International High School of San Francisco

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International High School
150 Oak Street
United States
Type Private, Coeducational
Religious affiliation(s) None
Established 1962
Principal Joel Cohen
Head of school Melinda Bihn, Ed. D.
Faculty 65
Enrollment 362
Average class size 16
Campus Urban
Color(s) Red/Blue
Athletics 8 sports, 13 Teams
Athletics conference BCL Central
Mascot Jaguar
Average SAT scores (2014) Critical Reading 639
Math 642
Writing 623

The International High School of San Francisco (familiarly known as International or IHS) is a private high school attached to the French American International School (San Francisco) located in the Hayes Valley neighborhood of San Francisco, California, United States. Graduates may earn either the International Baccalaureate Diploma or the French Baccalaureate Diploma. Both IB and French Bac are recognized by universities and colleges globally, and graduates may be able to receive college credit. Many of its graduates attend well-known international universities and Ivy League schools, with a high percentage of students attending small liberal arts schools.[1] In 2011, 94 graduates received 127 acceptances from the University of California school system.

The Main Campus at 150 Oak St.
The Arts Pavilion at 66 Page St.


International High School is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), the French Ministry of Education (MEN), the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS), and Council of International Schools.

Facilities and location[edit]

International High School's campus consists of a main building with classrooms, teacher workrooms, offices, library, media lab and rooftop deck; a gymnasium; and music, film, visual arts and theater facilities at the Arts Pavilion which opened in September 2009.

Trips abroad[edit]

International High School's students make yearly cultural and language trips[2] to Jordan, Italy, China, France, Canada, Austria, Israel, India, Tahiti, and countries in Latin America. The two- to eight-week excursions are intended to enhance the students’ globally focused education outside the classroom and enrich their linguistic proficiency. The trips often consist of exchange programs in which the visiting students are hosted by a local correspondents in the foreign country.

Community service[edit]

International High School is known for its community service projects,[3] most prominently raising money to build schools in Jemjem Legabatu, Ethiopia, and M'bour, Senegal. It has also held benefits for the survivors of Hurricane Katrina and the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake. The student body is active in annual blood drives for Blood Centers of the Pacific, day-long volunteer efforts at the S.F. Food Bank,[4] and others.[5]


International sponsors thirteen athletic teams that compete with other high schools throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.[6] The athletic program consists of 9 different sports at the Varsity and Junior Varsity levels, and over 60 percent of the student body participates in athletics throughout the academic year. The sports are as follows:

Fall: Co-Ed Cross Country (Varsity), Men's Soccer (Varsity and JV), Women's Tennis (Varsity)

Winter: Men's Basketball (Varsity and JV), Women's Basketball (Varsity and JV)

Spring: Co-Ed Badminton (Varsity), Co-Ed Swimming (Varsity), Co-Ed Track (Varsity), Men's Baseball (Varsity), Men's Tennis (Varsity), Women's Soccer (Varsity)


International opened its brand new Arts facility in September 2009.[7] Student exploration of the arts ranges from directing one act plays to making short films, from painting murals to composing music. Every year, the after school performing arts program (Back à Dos) produces four major shows, including a set of student-directed one act plays (some of which are original student-written pieces), a musical, and a play. There are also concerts, exhibitions, visiting artists and a year-end May Arts Festival.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "International High School - College Counseling". Retrieved 2010-10-30. 
  2. ^ "International High School - Exchange Programs". Retrieved 2010-10-30. 
  3. ^ "International High School - Community Service". 2009-11-30. Retrieved 2010-10-30. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ "International High School ~ French American International School Opportunities with Our Community". Retrieved 2010-10-30. 
  6. ^ "International High School ~ French American International School Athletics Center". Retrieved 2010-10-30. 
  7. ^ "International High School - Arts". Retrieved 2010-10-30. 

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Coordinates: 37°46′31″N 122°25′19″W / 37.775381°N 122.421907°W / 37.775381; -122.421907