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Education and Training

Education and Training

Families and professionals moving to the Bay Area have access to some of the best public and private education institutions in nation. Whether it’s finding the right school for your children or the right program to advance your career, educational and professional training opportunities abound in San Francisco.

Public School
San Francisco United School District (SFUSD) is one of the top-performing large urban school districts in California. SFUSD includes 127 traditional K-12 schools, 33 state-funded preschools and 11 charter schools. More than 55,000 students are enrolled here each year making it the seventh-largest school district in California. For more information, visit

Charter Schools
Over a dozen charter schools are located in San Francisco. While these State-funded, independently operated institutions are still part of the public school area; they offer a different choice for students and parents looking for a unique alternative. SFUSD oversees 11 active charter schools. Other options include Edison Charter Academy, KIPP San Francisco and San Francisco Flex Academy. A full listing of accredited charter schools by county is available from the California Department of Education at

Private Schools
Private schools in the area provide an alternative to the public school system. About 107 private and parochial schools are available to students throughout the San Francisco area. A few of them include: Adda Clevenger Junior Preparatory, Drew School, French American International School, San Francisco University High School, Schools of the Sacred Heart and Zion Lutheran Church & School. A comprehensive listing of San Francisco private schools is available at

Higher Learning

Higher Learning
Home to more than 35 colleges and universities, the Bay Area hosts many world-famous institutions recognized for their rigor, research and entrepreneurship across the globe. These educational institutions have a reputation of attracting the best faculty among a wide variety of fields, which in turn draws a highly competitive group of students from all across the world to the region. The region’s education and research institutions are clearly a major economic engine driving the economy.

Two University of California (UC) Schools are located in the Bay Area: University of California, San Francisco and University of California, Berkeley. Stanford University is located just over 40 miles south in Palo Alto.

San Francisco State University (SFSU), recently ranked in the top 50 Regional Universities in the West by U.S. News and World Report, has an undergraduate enrollment of over 25,000 and is part of the 23-campus California State University system.

San Francisco City College has nine campuses offering students a chance to earn associates degrees, prepare to transfer or pursue a career. The college also offers distance learning and non-credit courses in many fields.

Many private and religious universities and colleges also offer compelling programs including California College of the Arts, the Art Institute of California – San Francisco, Golden Gate University, University of San Francisco and many others.


Public Universities
• University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley)
• University of California, San Francisco (San Francisco)
• San Francisco State University,

San Francisco
• San Jose State University, San Jose
• Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park
• California State University, East Bay Hayward
• California Maritime Academy, Vallejo
• University of California, Hastings College of Law, San Francisco
• University of California, Santa Cruz
• University of California, Davis
• University of California, Berkley

Private Colleges and Universities
• Stanford University, Palo Alto
• Santa Clara University, Santa Clara
• University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, San Francisco
• University of San Francisco, San Francisco
• Golden Gate University, San Francisco
• Mills College, Oakland
• Saint Mary’s College, Moraga
• California Institute of Integral Studies,

San Francisco
• Pacific Union College, Angwin
• John F. Kennedy University, Orinda
• Dominican University, San Rafael
• New College of California, San Francisco
• Menlo College, Atherton
• California College of Arts, San Francisco
• San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco
• Notre Dame de Namur University, Belmont
• Patten University, Oakland
• Samuel Merritt University, Oakland
• Graduate Theological Union, Berkley
• University of Northern California, Petaluma
• Pacific Graduate School of Psychology,

Palto Alto
• Holy Names University, Oakland
• Chapman University, Concord
• California College of the Arts, Oakland

Community Colleges
• Berkley City College, Berkley
• Canada College, Redwood City
• Chabot College, Hayward
• City Colleges of San Francisco, San Francisco
• College of Alameda, Alameda
• College of Marin, Kentfield
• College of San Mateo, San Mateo
• Contra Costa College, San Pablo
• De Anza College, Cupertino
• Diablo Valley College, Pleasant Hill
• Evergreen Valley College, San Jose
• Foothill College, Los Altos Hills
• Laney College, Oakland
• Las Positas College, Livermore
• Los Medanos College, Pittsburg
• Merritt College, Oakland
• Mission College, Oakland
• Napa Valley College, Napa
• Ohlone College, Freemont
• San Jose City College, San Jose
• Santa Rosa Jr. College, Santa Rosa
• Skyline College, San Bruno
• Solano Community College, Suisun City
• West Valley College, Saratoga

Federal, State and Independent
Research Institutions

• Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, Menlo Park
• NASA Ames Research Center, Moffitt Field
• Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory, Berkley
• Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore
• Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore
• SRI International, Menlo Park
• Buck Institute for Age Research, Novato
• Children’s Hospital, Oakland Research Institute, Oakland
• Joint Genome Institute, Walnut Creek
• J. David Gladstone Institutes, San Francisco
• QB3 (California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences), San Francisco
• CITRIS (Center for Information Technology Research in the Internet of Society), Berkley
• CIRM (California Institute for Regenerative Medicine), San Francisco

Source: “Human Capital in the Bay Area” report from the Bay Area Economic Forum

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