About Rise Prep


Rise University Preparatory is an independent Christian middle and high school making top quality education accessible to the Bayview/Hunters Point community and beyond. Our academically rigorous, creative program and supportive, college-bound environment encourages students to reason, imagine, serve, and thrive.

We follow a 9-to-5 school day model as a way to provide an immersive educational experience, close-knit community, and enrichment activities. Our partnerships with local businesses allow us to offer unique opportunities in project-based, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) learning.


Excellent Standards

Rise Prep enfolds its students with extensive support and high academic standards. Our challenging classes ensure that middle school students are prepared for a rigorous high school and beyond.

With hands-on experiments and projects, we emphasize critical thinking, curiosity, and discovery through excellent humanities, math, science, and technology courses. 

Small class sizes mean attention is given to each young person's skill development, interests, and learning styles. 

The 9-5pm school day ensures scholars not only have time for extracurriculars, but also time with homework tutors who can focus on individual needs and extension activities. 

Extensive Support

Our school culture and academics are infused with a Christian worldview and values. Our class meetings develop a culture of hope, compassion, wonder, perseverance, and respect for diversity.

Other support strategies for the student include daily homework help, enrichment, online learning, and study skill workshops. Mentoring is built into the extended day with the help of members and leaders in the community.

And finally, we believe partnership with families is key, and home visits are a part of building a strong network of support and understanding. We also ask families to stay involved, to volunteer or visit, and of course, to always be the loudest cheerleaders for our scholars.




At Rise Prep, students are guided by experienced, passionate teachers who view their work as a calling, not a job. With many of our faculty living in the Bayview neighborhood, we are deeply invested in our community and its future.


Juliette Chien

Head of School
San Francisco State University, CLAD Credential;
Stanford University, Bachelors


Jeff Boyd

Academic Dean
San Francisco State University, Masters;
Simpson College, Bachelors


Kirk Davis

Community Engagement Director
Faith Bible College, Bachelors;
Fuller Theological Seminary, Youth Workers Leadership Program


Danny Kim

Development Director
Harvard Graduate School of Education, Masters & Credential; Stanford University, Bachelors


Tim Cahill

Admissions Director, Athletic Director
California State East Bay, Masters; California Baptist University, Bachelors


Joanna Boyd

Lead Teacher
Simpson College, Bachelors & Teaching Credential


Daniel Yamamoto

Lead Teacher
University of California at Santa Barbara, Bachelors & Masters; Professional Clear Single Subject Teaching Credential


Apply to Rise Prep


Applications available now for Fall 2019 for students entering 6th grade.

We’re looking for families and students from diverse backgrounds who want to be challenged, who strive for academic success, who don't see mistakes and struggle as failure, who are open to mentors and friendships across differences, and who know the importance of character formation and compassion. 

Learn about our application process, cost of tuition, and school tours below.


Fall 2019 Application

Coming soon: Formulario de inscripcion


Application process

  1. School Tour. Come visit! Meet the staff, hear about our program and academics, and get your questions answered. We'd love to meet you and help in your process of discerning the right school. You can find out more about school tours below.

  2. Application Form. Here’s what’s involved:

    • Parent/guardian section. Your input and desires are very important to us.

    • Student section. Help us get to know you as genuinely as you can.

    • Recommendation. Please ask a non-guardian adult such as a teacher to write a recommendation. They may send it in separately for confidentiality.

  3. Family Interview. This gives us a fuller opportunity to meet you--to hear from both the adult(s) of the household as well as the student. 

  4. Decision Time. We will notify applicants of our first round acceptance decisions in March. Student commitments and an initial deposit of $210 are due April 19. 

  5. First Class Meeting. At the end of May, we’ll gather all accepted students, families, and faculty to celebrate the end of the year and to look forward together!

  6. Tuition Payment Plan. We thank God that we are able to offer a private school education at $2,100/year–a cost accessible to many. Our financial advisor will be in touch to work out a payment plan that works for your family, and possible scholarship options.

Non-discriminatory Policy

Rise University Preparatory admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, gender, or sexual orientation, or religious/non-religious affiliation and will treat all students equally as to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. Rise University Preparatory does not discriminate on the basis of these factors in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, financial award programs, or athletic and other school-administered programs.



Application timeline

September 14, 2018Application available
October - MarchSchool tours
February 1, 2019Application deadline
March 2019First round acceptance decisions
April 5, 2019Late application deadline
April 19, 2019Student commitment and initial deposit due.



Affordable to lower-income families and first-to-college scholars 


Rise Prep tuition is geared to be affordable to families of all income levels and first-to-college scholars. We are committed to educational equity, justice and reconciliation. Therefore, 80% of our seats are reserved for Bayview scholars, low-income, or first generation college-bound students. 

Tuition at a typical San Francisco private school is $20,000 to $40,000 or more per year. Tuition at Rise Prep is $2,100 per year.

Our low tuition is made possible by support from generous donors. If you're able to afford more, we welcome and strongly encourage you to support Rise Prep financially!

Hands-on lab time with Mr. Boyd.

Hands-on lab time with Mr. Boyd.


School Tours 


Envision your child at Rise Prep



Weekday School Tours 

Experience class in session.





Weekend Open Houses 

Meet faculty and current students.





9to5: Images of life at Rise Prep