This website is still in development, but we couldn't wait to show off our new redesign! Check back soon to see the finished project. The San Francisco 49ers Academy opened in 1996 and is designed to keep kids safe, on track and in school. The Academy serves middle school students and provides a small, caring and safe community – both during the school day and in after school programs. We bridge the opportunity gap by creating transformational learning opportunities that empower youth to realize their full potential.