The San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) is the highest performing large, urban school district in the state of California, educating over 57,000 students every year.
As of the 2017-18 school year, SFUSD has expanded computer science classes to 100% of its middle schools, 100% of its comprehensive high schools, and 40% of its elementary schools. The district has increased participation in computer science courses from 701 students in 2013-14 to 17,175 students in 2017-18, representing 2450% growth.
Thanks to equitable participation in the elementary and middle grades, growth among traditionally underrepresented groups has been even more dramatic. In this same period, there has been 42-fold growth in female participation and 112-fold growth in participation of African American, LatinX, and Native American students.
SFUSD has developed a comprehensive pre-K to grade 12 computer science curriculum pathway. The district has committed to providing engaging, rigorous, and relevant computer science instruction to all students each year in pre-kindergarten through 8th grade, and to offer a menu of classes at all high schools. SFUSD is working hard to actualize this commitment quickly while maintaining focus on equity and quality.
Bryan Twarek accepted the award on behalf of the San Francisco Unified School District. He is the district's computer science program administrator.