Modern Learning

At International High School, we're devoted to developing students' 21st-century skill set to ensure their success in a rapidly changing world. Our students must be collaborative, adaptable and curious risk-takers with the ability to think globally and communicate cross-culturally. International High School values a combination of innovative pedagogy and cutting-edge tools to help support environments that are more engaging, collaborative and personalized to each student’s abilities, passions and needs.

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Laptops in the Upper School

Students in grades 9-12 bring their own laptops for use both in the classroom and at home. They use the device to better communicate and collaborate with their teachers and peers, create a variety of digital content, and access a wealth of multimedia resources to support their learning. What does a typical day look like? A student might use Notability to annotate a PDF handout of Chinese characters, snap pictures to include in a biology lab report, or record a voiceover in iMovie for an animated analysis. In math class, students might use Explain Everything to narrate the steps they took to solve a problem and then share it via YouTube, and in English, a writing group might collaboratively revise an essay on Google Drive.

Blended Learning

At International High School, we know that students increase their potential for success when learning is reinforced in a variety of settings. Our teachers engage students in ubiquitous learning opportunities through the use of blended learning strategies, such as the Flipped model, online learning environments, and social networking. We find that blended learning enables our teachers to personalize instruction in order to meet the diverse needs of our students by increasing opportunities for interaction and providing broader access to course content. Our implementation of blended learning prepares students to excel in the connected learning environments they are likely to encounter in their future work in university classrooms and careers.

Digital Literacy & Citizenship

As we prepare our students to engage in a fast-paced, digitally connected world, our students must be adept, responsible and discerning users of technology.

In line with the high value that our school places on critical thinking, we aim to help students gain awareness of their actions and make responsible, healthy, well-informed decisions when using technology. Believing in the approach of educating in an open digital environment rather than restricting usage, we aim to lead discussions, provide resources, and introduce strategies to help students develop their digital citizenship and literacy skills.

Largely utilizing resources provided by the non-profit Common Sense Media, we engage students in conversations around Internet safety, privacy and security, relationships and communication, digital footprint and reputation, self image and identity, information literacy, and cyberbulling.

In high school the faculty advisors have a shared collection of resources to discuss these issues during the advisory period.

Global Online Learning Community

In 2016, International High School partnered with the Hybrid Learning Consortium, a global learning community that offers students a broad catalog of blended and online courses. Our students benefit from small classes, independent school rigor, global connections, and preparation for distance learning, which is increasingly utilized in college and beyond. 

International High School

150 Oak Street

San Francisco, CA 94102-5912

Phone: 415.558.2000

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An independent Pre-K through 12th grade co-educational day school in the heart of San Francisco. The school delivers a rigorous bilingual (French/English) immersion program through middle school, culminating in either French Baccalaureate or International Baccalaureate program in its International High School.

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