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


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Strategic Design

Welcome to Connect.Invent.Design.

We are dedicated to empowering our students to invent and sustain their own vision of success and sense of purpose, in high school, in college, and throughout their lives.


Connect.Invent.Design charts a bold strategic direction for the next era of San Francisco University High School (UHS).

We believe this work positions UHS to be a national leader in shifting school culture, affirming our fundamental commitment to intellectual challenge and vitality while simultaneously responding to the demands and opportunities of today.

By sharing this dynamic vision with both our school community and the broader public, we intend to inform, inspire, and invite others into this movement.


The Latin roots of excellence literally mean “to rise above.” In an educational context, however, “excellence” often gets reduced to receiving the highest grades, the most awards, and the greatest level of prestige—and this is true for both students and schools themselves.

We envision a richer, more multidimensional view of excellence, one that promotes the wholeness of each individual and fosters a purpose larger than the self.


The latest news surrounding Connect.Invent.Design and its related initiatives:

Happy 40th Birthday, Summerbridge!

Happy 40th Birthday, Summerbridge! Read the article featured in the Spring 2018 issue of the UHS Journal about this remarkable program's history and two heartfelt memories from Summerbridge alums who went on to become Summerbridge teachers.

Student Athletes: Champions of Balance

Read "Champions of Balance," an article featured in the Spring 2018 issue of the UHS Journal about the ways in which UHS student-athletes balance their many commitments and continue to thrive, nearly one year after the grand opening of the Paul Goode Field athletic complex.

UHS Welcomes New Director of Admissions, Nate Lundy

After an extensive national search, Head of School Julia Russell Eells recently announced to the UHS community the appointment of Nathan Lundy as the school's new director of admissions and financial aid. 

UHS Comes Together for Annual Community Day Forum and Workshops

The University High School faculty, staff, and student body came together last week for our annual Community Day, an opportunity for the school to recognize and celebrate different cultures and communities on our campus and beyond in the greater Bay Area.