School Details

O'Connell (John) High School

2355 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 695-5370
4

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 619 students 13 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • 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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  • 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

O'Connell (John) High School is a public high school in San Francisco. The principal of O'Connell (John) High School is Mark Alvarado, who can be contacted at duberr@sfusd.edu. 619 students go to O'Connell (John) High School and identify as Hispanic, Filipino, and Multiracial. 42% of the O'Connell (John) High School students have "limited English proficiency." 75% of the 619 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at O'Connell (John) High School is 13:1. Sand Paths Academy is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Cantonese
  • French
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish

Sports

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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 62% 23%
Filipino 5% 6%
Multiracial 2% %
White, non-Hispanic 2% 11%
Asian 18% 41%
Black, non-Hispanic 14% 12%
Native American or Native Alaskan 1% 0.6%
Unspecified 1% 5%
Pacific Islander 0.9% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.5% 56447%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 75% 56%
Limited English proficiency 42% 31%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (4 years ago)

    Everyone is involved and you can see the teachers at work trying to improve everything. The staff makes sure the students are safe. They provide good opportunities for college.

  • (4 years ago)

    John O'Connell is in the Hart of the Mission district. The Staff is amazing and dedicated to the students. This school is a small community within itself and has family enviornment. Students have many supports and if taken advantage of they can go far. Out of class 150 in 2009 there 70 students apply to a 4 year university. JOCHS is truely making some postive changes.

  • (4 years ago)

    I am very impressed with the administration teachers and staff at John O'Connell High School. They are truly committed to ensuring that all students go to college. This school has a very strong AVID program. The teachers are committed and provide students with incredible support and motivation to take them from where they are at to reach their best potential. This is a small school that offers incredible opportunities and programs for students. There are a variety of interesting after-school programs and qualified staff that work closely with students. Their commitment to excellence building their community and supporting students in a challenging environment is commendable. The school Principal is receptive and active he is a strong leader with a vision. There is a core of parents that are involved and are the security at the school has a good relationship with students they are always looking out for the safety of students. Love this school!

  • (5 years ago)

    I can loved this school I went here and this may not be a well known school but once your there you say why don't people know about this school. The Principal is also great and makes sure everything is safe and perfect.

  • (5 years ago)

    This school is great. I too went to this school all for years. And it's up to you as a student to take everything they teach and LEARN. I know many of my classmates went on and actually got jobs in the field they were learning. In fact they helped many of us get jobs even before we graduated. I highly recommend it. Especially for those students who really want to get a head start in gaining skills they'll need for a job. Real skills.

  • (7 years ago)

    I went to this school for all four years of high school and it is by far the worst school in the city. I did not learn one thing here I was not prepared for college.

  • (8 years ago)

    As a DREAM school the students at O'Connell must work had to succeed. They are not alone however. A dedicated staff and strong administration that are helping to turn this school around.

  • (11 years ago)

    It is a good school.

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Overall score

(based on 9 ratings & reviews)

  • Teacher quality
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