JJSE’s student body of about 250 students lives primarily in San Francisco’s southeast neighborhoods, where young people confront powerful socio-economic obstacles to academic success. These neighborhoods—the Excelsior, Visitacion Valley, Bayview/Hunters Point, and the Mission—are all working-class and low-income, with some of the highest concentrations of families with children in the city. At the same time, many of these communities are experiencing rapid gentrification, which is forcing long-time residents to leave the city and undermining community-based efforts to stem rising crime and violence. For example, San Francisco’s Black population, concentrated in Bayview/Hunters Point, declined from 96,000 in 1970 (13% of San Francisco residents) to 51,000 (only 7%) in 2006.  And in 2007, 25% of the San Francisco’s homicides took place in the Bayview, which has about 5% of the city’s population.

Compared to other SFUSD high schools, JJSE has the highest …

  • Percentage of low income students (>80%)
  • Percentage of students with special needs (>20%)
  • Percentage of students scoring below or far below basic on state tests (ELA 28%, Math 52%)
  • Percentage of students with Early Warning Indicator designation (56%) (EWI based on attendance and GPA in 8th Grade – district predicts 25% chance of graduating)

The vast majority of JJSE students would be the first in their family to attend college. The school’s ethnic breakdown is as follows:

 

 

JJSE

SFUSD

Latino

51%

24%

Black

28%

11%

Chinese

7%

41%

Filipino

5%

5%

White

4%

11%

Pacific Islander

2%

1%

Other

3%

7%