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School Administration
Contact Karen Bioski-Simon  Karen Bioski-Simon Assistant Principal
Contact Greg Markwith  Greg Markwith Principal

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* Attendance: To report an absence, call the Attendance Line at 415-695-5701 or email


* ASF College Center: Enroll your student in our College Access program in Room 132A!  Students will learn all the steps to apply to college.


*Wolf Pack After School Program: 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact ASP Coordinator Susy Dubon:


* Get a Clipper Card: 

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Equity at The Academy

The work of eliminating oppression, ending biases, and ensuring equally high outcomes for all participants through the creation of multicultural, multi-ethnic, multilingual, multiracial practices and conditions; removing the predictability of success or failure that currently correlates with any social or cultural factor.

Non-Discrimination Policy

SFUSD programs, activities, and practices shall be free from discrimination based on actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression; or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

If you believe you have been discriminated against, immediately contact the school site principal and/or Executive Director of the Office of Equity, Ruth Diep, at 415-355-7334 or A copy of SFUSD’s uniform complaint policy is available upon request.

Welcome to The Academy

The Academy - San Francisco @ McAteer focuses on the three R's – Relationships, Relevance and Rigor


We are a small school where students are known and where social justice and diversity are prioritized through authentic and relevant learning.


Our small school setting allows our teachers to create an effective learning environment by working closely with students and families in building a strong community. At our school, teachers are able to give more individual attention to students and communicate regularly with families.


High school seniors spend afternoons in college, 
Student tech team recruits members

SFUSD Press Release Highlights for August 27-31, 2018


For the second school year, nearly every high school senior at The Academy - San Francisco @ McAteer is taking classes at City College of San Francisco’s Mission Center or Ocean Avenue Campus each afternoon to earn college credit as part of SFUSD's Early College Program. Students select from 19 classes, including African American Studies, Film History and Child Development. SF International High School also has a similar partnership with CCSF.


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Weekly Communicator to Families


Dear Academy Community -

Thank you to all of the families, students, and staff who have been an active part of the conversations about AP Classes as well as the greater issues of academic rigor, college readiness, and educational equity at Academy.

Moving forward, we will offer AP Language for all students in the rising junior class. Additionally, AP US History, AP Literature and AP Stats will continue to be offered.

We would like to apologize about how late in the year this conversation was communicated to other parties, and this is one critical symptom of a deeper root problem of how communication needs to be clearer and more transparent among all parties going forward. The conversation about inequities and AP has been occurring across many years for our staff here, and from that perspective we overlooked the fact that this is new for others in our community. We take it as our responsibility to fill in the gaps of miscommunication, and moving forward, will do our best to communicate clearly, early, and often.

However, as a Humanities team, we are incredibly confident that this decision best serves the needs of our entire student population. At The Academy, the Humanities team is committed to preparing all students for life after high school, so that students feel prepared to pursue any postsecondary plan, whether it be college, community college, vocational school, or taking some time off to make a better decision about their future. To achieve this, students need to be able to  articulate their ideas clearly, supported with evidentiary claims and thoughtful reasoning. They need to be able to perform these tasks under pressure, assess their growth, and revise for future improvements. Students need to be able to read closely at a college-ready level, whether they plan on college or not. In order to serve all students toward these ends, and to address historical inequities at this school and that SFUSD has imposed on us, this is why we are moving in this direction. We are confident that the rising juniors are more than ready to meet the challenge, and we look forward to supporting them in this process.

To be clear, AP Language and Composition will be a class that:

  • Expects all students to be able to write argumentative essays with clear claims, evidence, and reasoning;
  • Increases literacy skills across a variety of texts, with a focus on nonfiction written for adult audiences;
  • Supports students in developing test-taking skills, which are useful for college and professional entrance exams;
  • Offers the opportunity for students to take the AP Language and Composition Exam, which may (but does not guarantee) exemption from college courses;
  • Is weighted, meaning it will count more towards a student’s GPA; and
  • Promotes self-reflection and consideration of a student’s postsecondary plans.

If students are concerned about rising to the expectations of AP...

  • We will have books available on audio as much as possible
  • In-class timed writing can be done in small groups
  • If you have an IEP/504, accommodations include extra time, including on the AP exam
  • Extra time for assignments per 504
  • Two days after school support explicit for AP Lang (SPROUT funding)
  • After school tutoring from Mr. Reed and other teachers is always available
  • We will offer multiple types of assessments, including creative writing or other creative projects.
  • Professional development for all staff next year will focus on project-based learning and differentiated instruction, with a focus on Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

If students need more of a challenge…

  • After school support includes extra AP test prep
  • All assessments will include a written essay option.
  • Students can consult teachers for recommended reading outside of class.
  • For students who are concerned about college readiness at an elite level, we recommend that you read as much as possible, in as much of the free time as you can dedicate to it. Additionally, participate in activities and passions outside of the classroom, as these help to synthesize and make real what you learn in school.
  • City College dual enrollment is always an option, and in fact may be the more rigorous path. Please speak to your academic counselor as well as our Early College counselor, Heather Smith, for more information.

Please see the attachment for the Finals Schedule.


Senior End of Year Letter 2019.pdf 

Spring, 2019 Finals Schedule.pdf 



Leader of the Pack


Each week outstanding students & staff are nominated to be the Leader of the Pack! Winners' names are posted on the bulletin board outside of the Main Office and winners receive a certificate! 

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2017-2018 Academy Wolves
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