Application Process

First Steps—Explore

Parent Tours

Parent Tours are held on Wednesday mornings, September through January, from 8:30 am to 10 am. Tours give parents a first-hand look at high school Main Lesson classes in progress. Main Lesson is a concentrated morning academic period scheduled in blocks; subjects include the sciences, mathematics, and humanities.

Fall Parent Tours, September through January, are reserved for parents of 8th grade students and potential high school transfer students. Tours in the spring are scheduled once a month. Parents of students in any grade are welcome to register for a spring tour.

Call (415) 213-6151 for more information.

Schedule a Student Visit

Student visits are scheduled most Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from the end of September through mid-January. The day runs from 8:10 am to 1:30 pm with lunch provided; full-day visits until 3:15 pm can also be accommodated.

Student visitors are paired with a Student Ambassador and begin the day with Main Lesson. Track classes follow; please let the Admissions Office know ahead of time if you are interested in attending a specific track classes—mathematics, languages, music, etc.

Student visitors also write a brief essay and participate in one-on-one or small group interviews.

Schedule your visit a week or more in advance by calling (415) 213-6151.

Please complete Student Part A of the application and bring it along on visit day.

Register for an Open House

Attending an Open House gives families the opportunity to explore the school, meet teachers, attend a sample class, and hear from current students and alumni.

Open houses will resume in the fall of 2017 for 2018-2019 school year.

Next Steps—Apply

Complete an Application by January 12, 2017

Step 1: Parent Parts I and II online application*:

Online Application

Step 2: Download & print SFWHS Student Application:
Student Part A (due on Student Visit Day)
Student Part B

Step 3: Print, sign & deliver the following forms to applicant's current school:
Transcript Release Form
Math Recommendation Form
English Recommendation Form
Principal or Counselor Recommendation Form

Step 4 (Optional): Application for Affordable Tuition
Affordable Tuition Program (online Parents Financial Statement)

*If you are not able to complete the parent portion online you may download and print Parent/Guardian Application here and submit it along with a $75 application fee to the school via mail (SFWHS, Attn: Admissions Office, 470 West Portal, San Francisco, CA, 94127) or in person.

Explore Affordable Tuition Program

Optional but Informative

Parent Meeting with Admissions Director

We welcome the opportunity to learn more about your child's interests, learning styles, and hopes for high school. We also want to answer any questions you have about the high school program. The Parent Meeting is an opportunity to have these discussions.

Scheduling for Parent Meetings begins in January after a student application is submitted. The meetings, roughly 45-minutes, are optional but highly recommended. Call (415) 213-6151 or email to schedule.

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Admission Office

Renita LiVolsi

High School Admission Director

Charlene Davis

Admission Associate

HS Admission Dates

High School Welcome BBQ
470 West Portal Avenue (near Sloat Blvd)
470 West Portal Avenue (near Sloat Blvd)
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