Enrollment Questions and Answers
Where do I apply?
Who can apply?
The New School of San Francisco’s lottery is open to all families with children eligible to enter kindergarten. Students must be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2017, to be eligible to attend. For 2017-18, we will be accepting 46 kindergarten students. The enrollment period begins November 1, 2016, with the release of our application, tours of the school, and parent meetings. Applications are due March 5, 2017.
What is the enrollment timeline?
- November 1, 2016 - Application process opens
- March 5, 2017 – Application process closes
- March 13, 2017 - Lottery conducted (open to the public)
- March 17, 2017 - Applicants notified of lottery results
- April 16, 2017 - Enrollment decisions due (families accept or decline offers)
- April –September 2017 - Students will be drawn from the waitlist as spaces become available
- May 26, 2017 - Registration due
What is required to apply?
Our application -- which will go live in early November -- is all you need to apply to the school. Once admitted and as part of the registration process, we will need proof of residency as preference is given to families living within the San Francisco city limits.
What is the age requirement for kindergarten?
Students must be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2017, to be eligible for kindergarten in 2017-18.
How does the lottery work?
If the number of students who wish to attend New School SF exceeds the available number of spaces for a given grade, enrollment shall be determined by public random lottery. Families living within the boundaries of SFUSD are given preference, as will siblings of current students and successful applicants.
We are currently in the process of revising to our charter petition to further diversify our student body. We hope to add a preference for families that qualify for free and reduced priced lunch (up to 33% of each grade). Income verification will be requested if you indicate that you are eligible for free and reduced price lunch on your application.
Applicants not offered a space in the initial round will be placed on the waitlist in ranking order as determined by our lottery. From April 16, 2017, through the first month of school, we will draw from the waitlist as spaces become available.
What happens if I’m offered a space?
Each family receiving an offer from New School SF will be notified on March 17, 2017, and will have until April 17, 2017, to accept their space. Places that become available will be offered to families on the waitlist until the class is full.
If I am not accepted and do not get off the waitlist for that year, do I stay on for future years?
No — unfortunately our waitlist does not roll over. Our waitlist remains active until February 1 of each new school year. You will then need to re-apply to our lottery for the next grade.
Do siblings need to go through the lottery?
Yes — All siblings will need to apply. However, siblings are given preference on our lottery. If the number of siblings does not exceed the number of open spaces, all siblings are automatically accepted. Regarding twins or triplets applying together (and we had quite a few this year!): if one child is accepted via the lottery, all siblings will automatically receive spots in that grade.
Is New School SF’s lottery separate from the school district’s lottery?
Yes — New School SF's lottery notification and enrollment dates mirror San Francisco Unified School District’s (SFUSD) timeline. If successful, you will receive an offer from us the same time the district notifies you of your public school placement (March 2017).
Are you accepting applications for your current K-2 classes?
At the moment, we are not accepting applications for our current kindergarten, first and second grade classes.
Can I apply or be waitlist now for Kindergarten enrollment for 2017?
No — We are only accepting applications for our 2016/17 kindergarten class (and applications to join the waitlist for our 2015/16 kindergarten class. We run a public lottery each year per California law and accept 44 kindergarteners. Our application goes live in November, and the lottery is run in mid-March.
Can we enter both the SFUSD lottery and the New School SF lottery?
Yes — and we encourage families to explore all options as we only admit a small number of students annually thorough our lottery. Our process is entirely separate from the district’s process and that of other charter schools in the city. Thus, it is possible to get multiple offers and then weigh your options before making a final commitment. Once you accept our offer, we see that as a firm commitment to be part of our community.