Our Lower School includes kindergarten through 4th grade. Kindergarten is our main entry point; each year we welcome 44 new kindergartners.
We ask that students entering our kindergarten program are five years old by August 1 of the year they enter kindergarten.
Openings in grades 1–4 vary each year, and depend on the number of returning students, space availability, and the current gender balance of the class.
We do not expect to know if we will have openings in grades 1–4, or how many we may have until the middle of the academic year. A grade may have no openings at all for new students or it may have one or two. It is highly unusual for us to fill more than a very small number of places, if any, but that situation can change late in the admission process. For that reason, we still encourage families to show their interest by submitting a complete application.
Fill out a request form here.
After you request information, you will receive the link to our online scheduler to reserve space at our events.
We offer school tours for parents starting in October. At the tour, parents receive a packet of information about our community and school, including descriptions of our Quaker approach, our curriculum and academic philosophy. Throughout the fall, we will also host evening open houses. At these scheduled events, you will learn about Quaker values, curriculum and programs. You will also have a chance to meet current parents, faculty, and students.
Click here for our online application.
Kindergarten applications are due on December 15, 2019.
Please submit the application, an optional family photo and the application fee online. If you would like a paper copy of the application, please contact the Admissions Office.
*1st–4th grade applicants: Since we will not know if we will have openings in these grades until current families re-enroll in February, applications will be kept on file and not processed until we know we have an open spot. We will update you once we know if there will be any attrition.
If the application fee is of concern, please contact Yvette Bonaparte, Director of Admission.
Please sign and submit the Common Confidential Student Evaluation Form to your child's current teacher. You can also send your teacher the form electronically through your online application. The teacher should send this form directly to San Francisco Friends School either by mail or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can access the 1st–4th Grade Transcript Request Form here. We ask for the last 2 years of school transcripts to be sent to our office.
Parent meetings will take place from October 2020 – January 2021.
Once kindergarten applicant parents have attended a tour, they will be able to schedule their parent meeting with a member of the Admissions team. We feel it is important to learn about your family and to hear parents' perspectives and educational philosophy. We plan to spend a half-hour meeting with each applicant's parents.
We strive to enroll students whose families understand our mission and will support the values of simplicity, mutual respect, peaceful problem-solving, and service in our school community. We welcome parents who will actively participate in the Friends School family and help create a vibrant school culture.
Learn more about Quaker values here.
Family involvement in the community is central to the continued growth and health of SFFS; families work together to help shape a school culture in which their children will thrive. SFFS parents are as actively involved in the school community as their schedules permit, assisting with service projects, accompanying field trips, or supporting parent education initiatives. Parents participate on a committee with a focus that resonates for them, whether it is Community Involvement, Equity and Inclusion, Library, Room Parent, or Admissions. All family members are welcome to attend a monthly Meeting for Worship and all-school Parent Association meetings. Families also contribute to fundraising efforts in the school's Annual Fund, and at events such as the spring fundraiser. We are proud that we have achieved our goal of 100% parent, staff, and trustee participation in the Annual Fund since our school opened, and we look forward to carrying on this tradition.
Student visits will take place from January – February 2021.
A student visit for your child will include participation in small group activities and a brief individual meeting with a teacher. We look forward to spending time with each child in our effort to best understand his or her unique characteristics and talents.
Kindergarten applicants will spend two hours at Friends in a supervised playgroup. Activities will include drawing, listening and responding to a story, and free play. Your child will also spend about 10 minutes of this time meeting with a teacher individually, and will engage in a variety of verbal, auditory, and written tasks appropriate to his or her level of development.
Admissions decisions will be emailed in mid-March.
In accordance with all K–8 independent schools in San Francisco, admissions decisions are mailed on the same day.
We know that this week can be stressful and choosing an independent school can be a difficult decision. We are more than happy to talk to you during this time whether or not you ultimately decide to join us at San Francisco Friends School.