Dr. Cecily Burrill

Position: Dean, Math and Science Department
Categories: All Staff, Math and Science

University of California, San Francisco – PhD
University of Oxford – MBioch

Dr. Cecily Burrill has been teaching chemistry and biology at JCHS since 2013. Prior to that, she was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California – San Francisco (UCSF), a lab instructor at the University of San Francisco, and tutored students at a number of local independent high schools. She earned her Ph.D. in Genetics from UCSF in 2012 and her undergraduate M. Bioch. in Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry from the University of Oxford in 2004. Between her stints in higher education, she spent a year living in Washington, DC and doing research in human genetics at the National Institutes of Health. As a researcher, in addition to human samples and cell lines, she studied a variety of model organisms (including fruit flies and thale cress) and pathogens (including the virus that causes poliomyelitis, the bacterium that causes tuberculosis, and the fungus that causes histoplasmosis).

Dr. Burrill was born and raised in San Francisco (except for a two-year sojourn in Melbourne, Australia). She is an active member of the alumni associations at San Francisco University High School and the Hamlin School. In her free time, she enjoys knitting and playing contract bridge. She is also proficient in French.

Jewish Community High School of the Bay
1835 Ellis Street, San Francisco, CA 94115
Phone: 415.345.9777

The Jewish Community High School of the Bay (JCHS) is a unique college preparatory high school committed to integrating deep learning, universal wisdom, and Jewish values. We empower each student to embrace their Jewish identity, generate empathy and compassion, delight in lifelong education, and improve the world.

JCHS is Title IX compliant. Find out more here.

JCHS is grateful for generous operational, programmatic, and financial support from:

Key Dates 2022-2023

This calendar is subject to change.
Please refer to the JCHS website calendar for the most up-to-date information

Tuesday, August 23Freshman Welcome Retreat
Wednesday, August 24Transfer Orientation
Thursday, August 25 First Day of Classes
Monday, September 5No Classes – Labor Day
Thursday, September 8Back to School Night/New Parent Orientation
Friday – Sunday, September 23-25All-School Shabbaton
Monday – Tuesday, September 26-27 .No Classes – Rosh Hashanah
Wednesday, September 28No Classes – Professional Development Day
Tuesday, October 4Virtual Day – 2:20 Early Release – Erev Yom Kippur
Wednesday, October 5No Classes – Yom Kippur
Monday – Tuesday, October 10-11No Classes – Sukkot
Monday – Tuesday, October 17-18No Classes – Shemini Atzeret/ Simchat Torah
Thursday, November 10No Classes – Faculty Meeting Day /Fall Parent-Teacher Conferences (Evening)
Friday, November 11No Classes – Fall Parent-Teacher Conferences
Monday, November 21Virtual Day – 3:20 Release – Thanksgiving Week
Tuesday, November 22Virtual Day – 3:20 Release – Thanksgiving Week
Wednesday – Friday, November 23–25No Classes – Thanksgiving Break
Monday, December 19 – Monday, January 2No Classes – Winter Break
Tuesday, January 3Classes Resume
Monday, January 16No Classes – MLK Day
Thursday, February 16Spring Parent-Teacher Conferences (Evening)
Friday, February 17No Classes – Spring Parent-Teacher Conferences
Monday, February 20No Classes – Presidents Day
Sunday – Monday, March 5–20Journey (Grade 11)
Sunday – Thursday, March 12-16Journey (Grades 9, 10 & 12)
Friday, March 17No Classes for Grades 9, 10 & 12 – Journey Recovery Day
Tuesday, March 21No Classes for Grade 11 – Journey Recovery Day
Monday – Friday, April 3–14No Classes – Pesach Break
Friday, May 26No Classes – Shavuot I
Monday, May 29No Classes – Memorial Day
Friday & Monday – Thursday, June 2 & 5-8Final Exams (Grades 9-11)
Thursday, June 8Graduation