Shawna Chen
May 31, 2023 - Education

SF's automatic college fund sees payoff with first graduating class

Students leave Burton High School in San Francisco in October 2021. Photo: Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Twelve years after San Francisco became the first city to create an automatic college fund for public school students, some of the first kindergarteners to benefit from the program are heading off to college.

Why it matters: Research has shown that kids with saving accounts are up to seven times more likely to attend college than those without.

The state of San Francisco’s dual language immersion programs

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Representation of non-native English language learners in San Francisco's dual language immersion programs shrank between 2015 and 2020, according to new research.

What's happening: In San Francisco, there are 21 schools that offer dual language immersion programs with Cantonese, Spanish, Mandarin or Korean.

Kate Murphy
May 22, 2023 - Education

As enrollment dropped, more Hebrew schools opened in San Francisco

Children sit at picnic tables decorating cardboard boxes on a school playground.

Freedom School students at The Kitchen make move-in boxes for newly housed San Franciscans. Photo: The Kitchen

Student enrollment in Hebrew schools in the San Francisco Bay Area fell by nearly 30% between 2006 and 2020, despite an increase in the number of schools, a new report has found.

Why it matters: Enrollment in supplementary Jewish schools — which students attend in addition to public or secular private schools to learn Hebrew and Jewish rituals and history — has dropped sharply nationwide and comes as membership at some synagogues is also falling, Axios’ Russell Contreras writes.

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