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Applying to Bay

To explore and apply to The Bay School of San Francisco, begin by creating an account on Ravenna allows families to manage multiple high school applications through one tool. 
Step 1: Explore Bay
Create an account on Ravenna and complete your student profile. From the School Directory select The Bay School of San Francisco and click “Apply”. You will then be able to register for Bay admission events.

We offer a variety of optional events to help prospective families learn more about Bay's academic program and community. Events include open houses, student visits, parent/guardian receptions and diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) evenings. For all events, reservations are required and space is limited. Please schedule your events through your Ravenna account. Please see our Admission Events page for more information.
Step 2: Register for Standardized Testing (OPTIONAL)
Bay is adopting a test-optional policy for students applying for admission in the 2020-2021 application year. This means that applicants for Fall 2021 will not be required to submit SSAT, ISEE, or HSPT scores for admission. We are confident in our ability to evaluate applicants in our holistic review process with an emphasis on coursework and grades, teacher recommendations, essays, and interviews. However, if you submit scores from the SSAT, ISEE, or HSPT they will be added to the holistic review for consideration by the Admission Committee.

Transfer students who apply to Bay are required to provide PSAT, SAT, or ACT scores if those exam results are available. 

Step 3: Submit Your Application
Your Ravenna account will display a checklist for your application to Bay. Each step will be marked as complete by our office as your documents are received and processed.

A complete application to The Bay School of San Francisco will include:
  • Part 1: Parent/Guardian Application
  • Part 2: Student Application
  • Current and Previous Year’s Transcripts
  • Principal/Counselor Recommendation
  • Current English Teacher Recommendation
  • Current Math Teacher Recommendation
  • Completed Student Interview
  • Standardized Test Results (OPTIONAL)
  • $90 Application Fee or Fee Waiver
Transcripts should be requested from your school’s registrar. Official transcripts must come directly from your current school via online submission, email, or mail in sealed envelopes. You may print a copy of the request form through your Ravenna account.

Your school may submit transcripts later than the January 7 application deadline; however, applicants should submit their transcript request to their current school well before this deadline.

Recommendation Forms can be requested through your Ravenna account and submitted by your recommenders online. Please consult with your current school and use their preferred method to request these forms.
Step 4: Schedule Your Student Interview
Applicants should use the interview as an opportunity to get to more about Bay and share more about themselves with the Admission Committee. Interviews are one-on-one and 25 minutes long. A student interview is required and cannot be scheduled until the Part 1: Parent/Guardian application is complete. Interviews must be scheduled by January 7.
Step 5: Apply for Flexible Tuition
The Bay School is committed to serving a diverse population of students from every economic background. No one should hesitate to apply for admission to Bay due to lack of financial resources.

Applications for the Flexible Tuition Program should be submitted to FACTS by January 8, 2020. Visit FACTS for more information and to apply.