Deadline for Application: Friday, January 11th, 2019

400 Mansell St.
San Francisco, CA  94134

Phillip and Sala Burton Academic High School was established in 1984 as a result of a Consent Decree between the City of San Francisco and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Although it opened its doors in the Silver Terrace neighborhood, today it is located at 400 Mansell Avenue, in the Southeastern corner of San Francisco. Our school was named after Phillip Burton, a member of the California Assembly from 1957 - 1964 and a U.S. Representative of California from 1964 - 1983. As a democrat, Phillip Burton championed the civil rights of others. Mr. Burton also served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean conflict and was a delegate to Democratic National Convention from California in 1968.

The quality of instruction and leadership at Burton can best be evaluated by the product we send to the colleges and universities of this nation. Each year, 75% of the graduating class enrolls in colleges and universities. We have students attending the following schools of higher learning: Columbia University, New York University, Penn State, M.I.T., University of California Berkeley, Fisk University, Spelman College and Dillard University. Our students compete, maintain their placements, and graduate.

Phillip and Sala Burton Academic High School promotes a nurturing, equitable school culture committed to high-level academic achievement for all students. Our student-centered learning communities engage students in rigorous, inquiry-based learning while also building personal relationships that support students in their pursuits. Burton graduates are creative and critical thinkers who use the foundations of the core curriculum and their commitment to social justice to make positive contributions to society. Our school serves as a model for institutions everywhere, and our graduates are recruited by colleges and businesses that recognize them as leaders.

Burton's diverse 1300+ student body represents every ethnicity, socio-economic group, and neighborhood of San Francisco. Our main Access and Equity initiative is called Essential Learning. Our focus is to create a school-wide understanding of high achievement of essential learning; develop learning opportunities in each class, department, interdisciplinary group, differentiating for all students; measure student progress toward essential learning; and make changes to program, lessons, and support structures to improve student progress toward essential learning. The Academies at Phillip and Sala Burton Academic High School are small, diverse learning communities designed to personalize the educational experience for all students. We believe that students learn best in a school environment where they are supported and nurtured by the school staff and their classmates.

Burton is a Student Centered School. Families and community members play a larger part in the Burton program and design, and students and parents are excited to be a part of the Burton community.

Academic Performance
Students Who Graduate in 4 Years93%
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College Readiness78%
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Percent of Students Meeting or Exceeding State Standards: English Language Arts / Literacy42%
Percent of Students Meeting or Exceeding State Standards: Mathematics22%
Students Enrolled in Courses Required for UC/CSU Admission97%
Graduates Who Completed All Courses Required for UC/CSU Admission59%
Students Enrolled in AP Courses 24%
School Culture
Support for Academic Learning86%
Knowledge and Fairness of Discipline, Rules and Norms78%
Sense of Belonging (School Connectedness)78%
School Safety
Parents: Feel school grounds are safe93%
Students: Feel school grounds are safe73%
Staff: Feel school grounds are safe68%
School Fit
Student to Teacher Ratio26
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Total Enrollment1064
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Black 9.3%
American Indian / Alaskan .3%
Asian 32.0%
Filipino 14.8%
Hispanic 31.7%
Pacific Islander 3.5%
White 2.3%
Two or More Races 1.4%
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School UniformSFUSD Dress Code
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General Information
School TypePublic
Application Requirements(Not Available)
Selections(Not Available)
Grades Served9 - 12
Daily Schedule8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Courses Offered
A - History / Social Science CoursesAP United States HistoryAP World HistoryPrinciples of American DemocracyUS HistoryUS History and GeographyWorld HistoryWorld History, Culture, and Geography
B - English CoursesAmerican LiteratureCSU Expository Reading and WritingELD Advanced LS 3English 1English 2English Language and CompositionEnglish Language Arts 10English Language Arts 11English Language Arts 12English Language Arts 9English Literature and CompositionEnglish/European Literature
C - Math CoursesAdvanced Math TopicsAlgebra 1Algebra 2AP Calculus ABAP Calculus BCCCSS Algebra 1CCSS Algebra 2CCSS GeometryGeometryPre-CalculusPre-Calculus Honors
D - Lab Science CoursesAP BiologyAP ChemistryBiologyBiology HonorsBiology with LabsChemistryChemistry HonorsChemistry with LabsHealth Science Academy 1NGSS Physics 9-10PhysicsPhysics HonorsPhysiology
E - Language CoursesAP Chinese Language and CultureChinese 1Chinese 2Chinese 2 CompetencyCompetency French 2Fluency Chinese 1French 1 CompetencyFrench 2Spanish 1Spanish 1 CompetencySpanish 2Spanish 2 CompetencySpanish 2 HonorsSpanish 3Spanish for Native Speakers 1
F - Visual / Performing Arts CoursesAP Art HistoryArtArt AdvancedBand - IntermediateCeramicsDrama - BeginningFull YearJazz BandMedia Arts 1Media Arts 2Media Arts 3Music AppreciationShow ChoirSymphonic Band
G - College Prep CoursesAP Computer Science PrinciplesCritical Thinking and Social ChangeDigital ElectronicsEarth ScienceEconomicsEconomics HonorsEntrepreneurship/Self-EmploymentEthnic StudiesIntroduction to Engineering DesignIssues in Public Health - Health ScienceLeadership 1Leadership 2Personal FinancePrinciples of EngineeringTeaching for Diversity and Social Justice
AP CoursesAP Chinese Language and CultureArt HistoryBiologyCalculus ABCalculus BCChemistryComputer Science PrinciplesEnglish Language and CompositionEnglish Literature and CompositionUS HistoryWorld History
Other Classes(Not Available)
College and CareerCollege 10%
SportsASBAYPSBadmintonBaseball, BoysBasketball, BoysBasketball, GirlsbuildOnBurton BreakdancersChoirCross CountryFlag Football, GirlsFootballGolf, BoysGolf, GirlsSoccer, BoysSoccer, GirlsSoftball, GirlsSpirit SquadTaekwondoTennis, BoysTrack and FieldVolleyball, BoysVolleyball, Girls
ArtsArt ClubDrama Club
Media(Not Available)
STEM(Not Available)
Cultural/Ethnic Language Clubs(Not Available)
Health and Wellness(Not Available)
Life and LeadershipBlack Student UnionNJROTCRed Cross
Parents and CommunityCooking ClubGay Straight AllianceLatinos UnidosMabuhay Club
OtherChinese ClubPolynesian ClubProm Committee