High School

Students Veto Campos’ Moratorium Plan and Win Big

At a Civics Day hosted by the non-profit organization Generation Citizen high school students from John O’Connell High School argued that David Campos’ push for a housing moratorium in the Mission was all wrong. And it won them an award. The winning students were from a class on economics at John O’Connell.  Along with 17 other classrooms across San Francisco and...

Mission Nonprofit Hacks Tech’s Achievement Gap

Gisela Kottmeier got her idea for an app while walking her dog. “I wondered, why isn’t there a good service to connect dog owners to dog walkers?” So Kottmeier began coding her app. It’s a familiar story in San Francisco, with one twist: Gisela is an 17 year-old Lowell High School senior. She’s one of the standouts of Mission Bit,...

Techies Teach Students with Mixed Skills

It was first period at Mission High, and Aimee Menne moved among rows of 21 tired students at Mission High who are working on a program developed out of UC Berkeley meant to introduce beginners to computer science. The game is based on the familiar Hangman but requires students to think logically through a coding process, serving as a precursor...

Mike Brown, Sr. at Mission High

This afternoon, Mike Brown, Sr., the father of the young man killed in a police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, visited Mission High for a rally organized by the school’s Black Student Union. The rally is to protest the Grand Jury decision not to indict the officer involved in killing Brown’s son. We’ll have more on this tomorrow, but for now...

Rising Costs Hit Teachers Hard

Linda Perez, a teacher at Buena Vista Horace Mann, shares her home with nine people — only two of them are family members. Frank Lara teaches fourth grade at the same school and has crashed on friends’ couches or shared a bedroom to make ends meet, all while struggling to repay a mountain of student loan debt. Laura Rocha, who...

Educators, Youth Advocates Tackle Bullying

Reaching across cultural and language barriers, immigrant students at the San Francisco International High School have compiled profiles of individuals working to solve a problem the students are personally affected by or interested in. This group of change-makers is helping to reduce bullying. Holly Pederson Biography Holly Pederson is from Davis, California. She works at Jewish Family and Children Services...

High Schools in Mission See More Students Graduate

It didn’t look like Michelle Nguyen, 17, would make it through high school a few years ago. After a successful middle school career, Nguyen ended up at Lowell, the city’s most competitive public high school. It was here that her life began to unravel when problems at home began to creep up. She rarely made it to class in her...

Immigrant Students Study Immigration

Some of them have only been in the country a few months, but students at the San Francisco International High School are already tackling difficult topics that transcend borders. Each student has selected a “Change-maker,” someone who, in their eyes, is solving the problems these students care about most. In this ongoing series, Mission Local presents their stories and their...

International Students Study Gang Violence

  Some of them have only been in the country a few months, but students at the San Francisco International High School are already tackling difficult topics that transcend borders. Each student has selected a “Changemaker,” someone who, in their eyes, is solving the problems these students care about most. In this ongoing series, Mission Local presents their stories and...

International Students Study Bullying

  Some of the students at the San Francisco International High School have only been in the country for a short time, but they are already tackling difficult topics that transcend borders. Each student has selected a “Change maker,” someone who, in their eyes, is solving the problems these students care about most. In this ongoing series, the students first...

Mission High’s Rooftop Garden

  Alexander Malachi, who recovered from a stroke and in the process discovered Tree and the Free Food Stand,  started the Rooftop Garden at Mission High School earlier this year. His goal was to encourage growth in a space that was otherwise dormant. Principal Eric Guthertz loved Malachi’s proposal and he, along with students, have been cultivating the space ever...

Teens Dream of Google And Learn to Code For Free

It’s the first coding course 17-year-old-high school student Robyn has taken, but he already knows where he belongs. “My dream employer? Well, I’d have to say Google.” Robyn, two peers and a professional programmer, are building a Pac Man-like zombie game called “Reclaim.” Today’s task: fixing a bug so that their protagonist no longer falls off the virtual map. Robyn...

Bank to School, Teens Lead Financial Ed Effort

Twice a week, a special kind of after-school club convenes in a classroom at City College’s Mission Campus. The group of high school students don’t play Grand Theft Auto V or design yearbooks, instead their conversation centers around things like savings accounts, pay-day lenders, and figuring out what exactly a FAFSA is. On paper, the group is called New ERA...

Breaking Barriers with Bikes

The bell has already rung and Esther is nowhere to be found. Patrick Tam shifts his weight from foot to foot, standing on the edge of a workshop table. Next to an aged silver Sony boombox and a large contraption called a truing wheel stand, Patrick turns and scribbles down his name on a purple sign-in sheet, and continues to...

RISE: Can Yoga Improve Student Performance?

In a fourth floor attic-space on Dolores and Liberty streets, students are sprawled on the floor — ­silent. Eyes closed, their favorite color is traveling through their mind and body — or at least that is what the teacher has suggested. Moments later, they’re sitting in a circle, hands clasped in their neighbor’s, describing their state of being. Adjectives come...