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About Labs and Houses

Upper Division for Grades 11-12

For grades 11-12, John O'Connell High School offers three-hour integrated, project-based labs with courses taught by teams of instructors from both education and business. Students pursue individual interests and advanced study through internships and access to college courses. In these labs, students will be prepared for specified careers, while providing a strong foundation for college. Integrated labs in 2017-18 are:

Lower Division for Grades 9-10

Our Lower Division Houses for grades 9-10 offer several pathways for students to learn and to prepare for college and career. Teachers team up to integrate content and provide students more individual support. With a social-justice lens, students learn about modern world history and English in the Humanities and Social Justice House. In these classes, students examine systems of culture, power, oppression, uprisings and movements that shaped our world. In the Cosmos, Culture and Character House, students experience the connections between English, Physics, and their own personal development.

Spanish Dual Language Pathway

The Spanish Dual Language Pathway immersion provides rigorous coursework for students, including AP Spanish, opportunities for bilingual internships, professional portfolios, and a pathway to SFUSD and State Seal of Biliteracy recognition. Students also engage in multicultural activities, such as field trips and presentations by Spanish-speaking artists and authors. Students in the pathway will:

  • Develop high levels of bilingualism and biculturalism

  • Apply for the SFUSD and State Seal of Biliteracy

  • Explore bilingual career opportunities

  • Create a bilingual professional portfolio and connect to community businesses

  • Participate in bilingual internships as part of their designated learning lab

  • Enroll in AP classes

  • Enroll and earn college credits at City College of San Francisco

Learn more about the Spanish Dual Language Pathway

Core Classes and Electives

Students at John O'Connell High School also challenge themselves in core and elective classes, including mathematics, visual arts, Spanish World Language, and physical education. Learn more about those classes:

Environmental Technology

Health and Behavioral Science

Building and Construction Trades

Culinary Entrepreneurship Arts

Spanish Dual Language