Students enrolled 1382
School leader Kevin Kerr
Transportation options Yes
District San Francisco Unified School District

Resources:Looking for after school and summer programs? We can help »


Contact this school

1000 Cayuga Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94112

School website
(415) 469-4090
(415) 469-0859
Nearby homes for sale
Map of Balboa High School address.

4 stars
Based on 50 ratings

Let others know what you
think about this school

April 17, 2014
My daughter is a graduate of Balboa High School and is completing her first year of college. Balboa created a positive learning environment and a solid preparation for ther transition to higher education. I cannot say enough positive things about the amazing teachers at Balboa...dedicated, caring, and incredibly supportive of the students learning and growth.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2013
GREAT TEACHERS are what make Balboa High School a superb and sought-after program. Not just a few great teachers. A LOT of great teachers. Vibrant, enthusiastic, energetic teachers who are committed to their students. Teachers who believe they can make a difference and who actually do make a difference. Teachers who help students realize that education provides opportunity, and learning can change the way we can see and interact and appreciate the world around us.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2013
I recently graduated from Balboa (Class of 2013) and I will never forget my four years there. I had so many wonderful teachers who inspired me and I met a lot of amazing friends. High school is not an easy time for a lot of people, but the support I received made it a memorable experience.

- submitted by a community member
August 23, 2013
My son graduated from Balboa this past June, and I was very impressed, during his four years at the school, by the teachers and the dedication they show for their students. There is a small, but active, PTA (I wish more families would participate), and I found the teachers, counselors, and administrators very responsive and supportive. The principal, Mr. Kerr, is doing a great job.

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2013
I am the parent of two high school students attending Balboa High School. I honestly can't say enough good things about the school. Love the students, staff and teachers. Would recommend highly!

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2012
I love Balboa High School! I am the parent of a student at the school and we are very happy there! Excellent teachers, staff, students and school environment! Wonderful coaches, sports programs and academic programs.

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2011
Balboa High School is the best high school in San Francisco. I graduated in 1981, one of the best year to graduate with awesome talented students and best teachers with excellent curriculum. My high school years was one of the most awesome times of my life. Missed all my friends but hopefully, y'all are having good lives. One day, I will visit home to see "Bal" again..."part of a trip home back in memory lane of good, fun learning experienced." thanks to all my teachers and staff.

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2010
This school has been great for my son - He was challenged in the honors geometry class and inspired by his art teacher. Physics is now his favorite subject -thanks to the excellent Physics teacher. The English teacher left halfway through the school year which was strange. The new teacher was much harder and the kids were not prepared for that- nevertheless, it is an honors class so maybe it needed to step it up a bit. He did not like the PE teacher but PE is only required for two years and not such a big deal. He was on the swim team-They train four days a week, after school at the nearby pool,and have swim meets every friday night. I think the school in general has good sports and clubs. The school administration seems well organized. The Campus looks great as well- lots of gardening going on!!!!

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2010
I think this school is excellent and I really feel that the teachers do care about the students. It is a very supportive community, tons of resources and great kids

- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2010
Most teachers are great, but some are unlikely to care about your student and his grade or problems in class.

- submitted by a parent
December 24, 2009
I agree with pretty much what everyone is saying. Bal is a great school and everyone seems to accept each other. The teachers are great and you actually learn stuff in a fun way. I love this school and I'm so glad I picked it as my first choice.

- submitted by a student
no rating November 11, 2009
i love BAL. i cannot imagine going to any other school in sf. bal is very friendly and all the other students are friendly and helpful. there are great teachers. bal comes together and we have the best spirit!

- submitted by a student
October 23, 2009
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a community member
no rating October 08, 2009
the enviornment is very relaxed, there isn't any judgements. people are united. the teachers are professional. i love my school

- submitted by a student
no rating October 07, 2009
Balboa is the best. Best spirit, best sports team, and growing test scores. Oh, and the students are awesome.

- submitted by a student
October 07, 2009
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2009
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a student
no rating October 07, 2009
Balboa is so diverse and welcoming. It's not segregated at all and the classes are awesome. The teachers support you no matter what and help is always granted when needed. It's really easy to make friends at Bal and the club/organizations/sports really bring out our school spirit and pride. ALL ABOUT THAT BUC PRIDE!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 07, 2009
the teachers really try their best to help a student succeed!!(=

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2009
Bal has the best school pride and spirit. BRING IT! BUC PRIDE!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 07, 2009
It's the most diverse public school in the city. The environment (students and faculty) are unmatched. Teachers are so passionate about their work and find modernized solutions to get information to their students. Buc Pride!

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 30, 2009
It offers small learning communities in which the kids can learn best in!

- submitted by a student
September 23, 2009
Best school on earth. Teachers are the best& try their hardest.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 22, 2009
We're the only high school in San Francisco with a comprehensive school-based health center! It's the best!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
Because it is the best environment as well as diversity

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 20, 2009
I love this school because it has awesome teachers!

- submitted by a student
September 20, 2009
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
Balboa has a strong sense of community! The teachers are great, and they truly care about their students.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2009
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a student
March 12, 2009
Currently a sophomore & I really like it at Balboa. We're about to choose pathways today. I'm not excited. Smaller learning communities would be great because the classes are big (which is surprisingly not a drawback), but it seems like a downer having classes mostly with people in your pathway. I said I liked math and a student told me to check out another pathway other than Law, as if I couldn't learn to love English, or I didn't already love social science. Pathways seem too narrowed down. But the teachers are good if not great, regardless what pathway a student is in, and if a student isn't in a pathway yet (like me). I really love the community we have, the way the teachers can have fun with the students and get subjects done as well. Extracurricular activities are great at Balboa also. Parent participation and fund raising is sad though.

- submitted by a student
no rating October 29, 2008
so far this is an excellent school that seems to deal with everything

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2008
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a student
April 25, 2008
I am an alumni student who is of class 06' I attend UC Davis, which was my choice over many UC's such as Berkeley.. I was a student through the transitioning years, going from a school that wasn't desired to one in which parents are wanting their kids to attend. We now have career pathways, i was a student of Law academy, I had wonderful teachers! and the feeling of being there is kind of like a family bond. I plan o become an English lit teacher with inspiration from Mr.Wilcox, join a program like, or if not- teach for American and hopefully teach as an English teacher along side Mr.Wilcox! =D

- submitted by a student
January 08, 2008
This school has shown dramatic improvement for the last few years. There are many aspect that I like about Balboa. 1. the pathways, it allows the students to choose something that they enjoy. 2. the teachers, they are passionate and are willing to help their students with any problems. 3. the programs such as the clinic, school to college, etc.

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2007
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a student
May 22, 2007
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a student
no rating May 19, 2007
There's a lot to like here. I mean lots of schools have better pathways. I love the counseling office will take into consideration how strong a student is in a subject so I can quickly take an already prepared exam and test up a level without hassle. I also think the international students having a pathway puts us on track to good universities because ABCs don't mock our accents. I am going to Wellesley and it's because of this. The AP classes are good but not great because a lot of us already know the math being taught and there's not enough choice but it's getting better. Also, limited number of foreign languages to study. I say: B+

- submitted by a student
April 29, 2007
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a student
March 27, 2007
Balboa is a well-improved school. I like how the school allows students to choose their own pathways like CAST, AOIT, LAW, and WALC. The school also has a variety of clubs, art, sports, and other extracurricular activities. The parent involvement is neutral though. Yet even though Balboa's standards aren't as high as Lowell or Galileo, the scores are still rising dramatically.

- submitted by a student
February 27, 2007
Balboa, with a student population of about 1100, is both an intimate and comprehensive high school. The teaching staff is energetic and inspiring. Specialized programs chosen by upper classmen provide academic challenges in focused areas - Law, Literature, Visual & Performing Arts and Information Technology in addition to Honors and AP options. Additional AP classes can be added at the request of 18 students and a qualified teacher. True, there is limited opportunity during the school day for electives like instrumental music instruction but there are extensive clubs and teams before and after school to provide enrichment. Balboa staff, parents and students chartered a PTSA in 2004. The SSC members represent the administration, parents, teachers and students. Besides fundraising, parents volunteer as tutors and field trip chaperones. The very active Balboa Alumni Association has over 8,000 members. Balboa is the only SFUSD high school to have a free Comprehensive Teen Health Clinic.

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2007
My son have great Chinese, English, and Math teachers. They are very willing to provide extra helps for the students and shows interest in individual student. However, the school still lacks extracurricular activities and vocational classes.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 15, 2006
It is a school that is really shown progression over the last two years.

- submitted by a staff
March 26, 2006
I loved the closeness and family feeling of the school. Especially the pathways. Most of the teachers were always open to help me. Great resources, like the College room and clinic

- submitted by a former student
March 07, 2006
In Balboa there is a low level of parent involvement, though the school has a supportive staff, but like many urban schools they have very little resouces to do the job to the best of their ability. This institution lacks extracurricular activities and vocational classes which are neccesary standards more easily found in suburban districts. Classes like Cooking or foods, auto shop, carpentry, metals, and others that are key so all youth have some type of skills that are useful for living and mandatory to help those who dont want to pursue a BA, but would like to learn a trade.

- submitted by a former student
January 22, 2006
Balboa is a small school and I like the fact that my child gets more attention. The teachers are willing to help my child when she needs it. There are a lot of helpful resources at Balboa such as the college room and the clinic. I really do like the fact that Balboa has its own clinic. They have really help my child cope with some troubles. The thing I do not like is the lack of organization and communication around Balboa. Balboa does not have a strong music/art program versus the other schools.

- submitted by a parent
January 01, 2006
I am a new teacher at Balboa. Great, strong, staff. Culturally diverse student body. Great athletics. Great school spirit. French taught here.

- submitted by a teacher
November 23, 2005
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a student
September 13, 2005
This school faces many inequalities compared to many other schools, however, the community that exists within the school makes it an extraordinary school. The teachers are very compassionate and the students are strong at heart and in the mind. Balboa is a very welcoming and excellent institution.

- submitted by a former student
March 18, 2005
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a student
March 18, 2005
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a student
March 18, 2005
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a former student
March 14, 2005
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a student
March 13, 2005
It's a wonderful school! Goverment is giving more money to this school. Kids are safe and drug-free. My son loves his teachers and fellow students. I feel it is a great safe community. I love the strong dress code. It makes the students safer and feel more comfortable. I will never regret sending my son to balboa. balboa makes sure that all students are safe and in a good enviroment. The sport teams are really nice and great. Parents are really into this community that is what makes it so safe and loving. Send your child there and you won't ever regret it.

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2005
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2005
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2005
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
December 16, 2004
My son went to school at balboa high school and he was poorly prepared to go to college. in addition, balboa high schoool only worries about you graduating and never worry about how ready you are for college.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2004
This is the best school to me. This is a underrated school. You might think it's ghetto or whatever but they are actually a good school. I would send all my kids to this school

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2004
The classes at Balboa are ridiculously easy. Even when I've done well, it really only gave me a false sense of security. I stayed at the school for a very short time and I'm currently attending UC Berkeley. I'm glad I've taken many community college classes while I was at Balboa. I think the teachers should make classes more challeging. Getting into a good college is one thing, but to do well is another story. Balboa may have gotten many students into Berkeley, but how many have done well there?

- submitted by a former student
August 19, 2004
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2004
I am currently a junior at Balboa High School. While there were times I was frustrated with this school, it is not entirely the school's fault. I wish there were more advanced courses and more extra-/co-curricular activities. But we don't. There were times when I felt like leaving this school, that there was too much drama, etc. Yet, so is everyone else at every high school living out the teenage life. What people have to realize is that this is a safe school with enthusiastic teachers. In fact, I am faced with the difficulty of deciding what classes I should take - all my teachers want me to take their classes! Being in a smart school does not guarantee success in life. It is up to the student and the student's parents to utilize what's available at the school. You can find it here at Bal.

- submitted by a student
November 11, 2003
I am a Balboa High School graduate, I had a great 4 years and even graduated with honors, yet many times I feared for my safety. There needs to be more parent involvement and security and the community needs to help. My teacher were always pushing me to be my best, I had some great teachers and great experiences. Balboa is a great school and needs more help from the school district to make it better and not worse by making it the go-to school for youth with problems as it has been in the past and still is to a certain degree. If the community makes an effort things can change.

- submitted by a community member
October 25, 2003
My son attends Balboa and he loves it. The school is very safe; there are no gangs and 'outsiders' are not allowed onto the grounds or in the buildings. The teachers are very enthusiastic and the principal is top notch. Test scores are way up this year and the school shot right past its target on the API for all subgroups. I love this school!

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2003
Being an alumna of Balboa in the early 60's, I can say Balboa was a pretty great school. The teachers were interested in their students and their education; there was no crime in our school, and there was pride and self-esteem in the students, partially because of the 'uniform' worn on certain days of the week, which was the navy-blue Senior Sweater, with medals/pins accumulated over the years that only the seniors were allowed to wear, and the ceremony that took place to acquire the status of Senior and hence, the Sweater. Navy-blue or white skirts or trousers and white tennis shoes and white sox were worn with this outfit. The curriculum was strong and good grades were certainly demanded from the teachers and principal. One of our popular school clubs was the 100 Buc's Club. You really had to have good grades to be a member of that club! The Buckaneers was our school motto. My son graduated from 'Bal' in '88 and my daughter went to that school for awhile before we relocated. They both enjoyed it and both were good students. I still have fond memories of Bal. If you would like to hear/see more about Balboa, you can find it on the Web.

- submitted by a former student
Need help choosing a school? We can help »

Media Gallery

Media missing

Uh oh! No photos. This frame will look much better when you upload photos »

What does this school offer? Arts? Sports? Share what you know »

Student diversity

Ratings help families find and compare schools. Families should also use other factors when choosing a school.

759

Facebook


Nearby homes for sale

     
Last modified: September 11, 2014

Sign up for email updates

Connect with us

Translate this web page

About GreatSchools

Our mission is to help millions of parents get a great education for their kids. GreatSchools.org is an independent nonprofit and the leading national source of school information for families.


GreatSchools.org 1999 Harrison Street, Suite 1100, Oakland, CA 94612

©1998-2014 GreatSchools.org All Rights Reserved. GreatSchools is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization | Ad Choices

Balboa High School
1000 Cayuga Avenue, San Francisco, CA  94112
(415) 469-4090
Last modified Balboa High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Balboa High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 64 reviews. Top