SMASH is a free, STEM-intensive, fully residential, college preparatory program for underrepresented high students of color. SMASH boasts a 5-week, 3-year summer STEM enrichment program which provides access to both rigorous coursework and supportive mentors, role models, and students of color support networks. SMASH scholars remain engaged during the school year through monthly STEM activities and workshops. The program not only reinforces our scholars STEM academic identities, but also focuses on developing their critical thinking, civic awareness, leadership, and sense of social responsibility.
SMASH is currently hosted on the campuses of UC Berkeley, Stanford, UCLA, UC Davis and will launch at Morehouse College in Summer 2017.
SMASH Academy has experienced measurable success in the lives of its scholars:
100% of SMASH scholars graduate from high school and attend college
74% of SMASH alumni declare STEM majors as college freshmen
83% of SMASH alumni who declared STEM major as freshmen persist in STEM majors through senior year
SMASH is looking for high achieving, low income African American, Latinx, Native American, Southeast Asian (e.g. Cambodian, Laotian, Hmong, or Vietnamese) and/or Pacific Islander and Filipino students who are currently in 9th grade. The SMASH application deadline is March 1, 2017. To learn more visit www.lpfi.org/smash, see this flyer, or watch this video.
We hold the safety of our students as our highest priority and will keep the LHS community informed.
Thank you to everyone who has recently donated! Your generosity is appreciated!
If you would like to make a donation, we are in need of the following items:
Post – Its
Blue painter’s tape
Leadership High School has a special place in my heart. My successful performance at the University of California, Davis is a product of the outstanding teachers and my advisor that throughout my four years believed that I could be the first in my family to graduate from a university. Leadership High School has equipped me with the communication, personal responsibility, social responsibility, and critical thinking skills to also rank top two in my Army ROTC program. The Army ROTC program requirements are: waking up at 0800 three times a week, attending quarterly leadership development exercises, enrolling in two classes quarterly, and completing summer training. Every single year, I have been able to meet these requirements because of the foundation that Leadership High School has given me. I graduate next year from UC Davis with an International Relations major and as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S Army. I am grateful for my Leadership family.
Class of 2012
Leadership High School
April 29 – School in Session – Prom
May 13 – Senior Exhibition Day
May 23-26 – Finals Week
May 28 – Graduation
Prom is approaching and will take place Friday April 29th at the SOMArts Cultural Center located at 934 Brannan Street from 7-11 pm. This years’ theme is The Black & Gold Masquerade. Wearing black and gold is not required but it is requested that all wear a mask. Tickets are on sale during lunch in the main hallway. This event is open for Juniors and Seniors ONLY! Tickets are $65 per person and $120 for a couple. If you need a guest form please come to the ticket table. Picture prices range from $15 – $50.
Senior Exhibition Day
Seniors will be presenting their Senior Exhibitions on May 13th. As part of the Advanced Leadership course, students conduct research at a local community organization and compose research reports on their findings. Students present their findings and analysis of the organization to the underclassmen. If you would like to attend your student’s presentation, please contact their advisor.
Finals will be held during the week of May 23rd. Monday will be the review day and Tuesday the test day for Periods 1, 2, and 3. Wednesday will be the review day and Thursday the test for Periods 4 and 5. There will be advisory on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, which will also serve as an opportunity for students to make up any exams they may have missed. Student will begin and end school at 8:30am and 3:30pm every day.
The Graduation Ceremony for the Class of 2016 will be held on May 28th from 2 to 4pm at the Balboa High School Auditorium located on the corner of Otsego and Onondaga. Students are not limited to a certain number of guests. There will be open seating available on a first come first serve basis. Please call the main office with any additional questions at 415-841-8910.
Leadership is in need of basic school supplies (lined paper, notebooks, 3-ring binders, pens, pencils, index cards). Please drop any donations off to the main office. Thank you for your support!
March 11 – End of Q3
March 14 – Q3 Grades Mailed
March 16 – Kick Butts Day
March 19 – Immigration/Family Resource Fair
March 21-25 – Week Without Walls
March 28-April 1 – No School – Spring Break
Week Without Walls
It’s almost time for Leadership’s most beloved tradition – Week Without Walls. Your student will bring home materials about their assigned course for you to review. Please help your student to be prepared. If necessary, teachers will provide a list of materials/items that students will need for the week. This year’s WWW courses include: Week without Whining (girl’s camping), Cool Grey City of Love, Triathletes, Exploring Colleges, Painting with Purpose, Bay Area Culture, Girls are Frikkin’ Awesome (girl’s group), Food Justice, Walking Adventures, Wild Womyn Adventures (girl’s backpacking), Surfing, Reading Revolutionaries, Blue Planet, Classic Man/Woman, Circle 2.0 (cultural arts), and at trip to Washington D.C.
Kick Butts Day
Kick Butts Day is a national day of activism that empowers youth to stand out, speak up and seize control against Big Tobacco. The next Kick Butts Day is March 16, 2016. We’re expecting more than 1,000 events in schools and communities across the United States and even around the world. On Kick Butts Day, Leadership High School’s Youth Outreach Workers will:
- Raise awareness of the problem of tobacco and E-Cig use in our community.
- Encourage youth to reject the tobacco industry’s deceptive marketing and stay tobacco-free.
Kick Butts Day is organized by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. The first Kick Butts Day was held in 1996. Please encourage your children to visit the Kick Butts Booth during lunch on March 16th, and make the pledge to be tobacco and E-Cig free!
Employment Workshops Every Thursday!
Is your son or daughter looking for a summer job, but doesn’t know where to begin? There are Employment Workshops held every Thursday during lunch in the Multi-Purpose Room. All grades are welcome to join!
Immigration/Family Resource Fair
There will be a free Immigration Legal Consultation & Family Resource Fair at Balboa High School on Saturday March 19th 10am-1pm. Get information on deferred action, immigrant rights and more.
San Francisco YouthWorks is a unique high school internship program designed to expose youth to public service careers and build job readiness skills in a supportive environment.
SF YouthWorks offers: PAID internships in City Government ($12.25 -13.00/hr), interns can work up to 20 hours a week of during the 2016 Summer session (June -August).
2016 Summer Program Eligibility Requirements:
– Entering the 11th or 12th grade for the 2016/2017 school year
– Live in San Francisco
– Be able to work at least 16 hours per week, Monday—Friday between 9am and 5:00pm
– Commit to participate for the entire summer session (June – August) and will not miss a week of work
– Be able to present original documents to meet YouthWorks’ requirements
Summer Application Released: March 14, 2016
Priority Application Deadline: April 08, 2016 before 5pm!
Please feel free to contact SF YouthWorks at (415) 202-7911 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Minds Matter for Freshmen
Minds Matter is program that assists low-income, high achieving students to 4 year colleges. The program includes mentorship, SAT prep classes, free college summer programs and more. Students are eligible if they have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Deadline: April 10th
College Announcements/Reminders for Seniors
Seniors must complete all graduation requirements to get your diploma. Check to make sure you are on track with your community service hours, office hours, PE credits and have paid any Book/Property Bills.
Seniors should create a Webgrants for Student account to check their CalGrant status.
CSU EPT/ELM registration deadline at SF State is 3/26 for the April 9th test date.
CSU EPT/ELM registration deadline at CSU East Bay is 3/19 for the April 2nd test date.
March 19, 2016 – Steve Tirado Scholarship ($5,000/yr) – 12th grade only
March 30, 2016 – Odenza Marketing Group Scholarship ($500) – 11th & 12th grade
March 30, 2016 – HSF Scholarship ($500-$5,000) – 12th grade
March 31, 2016 – Superpower Scholarship ($2,500) – 9th-12th grades
March 31, 2016 – Sleeklens Scholarship ($2,000) – 12th grade
March 31, 2016 – QuitDay Scholarship ($300-$2,000) – 12th grade
March 31, 2016 – Foster Care to Success ($2,500-$5,000) – 12th grade
Friends & Community,
On Wednesday, February 17th Patxi’s Pizza (NOE VALLEY) will donate 10% of the ENTIRE day’s proceeds to Leadership. Dine-in, pick-up, and delivery are all included! This fundraiser was very successful for us last year and we are excited to do it again.
Don’t forget to tell your family & friends!
4042 24th Street @ Noe
San Francisco, CA 94114
Wednesday, February 17th
11AM – 10PM
Interested in coordinating a volunteer support system for our classrooms? Wanting to support Leadership by raising funds for athletics programs or dances or senior trips (for this year or future years)? Seeking other parents to build community with around parenting teens and supporting them on their path to college? If the answer is yes to any of these questions, please reach out to Principal Beth Silbergeld at email@example.com who can share some of the work the Parents Association has done and will connect you with other LHS parents. We are stronger and better when we work together.