Applying • Early Learning

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ADMISSION JOURNEY : THE ROAD MAP

1. Submit your online application

Please start by your application process by submitting your Online Student Application.

Your $100 application fee will be processed online at the time of application.

Along with your application you will be asked to submit additional documents. 

APPLICATION DEADLINE

The first Admissions Committee of the season will only consider complete applications submitted by Monday January 13, 2020 at noon.

2. Schedule your visit

This meeting is an opportunity for you to share with us about your child, your educational goals, what it is that you are seeking in a school and how this might align with our program. Of course, this also is an excellent time to ask any questions that you may have about the admissions process or our school.

Visits with the admissions team are held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Once the application is received, a team member will contact you to schedule your visit.

3. Playdates

Your child will be invited to join one of our play sessions at our Sausalito campus.

This important step is required for your application to be considered by the admissions committee.

It is scheduled upon invitation once your application is complete.

For other levels

Applicants should expect to meet with an admission associate either in person or by skype.
Applicants applying to grades 9-12 who have not been attending an AEFE French Language Immersion school will be required to take a placement exam.

4. It's Decision Time

We will send out notification of our admission decisions in early March, based on a calendar agreed upon with the other private schools of the Bay Area. These dates vary by grade.

Please check the admissions calendar for decisions dates and deadlines.

AFFORDING LFSF

WHAT GRADE to APPLY FOR

My child was born in 2019

  • Application for 2019-2020 : N/A
  • Application for 2020-2021: N/A
  • Application for 2021-2022: La Petite Ecole
  • Application for 2022-2023: Preschool or Petite Section

 

My child was born in 2018

  • Application for 2019-2020 : N/A
  • Application for 2020-2021: La Petite Ecole
  • Application for 2021-2022: Preschool or Petite Section
  • Application for 2022-2023: Pre-K or Moyenne Section

My child was born in 2017

  • Application for 2019-2020 : La Petite Ecole
  • Application for 2020-2021: Preschool or Petite Section
  • Application for 2021-2022: Pre-K or Moyenne Section
  • Application for 2022-2023: K or Grande Section

My child was born in 2016

  • Application for 2019-2020 : Preschool or Petite Section
  • Application for 2020-2021: Pre-K or Moyenne Section
  • Application for 2021-2022: K or Grande Section
  • Application for 2022-2023: Gr1 or CP

A DIFFERENT CUT OFF DATE

LFSF follows the French system and the cut off dates for entry are different to those in the American system. At LFSF, we consider the full year of birth (Jan 01 - Dec 31) rather than the academic year (Sept 01 - Aug 31). Therefore the cutoff birth date for entry is Dec. 31. 

Grade Translation

Don't get lost in translation!
Here is a useful resource for translating French grades into US grades.

  • LPE (La Petite Ecole) : Age 2 program
  • PS (Petite Section): Preschool
  • MS (Moyenne Section): Pre-K
  • GS (Grande Section): K
  • CP (Cours préparatoire) : Gr 1
  • CE1 : Gr 2
  • CE2 : Gr 3
  • CM1: Gr 4
  • CM2: Gr 5
  • 6eme: Gr 6
  • 5eme: Gr 7
  • 4eme: Gr 8
  • 3eme: Gr 9
  • 2nde: Gr 10
  • 1ere: Gr 11
  • Terminale : Gr 12

Preparing your child for school

You are looking for ressources to use at home to prepare your child for school at LFSF. Here are a few ideas: 

SHOWS watch on YouTube

An App : STORY PLA’R 

To listen to stories in French 

BOOKs to read together

  • POP A L’ECOLE
  • L’ECOLE DE LEON
  • P’TIT LOUP RENTRE A L´ECOLE
  • LE PREMIER JOUR D’ECOLE
  • LA RENTREE DE CHARLOTTE AUX FRAISES
  • 7 HISTOIRES POUR AIMER LA MATERNELLE
  • ALEXANDRE VA A L’ECOLE
  • L’IMAGIER DE BALI: UNE JOURNEE A L’ECOLE
  • JULIETTE VA A L’ECOLE
  • A LA MATERNELLE AVEC MIMI

All are welcome

The Lycée Français de San Francisco admits students of any race, color, religion, disability, citizenship status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and national or ethnic origin and accords to them all the privileges, programs, and activities at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, citizenship or national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, financial assistance programs, athletic and other school-administered programs. 

EXPLORE SOME MORE

2019 - 2020 | Rolling Admission

Life doesn't always follow our school calendars!
Like most international school,  we're accepting applications at any time of the year and have a rolling admission. 

Contact the admissions team

PLANNING TO MOVE TO THE BAY AREA ?

Our application process will be slightly different than the one described above to better adjust to your situation. Applications from abroad are mostly consider on a rolling admissions basis. 

APPLYING WHEN RELOCATING

LFSF | Voted Best of The Best by Bay Area Parents

Every year, between January and April, Bay Area Parent organizes a reader survey to identify and recognize the best private schools in the Bay Area. Schools are organized by category and by region: San Francisco/ Marin, Peninsula, East Bay and Silicon Valley.

This year, as in 2018, LFSF won gold for the best Language Immersion School in the San Francisco and Marin regions!

Thank you to all of you who voted to support LFSF : your endorsement is golden!

We were extremely impressed with what we heard, saw and felt as we explored the school's classrooms and hallways.  Truly all of the children from pre-school through 5th grade seemed engaged, happy and safe and their teachers are clearly a big component of that.  We can very much picture our daughter (...) thriving in the environment you have worked so hard to create.

Prospective parent