SFUSD’s College and Career Readiness Offers Valuable Opportunities for High School Students

This past summer, interns from SFUSD high schools taught elementary school students in the Mission District as part of the Mission Education Project. In addition to working with students in classrooms, interns also took City College classes. The goal of the program is for students to pursue a career in education. Additionally, the Mission Education Project strives to build a community of future Latinx educators, as interns work with primarily Latinx students in San Francisco’s Mission District.

“Spanish is my first language. I speak both [English and Spanish], but I feel a little more comfortable speaking Spanish with them because they mostly speak more Spanish,” intern and SFUSD student Karen Cruz told ABC7 News.

Students were able to intern with the Mission Education Project thanks to SFUSD’s College and Career Readiness Department. The College and Career Readiness Department has several teams that implement SFUSD’s Graduate Profile by offering innovative programs and helping schools rethink the traditional school day. These teams include: Career Technical Education (CTE), Early College, Work-based Learning/Internships, College Ambassadors, AVID and High School Credit Recovery. CCR builds an on-ramp to postsecondary success so students:
  • Graduate high school
  • Successfully participate in Early College, Career & Technical Education, Work-Based Learning (WBL) and/or College Preparatory Courses,
  • Matriculate and persist in college, while advancing in a career field
  • Earn a college degree
The Early College team, which leads the partnership with CCSF and dual enrollment, was conceived in 2016. Several years later, the WBL/Internship team was created so students could have a paid work experience paired with a City College class.

Early intervention can change a student’s academic and career trajectory. By exposing students to college courses and careers while getting wrap-around services through SFUSD staff, students build confidence in areas that may have previously felt unattainable. It also helps students complete their graduation requirements by nontraditional means that may not have met their individual needs. The goal is always to improve outcomes for students, families, and communities.

Learn more about what is possible with SFUSD Career and College Readiness programs: