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Teacher Academy


Beginning in their sophomore year of high school, Academy students spend three years together in elective and core classes. Teachers at Sunset, Robert Louis Stevenson and Dianne Feinstein Elementary schools serve as mentors for our students when they volunteer weekly in their classrooms.

During the summer between their junior and senior year, Academy students work in paid internships in SFUSD middle schools. They are placed with mentor teachers and work with middle school students who have scored below proficient on standardized tests in mathematics. They also attend class at City College San Francisco and earn three college units in Secondary Supervised Instruction which is both UC and CSU transferable. Through their experiences in their classes and in their internships, students gain first hand knowledge of what it is like to be a teacher.

For three years students bond and grow together which allows them the safety and support to meet and realize their greatest potential. Student experiences in the Teacher Academy focus mostly on career exploration. For many students, this will be their first experience working with children. Upon graduation from the Teacher Academy and passage of the CBEST, students are eligible for positions as paraprofessionals in SFUSD.


Career Opportunities

The Teacher's Academy program works very closely with the Human Resources Department at SFUSD. Teacher Academy students are given the opportunity to apply for the Paraprofessional to teacher program.

The San Francisco Paraprofessional to Teacher Program (PTTP) is a collaborative program involving the district (SFUSD), the union (UESF), and the colleges (San Francisco State University and City College of San Francisco). PTTP goals are to recruit and support paraprofessionals to become credentialed, exemplary teachers in the District's high need areas of Special Education and Secondary Mathematics, Science, BCLAD teachers.

PTTP has placed over 156 teachers in SFUSD as classroom teachers. Currently, four program graduates have become SFUSD administrators, and 78% are serving as classroom teachers. Over 77% of these teachers are of ethnic or language minorities, similar to the District's diverse student population.

Year 1


  • Sophomore Year Elective: Introduction to Education
  • Core Class: Social Studies and English
  • Volunteer in after school programs at nearby elementary schools


Year 2

  • Junior Year Elective: Child Development Honors
  • Core Class: Social Studies and English
  • Volunteer at Elementary School

Summer Year 2

  • Internship in SFUSD Middle School
  • City College San Francisco Course
  • Secondary Supervised Instruction: 3 units
  • Introduction to Education

Year 3

  • Senior Year Elective: Child, Family, and Community
  • Core Class: Social Studies and TIES
  • Volunteer at Elementary School

Years 4-7

  • Passage of CBEST
  • Internship in SFUSD High School
  • City College San Francisco Courses: 3 units
  • Part time Employment as Paraprofessional
  • Para to Teacher Program SFUSD
  • Enrollment in CCSF or SFSU

Year 8

  • Completion of a Teacher Credential Program
  • Student Teaching or Internship

Employment in SFUSD as a Teacher



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Non Discrimination Policy: San Francisco Unified School District. District programs, activities, and practices shall be free from unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying of any pupil based on the pupil's actual race, color, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression; the perception of one or more of such characteristics; or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.  This policy applies to all acts related to school activity or school attendance occurring within a school under the jurisdiction of the superintendent of the school district (Education Code 234.1).