Our Mission

Bridge to Success is a partnership between the City and County of San Francisco, San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), City College of San Francisco, San Francisco State University and our community to double the number of youth who achieve college credentials.

While most jobs in San Francisco require some post-secondary training, only about 27% of SFUSD 9th graders earned a college degree by age 23, and the rate is even lower for African American and Latino students.

As illustrated below, we are losing too many students through the cracks. We lose students at four major points in their trajectory:

  • Loss point #1: Between 9th and 12th grade about 1,500 students drop out or leave SFUSD and do not complete high school
  • Loss point #2: About 1,000 SFUSD graduates do not enroll in a post-secondary program
  • Loss point #3: Up to 920 SFUSD graduates are placed in a remedial math or English course once they start at City College
  • Loss point #4: About 650 SFUSD graduates at City College do not complete their chosen course of study within 5 years


By building a bridge between high school and college, we can help leaders, educators and students on both sides prepare for better results. Together, we must change this trajectory for all of our students if we want San Francisco to remain a diverse, vibrant city.

Video produced by Black Parrot Productions