LearnBoost welcomes Leadership High
The mission of Leadership High School is to serve San Francisco and its diverse students by providing a rigorous education with personal attention and developing effective community leaders. Their vision includes working to close the achievement gap for all students as they strive to demonstrate mastery of four School Wide Outcomes: communication, critical thinking, personal responsibility and social responsibility. Leadership High School is located on the 3rd floor of James Denman Middle School in the Excelsior District.
The school offers a academically rigorous college-preparatory curriculum that prepares students for eligibility at competitive four-year universities. Graduation requirements are aligned with the A-G University of California requirements, so that 100% of students are eligible for the University of California and California State University systems.
One hallmark of the school is its Advisory curriculum. Each year, students answer an essential question through a portfolio and exhibition. For example, the senior essential question is, "How can I best lead?" Students must present and defend a portfolio of their growth and mastery of the school-wide outcomes. In addition, they complete an exhibition to demonstrate their ability to be a leader in their community. A goal of Leadership is to graduate students who are leaders working to interrupt patterns of inequity in their communities.
Another important aspect of the school's curriculum is a two-year sequence in Leadership. In the freshman year, the focus is on developing a student's self-awareness and leadership style. In the sophomore year, the focus is on learning about challenges to social justice, like racism, sexism, classism, and heterosexism.
In 1997 Leadership became a Coalition of Essential Schools National Affiliate School. The Coalition of Essential Schools’ Common Principles, reflect the wisdom of thousands of educators engaged in creating personalized, equitable, and academically challenging schools for all young people.
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