The school, attended by kids sent there under a judge's order, is dilapidated, but the education offered inside is shiny and new. It offers some of the city's most at-risk students a real shot at college or a career.
In fact, students at the Principals' Center Collaborative school have performed so well that district officials want to make it available to any San Francisco teen who wants to attend. It's a novel idea for a school that serves kids who have had run-ins with the law.
"We think the school's approach to learning has so much to offer that we want to expand the opportunity to more youth," said district spokeswoman Gentle Blythe.
But the school shifted gears this year, basing its academics on each student's interests. It began offering internships and exposure to a world of possibilities.