SFUSD recruiting students for new middle school

The San Francisco Unified School District is hoping to recruit students at an enrollment fair this month for its new Willie L. Brown Jr. Middle School, which in August will become the first entirely new public school to open in The City since 2006.

Following the old middle school's closure in 2011 after years of high staff turnover and low student achievement, the SFUSD worked to create a new direction for the school. Located at the same Bayview site, the SFUSD touts a number of improvements from a new curriculum to a three-story glass building.

The new school will include a state-of-the-art science laboratory, a digital-media lab, and a “maker space” equipped with tools and materials that will allow students to develop and design prototypes, SFUSD spokeswoman Gentle Blythe said.

Additionally, students who attend Willie Brown will have a longer school day and a longer school year that focuses on project-based and multidisciplinary learning. Students will have an adviser who manages their personalized learning plan.

The school will also have an on-campus health clinic, a dental facility and opportunities for students to work alongside health practitioners.

The SFUSD is offering an incentive to families who enroll in the school: Students who attend all three years of middle school and graduate from Willie Brown will be given top priority in the high school admissions process after sibling placements, with the exception of Lowell High School and Ruth Asawa School of the Arts.

Priority to enroll in Willie Brown will be given to students who currently attend Bayview elementary schools, followed by those who live in the 94124 ZIP code.

The SFUSD Enrollment Fair will be held on Oct. 25 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at John O'Connell High School, 2355 Folsom St.

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