About LLA

Mission and History


Life Learning Academy is a Bay Area youth-serving nonprofit and public charter high school on San Francisco’s Treasure Island, supporting the education, professional development, and social and emotional health of disconnected students and transition-aged young adults. We believe that every single young person deserves relentless love, accountability, and the chance to make a good life.


LLA emerged from an extraordinary community planning process that involved an array of public agencies and community-based organizations, as well community members with lived experience. Founded in 1998 out of the acclaimed Delancey Street model, LLA began as a charter high school offering a structured, comprehensive program that provided project-based learning and a school-to-career focus. Over time, LLA’s mission has expanded, transforming into a youth and young adult-serving organization that offers no fee housing support, workforce development, and employment opportunities to all Bay Area youth, in addition to the high school curriculum. The organization’s evolution reflects a continued dedication to ensuring every kid has the chance to succeed.

Life Learning Academy is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), and has earned the unanimous support of the San Francisco Board of Education during charter renewals. Life Learning Academy serves students from San Francisco and all of the surrounding counties. 25 years on, we’re proud to be leaders at the intersection of education, housing, and youth development.