Phillip & Sala Burton High School

Phillip & Sala Burton High School is located in San Francisco
Phillip & Sala Burton High School is located in California
Phillip and Sala Burton Academic High School is an American secondary school in San Francisco, California. The founding of the school is a result of a consent decree ruling in 1984 between the City of San Francisco and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. First established in the Silver Terrace neighborhood, the current campus is located in Visitacion Valley at 400 Mansell Avenue, on the former site of Woodrow Wilson High School. The school is named after former U.S. Representatives Phillip Burton and his wife Sala Burton.

From January 2007 to May 2009, Leadership High School co-habitated with Burton High School; as did Metropolitan Arts and Tech Charter School from May 2009 to May 2011.

Phillip & Sala Burton Academic High School was established in 1984 under the court’s guidance as a consent decree between the NAACP and the City and County of San Francisco.

According to US News and World Report, 98% of Burton's student body is "of color," with 73% of the student body coming from an economically disadvantaged household, determined by student eligibility for California's Reduced-price meal program.

Over the last few years, African-American enrollment has steadily declined in regards to the overall student enrollment. The trend of the shrinking African-American population from Burton’s enrollment may correlate with the shifting popularity of Burton from families of students who hail from Bayview-Hunters’ Point to families of students who reside in the Ingleside and Excelsior neighborhoods. Both neighborhoods adjoin the Portola District, Burton’s home neighborhood. This trend may also correlate with the overall city trend of African-American families leaving San Francisco for more affordable locales (from 1970 the city’s African-American population was 13%; in 2006 the population declined to just 6%).

With the awarding of city funding to host a citywide Beacon on campus, Burton adopted the community schools model as means to elevate the status of the school, improve its reputation in the community, and better serve the students. The Beacon arrived with three major tenets that focus on the enrichment and development of the Burton studentry, school-age children in the community, and adult members of our larger community. Under the coordination of the Beacon the school hosts workshops for youth and adults, as well as one of the district’s Saturday and Evening High School credit recovery and enrichment programs. Burton students participate in intramurals, club meetings, and a wide range of other youth development activities.

This page was last edited on 20 April 2018, at 21:31 (UTC).
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