Every neighborhood deserves excellent schools. But the public schools in San Francisco’s southeastern neighborhoods are uniformly underperforming compared to wealthier northern and western neighborhoods. On the 1 to 10 scale of California’s state ranking system based on academic performance index (API), 100% of Bayview/Hunters Point non-charter public schools rate 3 or below--the highest percentage of any neighborhood in San Francisco. Virtually the entire 94124 zip code is designated as lowest-performing based on student residents' test scores.
BAYVIEW SCHOOLS' STATE SCORE (out of 10)
3 or below1
BAYVIEW STUDENT TEST SCORES
This is the unfortunate effect of long-term, systemic injustice.
These results are not the fault of the students, teachers nor the community. Rather this systemic inequality follows historically racial, socioeconomic and geographic lines. And yet, schools form a critical part of the fabric of a well-functioning community. When excellent schools don’t exist in a community:
Young people spend hours on public transportation, impacting family lives.
The long commute negatively impacts participation in after-school activities, parent involvement, time for homework and sleep.
And a critical “third place” in which community members cross paths and build understanding goes missing.
Rise Prep is how we’re living out our vocation to be agents of the love of Christ in a place that can often feel overlooked.
Our staff members lay down their lives as their own love offering to Christ in order to love the students of Rise alongside the local churches, businesses and community organizations that make up the diverse fabric enfolding these young people in a web of care.
We're dedicated to making quality education accessible to the Bayview. Because we believe in God's work of justice and reconciliation, our student body reserves 80% of its seats for Bayview residents, low-income, or first generation college-bound students and 20% for all others.
Our distinctives, tailored to our high expectations for these scholars, include:
- Veteran, top-notch, committed educators
- A 9-5 school day which ensures that challenging out-of-school environments don't impact learning.
- STEM, art and project-based learning opportunities
- Extensive mentoring support.
Finally, in order to do this, we’re cultivating a wide base of individual, congregational and corporate donors that have been stirred by the same vision that we ourselves have been compelled by--that all God’s children would flourish and grow into full maturity.