Admission Process

The SF Day Annual Spring Neighborhood Open House is on Saturday, May 5 from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm. This is a self-guided, unstructured event for our friends and neighbors to take a peek inside our school and walk through our halls. Please RSVP online

Our fall admission events will be updated on our website for the 2019 application season by the end of this summer. You may schedule your fall admission events starting on September 1, 2018. 


Note to Applicants for 2019

Ravenna will be updated and ready to accept inquiries for fall 2019 starting on September 1, 2018. We invite you to explore our website and kindly ask that you do not submit your inquiry form on Ravenna until September 1. Thank you!

SF Day

Kindergarten

kindergarten science

Admission Process: Kindergarten

Step 1: Explore or Apply Using Ravenna

Thank you for your interest in San Francisco Day School! You are invited to begin the admission process for SF Day by choosing to explore or apply to our school.

Explore will enable you to learn more about our school before applying.  You can view and register for upcoming admission events, as well as view the admission process details. You may choose to apply at any point during your process.

Apply will enable you to view, register for events, and access required forms for the application process.  

Click here to access Ravenna.*

*If you already have an account with Ravenna, please use the same login information. There is no need to create a separate account.

Step 2: Visit Our School

We invite you to visit our school campus, so that you can experience firsthand a "day in the life" of a San Francisco Day School student.  Below is a list of various opportunities for you to tour the school.  To view dates and register for an event, please login to Ravenna.


School Tours 8:15-10:30 a.m. (Recommended)
SF Day offers thirteen tours between September-December.  

Fall Open Houses (Optional)
SF Day offers two open houses in the fall - these are a wonderful opportunity to meet teachers and current families.  

Windows & Mirrors Evening Reception (Optional)
Join us to learn how SF Day embraces diversity and inclusion to ensure all voices are heard in our community.

Discounted Tuition Informational Meeting (Optional)
This meeting provides more information regarding our tuition assistance program. 

Step 3: Complete Application

Application for entry in fall of 2019 will be available in September 2018.

All applications, including form submissions, may be completed online using Ravenna - you may start the form and return to it at any time.  Your application will not be received by our admission team until you press the "Submit" button. 

Completing your application early will give you optimum flexibility in scheduling your Parent/Guardian Meeting before the deadline rush. Your application is due three days before your Parent/Guardian Meeting. Completed applications along with the application fee ($100*) and a recent family photo will be due in mid-December.

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

Click here to access Ravenna.

Step 4: Set Up A Parent/Guardian Meeting & Student Visit

Once you begin your application, we strongly encourage you to sign up for your Parent/Guardian Meeting with the director of admission. Your application is due three business days before your scheduled Parent/Guardian Meeting. If you are applying for more than one child, a separate application must be completed for each child. Please schedule two meetings for twin students.

Parent/Guardian Meetings

All parents/guardians of prospective kindergarten students meet with the director of admission. These meetings last 20 minutes and provide us with the opportunity to interact personally with each prospective family. Meetings will be conducted from October through mid-February.

Student Visits

This is a required step for all San Francisco Day School kindergarten applicants and requires that the family has already turned in their application form and fee.  During this two-hour KINDERGARTEN VISIT DAY we invite groups of 16 students to participate in fun activities where they will be creatively and intellectually engaged with other children and insightful teachers. This is only one of the many ways we spend meaningful time to get to know each of our wonderful kindergarten applicants.

Click here to access Ravenna.

Admission Process Checklist

Kindergarten Admission Process Checklist 

  • Begin exploring or applying to SF Day by creating an account with Ravenna
  • Register for a School Tour on Ravenna.  (recommended)
  • Register for an Open House on Ravenna.  (optional)
  • Register for the Windows & Mirrors Reception on Ravenna. (optional)
  • Schedule a Parent/Guardian Meeting on Ravenna. Applications must be submitted three days prior to your scheduled meeting. We recommend scheduling your meeting as early as possible. (required)
  • Complete online Application on Ravenna with family photo in mid-December (required). All required forms and documents can be found on your Ravenna hub online account.
  • Schedule a Kindergarten Visit on Ravenna AFTER you have submitted your application. (required)

Grades 1-4

teacher

Admission Process: 1-4

Step 1: Explore or Apply Using Ravenna

Thank you for your interest in San Francisco Day School! You are invited to begin the admission process for SF Day by choosing to explore or apply to our school.

Explore will enable you to learn more about our school before applying.  You can view and register for upcoming admission events, as well as view the admission process details. You may choose to apply at any point during your process.

Apply will enable you to view, register for events, and access required forms for the application process.  

Click here to access Ravenna.*

*If you already have an account with Ravenna, please use the same login information. There is no need to create a separate account.

Step 2: Visit Our School

We invite you to visit our school campus, so that you can experience firsthand a "day in the life" of a San Francisco Day School student.  Below is a list of various opportunities for you to tour the school.  To view dates and register for an event, please login to Ravenna.

Click here to access Ravenna.  


School Tours 8:15-10:30 a.m. (Recommended)
SF Day offers thirteen tours between September-December.  

Fall Open Houses (Optional)
SF Day offers two open houses in the fall - these are a wonderful opportunity to meet teachers and current families.  

Windows & Mirrors Evening Reception (Optional)
Join us to learn how SF Day embraces diversity and inclusion to ensure all voices are heard in our community.

Discounted Tuition Informational Meeting (Optional)
This meeting provides more information regarding our tuition assistance program. 

Step 3: Application

Application for entry in the fall of 2019

All applications, including form submissions, may be completed online using Ravenna. You may start the form and return to it at any time.  Your application will not be received by our admission team until you press the "Submit" button. 

Completing your application early will give you optimum flexibility in scheduling your Parent/Guardian Meeting before the deadline rush. Your application is due three days before your Parent/Guardian Meeting. Completed applications along with the application fee ($100*) and a recent family photo will be due in mid-December.

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

Click here to access Ravenna.

Step 4: Parent/Guardian Meetings & Student Visits

Parent/Guardian Meetings & Student Visits

Parents and guardians of applicants to grades 1-8 are welcome to make an online reservation on Ravenna 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 Division Head. 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.

Click here to access Ravenna.

Admission Process Checklist

Grades 1-4 Admission Process Checklist

  • Begin exploring or applying to San Francisco Day School by creating an account on Ravenna
  • Register for a School Tour on Ravenna.  (recommended)
  • Register for an Open House on Ravenna.  (optional)
  • Register for the Windows & Mirrors Reception on Ravenna. (optional)
  • Complete online Application on Ravenna with family photo in mid-December. (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. 

Grades 5-8

kids sitting down

 

Admission Process: 5-8

Step 1: Explore or Apply Using Ravenna

Thank you for your interest in San Francisco Day School! You are invited to begin the admission process for San Francisco Day School by choosing to explore or apply to our school.

Explore will enable you to learn more about our school before applying.  You can view and register for upcoming admission events, as well as view the admission process details. You may choose to apply at any point during your process.

Apply will enable you to view, register for events, and access required forms for the application process.  

Click here to access Ravenna.*

*If you already have an account with Ravenna, please use the same login information. There is no need to create a separate account.

Step 2: Visit Our School

We invite you to visit our school campus, so that you can experience firsthand a "day in the life" of a San Francisco Day School student.  Below is a list of various opportunities for you to tour the school.  To view dates and register for an event, please login to Ravenna.

Click here to access Ravenna.  


School Tours 8:15-10:30 a.m. (Recommended)
SF Day offers thirteen tours between September-December.  

Fall Open Houses (Optional)
SF Day offers two open houses in the fall - these are a wonderful opportunity to meet teachers and current families.  

Windows & Mirrors Evening Reception (Optional)
Join us to learn how SF Day embraces diversity and inclusion to ensure all voices are heard in our community.

Discounted Tuition Informational Meeting (Optional)
This meeting provides more information regarding our tuition assistance program.

Step 3: Application

Application for entry in the fall of 2019 will be available in September 2018.

All applications, including form submissions, may be completed online using Ravenna - you may start the form and return to it at any time.  Your application will not be received by our admission team until you press the "Submit" button. 

Completing your application early will give you optimum flexibility in scheduling your Parent/Guardian Meeting before the deadline rush. Your application is due three days before your Parent/Guardian Meeting. Completed applications along with the application fee ($100*) and a recent family photo will be due in mid-December.

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

Click here to access Ravenna.

Step 4: Parent/Guardian Meetings & Student Visits

Parent/Guardian Meetings & Student Visits

Parents and guardians of applicants to grades 1-8 are welcome to make an online reservation on Ravenna 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 upper school division head (Dr. Ruth Bissell). 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.

Click here to access Ravenna.

Admission Process Checklist

Grades 5-8 Admission Process Checklist
  • Begin exploring or applying to SF Day by creating an account with Ravenna. 
  • Register for a School Tour on Ravenna.  (recommended)
  • Register for an Open House on Ravenna.  (optional)
  • Register for the Windows & Mirrors Reception on Ravenna. (optional)
  • Complete online Application on Ravenna with family photo in mid-December. (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.

Sibling/Faculty

Please click here to indicate your interest in exploring admission opportunities for your child.

Kindergarten Sibling, Faculty & Staff Early Applicants:

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.

San Francisco Day School works closely with families of siblings, faculty, and staff applying for kindergarten throughout the month of November. This provides our school the time to partner with families as we work together to determine the best kindergarten outcome for each individual child.

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, 2019, your child is eligible for our early admission kindergarten process.

1st-8th Grade Sibling, Faculty Staff Applicants:

Enrollment in grades other than kindergarten at San Francisco Day School is dependent on available spots and grade level fit. Our sibling, faculty, and staff applicants to grades 1-8 will be considered in the same pool as all of our other 1-8 applicants and decisions are shared in March.

To complete your application process, please visit our application page after September 1, 2018.

Kindergarten Admission Process: Siblings, Faculty & Staff

Step 1: Apply Using Ravenna

Beginning September 1, 2018, you are invited to begin the admission process for San Francisco Day School.

Explore enables new families to learn more about San Francisco Day School.

Apply will enable you to view, register for events, and access required forms for the application process.  

Click here to access Ravenna.*

*If you already have an account with Ravenna, please use the same login information. There is no need to create a separate account.

Step 2: Parent/Guardian Meetings in September/October 2018

Parent/Guardian Meetings should be scheduled on Ravenna as soon as possible in September and October. These meetings last 20 minutes and provide us with the opportunity to interact personally with each family and their new applicant child. Parents and guardians should schedule two meeting appointments for twin students.

Click here to access Ravenna.

Step 3: K Sibling Admission Application Due in October 2018

Application for entry in the fall of 2018

All applications, including form submissions, may be completed online using Ravenna - you may start the form and return to it at any time. Your application will not be received by our admission team until you press the submit button.

Completed applications along with the application fee ($100*) and a recent family photo are due on October 27, 2017 by noon.

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

Click here to access Ravenna.

Step 4: K Sibling/Faculty/Staff Visit Day

On this day, we'll welcome two groups of children to come meet with us at San Francisco Day School. 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. Please sign up on Ravenna.

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.

Click here to access Ravenna.

K Admission Process Checklist

Sibling/Faculty/Staff Admission Process Checklist

  • Begin applying to San Francisco Day School by creating an online account with Ravenna
  • Schedule a Parent/Guardian meeting in September/October 2018.
  • Complete an online application process in October 2018. All required forms and documents can be found on your Ravenna hub account.
  • Schedule your time on Ravenna for Sibling, Faculty & Staff Visit Day to be determined in November 2018.

Sibling/Faculty/Staff Admission FAQs

  • Will the new Ravenna Hub autofill our previous application information?  Not at this time, but this will be a feature moving forward for siblings and/or high school applications.

  • 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 applicant pages for more information regarding the process.

  • When are decisions made for 1st-8th grade applicants?  Our sibling, faculty, and staff applicants to grades 1-8 will be considered in the same pool as all of our other 1st-8th grade applicants and decisions are shared in March, along with discounted tuition amounts. 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 by March. For families already receiving discounts, the percentage discount will be similar to previous years if the income remains the same. Visit our 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. Sometimes children may appear more shy or reserved in a new environment, like when they visit with us at SF Day. 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 kindergarten 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 SF Day 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 Calendar

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