 barrels of oil, 674.1 trees saved, or 626,865 miles driven.
In addition to our Urban Engagement Program, students, faculty, and staff have the opportunity to serve others through in-school service learning programs. You can read more about those programs here. Students from the Maternelle through High School contribute to fundraising and volunteer efforts that support both the San Francisco community and communities across the globe.