Our Core Values: Inquiry, Care, Integrity, Agency, Interconnection


Equity and Community

At UHS, we believe that the deepest learning requires collaboration among people who embody a diversity of backgrounds, beliefs, experiences, and perspectives. In order to build and sustain a community that is comprised of a wide range of social and cultural identities, we must continually engage in furthering our self-knowledge, equity literacy, and ability to communicate effectively across differences. We challenge ourselves to do this work on both a personal and an institutional level, recognizing that our community is part of a larger and more complex world.

We therefore aspire to the following:

Equity in Access and Support

  • Recruit and retain a student body, faculty, staff, and board of trustees that reflect the racial, ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic diversity of the Bay Area.
  • Ensure that every student has access to a full range of school opportunities regardless of family circumstances.
  • Provide equitable pathways for the professional growth and leadership development of our faculty and staff.
  • Create and maintain support structures that are as diverse and varied as the needs of our students, faculty, and staff.

Care and Interconnection

  • Use our articulated UHS Community Agreements as a model for embracing differing perspectives, and for building and sustaining relationships in and outside of the classroom.
  • Create structures and programs to foster building community on a whole-school level, with adults modeling connection and care amongst themselves for the students.
  • Challenge ourselves to practice openness and empathy when a member of our community experiences hardship.
  • Recognize and address injustice by talking to each other, not about each other.
  • Foster a sense of “purpose larger than the self” by seeking opportunities to build connections with people, institutions, and organizations in our larger community.

Diversity Responsive Teaching and Learning

  • Examine and adapt our practices with the intention of helping all students thrive.
  • Act with an awareness of our personal cultural lenses and the normative culture that we, consciously or unconsciously, create together.
  • Review and refine the content of our curriculum to ensure that it provides mirrors in which our students see their own realities reflected as well as windows into the realities of others.
  • Draw respectfully on the wisdom, experience, and backgrounds of our increasingly diverse community members to best support teaching and learning.

Institutional Self-Assessment and Reflection

  • Assess and benchmark our progress in increasing student, faculty, staff, and board diversity.
  • Regularly measure the growth, success, and well-being of our community members, and design responses to any patterns of inequity that we identify.
  • Always use an equity lens as we design changes to our programs, policies, and practices.
  • Look beyond our walls for models, best practices, and opportunities to collaborate in order to address our blind spots.

Adopted by UHS faculty and staff, May 2018
Endorsed by the UHS board of trustees, May 2018

Our Mission

San Francisco University High School welcomes students of demonstrated motivation and ability to engage in an education that fosters responsibility and the spirited pursuit of knowledge. We are a school where adults believe in the promise of every student, and together we work to build and sustain a community of diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and talents. UHS challenges each individual to live a life of integrity, inquiry, and purpose larger than the self.

Community Agreements

  1. We understand that we all have ownership over creating a safe community.

  2. We remember that while we may have different backgrounds and experience things differently, we share a common goal of knowing and understanding more.

  3. We stay curious. We start from wherever we are, but we don’t end up where we started.

  4. We trust that discomfort is a catalyst for learning and growth.

  5. We give ourselves and others license to fumble; we accept that mistakes are a part of the learning process.

  6. We are flexible; we remain changeable. We allow perspectives to shift and alter.

  7. We embrace the principle that we form a web through our common humanity: what affects one person affects us all.