Our History


The City of San Francisco and San Francisco Unified School District establish the Wellness Initiative to help high school students address challenges common to urban youth.


2000-01:  2 inaugural sites

We launch the first two pilot Wellness Centers at Galileo Academy of Science & Technology and Abraham Lincoln High School.


2001:  5 more sites

At the City’s suggestion, the Board of Supervisors approve program expansion to five more high schools, which are fully operational by the fall of 2001.


2005-06: 7 total sites

Wellness Centers now serve 4,300 students annually, representing 38% of the high school student population at the seven sites. As part of his policy platform, the Mayor of San Francisco issues a policy pledge to increase the number of Wellness Centers during his tenure.


2006: Now at 11 sites

With these supports and a growing City budget, the Initiative establishes Wellness Centers at four new high schools in the fall of 2006. With this expansion, the majority of SFUSD high schools now offer coordinated health services. The lack of these services at other schools becomes an issue of both need and equity.


2007: 15 sites

With funding support from SFUSD’s Public Education Enrichment Fund (PEEF), the Initiative expands to four additional high schools.


2012-16: 19 sites

The Wellness Initiative adds four additional Centers at alternative high school program sites for students who are experiencing unique challenges and/or life circumstances. The Initiative implements customized staffing configurations—different from traditional Wellness Centers—to accommodate unique student needs at each site.


2016-17: 18 sites