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Applying to Bay

The Bay Viewbook 2017-2018
Everything you need to explore and apply to The Bay School of San Francisco can be done 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 get to know the students, teachers, and parents that make up the Bay 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

All 9th-grade applicants are required to submit Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) score reports and have the option of submitting a Character Skills Snapshot report. In lieu of SSAT scores, we can accept ISEE scores.

We encourage you to register for testing early in the process to secure your preferred date and test location.

SSAT test dates for 2018-2019 have not yet been announced by the Enrollment Management Association.

Scores must be from upper-level tests taken this fall and sent directly from SSAT to our office. Visit to register online. Remember to designate Bay (code #1500) as a score recipient when you register. Our ISEE code is #054394.

10th-grade transfer applicants should submit the SSAT, 11th- and 12th- grade transfer applicants should submit the PSAT or SAT.

Note: The Character Skills Snapshot is an optional assessment and free to SSAT test takers. Fee waivers are available from Bay for students who are submitting ISEE scores and require financial assistance to take the Character Skills Snapshot. Fee waivers for the SSAT are also available from Bay’s Admission Office in limited quantities. 

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
  • $90 Application Fee or Fee Waiver
Transcripts should be requested from your school’s registrar. Transcripts must come directly from your current school via online submission, email, or USPS 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 10 application deadline; however, applicants should submit their transcript request to their current school well before this deadline.

Recommendations can be requested through your Ravenna account and submitted by your designees 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. Please schedule your interview through your Ravenna account.
Step 5: Apply for Tuition Assistance
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 Tuition Assistance should be submitted to School and Student Services (SSS) by January 11, 2019. Visit for more information and to apply.
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