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Applying to Bay

Thank you for your interest in The Bay School of San Francisco. At this time, we are FULL for the Class of 2024 and will no longer be accepting applications. 
In an effort to encourage social distancing for our school community members, The Bay School of San Francisco Admission Office will not be sending admission decision letters by mail this year. All admissions decisions will be emailed on Friday, March 20 after 4:00pm. In accordance with the Principles of Good Practice of Bay Area Admissions Directors, no member of any BAAD school community will initiate contact with a family between the time of admission notification and the enrollment deadline. Bay Area Admissions Directors have agreed that this is a decision-making time for your family. Along with all BAAD schools, we adhere to the enrollment deadlines of Thursday, March 26th at 12:00 p.m. for Flexible Tuition enrollment agreements and Friday, March 27th at 12:00 p.m. for full tuition enrollment agreements.
Mercy High School Students: Current students of Mercy High School in San Francisco should contact our office directly for guidance in completing an application to Bay by January 31, 2020
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

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 or HSPT scores. 

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

SSAT test dates for 2019-2020 are October 19, November 16, December 14 and January 4. We cannot guarantee that results from the February 8 test date will reach our office in time for evaluation. 

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 (CSS) 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 CSS. Fee waivers for the SSAT are also available from Bay’s Admission Office in limited quantities. There is no penalty for not submitting CSS results.

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. 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 9 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 9.
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 10, 2020. Visit FACTS for more information and to apply.