Since 2010, SFTR has prepared nearly 175 aspiring teachers to work in high-needs schools within the San Francisco Unified School District. 

SFTR has three primary goals.  Learn more about our effectiveness in each of these area below.

1. Positively impact student academic achievement and social-emotional development

2. Prepare a diverse group of novice teachers to be effective in high-needs SFUSD schools

3. Support program graduates and mentor teachers to be effective and retained in high-needs SFUSD schools and content areas



SFTR has very high retention rates.

79% of our graduates still teach in SFUSD, and 95% of all SFTR graduates are still teaching.


    SFTR recruits underrepresented STEM teachers.

    81% of our STEM teachers are people of color and/or women, groups traditionally underrepresented in STEM.



      Our 5-year retention rate exceeds both local and national averages

      80% of eligible SFTR graduates have completed 5 years of teaching in SFUSD

      Source: SFUSD Office of Research, Planning & Accountability

      SFTR has diversified the teaching force in SFUSD by recruiting and retaining teachers of color.

      66% of our residents identify as people of color, as compared with 53% in SFUSD overall.

      Source: SFUSD 2015-16 Facts at a Glance


      SFUSD Principals agree that SFTR residents and graduates are well prepared to meet the needs of their students.




      SFTR assesses our residents throughout the year to ensure that they are making adequate progress on key indicators related to their preparedness to be effective and equity-centered educators in SFUSD.  We also survey the residents and their mentors to assess their perception about their preparedness, and they agree within an average of 0.2 on all Preparedness Indicators, including the following.

      (1 = not prepared, 4 = prepared, 7 = very well prepared)



      An evaluation of the San Francisco Teacher Residency’s impact during our first five years was conducted by the DataUse Consulting Group in 2015.  You can read the full report here.

      A report on SFTR’s impact was published by the National Center for Teacher Residencies in Summer 2015; a summary can be read here: UTRU-SFTRImpact File Reference.pdf

      Updated October 2016