We are not your ordinary high school.


Who we are.

  • We are a college prep school, but we believe what kind of person you are comes before academics.
  • We are an innovative public school, but not a charter school.
  • We enroll many students who did badly in middle school, but almost 100% of our graduates have a strong post-secondary plan.
  • We believe working-class families and students of color deserve a private-school-quality education, in a free public school.
  • We believe that true excellence cannot be achieved without equity, or fairness to all.

We are a safe small school that builds community by teaching values before academics.

  • Small class size of 25 or less and an advisory program with frequent parent contact
  • No tracking—all students take “A-G" CSU and UC university entrance requirements
  • A strong special education program where all students are integrated into the life of the school
  • A Wellness Center to address mental and physical health needs

A school for social justice where all students must be leaders.

  • A cutting-edge ethnic studies curriculum, and a focus on inquiry and social justice in all subjects
  • Student work based learning for students with community partners 
  • Arts partnerships with local artists and community-based programs
  • A small farm with chickens and fruit trees, and a field-to-table food and nutrition program
  • Hands-on science and environmental education
  • An innovative physical fitness and outdoor education program

A school that prepares independent thinkers for life in the 21st century.

  • A state-of-the-art college and career preparation program for first generation students
  • Students take college-prep seminars and university courses for credit
  • Students graduate with a thoughtful post-graduate plan that outlines their college and/or career goals
  • Students graduate based on a portfolio of their best work

Thinking about college?


Whether or not you attend college, it should be YOUR choice.

JJSE serves some of the most marginalized students in San Francisco, and we are proud that our Latino and African-American students have higher graduation rates and university eligibility rates than district and state averages. 






For the past several years, June Jordan School for Equity has had the second highest 4-year college eligibility rate in SFUSD, after Lowell High School.


What allows our students to excel like this? In addition to our strong academic program, JJSE has a state-of-the-art College Access Program, which includes:

  • Integrated college-readiness curriculum: The College Access Program utilizes JJSE’s Advisory system to continually expose students to the resources, knowledge, and attitudes essential to making college a reality. JJSE’s Advisory system consists of a daily meeting period where students work through academic and personal challenges, connect with peers and their advisory teacher, and complement their in-class learning with college-readiness and school culture curricula. The 11th and 12th grade programs are much more intensive and cover topics and workshops such as the UC Personal Statement, Overcoming Barriers to College, and Applying to the CSU’s.
  • College-focused Events: The College Access Program coordinates a number of events throughout the year for parents and students to gain knowledge and insight about the college application process as well as about college life.  These events include a Back to School College Night, SAT/ACT test prep, bi-annual college tours, Parent Financial Aid Night, and alumni panels with current college students.   We also have college representative visits and on-sight admissions sessions with colleges throughout the country.
  • Individualized Support: Our College Access Program provides every student with the assistance he or she needs throughout the college and financial aid application processes.  Our Director provides continuing professional development and support for 11th and 12th grade advisors, who will ensure each student successfully applies to college.  Additionally, the College Access Center offers students additional resources, information, and counseling around post-secondary options.
  • Concurrent College Enrollment: JJSE  offers our students the opportunity to experience college level classes and gain college credit.  Currently, seniors and juniors take classes at City College of San Francisco.

Our graduates have attended the following colleges and universities