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THE ADMISSIONS PROCESS DURING THE COVID CRISIS

Our admissions process continues to operate remotely. While access to our campuses is restricted during this time, please view our virtual tour and reach out by email with any questions. Our team remains dedicated to supporting families through the admissions journey. Thank you!

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UNDERSTANDING the ADMISSION JOURNEY

WHAT GRADE to APPLY FOR

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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 cut-off birthdate for entry is Dec. 31. 

Make sure to discuss this topic with the Admissions team member you will be in contact with for more information.

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

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Rolling Admission

Like most international schools, we accept applications at any time of the year. Please make sure to contact us to check availability. Thanks!

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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

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. 

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