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    Lick-Wilmerding High School

    Lick-Wilmerding High School is a college-preparatory high school located in San Francisco, California, United States. Lick-Wilmerding was founded on September 21, 1874 as the California School of Mechanical Arts by a trust by James Lick. George Merrill was hired to manage the school as the first director, and Lick officially opened in January, 1895. George Merrill was the director of Lick until 1939, and later also the director of Wilmerding School of Industrial Arts and the Lux School for Industrial Training for Girls. All three schools later merged to become Lick-Wilmerding High School. The school's website says of its mission: "Lick-Wilmerding's central mission is to offer its students a distinctive and exemplary education, the key ingredients of which are: the school's 'head, heart, and hands' curriculum, the inclusive nature of its community, and its commitment to society beyond the campus. Each of these elements is grounded in the principles set forth by the school's founders -James Lick, Jellis Wilmerding, and Miranda Lux." The actual text of the mission statement, printed in school publications and in every classroom of the school, is as follows: "Lick-Wilmerding High
    4 votes
    St. Ignatius College Preparatory

    St. Ignatius College Preparatory

    St. Ignatius College Preparatory is a private Catholic preparatory school in the Jesuit tradition, serving the San Francisco Bay Area since 1855. Located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco, in the Sunset District of San Francisco, St. Ignatius is one of the oldest secondary schools in the U.S. state of California. It is known also as S.I. St. Ignatius was founded as a one-room schoolhouse on Market Street by Fr. Anthony Maraschi, a Jesuit priest, just after the California Gold Rush in 1855. Maraschi paid $11,000 for the property which was to become the original church and schoolhouse. The church opened on July 15, 1855, and three months later, on October 15, the school opened its doors to its first students. SI was the high school division of what later became the University of San Francisco, but it has since split from the university and changed locations five times due to the growth of the student body and natural disaster. In the 1860s, the school built a new site, adjacent to the first, on Market Street in downtown San Francisco. In 1880, SI moved its campus to a location on Van Ness Avenue in the heart of San Francisco, and by 1883, SI had become the largest
    3 votes

    The Urban School of San Francisco

    The Urban School of San Francisco is a private high school located adjacent to Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California. Urban offers a rigorous college preparatory program in math, science, the arts and humanities. All students are issued state-of-the-art laptop computers for school and home use, fully integrating technology into the curriculum. With a faculty and staff of more than 75 persons, Urban combines its challenging academic program with imaginative use of the city and Bay Area as an educational resource. The Urban School of San Francisco seeks to ignite a passion for learning, inspiring its students to become self-motivated, enthusiastic participants in their education—both in high school and beyond. The school was founded in 1966 by a group of Bay Area parents who believed adolescents are curious, creative and eager to make sense of the world around them; their self-esteem is best developed in an atmosphere of trust, honesty and mutual respect between students and teachers. They believed high school should be a place where students discover the value of their minds and the excitement of learning, where they take initiative and responsibility for their education,
    2 votes
    The College Preparatory School

    The College Preparatory School

    The College Preparatory School (CPS), often referred to as College Prep, is a four-year private coeducational day high school in Oakland, California. The school's motto is mens conscia recti, a Latin phrase borrowed from Vergil's Aeneid that means "a mind aware of what is right." The school's strict academics and small size have translated into an admissions rate lower than many American colleges and universities. In turn many students from College Prep go on to study at America's top universities, and approximately one-third of each graduating class matriculates into Ivy League schools, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, or Stanford University. College Prep has received a number of accolades for the quality of its faculty and its academic rigor. A 2007 Wall Street Journal article ranked College Prep as the sixth best high school in the world in terms of its students' "success rate" in enrolling in America's most selective universities, a statistic calculated by collecting information from college admissions offices records of their freshmen classes. In April 2010, Forbes Magazine ranked College Prep as the seventeenth best private school in the United States in terms of
    1 votes
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