Welcome, Class of 2022

The adventure begins! We are delighted to welcome new students and their families to our International High School community. 

The purpose of this page is to provide, in one place, key information that parents and students need for a seamless beginning to the 2018-2019 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 at International you never have to pay extra for books. They will be provided by your teacher, and your teachers will let you know about any supplies you may need at the beginning of the school year.

Save the Dates

Link to the 2018-2019 Academic Calendar

New High School Parent Orientation 
Monday, August 20; 6:00 - 7:30pm
Arts Pavilion

Student Orientation
Tuesday, August 21; 9:00am - 4:00pm
Meet in MPR5 

Grade 9 Overnight Retreat in the Gold Country
Wednesday, August 22 - Friday, August 24

Grades 10 & 11 Overnight Retreats
Wednesday, August 22 - Friday, August 24

First Day of Regular Academic Classes
Monday, August 27

Athletics Informational Night
Tuesday, August 28; 7:00 - 9:30pm

High School Theater Auditions 
Monday, August 27 - Thursday, August 30; 4:00 - 6:00pm
Black Box Theatre in the Arts Pavilion

Fall Athletics Fan Jam 
Monday, September 3; 5:00 - 9:00pm
Kezar Stadium (Boys' soccer and Girls' volleyball)

High School Theater Call-Back Week
Tuesday, September 4 - Friday, September 7; 4:00 - 6:00pm
Black Box Theatre in the Arts Pavilion

Back-to-School Night
Thursday, September 6; 5:30 - 8:00pm
Opening reception in the Cafetorium, 150 Oak St.

Back-to-School Picnic
Saturday, September 8; 12:00 - 3:00pm
For the entire school community; Location TBD

Forms & Handbooks

Performing Arts Auditions

The arts are an integral part of life at International. New students are highly encouraged to audition for the 2018-2019 arts season — no previous experience is required!

An overview of the program along with required forms and essential dates can be found here. To help prepare you for the audition, the arts department also has put together some sample material.

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

By moving to a BYOD program, we know that our students will be better prepared for college and the workplace after being trained on appropriate devices for writing, data processing, and computer programming.

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. Please see the letter from our English department outlining the details of your reading.

French Department Summer Reading List

The French Department recommends a few books in French for your children over the summer. Students are encouraged to keep a journal in which they will write about their reading impressions. View the summer reading list here!


All student-athletes should attend the Athletics Leadership Orientation on Monday August 13, 8:00am - 5:00pm in the Marin Headlands. We will meet at the gym at 8:00am for transportation. From there, we will bus to the Marin Headlands for a great day of challenging activities. This day will set you up for a successful year as an International student-athlete. 

If you are only planning on playing a spring sport, you are still encouraged to attend. This is a fun day, filled with activities geared to help you navigate your way through high school athletics, meet new friends, and learn a lot about sports at International.

Throughout the summer months, there will be open gyms and conditioning sessions offered for student-athletes to stay in shape over the summer. More details can be found on the Athletics page of the school website.

Fall Sports Information:
Men’s Soccer, Women’s Tennis, Women’s Volleyball, Men’s and Women’s Cross Country, and Co-ed Club Sailing student-athletes can expect a 4-6 day per week commitment after school, beginning Monday, August 13 and continuing through early November. Practices & competitions are held during October Break.

Global Online Academy

International High School is a member of the Global Online Academy (GOA) which is one of the largest and most well-established providers of online courses for independent and international schools; it has a very strong support system for students taking online classes and a well developed professional learning program for its member schools.

GOA courses are rigorous and require five to seven hours of weekly commitment; they can be taken in addition to the classes followed at International but can not replace a class.  The offerings include a number of subject areas that are not taught at International and represent a great way to experience new topics and to be exposed to online learning. All students are encouraged to enroll. However, to ensure that you will stay the course and are set up for success in this independent learning experience, we will only approve students with good academic standing, strong studying habits and an adequate level of availability. Grades of the GOA courses will be included on the transcript but will not count towards the GPA.

Here is the course catalog.  Enrollment is now open for summer. Please fill out this form if you are interested in registering for a GOA course. Dina Ghobashy, Academic Technology Director will be serving as our GOA Site Director and will be in touch with you once the form is completed.

We are very enthusiastic about this new partnership with the GOA and look forward to supporting our students in their online endeavors.

Key Dates
  • March 2019
    • ThuMar21 HS ADM: Decision Mailing
    • MonMar25 HS ADM: Re-visit Week
    • TueMar26 HS ADM: Re-visit Week
    • WedMar27 HS ADM: Re-visit Week
    • ThuMar28 HS ADM: Re-visit Week
    • ThuMar28 HS ADM: Enrollment Contracts Due (French American and Financial Aid recipients) 12:00 PM to 12:00 PM
    • FriMar29 HS ADM: Enrollment Contracts Due by NOON 12:00 PM to 12:00 PM
  • April 2019
    • ThuApr18 ADM: HS Brevet or Not Brevet 12:00 PM to 1:00 PMMPR5 with Pizza and Hoodies
    • ThuApr18 ADM: HS Parent Toast and Brevet or Not Brevet 6:00 PM to 7:00 PMMPR5
  • May 2019
    • WedMay01 ADM HS New Family Welcome 6:00 PM to 7:30 PMArts Pavilion
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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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