School Details

S.F. International High School

1050 York Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 695-5781
2

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Public Grades 9-12 189 students Unknown students/teacher

Test Scores by grade

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 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

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 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 High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE)

In 2012-2013 California used the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) to test high school students' skills in English language arts and mathematics. The results for grade 10 students taking the test for the first time are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The CAHSEE is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of California. Students must pass all parts of the CAHSEE in order to graduate from high school. If they do not pass it the first time, students have multiple opportunities to retake the test. The goal is for all students to pass both sections of the test.
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  • San Francisco Unified School District average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 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

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

S.F. International High School is a public high school. The principal of S.F. International High School is Sophia Geerdes, who can be contacted at geerdess@sfusd.edu. 189 students go to S.F. International High School and identify mostly as Hispanic; Unspecified; and White, non-Hispanic. 98% of the S.F. International High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 86% of the 189 students here have subsidized lunches. Mission High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 55% 23%
Unspecified 4% 5%
White, non-Hispanic 4% 11%
Asian 33% 41%
Filipino 3% 6%
Black, non-Hispanic 0.5% 12%
Multiracial 0.5% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.6%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 86% 56%
Limited English proficiency 98% 31%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (10 months ago)

    I'm surprised to see how low we are rated. Our school is a small school with very dedicated teachers a supportive administrative team and a loving community of students and staff. We strive to be student focused. This brings me to the next issue. What is the great schools rating based on? If it's based on our API last year we had around 49% SIFE students (students missing formal edu). Also we are composed of 100% new ELL's who struggle with understanding English phrasing of a question more than the content. With that said our statistics show our students do better than EL students in other schools in the district. We may never have the same API scores as Lowell who selects incoming 9th graders by their GPA. Instead we strive to give new immigrants the school skills they need to be successful in college and within US culture. We emphasize literacy and community. I LOVE my students and define my success by their success. I believe every student can graduate from high school and can succeed in a 4 year college. I assess all standards and reteach. However any observer with a heart would see the work we do here goes beyond content. That's only a part of a much bigger picture.

  • (1 year ago)

    As a SFIHS student I can totally say I felt welcome to the school. teachers and students are like a family. No matter were you're come or are from you feel welcome and it feels like you have never left home. Struggle is never hear or sad from huskies with our four values we put together our selfs to be the persons that we are and had we become over the days. And let's also not forget our brave and awesome teacher that never let us down. You do not need to be afraid Teachers are always there for you.

  • (2 years ago)

    I am a teacher at the school and feel I have been completely supported by the staff and administration. I feel that it is an incredibly supportive place to learn how to teach EL students. There is also a lot of space to become a teacher leader and develop as a professional. The teachers here are excellent and push each other to teach better. There is alignment in so many ways through true authentic collaboration. The comments before are about a very specific case in which the admin had to make a tough call about who would be able to support our students the most. I do believe they were acting in the interest of the students.

  • (2 years ago)

    I agree with the teacher review dated 5/18/12. It is an accurate picture of SF International. The school works well for resilient students who are motivated to learn English in this country. But for those that struggle in any way this is not a safe environment to challenge oneself to learn a new language/culture. It is true there is no room for those students or staff members to express ideas outside what is deemed acceptable by the administrator. She has pushed out students and staff members she finds undesirable.

  • (3 years ago)

    The school has some truly gifted and dedicated staff and the students are the best I've ever worked with. Unfortunately the administration chooses to not support staff and students as much as they deserve. This past year they chose to non-re-elect two staff members who had dedicated themselves completely to the mission of creating a place where immigrant students can adapt and thrive in the American educational system and that process revealed some serious problems with what kind of autonomy and independence students and staff are given. It's the kind of place where if you follow the rules perfectly you can do very well and I do believe students can and do thrive there. But for those who want a place where they can feel independent and valued or for staff who are looking for a place where they can do their best find support and appreciation and rely on a real team to have their back best keep looking.

  • (3 years ago)

    SFIHS is the best school for all new comer students who are an English Language Learner. They provide the necessary education and attention for the student. Students get self confident in meeting friends having an understanding in academic subjects courage and challenge in their daily activities in life. Even this school is new they already developed students who are excellent Academically and as an English Language Learner. Congratulations to the Principal teachers and staffs who make a big effort of participation for the success of the students and to the parents who are trusted their students in SFIHS. Congratulations to their new school location this coming school year 2011-2011. Keep up the good work. Good Luck

  • (4 years ago)

    San Francisco International High School is accomplishing the difficult task of providing an academically rigorous education to students with limited English ability and interrupted formal education. Students at SFIHS are thinking writing and analyzing in ways I rarely see English learners being asked to do in school. While this is a new school and still developing they are already providing a great service to English learners in SF.

  • (4 years ago)

    SFIHS is a fenomenal because that prepares and inspires students in high school for college and beyond. It is a small school for recent immigrants who have been in the country four years or less and are still learning English!!! I am a SFIHS student that learned how to be confident everyone and also i love SFIHS because I'm learning English!!!

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