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Apply to Middle School

Our Middle School consists of 5th–8th grades.

Our main entry points for Middle School are 5th and 6th grades and each year we expand both grades and add between 6-10 new students to each grade.

Openings in 7th and 8th grade vary each year, and depend on the number of returning students and space availability.

We do not expect to know if we will have openings in 7th and 8th grades, 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

The Middle School admission process has several steps and two phases. We encourage families to begin the process as early as possible so they can ensure that all forms are complete by the deadlines. Details about each step follow the list below.

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, student statement and supplemental materials, an optional family photo and the application fee online through your Ravenna account. 

The application and all supporting materials are due on January 14, 2022.

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

Student Statement

The Student Statement can be found within your Ravenna account.

We ask each student applying to Middle School to address several short-answer questions about him or herself and write a one-page essay about a topic of his or her choice. In addition, each student should submit a piece of writing produced at their current school.

Student Evaluation Form

You can send the Common Confidential Student Evaluation Form electronically to your child's current teacher and to another current or recent former teacher through your online Ravenna account. The teachers should send this form directly to San Francisco Friends School and can upload the form directly to your Ravenna account. If they aren't able to do it that way, they can submit it by email to Colleen Curran, Admissions and Lower School Associate at admissions@sffriendsschool.org.

Transcripts

Sign and submit the transcript request form to the registrar or guidance counselor of your child's current school. We ask for the last two years of report cards or progress reports. Records can be uploaded through your Ravenna account or can be submitted by email to Colleen Curran, Admissions and Lower School Associate at admissions@sffriendsschool.org.

Testing not required

As we continue to improve on our commitment to equity and a student-centered approach in the admissions process, San Francisco Friends School no longer uses standardized tests as a part of the admissions assessment process. Test results have always only been just one factor we considered in gaining a clearer academic picture of each applicant. They can provide one opportunity to present a student’s academic potential and preparedness, but this potential can also be represented in other parts of the application.

Parent Meeting

Parent meetings for applicant families will take place on Zoom from January 2022 – early March 2022.

Once 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 and ask that both parents or guardians attend the meeting.

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 Friends School's family and help to create a vibrant school culture.

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, Diversity, 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

The admissions office will contact you to schedule your student's virtual Zoom assessment with a member of our admissions committee. 

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.