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Welcome, Class of 2021

The adventure begins! We are delighted to welcome new students and their families to our International High School community. It was a delight to bring our Class of 2021 and their parents together at our New Family Gathering in May. 

The purpose of this page is to provide, in one place, key information that parents and students need for a seamless and confident beginning to the 2017-2018 academic year. 

In the coming weeks we will provide more precise details about your login to the "behind the scenes" features of our website. This will include the Haiku Learning Management System (LMS) that will provide student (and parent) access to class descriptions, and details of class content and assignments as they unfold. Please note that your textbooks will be provided for your classes, and your teachers will let you know about any supplies you may need at the beginning of the school year.

Important Dates

First Days of SchoolGrade 9 Retreat in the Gold Country: Wednesday, August 23 - Friday, August 25

First Day of Academic Classes: Monday, August 28

Newly Enrolled Parent Welcome Reception: Tuesday, August 29, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm in the Arts Pavilion

Parent Association Back-to-School Picnic: September 16, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm 

All families, new and returning, are welcome to this free event at The Great Meadow Lawn at Fort Mason. Please RSVP by September 10th to ensure that each member of your family receives a ticket to use at the food trucks.


Performing Arts Auditions

The arts are an integral part of life and the soul at International. New students are highly encouraged to audition for the 2017-2018 arts season - no previous experience is required! Our expert Theater staff have put together a step-by-step process to guide you through the process.

For an overview of the program along with required forms and essential dates, please read over the Audition Process packet. They have also provided some sample material to prepare for your audition, which can be found here: Audition Material.

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

We are excited to announce that, for the 2017-2018 school year, we will implement a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) laptop program. This step is a logical progression in the modern learning program that we started six years ago. By moving to a BYOD program, we will ensure our students are prepared for college and the workplace trained on appropriate devices for writing, data processing, and computer programming.

We have arrived at this decision after a thorough process of research and reflection. Over the last two years we have examined the use of computing devices at our school and other similar schools, reviewed the literature on best programs, and surveyed our faculty and students about their device use. We learned that 42% (as of last spring) of our students already bring their laptop to school because it is the tool that best meets their needs.

This document provides answers to frequently asked questions about our program as well as recommendations to help guide you as you determine what laptop your child will bring to school next year.

Please note that as a school we remain committed to inclusion and access. Financial assistance is available to help offset the cost of buying a laptop. Families in our need-based financial aid program may request assistance in purchasing a device through our Device Support Program.

Summer Reading

The English Department has selected Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie as the freshman summer reading assignment. Copies are available for pick up in our office.

If you would like your child's copy mailed to your home, please send an email to:

Admission Contacts

Andrew Brown
Dean of Admission

Erin Cronin
Associate Director of Admission
(415) 558-2093

Lauren Stoxen
Lauren Stoxen
High School Admission Coordinator
(415) 558-2084

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International High School

150 Oak Street

San Francisco, CA 94102-5912

Phone: 415.558.2000

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An independent Pre-K through 12th grade co-educational day school in the heart of San Francisco. The school delivers a rigorous bilingual (French/English) immersion program through middle school, culminating in either French Baccalaureate or International Baccalaureate program in its International High School.

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