Admission Process: 1-4

2017 Applicants
For applicants interested in our school, please begin with an inquiry. To sign up for events, you will receive a link to login. Links can also be found in the Admission Process Checklist Tab below.

Admission Process: 1-4

Step 1: Inquiry

Thank you for your interest in San Francisco Day School! Please note that the online Inquiry Form is now live, so that you may begin signing up for admission events. We look forward to learning more about you and your family.

Step 2: School Visits

We invite you to visit our school campus, so that you can experience firsthand a "day in the life" of an SFDS student. Below is a list of various opportunities for you to tour the school and begin your journey.  We look forward to meeting you and your family!

School Tours 8:15-10:30 a.m. (Recommended)
See the school come to life 

September 29
October 7, 13, 17, 19, 25
November 2, 7, 9*, 15**, 30
December 5, 13

Please click here for the TOUR WAITLIST.

*November 9: Recommended for transfer applicants in grades 5-8
**November 15: Recommended for transfer applicants in grades K-4 

Fall Open Houses (Optional)
Hear from our teachers and visit the campus 

November 3, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

November 19 (two sessions):  10:00-11:00 a.m. and 11:00-12:00 p.m. 

Winter Reception (Optional)
Community of Passionate Learners - Join us to learn how we embrace diversity and inclusion and make space for all voices to be heard in our community.

December 1, 6:00-7:30 p.m. 

Discounted Tuition Informational Meeting (Optional)
Learn about our tuition assistance program 

New families: December 6, 2016, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Step 3: Application

Application for entry in fall of 2017

You can complete your application as early as September 2016. Completed applications along with the application fee ($100*) and a recent family photo are due on Friday, December 16, 2016 by noon to be reviewed by the Committee for a first round of decisions in March 2017.

Note: SFDS student enrollment in grades 1-8 depends primarily on attrition. We do not expand our class size in grade 6.  For grades 1-8, rolling applications will be accepted throughout the year in the case of unexpected attrition.

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

Step 4: Required Documents

Student Evaluation Form (required; due by December 16, 2016)

Provide a signed Student Evaluation Form* to your child’s current AND former teachers.  Ask them to scan and email it to** or mail to:

SFDS Admission
350 Masonic Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94118

*Student Evaluation Forms:  Grade 1Grades 2-4

**with child's full name in the email subject line

School Record Release Form (required)

Submit a signed Record Release Form to your child's current school office.

Step 5: Meetings

Student Visits and Parent/Guardian Meetings

Parents and guardians of applicants to grades 1-8 are welcome to make an online reservation for school visits, tours, open houses and/or receptions. Those who have submitted complete applications for grade levels in which we anticipate an opening may be invited for a Student Visit and a Parent/Guardian Meeting with the Lower School Division Head (Sue Collentine). Note these are two separate meetings.  If space allows, we will invite your child for a full day visit in January or February, which they will spend with their current grade level.  After March, we may invite those who elect to stay in the wait pool.

Admission Process Checklist

Grades 1-4 Admission Process Checklist

  • Complete online Inquiry Form. You will receive your assigned account name and password within 48 hours after submitting your inquiry so that you can begin signing up for the admission events below.
  • Make an online reservation for a School Tour. (recommended)
  • Make an online reservation for an Open House. (optional)
  • Make an online reservation for a Winter Reception. (optional)
  • Submit signed Record Release Form to your child's current school. (required)
  • Submit signed Student Evaluation Form* to your child's current and last years’ teacher(s). (required)
  • Complete online Application with family photo by December 16, 2016. (required)

Note: You will be contacted in January by our admission team to schedule a Student Visit and Parent/Guardian Meeting only if we have available space for the grade to which you are applying.  For grades 1-8, rolling applications will be accepted throughout the year in the case of unexpected attrition. 

*Student evaluation forms:  Grade 1, Grades 2-4