Siblings, Faculty & Staff

Admission Process for Kindergarten Entry: Sibling, Faculty & Staff Applicants 

SFDS gives preference to sibling and faculty/staff children entering Kindergarten. We work closely with families throughout an early admission process in the fall. This provides our school more time to partner with your family as we work together to determine the best Kindergarten outcome for your child.

Who is considered a sibling/faculty applicant to Kindergarten?

1) Sibling of current students.
2) Child of a current full-time faculty or staff member.

Early Admission Process for Kindergarten Applicants:

We encourage you to note the key dates we have set aside specifically for our sibling, faculty, and staff applicants. If you have a child who will turn 5 years old by August 1, 2017, your child is eligible for our priority kindergarten process - please fill out the form using this link.

Our updated electronic application is now available. We look forward to receiving your materials by Friday, October 28, 2016. 

Admission Process for Sibling, Faculty & Staff Applicants Entering in Grades 1-8:

SFDS enrolls students in grades other than Kindergarten primarily based on attrition and grade level fit. Our sibling, faculty, and staff applicants will be considered in the same pool as all of our other applicants.

We do give preference to our sibling applicants by scheduling a student visit whether we have space or not. All decisions for transfer students, sibling or non-sibling, will be considered by the admission committee at the same time in March. SFDS does not share early decisions with sibling, faculty, or staff transfer families.

Admission Process: Siblings, Faculty & Staff

Step 1: Meetings in September/October 2016

Parent/Guardian Meetings should be scheduled as soon as possible in September and October. These meetings are twenty minutes and are an opportunity for you to share your hopes and dreams about kindergarten. Please reach out to our admission team at 415-568-3611 or to schedule your meeting with Homa Hanjani, Director of Admission.

Step 2: K Sibling Admission Application Due Friday, October 28, 2016

We strongly encourage you to complete your application as early as possible. This will give us a chance to get an update on your family, as well as provide you with more time to consider your questions about San Francisco Day School. Completed applications along with the application fee ($100*) and a recent family photo are due:
Friday, October 28, 2016 by noon

to apply.

*To request an application fee waiver, please call the admission team at 415-568-3611.

Step 3: Preschool Evaluation Due Friday, October 28, 2016

Provide a signed Student Evaluation Form to your child’s preschool teacher.  Ask them to scan and email it to: or mail to:

SFDS Admission - Sibling Evaluation
350 Masonic Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94118

Step 4: Sibling/Faculty/Staff Kindergarten Visit Day: Friday, November 11, 2016

On this day, we'll welcome two groups of children to come meet with us at SFDS. On this two hour visit, your child will have the opportunity to spend time with our teachers in both small group and individual one-on-one activities. We generally divide the applicants into two groups inviting one group at 8:00 a.m. and another at noon. You can indicate your flexibility by using this form: Choose your time

Group 1:  8:00-10:00 a.m.
Group 2:  12:00-2:00 p.m.

As part of our admission process, we often reach out to your child's preschool by phone or by an in-person visit in November. The purpose of this conversation or visit is to learn more about how children are engaging in a more familiar setting with their teachers and friends.

Sibling/Faculty/Staff Admission FAQs
  • When are decisions made for kindergarten sibling/faculty/staff applicants?  Kindergarten decisions are sent electronically two to three weeks after the visit.

  • What if my child is a sibling transferring at a grade other than kindergarten?  Our main entry point is kindergarten. For enrollment into grades other than K, acceptances are primarily based on attrition and fit. For transfer siblings, we ask that you inform the admission office by email, and then visit the Grade 1-4 Applicants or Grade 5-8 Applicants pages for more information regarding the process.

  • When are decisions made for 1st-8th grade applicants?  We prioritize siblings and faculty/staff transfer applicants when there is space in their grade. Our 1st-8th grade decisions for sibling and faculty/staff will be sent out in March, along with discounted tuition amounts, after we have confirmed the numbers of students in all of our grades. Sometimes spaces may open up after March and we will inform families who may be waiting to hear from us later in the year.

  • If we are applying for Discounted Tuition, will we know the amount of discount with our decision in November? Our Discounted Tuition allocations will be determined in February when we send out our current families' re-enrollment contracts. For families already receiving discounts, the percentage discount will be similar to previous years if the income remains the same. Visit our Discounted Tuition page for more specific information. You are also welcome to contact our business office for more specific questions regarding your family's situation. All discounted tuition allocations and decisions are handled by SSS and our business office.

  • What should I do to prepare my child for the Kindergarten sibling/faculty visit? Please make sure that your child has had a good night's sleep and has eaten well prior to their visit with us. That is all you can do to prepare your child. Sometimes children may appear more shy or reserved in a new environment, like when they visit with us at SFDS. Should that happen, please do not worry. We will be sure to spend more time to learn about them by visiting their school environment. There is nothing you will need to do for this follow up visit.

  • Is the sibling process different than the regular admission process? The criteria are the same, although we do review the candidacy of the sibling and faculty/staff children earlier in the season in order to make informed decisions about fit and placement.

  • What does it mean if we receive a "too young" letter? Children applying to SFDS kindergarten must turn 5 before August 1st. Every year we have children entering our kindergarten class who have turned 5 and others who have turned 6 in the months of June or July. However, every child's development is unique. If we find that your child may benefit from another year of social and academic growth prior to joining our kindergarten program, we are happy to share with you the reasons why.

Admission Process Checklist

Sibling/Faculty/Staff Admission Process Checklist

  • Schedule a Parent/Guardian meeting in September/October 2016.
  • Complete an online application by Friday, October 28, 2016.
  • Provide a signed student evaluation form by Friday, October 28, 2016.
  • Attend the Sibling, Faculty & Staff Visit Day on Friday, November 11, 2016.