We love the rich Preschool through Eighth Grade community. The ability to engage with younger and older students is so critical to a child’s understanding of social interactions and helps them learn so much more.”
— Preschool and Elementary School parent
The San Francisco School Kindergarten program includes one classroom with two Head Teachers and 24 children. We add new students at Kindergarten level depending on spaces available.
Inspired by the teaching methodology of Maria Montessori, as well as more recently developed approaches to early childhood education, the SFS Kindergarten program gives children a strong foundation to thrive in school.
The San Francisco School Kindergarten Application Process Admissions Guide
• Step 1: Get to know The San Francisco School
• Step 2: Apply for admission
• Step 3: Submit a teacher evaluation form
• Step 4: Apply for indexed tuition (if applicable)
• Step 5: Interviews & assessments
• Step 6: Admissions decisions
The first step is to create an account with Ravenna, a web-based application system used by many Bay Area Independent Schools.
Once you have created the account, you will be able to schedule an Information Session, Campus Tour, register for an Open House, access the required forms for the application process and see all of your application forms that have been submitted. If you already have an account with Ravenna, please use the same login information. There is no need to create another account.
**If you have limited web access or would prefer not to create an account on Ravenna.com, please contact the Admissions Office at 415.239.5065 or email@example.com and we will do our best to accommodate your family.
Step 1: Attend an Admissions Information Session
Come get to know us better! The best way to start your process is by attending a virtual information session. Information sessions for Kindergarten applicants take place on Wednesday afternoons from September through December.
We know that seeing our unique campus will be an important piece of the decision-making process for many families and we are happy to be able to offer optional campus tours to small groups of prospective families so they can see our beautiful outdoor spaces and some of our large communal spaces. Families can register for campus tours after they have attended an Information session. Please check Ravenna for more information about these visits beginning September 1st.
We also offer optional Curriculum Open Houses as a complement to our daytime information sessions, which offer a deeper focus on the academic and social-emotional programs. Our virtual Open House will take place on Thursday, November 10th. **To see the Curriculum Open House on Ravenna, please click the “Explore” button on your profile page.
We use an age guideline of September 1st for our Preschool and Kindergarten applicants, meaning we suggest that students be born earlier than September 1, 2019 to apply for Fall 2023 entry.
Click here to access Ravenna and sign up for Information Sessions and Open Houses.
Step 2: Apply for Admission
The application deadline for 2023 admission to Kindergarten is January 5, 2023. Please complete your application by this date for equal consideration. A parent/guardian 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.
All applications, including form submissions, may be completed online using Ravenna - you may start the form and return to it at any time. Your application will not be received by our admission team until you press the “Submit” button.
A $100 application fee is due with the application. We offer fee waiver codes upon request.
Click here to access Ravenna and complete your application.
Step 3: Submit a teacher evaluation form
Preschool-K Teacher Evaluation Form (pdf)
Submit this form to your child’s current teacher only if he/she is presently attending a school or daycare program on a consistent basis. This form should be completed and sent directly via Ravenna or mailed, emailed, or faxed by the teacher directly to The San Francisco School before the application deadline.
Step 4: Apply for Indexed Tuition
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, 27% of our families pay reduced tuition through the indexed tuition program.
Indexed tuition applications are available in early October and can 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 February 1, 2023.
Indexed tuition awards will be sent electronically along with general admission decision letters on March 7, 2023 for the 3- and 4-year-old program, and on March 16, 2023 for Kindergarten-8th Grade.
Please visit the indexed tuition area of our website for more detailed information about the indexed tuition program, process, and policies.
Step 5: Interviews & Assessments
Although we would love to invite all applicants and their families for an interview and assessment, we are only able to invite a handful of families based on the number of spots we predict will be available for the following school year. We will be in touch by early February with all applicants updating them on the status of their application indicating whether we will be able to move forward with a Parent/Guardian Interview and Student Assessment.
This year we are excited to participate in a shared assessment program with other Bay Area Independent Schools that will allow families to complete the academic assessment at home and submit videos. More information will be shared about these assessments throughout the fall and winter.
Step 6: Admissions decisions
Admissions decisions for the 3-year-old and 4-year-old program will be posted electronically on Ravenna on March 7, 2023. A response from families will be required by 10 a.m. on March 14, 2023.
All K-8 independent schools in San Francisco send decisions to families on March 16, 2023 and require that parent/guardians enroll their children by 10 a.m. on March 23, 2023.
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 (ie: 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/guardian families, adoptive, and foster families.