Middle School

I wanted my daughters to go to SFS for middle school because it reflects the world I want them to help create when they are adults.”
— SFS parent

The San Francisco School Middle School program consists of grades 6 through 8. Each year, 10-12 new 6th graders are invited to join our existing 5th grade class. There is an average of 32 students per grade with approximately 16 students per class cohort.

The Middle School program (grades 6-8) — with its caring network of adults who understand the particular needs of adolescents — is specifically designed to nurture and guide students on their journey to becoming responsible, thoughtful and actively engaged adults.

The San Francisco School Application Process Admissions Guide

Step 1: Get to know The San Francisco School

We would love for you to visit us so that we can get acquainted! The best way to do this is by attending a daytime school tour.

Tours for the Middle School Admissions Process have now been completed. Tour sign-ups to apply for the 2018-2019 school year will be available the fall. Please contact the Admissions Office with questions.

Middle School tours take place in January and February on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Online tour sign-ups are made available in the fall. Please note that school tours are for adults only.

We also offer a Middle School Open House as a complement to our daytime school tours. Both parents and middle school applicants are invited to attend.

Step 2: Apply for Admission

Online application

The deadline for September 2017 admission is February 1, 2017. Please complete your application by this date for equal consideration. Parents must attend a tour before applying.

We prefer that you submit an online application. However, if you do not have reliable access to the Internet please call the school to request a paper application. 

A $90 application fee is due with the application. Please mail the application fee separately when applying online and be sure to write your child’s name in the memo of the check. Checks can be mailed on the application due date. All applications received after the deadline will be reviewed in the second round.

Step 3: Submit a teacher evaluation form

2nd-8th Grade Teacher Evaluation Form (pdf)
Submit this form to your child’s current teacher. This form should be completed and mailed, emailed or faxed by the teacher directly to The San Francisco School before the application deadline.

Step 4: Submit Transcript

Request for Educational Records (pdf)

Please sign and submit this form to your child’s current school registrar. Your child’s current school will be responsible for mailing all transcripts, teacher reports and any standardized test results from the past two years of schooling directly to The San Francisco School.

These documents along with the teacher evaluation form must be received before the application deadline in order for your child’s application to be considered complete.

Step 5: Schedule a Shadow Visit

We welcome middle school applicants to spend time at SFS. Student visits begin in mid-January. Please call or e-mail Jessica Camacho ( at the Admissions Office in December to schedule a date for a morning visit with one of our current SFS students.

Step 6: Apply for Indexed Tuition (if applicable)

The San Francisco School values diversity in all respects and is committed to the accessibility and affordability of a quality education. We strive for an economically diverse student body and offer indexed tuition to families who may need support while attending SFS. Currently, 25% of our families take part in the indexed tuition program.

Indexed tuition applications are available in early October and may be requested during a school tour or on our website. Since the indexed tuition process may take several weeks, please complete these forms as early as possible. All necessary information is due by January 19, 2017.

Indexed tuition awards will be mailed out with general admission decision letters on March 7, 2017 for the 3 and 4 year old program and March 16, 2017 for Kindergarten - Eighth Grade. Please visit the indexed tuition area of our website for more detailed information about the indexed tuition program, process and policies.

Step 7: Middle School Assessment Day (Required)

All middle school applicants are required to attend Middle School Assessment Day. During this morning, students will take part in an interview, group activity, math assessment, and reading comprehension & writing assessment. This assessment completes the application process for all middle school students.

Middle School Assessment Day will take place on Saturday, February 11 from 8:30am-12:00pm.

We do not require the ISEE test.

Step 8: Admissions decisions

All K-8 independent schools in San Francisco mail their decision letters to families on March 15, 2017 and require that parents enroll their children by 10 am on March 23, 2017. Therefore, all decisions for K-8 applicants will be mailed on that date.

A $1,100 non-refundable one-time enrollment fee is due at the time your child is accepted.
All applications remain active for two years. Therefore, if admission is not offered the first time around, you may reactivate your application the following year. Simply contact the admissions office in the Fall and update your existing application with any new information that will be helpful to the process (i.e., a new teacher evaluation, if applicable).

The San Francisco School values the richness of its diversity and actively seeks students from racially, socio-economically and culturally diverse families, including lesbian, gay and transgender families, single-parent families, adoptive and foster families.