Admissions Process

Admissions process for PK through Grade 8 students

All applications begin with Ravenna, our online application site that helps you register for events, submit your application, and view admission decisions. 

Below, you will find our admissions process laid out by grades and steps. 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.

Step 2: In mid-August, register for a campus tour or community event. Tours begin late-September.

Step 3: Submit your child's application by the January application deadline. 

Step 4: Schedule your child's February playdate assessment. For PreK3 applicants - the playdate will act as a family interview. For PreK4 applicants - the playdate will be supplemented by a separately scheduled parent interview.

Step 5: For PreK4 applicants only - schedule your parent interview. Parent interviews take place October through February.

Kindergarten & Grade 1

Admission Process: Kindergarten & Grade 1

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

Step 1: Create a Ravenna account. 

Step 2: Register for a campus tour or community event. Tours begin in late-September.

Step 3: Submit your child's application on Ravenna by the January application deadline. 

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

Step 5: Schedule your child's February playdate assessment. 

Grades 2 - 8

Admission Process: Grade 2 - 8

*Students applying for Grades 2 through 8 must have an age-appropriate knowledge of French.

Step 1: Create a Ravenna account.

Step 2 (Optional): Register for a campus tour or community event. Tours begin in late-September.

Step 3: Submit your child's application by the January application deadline. 

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

Step 5: Schedule your child's February assessment test. 

Sibling, Alumni & Faculty

Admission Process: Sibling, Alumni & Faculty families

Step 1: Create a Ravenna account. 

Step 2 (Optional): Schedule a tour or attend an admission event. Tours begin in late-September.

Step 3: Submit your child's application on Ravenna by the November application deadline.

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, given that we have space, a strong 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.