2018 Most Diverse Public High Schools in the San Francisco Bay AreaAbout this List

Explore the most diverse public high schools serving your area. Ranking based on ethnic diversity statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and student and parent reviews of ethnic, economic, and cultural diversity. Read more on how this ranking was calculated.

  1. Nea Community Learning Center

    • Alameda City Unified School District, CA
    • K-12
    • 31
    14 Most Diverse Public High Schools in San Francisco Bay Area

    Parent: Although there are a few things I would change about Nea, I am so thrilled that my kids go there! My kids actually commute on transit over an hour each way to get there, per their choice. Nea is a school that teaches the basic skills needed in every area, including honors classes, by using actual hands on skills. For their 9th grade physics class, the students (or learners as they are called) learned how to do soldering with copper wire and made mini roller coasters for ball bearings that had to go upside down and measure a certain number of inches. For one of the Humanities classes, the students collaborate on writing a well thought out How to Host a Murder type plot for their parents to solve. The teachers do not use FINALS as big scary do well or you will fail tests. Instead, most of the classes have final projects or presentations and each semester students have to do a presentation for their parents and a teacher about what they have learned in the preceding year. Seniors have to do theirs in front of the board of directors for the school. These presentations involve creating a web page with links, pictures, public speaking and answering questions off the cuff - all more important than memorizing facts to forget in 24 hours. I have had kids at this school from third grade up through the middle school and now into the senior year of high school, including utilizing various facets of the special education department. It is a gem! We are lucky to have it in the Bay Area.
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    • B+
      Overall Niche Grade
    • A
    • 476 Students
    • 21:1 Student-Teacher Ratio
  2. Independence High School

    • San Francisco Unified School District, CA
    • 9-12
    • 5
    17 Most Diverse Public High Schools in San Francisco Bay Area

    Niche User: I've just graduated from this school, and honestly, I really enjoyed my experience, but many might beg to differ. Independence High School is a SFUSD alternative school that uses the independent study curriculum, and is intended for those who need remedial courses, and/or just find the traditional school not suitable for their needs. Having transferred here after dwindling for a few years at my old, artistically + academically challenging school, and battling through mental health issues, I was able to heal. In addition, I was able to flourish intellectually, socially, and as a persn due to the extra time that Independence gave me throughout the week, as we were only required to go once a week. The extra time allowed me to work directly in my communities, take classes at CCSF, pursue internships, create art, music, dance and so much more, all while learning time management & self reliance. I just wish that the school provided more rigorous/challenging coursework options, so that I could have been challenged more academically as well, but that can be achieved through dual enrollment at CCSF/Skyline. Speaking on other things----the building itself is near spotless & really nice; there's a lot of resources, like new books, macbook airs/pros, 3d printer, etc.;the wellness center is so comfortable and fantastic; teachers/staff are so sociable, helpful, approachable, and amazing. At Independence, I got extremely involved with the prom committee, which turned out to be a success, and that's def one of the highlights of my time there, amongst many. I've met some of the most amazing, resilient people, grown, and had an amazing time all in all----this school is truly a hidden gem in the school system. It's also what you make of the experience, and for me, I guess I tried my best to make the most out of it, and it turned out. There's so many more things I can say about this fantastic school, but there's not enough words to do so, so I'll just give it all my love & gratitude.
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    • B-
      Overall Niche Grade
    • A
    • 234 Students
    • 18:1 Student-Teacher Ratio
  3. San Andreas High School

    • Tamalpais Union High School District, CA
    • 10-12
    • 4
    23 Most Diverse Public High Schools in San Francisco Bay Area

    Niche User: Quite honestly, San Andreas High School has changed my life. I transferred there in my junior year because I thought I would benefit from the smaller class sizes advertised on the website, but I ended up receiving so much more. Not only was there a student to teacher of about 10:1, but the instructors truly cared about me. They were consistently involved in my academic and social progress throughout the year I attended, and could always tell when there was something going on that I needed to talk about. My school counselor, Cory, was the best. His flexible schedule made him readily available to respond to my questions and concerns. He was reliable, funny, friendly, and very helpful. Another thing that I really enjoyed about San Andreas was the up to date technology. I completed an entire semester of Geometry online, which was awesome because I got to go at my own pace. I would spend an hour in the classroom working, but if I had some free time at home later that night I could work some more! The teachers also kept class websites that posted homework, updated grades and transcripts, along with worksheets and syllabuses we might need. Some other perks that came along with being enrolled at San Andreas were the beautiful aesthetics, convenient location, and diverse student body. I would recommend this high school to anyone who desires an academically challenging environment with more support than you could ever ask for.
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    • NG
      Overall Niche Grade
    • A
    • 57 Students
    • 8:1 Student-Teacher Ratio
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