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Apply to Lower School

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 in the fall of 2022 are five years old by August 1, 2022.

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.

For the fall of 2022, we know we will have openings in kindergarten, 1st, 2nd and 3rd grades.

We do not yet know if we will have openings in 4th grade, 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.

ADMISSION PROCESS

 
Request Information

Fill out an inquiry form on the Ravenna site here and we will email you information about the admissions process.

 
Visit Us

In light of Covid-19 and health and safety precautions, visitors will not be allowed to our campus this fall while school is in session. Instead we will offer a number of virtual experiences for families to get to know San Francisco Friends School. You will still get a deeper look into our philosophy, programs, and a sense of our school community from our information sessions with administrators, open houses with teachers, and conversations with current parents and students. 

We will post the dates of our virtual admissions events on our Ravenna page, and we hope that we will be able to welcome visitors on campus in January or February. We'll update this page as more information becomes available. 

In the meantime, follow our Instagram and Facebook pages to get a sense of our school community - we update our pages every couple of days. 

 
Apply!

Parents are welcome to submit an application after they have attended an information session.

Please submit the application, an optional family photo and the application fee through your Ravenna account.

Kindergarten applications are due by January 2, 2022.

1st - 4th grade applications are due by January 28, 2022.

If the application fee is of concern, please contact Admissions Associate Colleen Curran in the Admissions Office at admissions@sffriendsschool.org.

 
Student Evaluation Forms

You can send the Common Confidential Student Evaluation Form electronically through your online Ravenna account. It should be submitted to your child's current teacher. The teacher can upload the form directly to your Ravenna account or if they aren't able to do it that way, they can submit it by email to Admissions Associate Colleen Curran in the Admissions Office at admissions@sffriendsschool.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 Meeting

Parent meetings for applicants will take place on Zoom from October 2021 – February 2022.

If we have openings for 4th grade, we will let you know if we are able to continue the process, and will schedule a parent meeting at that time.

Once kindergarten applicant parents have attended an information session, 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.

Virtual Assessment (formerly the Student Visit)

In response to the continued impact of COVID-19, a number of Bay Area independent schools changed our approach to kindergarten assessments last year and this year as well. In the past, applicants were required to visit each school in person in order to complete their required kindergarten assessment. For the 2021-22 admissions season, San Francisco Friends School will accept one set of Shared Kindergarten Videos in lieu of the previously required kindergarten visit. Detailed instructions on how to complete this requirement will be communicated later this fall. 

It is our hope and intention that in accepting the videos, we will reduce your time commitment, increase your comfortability with the kindergarten assessment process, and minimize the times your child is asked to participate in multiple and potentially repetitive activities. 

Decisions

Admissions decisions will be emailed on Thursday, March 17, 2022 at noon.

Parents enrollment deadline is Thursday, March 24, 2022 at 10 am.

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.