We're the only high school in San Francisco with a comprehensive school-based health center! It's the best!
Balboa has a strong sense of community! The teachers are great, and they truly care about their students.
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.
so far this is an excellent school that seems to deal with everything
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
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.
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+
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.
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.
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.
It is a school that is really shown progression over the last two years.
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
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.
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.
I am a new teacher at Balboa. Great, strong, staff. Culturally diverse student body. Great athletics. Great school spirit. French taught here.
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.
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.
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.
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