At Thurgood Marshall we hold a vision of our school as a destination campus within the city of San Francisco, known for an exceptional academic program and consistent success in preparing students to go on to the nation’s best colleges and universities, as well as careers in the Bay Area’s top industries, including information technology, biotechnology, and hospitality and tourism. Our goal is to offer students a personalized program that allows them to identify and pursue their passions while still in high school.  Students select their classes each year based on their individual interests, progress towards graduation requirements, and college and career plans.

We offer students a comprehensive program designed to foster their growth in six domains, collectively referred to as our Graduate Profile:  

Content Knowledge:  Mastery of the core knowledge, critical thinking skills, and competencies outlined by the Common Core State Standards.

Career and Life Skills:  The knowledge, skills, and experience to navigate the “real world” and solve problems that arise in everyday life and in the workplace.

Global, Local, and Digital Identity:  The ability to navigate and engage in a 21st century global society that is more inclusive and interconnected.

Leadership, Empathy and Collaboration: Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to positively influence and collaborate with others. 

Creativity:  The freedom, confidence and ability to express their unique selves.

Sense of Purpose and Sense of Self:  Our graduates will see themselves as filled with purpose and value.

We accomplish these goals for our students through a rigorous and engaging academic program, as well as a broad range of extracurricular activities, as described below. 

Featured Programs

The Internationals’ Pathway at Thurgood Marshall

Students who are new to the United States and need to develop proficiency in English as well as mastery of high school content have the opportunity to participate in our newcomer pathway.  Developed in partnership with the Internationals’ Network for Public Schools, the pathway provides newcomers with explicit language instruction embedded within their core content classes. 

Visual and Performing Arts

Thurgood Marshall has a comprehensive visual and performing arts program that allows students to both discover new passions as well as develop their level of skill in the artistic endeavors they have been pursuing for a number of years.  Visual and performing arts courses include drawing and painting, band, piano, and guitar.

Game Design Academy

Students with an interest in information technology have an opportunity to learn the fundamentals of programming, story and character development, and 3-D image design in our Zynga Game Design Academy.  Students in the academy take a two-year sequence in game design, culminating in the creation and release of their own video game.  Students may apply to the Game Design Academy beginning in their junior year, although freshmen and sophomores may be considered on a case by case basis as well.

Phoenix Extended Day Program

The Extended Day Program includes a wide range of academic, recreation, and enrichment activities afterschool daily.  Throughout the year, offerings include dance, SAT prep class, strength and conditioning, and Phoenix Scholars academic tutoring.

Thurgood Peers

All Thurgood Marshall students have the opportunity to participate in Peer Resources; interested students may also have the opportunity to enroll in a full-year Peer Resources course.   Peer Resources seeks to promote just change both within our school and the community through the leadership of young people engaging, training, and advocating for their peers.  Peer Resources supports the healthy development of youth by providing opportunities for them to practice leadership, foster their personal, civic, and social responsibility, and make a real difference in their lives, schools, and communities.

Phoenix Sports

Our athletic program provides opportunities for both beginning and experienced athletes to play a wide range of sports.  We offer Dragon Boat, volleyball, soccer, badminton, baseball, and softball.  All students are encouraged to participate in one or more athletic teams during their time at Marshall, for the purpose of fostering a sense of belonging and teamwork, as well as for the possibility of finding a new passion in life.

Culinary Arts Program

Beginning this year, students will have the opportunity to take a culinary class taught by Chef Elizabeth Quinonez.  Throughout the course, students will learn how to make a wide range of dishes from different cultures.

Fitness for Life

All Thurgood Marshall students participate in our award-winning physical education program, Fitness for Life.  Through this two-year course sequence, students learn the basics of physical fitness, including how to monitor and interpret their heart rate data as they exercise, and how to carry out a balanced fitness regimen.