School Details

Galileo High School

1150 Francisco Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 749-3430
6

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 2131 students 19 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
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  • San Francisco Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
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  • San Francisco Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • San Francisco Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Galileo High School is a public high school in San Francisco. The principal of Galileo High School is Marcus Blacksher, whose e-mail is blacksherm@sfusd.edu. 2,131 students go to Galileo High School and identify primarily as Asian; Black, non-Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 19% of the Galileo High School students have "limited English proficiency." 73% of the 2,131 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Galileo High School is 19:1. Convent of the Sacred Heart High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Cantonese
  • French
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Latin
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 68% 41%
Black, non-Hispanic 5% 12%
White, non-Hispanic 4% 11%
Filipino 3% 6%
Unspecified 2% 5%
Hispanic 16% 23%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.9% %
Pacific Islander 0.9% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.7% 56447%
Multiracial 0.6% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0.6%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 73% 56%
Limited English proficiency 19% 31%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (9 months ago)

    I am a student at Galileo! This high school is super amazing! It has a well caring teachers and they will help you in whatever the student struggles there's many clubs to be part of and even better if the student is "newcomer" it has their own club so the newcomers can be help in what they sturggle. There's many nice people around this high school and you will make friends by fast . There's many programs for those students who doesn't feel appreciate for their appearances or considererantions of sexuality. Lost of joyful moments! I don't regret on coming here. Because there's always someone to help you ! Even if u want to Changelle yourselves.

  • (1 year ago)

    I graduated from Gal a few years back... I don't regret going here at all. Made some great friends and everyone just feels like family. Teachers here are amazing as well. Our sport teams kick total BUTT! Loved getting out at 1 on Tuesdays.. Off-campus lunch and we're located right by the pier... What more could you ask for??? GHOUUUUUUUUUSE!

  • (3 years ago)

    Our son is a 10th grade student this year. He is having a very positive experience in academics sports and in clubs. The school has provided him with teachers and coaches who care and support their students. The current Principal has been very hands on and we hope after her retirement there will be an equally wonderful leader there. Go Galileo Lions!

  • (4 years ago)

    Great school spirit challenging classes caring teachers and the best administration around!

  • (4 years ago)

    this an awesome spiritual and safe high school. All the teachers are helpful when a student is having problems with grades or with life. The students have confident when going to GAL. G-HOUSE!

  • (5 years ago)

    My son has gained so much confident and leadership in the school and participating many fun activies since he enter Galileo High school.This is his first year and his math grade also show a lot improvement! This school was our 2nd choice but we would like to recomment every one to their first choice because all of Galileo High school teachers are top quality and has a way to discipline their students without putting them down! Thank you very much to all the teachers at Galileo High school! Our son and his friends are very happy there!

  • (5 years ago)

    Galileo has been a dream come true for our son and us as parents. The school is located in a beautiful part of our great city. The teaching staff curriculum sports and safety are of the highest quality. Highly recommend A++++++.

  • (5 years ago)

    Nice architecture. Great Views. Terrific math teachers. Great Librarian. Great AP Computer Science Teacher.

  • (5 years ago)

    Top school---top teachers

  • (5 years ago)

    it seems too mr that the teavhers are great they seem to want to help there students i kno my child has done a few mistakes but she is doing better thanks too the staff of galileo

  • (5 years ago)

    galileo is getting better and better

  • (5 years ago)

    Galileo has great athletic programs and coaches. And they are one of the best schools in pretty much every sport!! Go G-House!!!!!!!!!!!

  • (5 years ago)

    Becaust galileo high school has good Education and has many good teacher. The teacher always to Patience to teach the students.

  • (5 years ago)

    Galileo students and faculty have year in and year out performed at the highest levels of excellence in science and math while modeling the best in multiracial intercultural relations being a role model for all of the other fine high schools in the entire San Francisco Bay Region. Galileo makes it all the more tangible that a future Nobel Prize or cure for cancer or AIDS will come from bright individuals working in close collaboration with many diverse partners serving the greater good of all humanity.

  • (5 years ago)

    Galileo high school has a great team of staff and teachers and a good dynamic. My daughter so far learn well and feels good at Galileo.

  • (5 years ago)

    Great multi-cultural student body. Strong sense of community with lots of different student organizations. Good parent network.

  • (5 years ago)

    It is very diverse and has great teachers!

  • (5 years ago)

    Great teachers high test scores killer football team volleyball team and baseball team. Smart kid's all around.

  • (5 years ago)

    Galileo has succeeded in supporting HS students in raising math scores by 49% in the past year! Congrats to all!

  • (5 years ago)

    Students have made huge improvements in math scores this year!

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