Tensions rise between Urban’s teaching philosophy and the national popularity of AP testing

Score distributions of various AP tests nationally in 2018. Source: College Board. Infographic credit: Kian Nassre.

Kian Nassre, Web Editor

May 25, 2019

AP tests. The very phrase is uttered increasingly often due to their escalating role in the U.S. But while the Urban School of San Francisco may feel the pressure to conform to the increased presence of AP testing nationwide, it also feels the drive to preserve its depth-over-breadth teaching style. Advanced Pla...

Behind Urban’s unique stonecarving class

Mason Hunt's stone.

Clementine Daniel, Staff Writer

November 7, 2018

If you find yourself in the garden at 11am on a Monday morning, you’ll hear the rhythmic tapping of chisels on stone and the intermittent chirping of birds. You’ll see 14 sophomores, juniors, and seniors standing in a line focused and dedicated to carving away at their individual stones. ...

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