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JOC at a Glance

  • Serves grades 9-12
  • Located in the Mission District
  • Afterschool program offered daily through ExCEL Urban Services YMCA
  • Special education services available

O'Connell & ISA Merger

Two Schools as One

Participate in an important moment in this school’s history as John O’Connell High School unites with International Studies Academy for the 2016-17 school year. Redesigning and combining these two school communities will give students more access to robust courses, including integrated labs, project-based learning and internship pathways.

At O’Connell, students are encouraged to take control of their futures based on their individual interests and dreams and to start pursuing those goals in high school. Students learn how to prepare for specific careers, while developing a strong foundation for college.

Learn more about International Studies Academy:

Opportunities at O'Connell

Upper Division Integrated Labs: An advanced course featuring a three-hour integrated, project-based lab with classes taught by education and business instructors. Students will pursue individual interests and advanced study through internships and college courses.

Environmental Technology: Students access rigorous academic content in electronics, chemistry and English around the themes of literacy, sustainability and environmental design.

Building and Construction Trades: A project-based lab that integrates English, social studies and construction through the lens of design and innovation. Students will meet and learn from designers, builders and entrepreneurs.

Culinary Entrepreneurship: Students will learn about history, economics and political science through the real-world lenses of food studies, business formation and the restaurant industry.

Health and Behavioral Science: Students will prepare for careers in health care through projects related to adolescent and community health. Students learn from health professionals through visits to clinics, hospitals and labs, as well as conduct research in the community.

Spanish Immersion: Students who qualify for this program will develop high levels of Spanish and English bilingualism and biculturalism, while exploring bilingual career opportunities and internships.

Other opportunities available:

  • Dual enrollment with City College of San Francisco
  • International trip
  • Various student culture clubs
  • Soccer, wrestling, basketball, volleyball, track, badminton, softball, baseball, cross country

Now Enrolling for SY 2017-18

To enroll, contact the San Francisco Unified School District Educational Placement Center at:

School Tours: Thursdays/Fridays

School tours will resume Thursday, April 6, 2017.

Tours are weekly 9:15-10:15 a.m. Thursdays and Fridays, except the second Thursday of the month. Contact Rebeca Flores, Family Liaison, at or 415-695-5370 ext. 1004.

  • No appointment needed.
  • Meet inside the Folsom Street entrance.
  • Tours are about 1 hour.
  • No tours the 2nd Thursday of the month.

Shadow an OC Student

Visitors can choose to shadow a John O'Connell student for an in-depth look into our school. To shadow a student, you must register by calling Rebeca Flores to schedule an appointment.

Achieving Vision 2025

After four years, O’Connell students will develop the following skills:


  • Literacy and communication
  • Collaboration
  • Problem solving and critical thinking
  • Reflection and growth mindset
  • Commitment to self and community