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How to Apply

Thank you for your interest in International High School. If you have any questions about any of the steps listed below, please contact the Admissions Office at (415) 558-2084 or (415) 558-2093 or by email.

Step 1 - Inquire

Express your interest with an online inquiry.  

Step 2 - Register for an Event

International hosts three Open House events for students and families. Our Open Houses showcase the IB Diploma and French Baccalaureate and provide an overview of the school's athletic, arts, and extra-curricular programs and an opportunity to meet our faculty, current students, and families. 

Parents/Guardians may also sign up for an information session and campus tour. This session is hosted by our Principal Joel Cohen and Dean of Admission, Andrew Brown.

Please log in to the application portal to register for an event. If you do not have a user name and password, please go back to step 1 and complete the online inquiry.

Step 3 - Schedule a Shadow Visit and Interview

The student shadow visit includes a campus tour with a member of the Admission Team and participation in two classes. 

An interview is required of all applicants. You may sign up for your interview in the online portal.

Please log in to the application portal to register for an event. If you do not have a user name and password, please go back to step 1 and complete the online inquiry.

Step 4 - Register for a Standardized Test

Our school code for the SSAT is 3274 and for the ISEE is 052943. We also accept the following tests: CTP 4, SAT 9, and CAASPP. The IELTS or TOEFL (our code is 8841) is required for non-native English speakers who are applying to the international section. The following minimum scores are recommended for successful integration to a rigorous academic program in which English is the primary language of instruction.  IELTS: 6.0-6.5. TOEFL: 94 (internet-based test), 45 (paper-based test).

Step 5 - Distribute Recommendation Forms

Separate recommendation forms need to be completed by the following:

Please ensure that you give the forms and addressed, stamped envelopes to your teachers early so they can be submitted by the deadline.  Teachers can also email PDF versions of the recommendations to admissions@internationalsf.org.

Step 6 - Submit Your Application

Submit your application through the application portal. All application materials must by submitted by the deadline of January 11, 2018 at midnight.

Step 7 - Submit Official Transcripts

Your parents/guardians must complete the Transcript Release Form and give it to your school counselor or registrar so they can send us your seventh grade and eighth grade transcripts and your official test scores. Please ask your school to include a copy of the signed transcript release form for our files.

The application deadline for the 2018-2019 school year has passed.

Key Dates
  • August 2018
    • MonAug13 HS Athletics Leadership Retreat 8:00 AM to 2:00 PMMarin Headlands
    • MonAug20 HS: New Parent Orientation 6:00 PM to 7:30 PMArts Pavilion
    • TueAug21 HS: New Student Orientation 9:00 AM to 4:00 PMMPR5
    • WedAug22 First Day of School
    • WedAug22 HS: 9th-11th Grade Overnight Retreats (3 Days)
    • MonAug27 HS: First Day of Regular Academic Classes
    • MonAug27 HS Theater Auditions 4:00 PM to 6:00 PMArts Pavilion
    • TueAug28 HS Theater Auditions 4:00 PM to 6:00 PMArts Pavilion
    • TueAug28 HS Athletics Informational Night 7:00 PM to 9:30 PMMPR5
    • WedAug29 HS Theater Auditions 4:00 PM to 6:00 PMArts Pavilion
    • ThuAug30 HS Theater Auditions 4:00 PM to 6:00 PMArts Pavilion
  • September 2018
    • SatSep08 Back to School Picnic 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    • SunSep09 ADM SF Independent School Fair 1:00 PM to 4:00 PMSacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory, 1055 Ellis St, San Francisco, CA 94109, USA
  • October 2018
    • MonOct01 International Showcase 4:00 PM to 8:00 PMSFJAZZ
    • SunOct21 ADM HS Open House #1 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM150 Oak, Gym and Arts
    • TueOct30 ADM French Section Open House 6:00 PM to 7:30 PMArts Pavilion
  • November 2018
    • TueNov13 ADM Sibling Application Deadline
    • SunNov18 ADM HS Open House #2 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM150 Oak, Gym and Arts
  • December 2018
    • ThuDec06 HS Admissions: Diversity & Inclusion Night/Student Life 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
  • January 2019
    • ThuJan10 HS ADM: Application Deadline
    • TueJan15 ADM Sibling / Alum Electronic Letters Sent

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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