The Urban Legend

Is Urban Prepared for an Increasingly Hazy Future?

Ben Katznelson, Staff Writer

October 25, 2019

Over the past few years, Northern California has been ravaged by wildfires, leaving some regions devastated and others gasping for air. Though the state’s fire seasons are expected to worsen each year, the Urban School is prepared for the threats that they pose. Driven by climate change, California’s int...

New independent high school application seeks to ease stress for 8th graders

New independent high school application seeks to ease stress for 8th graders

Clementine Daniel, Managing Editor

October 22, 2019

This year, the independent high school application process is getting a much-needed makeover. For the first time ever, independent high schools in the Bay Area have agreed upon a common essay question to include in their applications, enabling applicants to only write one essay for the multiple scho...

Urban boys lacrosse players reflect on team’s tumultuous past

Urban boys lacrosse players gather for a photo after a game. Photo credit: Tikloh Bruno-Basaing.

Loki Olin and Editor of Features

June 4, 2019

The Urban boys lacrosse team trudged off the playing field and toward the sideline. They had just been defeated in a May 8 North Coast Section game against Piedmont High School, bringing the 2018 season to a close. The players expected to commence with their standard post-game huddle, but something was amiss...

LegendCast: A farewell interview with Mark Salkind

Royalty free photo of a micriphone and audio being edited, courtesy of Pexals.

Lola McAllister and Kian Nassre

June 3, 2019

Do you wonder what a secret filing cabinet, a very bad demonstration of physics, and a LEED EBOM rating have to do with Mark Salkind? Are you curious about how Urban has transformed in the past few decades from a school in the realm of the alternative to a highly competitive beacon of learning? Do you...

Expectations and equity: Urban’s Eurotrip culture

Various European landmarks in France and Italy. Illustration Credit: Loki Olin

Clementine Daniel, Staff Writer

June 1, 2019

Eurotrips have been an unspoken cornerstone of the post-graduation experience for countless past Urban students. Many see it as a time for them to experience the world and spend time with their high school friends one last time before venturing out into the world, but there are certainly some equity...

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...

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