Welcome to International

To All Our Prospective Students

Here at International we do things a little differently. We are not a one-size-fits-all school and we do not have a particular student applicant profile in mind. To be accepted at International you must convince us that you are ready to do the work and ready to bring all of your unique qualities and intellectual curiosity without reservation.

We take pride in recruiting an astonishing range of individuals. We must discern that you will add value to our diverse, internationally-minded community. You can be feisty or on the quiet side; but you must have sparkle, be willing to explore your passions, and on your best days, provoke and inspire your teachers and your peers.

The beginning of a new adventure

If you want to memorize or regurgitate facts, or spend half your time thinking about your next text message or staring out the window, International isn't the right place for you. Consider International as a different path—one that could take you higher and broaden your horizons. If you want to take risks, imagine, weigh in, be present, be curious, be alert, and be engaged, you will be in the right place. If you want to challenge yourself (and your teachers) and develop 21st century relevant skills—alongside the most interesting, diverse, and sophisticated bunch of friends and classmates in the city, then you and International High School will be a great match.

If you are joining us in Grade 9, you do not need to speak any French. You can learn it if you want to; otherwise choose between Spanish, Chinese, Italian or Arabic.

We look forward to getting to know you and guiding you through our application process. Contact us directly at any point with questions large or small. 

Attend our International Showcase at SFJazz 

We strongly recommend that you and your parents kick off your Admission season research by attending our charismatic International Showcase at SFJazz. You can register for our October 1st show at 7pm here.

This is a great way to understand the power of the IB Diploma program at International. This exciting event and will serve you well as a comparative high benchmark as you explore other schools on your list.

Through multiple student and alum voices we will evoke our community vibe, high levels thinking and meaningful work in our classrooms, and our superlative college end-game. 

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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