Small Schools for Equity (SSE), a non-profit organization formed by a group of teachers, parents, and students who believed that San Francisco needed a new and innovative model of schooling. For two years before opening June Jordan School for Equity in 2003, through SSE and with the help of the San Francisco Foundation, the school’s founders studied successful urban schools across the country.  SSE worked with the San Francisco Organizing Project, which is now part of Faith in Action Bay Area, to cultivate a broad-based community organizing effort, through which the San Francisco Unified School District agreed to put forth a request for proposals for new and redesigned schools. SSE applied in partnership with San Francisco State University’s College of Education and was selected from among 30 applicants to open the new school. Later, SSE, JJSE, and parents and staff organized and worked to help SFUSD pass a district-wide Small Schools Policy



Small Schools for Equity is to support social justice education in San Francisco and beyond through professional development for educators and leadership development for youth.




David S. Rose joined Small Schools for Equity in November 2013 as the President and Executive Director.  David is a serial entrepreneur and brings over two decades of experience from the private sector with deep expertise in financial management and organizational growth. Previously, he was Manager of KG Partners LP, a real estate investment company in Alameda County, and co-founder of cancer drug company Aduro Biotech which is now in Phase II clinical trials.  David has an MBA from Presidio Graduate School, a BA in History from Pitzer College, a graduate of the California Program for Entrepreneurship and the Coro Fellows Program.





We would like to express deep gratitude to the following current and past financial supporters, who have made our innovative work possible:

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Bothin Foundation

Carter Foundation

Clifford Diver

Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund

Flora Family Foundation

Foundation for California Community Colleges

Full Circle Fund

Ms. Ellen Koshland

Louis R. Lurie Foundation

San Francisco Foundation

S.H. Cowell Foundation

State Farm Insurance

Walter & Elise Haas Fund

Zellerbach Family Fund

& other Anonymous generous donors.



For online donations, please visit the Small Schools for Equity website.

For donations made by check, please send to:

Small Schools for Equity

15 Onondaga Avenue #12217
San Francisco, CA 94112
All donations are tax-deductible. We will be sure to provide you our tax ID # for your records. Feel free to contact us at

Thank you!