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Academy of Thought and Industry at San Francisco

We are a modern Montessori-inspired high school in San Francisco, CA delivering a powerful education for independence, to develop curious, self-motivated adolescents who thrive in school and in life. Contact admissions at (917) 410-2235 to learn more or book a tour.

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Welcome to ATI San Francisco

Offering High School programs

I'm thrilled to welcome you to ATI San Francisco. We're a unique school in this remarkable city. We combine the best of a rigorous, intellectually demanding liberal arts education with the best of a progressive orientation to cultivating student independence, agency and responsibility. We help each student become a great thinker and a great doer in a way that corresponds to their gifts, interests and passions.

Our learning community is intentionally small so we're able to deeply know each student, help them thrive emotionally and socially, and support their individual path to excellence. We're proud of our orientation to a set of values that guide us as a community, and I'd love to discuss how ATI might align with your vision of an extraordinary high school education.

I would be delighted to see you at our school soon!

Warm regards,

Alexandria Hilario, Head of School

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Join our community

Our community at San Francisco is quickly growing. We host regular events to foster a vibrant school community: coffee chats with our faculty, student work showcases, and shadow days to experience a day in the life of an ATI student. We look forward to meeting you!

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I used to dread school. Now I wake up every morning looking forward to seeing my friends and doing meaningful work.
Luke T.
Student, ATI San Francisco

Meet the faculty

Head of School

Alexandra Hilario

Head of School

Alexandra has spent 21 years as an educator in private and charter schools in California and Massachusetts. Alexandra's expertise is in meeting the needs of students of different ages, socioeconomic groups, and academic abilities, first as a teacher and then as an administrator. She has diverse experience in developing classroom curriculum and creating environments that are stimulating, culturally diverse, and inclusive to accommodate all learning styles and challenges. As a charter school leader, she demonstrated the capacity to teach, motivate, and direct teams while maintaining a positive school culture and high standards resulting in high student achievement. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and A Masters in Educational Leadership. Alexandra lives in Berkeley with her husband of 21 years and two teenage children. She was born in the Dominican Republic and has lived in NYC, Massachusetts, and California.

Assistant Head of School

Mallory Matthews

Assistant Head of School

Mallory Matthews earned a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Indiana University. She started her teaching career 10 years ago as a science instructor for an outdoors school in Southern California where she fell in love with hands-on, discovery based learning. She spent the past 8 years working as a program director for an environmental education nonprofit that teaches hundreds of interdisciplinary lessons in school gardens across Bay Area school districts. Mallory also brings over 12 years of experience working at summer camps. She spent the past 4 years directing an innovation-themed (STEAM) summer camp here in San Francisco. Mallory is delighted to be joining Guidepost Montessori School at Fort Mason. She is passionate about children receiving high quality education in a safe, nurturing environment where they can thrive. In her free time, Mallory enjoys being in the outdoors, testing new recipes, and reading a good book.

High School STEM Guide

Marvin Liyanage

High School STEM Guide

Marvin Liyanage holds a Masters In Education Degree from Gevirtz Graduate School Of Education where he wrote a thesis on Self-Directed Learning, was the recipient of the Dr. J Fellowship for student self-actualization, and completed a practicum through the National Institute of Education in Singapore. Before starting his teaching career he completed a Masters of Neuroscience degree at the University of Bonn, Germany where he focused on learning and memory. In his teaching he has focused on student empowerment, curiosity-provoking science curriculum design, and leveraging tech for learning. In his free time he loves to get outdoors, read, and work on creative entrepreneurial projects.

High School Humanities Guide

David O'Hara

High School Humanities Guide

David grew up in the California Bay Area and has since spent much of his life working and studying abroad. He holds a doctorate in English Literature and Creative Writing (PhD), as well as degrees in English Literature (BA, MA) and Publishing Media (MA). He is also a published author and playwright. His teaching career has been international and varied. He began by teaching introductory classes in English for undergraduates in Canada. He later provided tutorials and guest lectures within the University of Oxford. Between 2008 and 2012, he also taught and organized high school courses in both English Literature and Creative Writing at one of the more esteemed international summer schools in Oxford. Most recently, he was employed as a Language and Literature Teacher at an International School in Tallinn, Estonia. Besides teaching, he also loves film, old music, and the sea.

High School Art Guide

Susana Barajas

High School Art Guide

Susana is an interdisciplinary artist and educator. She was born and raised in Mexico. Throughout her life, Susana has always shown her interest for illustration and ability to create and design and she has always been fascinated by images and how the world is represented through the eyes of others and she always had a talent for drawing and creativity. She earned a bachelor's degree in Graphic Design. She has worked on numerous personal and commercial freelance projects since moving to the states, her proudest of which is being a dedicated alumni of the Imaginism Studios’ many programs, where she have spent a lot of time honing her creative skills designing and creating original illustrated characters while being personally mentored by some of their great artists and have been asked to collaborate in some of their personal Illustration projects.

High School Math Guide

Michael Feinberg

High School Math Guide

Mr. Feinberg graduated from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT with a bachelor's degree in Theatre. He moved to California in 2003 and has been teaching ever since. He specialized in the role of Education Specialist in several schools throughout the Bay Area, including San Francisco, Alameda, Lafayette, and Piedmont. When not in the classroom, Mr. Feinberg enjoys being outdoors, reading, volunteering in the East Bay Regional Parks district, and playing board games.

Program Coach

Alex Gilman

Program Coach

Alex has a passion for educating the whole person, combining intellectual rigor with emotional intelligence to guide and mentor adolescents to create a life that is successful and fulfilling on every level. He graduated summa cum laude from Boston College with a bachelor's degree in History and Philosophy, the latter of which he also pursued at the graduate level at DePaul University. At Boston College, he was a member of their Honors Program, a four-year interdisciplinary Socratic Great Books program aimed at investigating the fundamental texts and ideas of the western canon, including philosophy, poetry, literature, theology and social science. Since graduating from Boston College, he has worked in diverse fields, including as a professional freelance writer and editor, nonprofit administrative manager, and carpenter. Alex also holds a Professional Life Coach certification from the Synthesis Center in Amherst, MA and worked for several years as a coach and trainer in the Mankind Project. He is also a long-time musician and music enthusiast, having played the guitar for over a decade, as well as an avid outdoorsman.

High School History Guide

Benjamin Ludwig

High School History Guide

Benjamin is a writer, storyteller and scholar who holds degrees from the University of Chicago and the University of Michigan. He has worked in education in a variety of roles from primary school to university and is excited to be a part of ATI's innovative approach. He loves games of all kinds and owns his own game company, Dreaming Door, which recently produced a video game about the inner lives of dragons.

Operations Assistant

Jenifer Morgan

Operations Assistant

Jenifer has been on a journey to learn more about youth and inspires to assist in personal growth in any way possible. As a recent graduate from State University of New York at Canton, Jenifer holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration in the field of Sport Management. Currently, Jenifer is attending the Sport Management Masters Program at the University of San Francisco to continue her journey in the sport industry with a focus on youth and community relations. With a background as a Resident Assistant, a Student Ambassador and a Junior Giants AmeriCorps Associate, Jenifer brings great enthusiasm, experience working with students, and a new perspective to ATI. During her free time, Jenifer enjoys reading a nice book, staying active and going on adventures.

Start your journey with us

Learn about ATI by attending one or more of our upcoming events and virtual info sessions
Consider a attending Shadow Day on campus to experience a day in the life of an ATI student
Submit your student application to ATI, which includes the option for financial aid (if necessary)
Work with Admissions to prepare for your first day of school! We can't wait to have you join our community

Take a school tour

ATI San Francisco is situated at 2690 Jackson St, San Francisco, CA 94115. We'd love for you to come and visit!

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