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Helping Children Succeed in School: This information, provided by University of Illinois Extension educators, gives successful strategies to assist parents in helping their children succeed in school.
Estudios han indicado que los niños cuyos padres o cualquier otro adulto, comparte actividades educativas con ellos, tienden a ser mejor en la escuela.


Balboa Counseling Mission Statement

The Counseling program at Balboa High School seeks to postively impact the lives of our students by partnering with parents, community, faculty, and staff.  Our program offers comprehensive planning and guidance services addressing students academic and college/career goals, as well as their personal and social needs.  We strive to give students the opportunities to acquire the educational and social competencies necessary for their growth and lifelong success.  

The mission of the SFUSD Student Support Services Department is to ensure a coordinated system of supports and resources that, in partnership with families and communities, foster safe and caring learning environments where all students flourish. For more information please visit 

College Internet Resources

Contact Eva Lee  Eva Lee Counselor
Contact Michael Mar  Michael Mar (415) 469-4090 ex: 3115 Staff
Contact Lena E. Rodriguez  Lena E. Rodriguez Staff

Counseling Dept

Youth Workforce Development

The Youth Workforce Development Program focuses on youth 13-21 years of age who want to develop job and life skills as well as college readiness. Youth will learn how to create resumes, cover letters, and portfolios that can increase chances of employment. There are stipend intern positions through this program as well.

Contact our Employment Specialist, Matthew Snope or 415.406.1290 for more information.

 Please review the UPDATED prescribed course of study for the class of 2014 and beyond. 





History/Social Science (including US History, World History and American Government/Economics)




College Preparatory English (courses approved by the University of California Office of the President, which prepare students to take college level courses)




Mathematics (including Algebra, Geometry, and intermediate Algebra)




Laboratory Science (one year each from biological and physical sciences. A third year of science is recommended by UC. Please consult with your counselor for the current requirements of the University of California and California State Universities and the current list of UC-D accepted courses.




World Languages (two years of the SAME language other than English required)




Visual and Performing Arts (Dance, Drama/Theater, Music or Visual Art)



Physical Education * See additional notes at the end of this Section.



Health Education



College & Career Course




Electives (Advanced one year courses in Math, Arts, English, Lab Sciences, Foreign Language, Social Sciences, Ethnic Studies, or other course. At least 2 semesters or 10 credits of electives must be a-g approved courses as required by the University of California and California State University System.



Total Credits Required



Fitness requirements for the class of 2014 and beyond for PE

•  Students must pass 5 of 6 sections of the FITNESSGRAM by the end of the 10th grade.

•  Students who fail to pass the FITNESSGRAM  by the end of the 10th grade will be required to re-enroll in PE until s/he passes the  FITNESSGRAM.

•  Students must take 2 years or PE and pass with a D or better.

•  Failure to pass the FITNESSGRAM  is not grounds for withholding a diploma.

Swim Test:  It is highly recommended that each student pass the SFUSD Swimming Proficiency Test.

* This is different from previous years (classes graduating before 2014) where students MUST pass the swimming proficiency test as part of the PE requirement. It is only recommended for your class and thereafter. However, we highly recommend that you learn how to swim.

* taken from pg .17 SFUSD Student and Parent/Guardian Handbook 2010-2011.


What is bullying?

Bullying can include repeated physical abuse like slapping, choking, kicking or punching, but equally harmful is bullying in the form of gossip, name-calling, mocking, or even giving the silent treatment. Bullying via the internet, such as on Facebook, can cause just as much damage as bullying in person.

What you can do if you are being bullied?

Tell an adult at school, describe what is happening, and ask for help.

Call the Safe School Hotline to report bullying 241-2141. If you feel the situation is not being resolved by school staff, contact the Office of Family Voice at (415) 241-6150 or

2012-2013 Gladstone Scholars
Gladstone Scholar

Pictured Above: Daijahnique Madlock and Program Specialist, Shannon Noonan

Gladstone scholars also include: Najwa Anasse, Amanda Armas & Hubert Ryan Juan

These four terrific students completed the  National Student Leadership 10-day summer conference at UC Berkeley.

Congratulations scholars!   

Need a transcript?  

Download the Transcript Request Form by clicking here. Return it to Michelle in the Counseling Office.

Thanks: the Counseling Office.

Vocational/Career/Enrichment Programs

CCSF Special Programs

Taking off campus courses for credit

1. To take courses, for credit, outside of Balboa High School, first see your counselor to see if the course request is appropriate. NOT ALL COURSES CAN BE APPROVED FOR HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT!

 2. If your counselor says that the course is acceptable please have the appropriate paperwork from the program or institution you plan to attend for course credit. Most times you counselor will have these forms. Then get approval signatures from your parents, vounselor, and Assistant Principal of Guidance (if appropriate).


3. After all signatures are obtained provide a completed copy to your counselor (cummulative records). 

4. After you complete the course, obtain an official, sealed transcript from the institution where you took the course. Submit it to your counselor. The counseling registrar will enter the course onto your Balboa transcript.


NCAA Eligibility for Student Athletes