San Francisco High School of the Arts

Academics at Middle School of the Arts

San Francisco High School of the Arts offers a rigorous academic program for middle school students from grades 6 to 8. Our academic program emphasizes five areas of study: English, Social Studies, Math, Sciences, and Chinese. Small class sizes facilitate a seminar-style engagement in the humanities, We have a great team of teachers with strong and diversified backgrounds, who are dedicated to inspiring and supporting students in all their endeavors.

A Supportive Environment

Our supportive and family-like environment motivates students to learn. In addition, our small average class size allows students to receive individualized attention. Through hard work, dedication, and the help of caring instructors and peers, our students grow to become responsible young adults.

A Bilingual Program

The San Francisco High School of the Arts strongly promotes bilingual development in English and Mandarin Chinese, two of the most widely spoken languages in the world. Our Chinese Language & Culture program is literature-based, and takes students from entry-level Chinese, all the way up to being able to interpret advanced classical texts and poetry. Through successful development of oral fluency and literacy in Chinese, 90% of our students pass the AP Chinese Exam before graduation.

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Improved Academia via Traditional Arts

Research has proven that training in traditional arts not only facilitates character building in young adults, but also improves their capabilities in academic learning. Through mastering the arts, our students become more focused and self-disciplined, and naturally develop good study habits that enhance their academic efficiency.

Middle School Academics

If you are looking for a warm, positive and supportive school where you can explore both the arts and academics fields, the San Francisco High School of the Arts is the place for you. You will receive a well-rounded education that builds your confidence, self-esteem and your scholastic skills to prepare you for any challenges that lie ahead.

“SF High School of the Arts is AMAZING. The teacher and staff dedication is beyond par. They really do care about the children as a whole and take action when needed. Most schools our children have been to “talk about” their values a lot. SF High School of the Arts does. And it makes a world of difference. Highly recommend.” 

–8th grade parent

College Counseling for Middle School

Our school’s College Counseling Program starts in 8th grade. It is designed to help each student find the college that is right for them. Our school counselors guide our students with their college applications, résumés, artistic portfolios, auditions, and interviews. Every student will receive individual attention from our school’s college counselors from eighth grade through their senior year of high school.

Eighth grade students will discuss high school expectations and how graduation requirements are organized. They will attend workshops at San Francisco High School of the Arts that will teach them important study skills and begin setting goals for their academic future.

  • Meet Our Academic Faculty
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Ms. Cornelia Ritter

Math Teacher
Ms. Ritter obtained a Masters degree in Physics from the University of Bern, with a minor in mathematics. In 1997, she received her teaching credentials for secondary schools in mathematics and physics. She has more than 20 years of teaching experience.
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Mr. Lee Randazzo, M.A.

English & History Teacher
Mr. Randazzo has an M.A. in ESL teaching for all ages and is certified in general education elementary school teaching (for all subjects, K-6). He is a licensed teacher with over 20 years of teaching experience in public and private schools.
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Ms. Christina Simpson

English Teacher
Ms. Simpson earned a B.A. in History from UC Berkeley. Her classroom experience includes teaching English, History, and Music at the School of the Madeleine in Berkeley and the Educational Enrichment Center in Pleasanton as well as coaching chamber music at the College of Marin.
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Ms. Jennifer Zhang

Science Teacher
Ms. Zhang graduated with a B.A. in Education and B.Sc. in Biology. Her specialist teaching areas include Biology and Computing. She has more than ten years of experience teaching math, computing, and the sciences.
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Mr. Qining Cai

Chinese Teacher
Mr. Cai was a professor of Chinese in China before coming to High School of the Arts. He has taught Chinese language for thirty five years. He also taught media production and also has extensive knowledge in Chinese literature and culture.
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Ms. Emily Csikszentmihalyi

English Teacher
Ms. Csikszentmihalyi received her B.A. in Political Science from Tufts University. In addition to teaching English, she brings her writing and editing skills to the school’s publications division and tutors the elementary school students in the afterschool program.
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Ms. Min Zang

Chinese Teacher
Ms. Min Zang graduated from the Department of Chinese Teachers College and has many years of teaching experience. She currently teaches Chinese at the San Francisco High School of the Arts.
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Mr. Ray Chen

Science Teacher
Mr. Ray Chen received his Master of Science degree from Purdue University. He brings decades of work experience from global enterprises like Apple and Oracle, as well as years of experience from teaching previously at High School of the Arts and at other private schools.
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Ms. Linda Chang

History Teacher
Ms. Chang has a B.A. in Public Policy Studies from the University of Chicago and a M.A. in History and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Utah. She has previously worked as an education reformer in elementary and secondary schools.

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