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High School Transition

Friends graduates demonstrate characteristics of being intellectually curious, reflective, yet action-oriented in high school. As one admissions director recently noted, “Friends kids are kind and empathetic and can read a room. They know how to listen with care and have comfort around difficulty. They know themselves and are also able to hold their intellectual and personal lives in context within a larger world.”

The qualities of flexibility, engagement, and reflection nurtured at San Francisco Friends School are excellent preparation for a fruitful transition to high school. We’ve developed a unique high school transition program that reflects our school’s mission and shared values.

The process begins in the spring of seventh grade with a parent information evening and a panel of eighth grade students and parents who share tips and wisdom. In the summer before eighth grade, each family will have a meeting at school to begin the discussion about the high school transition process. We encourage our families to consider the full range of high schools in the Bay Area and beyond. Public, charter, faith-based, independent, and boarding schools all have something to offer students. In the fall, eighth graders take a semester course that focuses on interviewing skills, test-taking strategies, essay writing, application timelines, and how to make informed decisions.

It’s easy for this process to become stressful; we’re well aware that it may be inevitable. Our belief is that much of the emotional duress is completely unnecessary, and our goal is to give students and families the information, support, and guidelines necessary to manage the process mindfully and without undo stress. The process is coordinated by our Director of Middle and High School Transition, Kristen Daniel, and our Head of Middle School, Andrew Salverda.

We are humbled by the fact that the process of applying to high school is not always simple or predictable, and confident that SFFS graduates will continue to be in strong demand at a host of high schools. A typical graduating class has students attending close to 20 different schools. The following is a list of high schools attended by recent graduates of SFFS:

 

  • Archbishop Riordan High School
  • Burlingame High School
  • College Preparatory School
  • Convent of the Sacred Heart
  • Drew School
  • Galileo Academy of Science and Technology
  • Gateway High School
  • George Washington High School
  • Groton School
  • Immaculate Conception Academy
  • International High School
  • Lick-Wilmerding High School
  • Lowell High School
  • Marin Academy
  • Mercy High School
  • Mission High School
  • Oceana High School
  • Phillips Academy Andover
  • Proctor Academy
  • Ruth Asawa San Francisco School for the Arts
  • Raoul Wallenberg Traditional High School
  • Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory
  • San Francisco University High School
  • San Francisco Waldorf High School
  • St. Ignatius College Preparatory
  • Stevenson School
  • Stuart Hall High School
  • The Bay School of San Francisco
  • The Branson School
  • The Community School
  • The Hotchkiss School
  • The Marin School
  • The Nueva School
  • The Packer Collegiate Institute
  • The Urban School of San Francisco