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Class of 2023


Athletic Tryouts: Monday, August 12, 2019
Fall tryouts begin August 12, with the exception of the Sailing Program. Please plan accordingly as this is two weeks prior to the beginning of the school year. Athletes are expected to attend all practices and games, which typically take place five days a week. Any sport-related questions should be directed to our Athletics Department at


Orientation: Thursday, August 22, 2019

Our 9th-Grade Orientation will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at The Bay School. A light breakfast (toast & bagels), lunch, and snacks will be provided. All 9th-graders are expected to attend. The purpose of orientation is for students to meet their classmates, advisors, and staffulty members, learn about the nuts and bolts of Bay, and, of course, have fun!
What to Bring: Students should bring a backpack as they will need to bring their school-issued laptop and other materials home with them. They should wear comfortable clothing and shoes. While we will remain on campus throughout most of the day, we will engage in active activities.


Advisory Placements & Conferences: Friday, August 23, 2019

Students are placed in grade-level advisory cohorts (7-8 students) with a Bay staffulty advisor throughout their time at Bay. On August 23, parents/guardians with their child will have a 30-minute opportunity to connect individually with their advisor. The goals are for the advisor begin to understand how best to support their new advisee and answer questions before the first day of school.
How to sign up:
      • Find your student's advisor(s). Click here for advisory placements.
      • Go to Simply Book Me and select your student's advisor(s) and a time slot.
      • Time slots are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
      • Online registration will close on Wednesday, August 21 at 5 p.m.
Please note:
      • For 9th-grade and transfer student families, Advisor Conferences are mandatory. For returning students, Advisor Conferences are encouraged.
      • Each conference is 25 minutes long. Please show your support by honoring this time limit.
      • One Advisor Conference slot per student, please! All 9th-grade and transfer families will have an opportunity to meet with teachers during midterm conferences on October 24 and 25.
Please contact Katie Markelz with any registration questions.


The First Day of Classes: Monday, August 26

Morning Meeting will take place at 8:10 a.m. All students check-in for attendance in the Great Room between 8:00-8:10 a.m. Students should come to school with their school-issued laptop (to be provided during orientation), a backpack, writing utensils, a notebook, and a binder. Students will receive textbooks in class, and teachers will inform students about any other necessary supplies.
Parents/guardians are also encouraged to attend Morning Meeting from 8:10-8:30 a.m., which will be followed by an Opening Day Parent/Guardian Coffee. Specific questions about Bay’s policies and programs may be best reserved for this event. The event will end by 9:30 a.m.


9th-Grade Seminar

At Bay, our commitment to educating students for lives of engagement and leadership includes supporting their personal growth. This commitment takes many forms, including required co-curricular classes which begin in the first year. 9th-Grade Seminar is a non-credit course that occurs weekly in both the fall and spring semesters. The first semester is dedicated to helping students transition to high school while building connections among their peers, acquainting them with resources, and fostering their sense of belonging in the Bay community. In the spring, students will hone important life and social-emotional skills such as active listening, compassionate inquiry, and empathy in an effort to deepen their understanding of themselves as individuals, active members of the Bay community, and global citizens.
Throughout 9th-Grade Seminar we will encourage students to continue our classroom conversations with you at home. We hope this creates opportunities for your family to discuss your shared values and expectations and get a glimpse of your child’s experience at school.


Bay offers two bus programs to transport your child to and from school, one in South San Francisco, and the other in Marin. Below are stops of our current bus schedule:

South San Francisco Bus Stops
1. Balboa BART
2. 18th Avenue and Vicente
3. Lake at Arguello
Marin Bus Stops
1. Park and Ride (220 Alameda Del Prado), Novato
2. 950 Las Gallinas Ave, San Rafael
3. Heatheron at 4th, San Rafael
4. Seminary Drive, Mill Valley
For all questions regarding the bus program, please contact Katie Markelz, Front Desk Coordinator, at

Calendar of Events
Please click here for a complete list of the 2019-2020 school year events.

Please feel free to call or email us if you have any questions! We have a wonderful community of staff, current parents, and students that would like to assist you along your journey.

Parent Ambassadors
Have more questions for current parents/guardians? These parent/guardian ambassadors would love to speak with you!


Bill Rusitzky

Mitchell '20

Middle School: The San Francisco School

Neighborhood: Noe Valley

Special Topics: Athletics, Immersives, Learning Services

Student Leadership

Catherine DeSchepper

Leila '20

Middle School: Albany Middle School

Neighborhood: Albany, East Bay

Special Topics: Immersives, Student Leadership, Transferring to Bay, Transition from Public to Independent School, Commuting from the East Bay

Cathy Manshel

Mitchell '20

Middle School: The San Francisco School

Neighborhood: Noe Valley

Special Topics: Athletics, Immersives, Learning Services

Student Leadership, Transition from Public to Independent School

Daina Chiu

Kai '22

Middle School: Chinese American International School

Neighborhood: Forest Hill / West Portal / Sunset

Special Topics: Athletics; Diversity, Equity & Inclusion


Lora Blum

Joe '22

Middle School: The San Francisco School

Neighborhood: Noe Valley

Special Topics: Athletics, Immersives, Music

Ella Gannon

Teresa '22

Middle School: White Hill Middle School

Neighborhood: Fairfax, Marin

Special Topics: Transition from Public to Independent School

Patti Chang

Kiana '22

Middle School: AltSchool

Neighborhood: Noe Valley

Special Topics: Athletics; Diversity, Equity & Inclusion; Immersives

Jill Einstein

Amanda '22

Middle School: Del Mar Middle School

Neighborhood: Belvedere, Marin

Special Topics: Immersives, Transition from Public to Independent School

Sandra Suzaki

Aiden '21

Middle School: Live Oak School

Neighborhood: San Mateo, South Bay

Special Topics: Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion; Flexible Tuition;



Yo hablo español

Louise Barnes

Kyle '22

Middle School: St. Phillip’s School

Neighborhood: Mission District

Special Topics: Flexible Tuition, Jump Start, Transition from Parochial to Independent School

Tamar D'Amico

Dante '22

Middle School: Ring Mountain Day School

Neighborhood: Mill Valley, Marin

Special Topics: Athletics; Drama/Theater; Immersives

Sheila Schroeder

Athena '20

Middle School: The San Francisco Waldorf School

Neighborhood: Seacliff

Special Topics: Arts, Athletics, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, Immersives, Learning Services

A-Team Student Ambassadors 
Have a question about what it's like to be a student at The Bay School? Our student ambassadors are ready to answer any question you might have about life at Bay! Email and they will reach out to you with answers and advice!