Admissions Process

Admissions process for PK through Grade 8 students

All applications begin with Ravenna, our online application site that helps you track your application progress, register for events, submit your application, and view admission decisions. It is easy to create your Ravenna account.

Below, you will find our admissions process laid out step-by-step. You will also find more details on Ravenna. If you have any questions, please feel welcome to contact us.

PK3 & PK4

Admission Process: PK3 & PK4

Step 1: Create a Ravenna account. On Ravenna, you can explore our school, register for admissions events, and submit an application. 

Step 2: Schedule a tour or attend an admission event. 

Step 3: Submit your child's application on Ravenna by the January application deadline. The application includes basic information, birth certificate, fee, parent statement, and teacher evaluation. If your child is a French citizen, please provide proof of their citizenship (livret de famille, acte de naissance, ou passeport). 

Step 4: Schedule your child's February playdate assessment. Assessments take place in February. Assessments for siblings of current students take place in December.

Kindergarten & Grade 1

Admission Process: Kindergarten & Grade 1

*Students applying for Grade 1 admission must have an age-appropriate knowledge of French.

Step 1: Create a Ravenna account. On Ravenna, you can explore our school, register for admissions events, and submit an application. 

Step 2: Schedule a tour or attend an admission event. 

Step 3: Submit your child's application on Ravenna by the January application deadline. The application includes basic information, birth certificate, fee, parent statement, and teacher evaluation. If your child is a French citizen, please provide proof of their citizenship (livret de famille, acte de naissance, ou passeport). 

Step 4: Schedule your parent interview. Parent interviews take place from October through February. 

Step 4: Schedule your child's February playdate assessment. Assessments take place in February. Assessments for siblings of current students take place in December.

Grades 2 - 8

Admission Process: Grade 2 - 8

Step 1: Create a Ravenna account. On Ravenna, you can explore our school, register for admissions events, and submit an application. 

Step 2 (Optional): Schedule a tour or attend an admission event.

Step 3: Submit your child's application on Ravenna by the January application deadline. The application includes basic information, birth certificate, fee, parent statement, and teacher evaluation. If your child is a French citizen, please provide proof of their citizenship (livret de famille, acte de naissance, ou passeport). 

Step 4: Provide your child's report cards from the previous two years of schooling.

Step 5: Schedule your child's February assessment test. Applicants for 2nd through 8th grade must have an age-appropriate knowledge of French.

Sibling, Alumni & Faculty

Admission Process: Sibling, Alumni & Faculty families

Step 1: Create a Ravenna account. On Ravenna, you can explore our school, register for admissions events, and submit an application. 

Step 2 (Optional): Schedule a tour or attend an admission event.

Step 3: Submit your child's application on Ravenna by the November application deadline. The application includes basic information, birth certificate, fee, parent statement, and teacher evaluation. If your child is a French citizen, please provide proof of their citizenship (livret de famille, acte de naissance, ou passeport). 

Step 4: Schedule your child's December playdate/assessment.

Long Distance Applicants

We welcome applications from families relocating to the San Francisco Bay Area.

Our admissions procedures are essentially the same as for local applicants. However, evaluations are tailored to family travel constraints. For Grades 1 through 8, a dossier from a recognized French school is usually viewed as sufficient evidence for acceptance. Potential applicants from overseas should contact the Admission Coordinator, Jacqueline Mae Culas, at jacquelinec@frenchamericansf.org.

Students from public, independent, and parochial schools are admitted to the French American International School and International High School on the basis of academic records and other data. Our Admission policies are non-discriminatory.

Here's an outline of our admissions timeline:

August: Admissions process begins.

November: Sibling, alumni, and faculty applications are due.

December: Sibling, alumni, and faculty playdate and/or assessments take place.

January: Applications are due.

February: Playdate and/or assessments take place.

March: Admissions decisions announced.

August: School year begins.

For exact dates, please visit the Ravenna portal.