+ 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, to be eligible to attend.

+ What is the enrollment timeline?

  • Early October: Tour + Open House registration process goes live
  • October: Application process opens
  • March: Application window closes
  • March: Lottery conducted (open to the public)
  • March: Applicants notified of lottery results
  • April: Enrollment decisions due (families accept or decline offers)
  • April - September: Students will be drawn from the waitlist as spaces become available
  • May: Registration due

+ What is required to apply?

Our application 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 to be eligible for kindergarten.

+ 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 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 the initial lottery at New School SF will have approximately one month to accept or decline their offer. 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 in 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 move to the top of the waitlist.

+ 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.

+ Are you accepting applications for your current school year?

Yes, we are currently accepting applications for the waitlist for the 2018-19 year. The waitlist will remain open through February 1, 2019. After that date you will need to re-apply for the lottery.

+ Can I apply or be added to the waitlist now for Kindergarten enrollment for 2019-2020?

Our application for 2019-2020 goes live in October 2019, and the lottery is run in mid-March. We run a public lottery each year per California law and accept 46 kindergarteners.

+ 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.

+ When does the school day begin and end?

For the 2018-19 school year the day begins at 8:40am and ends at 2:30pm for kindergarten and 3pm for 1st and 2nd graders and 3:15pm for 3rd and 4th graders. On Wednesdays there is school wide early release at 1:10pm.

+ Is there morning care?

Yes - Morning care is offered beginning at 7:45am.

+ Is there an after school program?

Yes - New School offers an on-site after school program called Exploremos. This afternoon program runs from 2:30-6:00pm and is club-based with programming ranging from arts to outdoor games to cooking and more. In addition to Exploremos parents often organize off-site activities for groups of children.

+ Does New School offer any language programs?

Yes - Spanish is taught beginning in Kindergarten. Our students develop basic oral, reading and writing skills in Spanish and become aware of the diversity of cultures and languages in San Francisco and around the world.

+ Is there an art program?

Yes - We have an exploratory arts program that includes both visual arts and dance.

+ Is there a physical education program?

Yes - Our students participate in a physical education program.

+ Do the students take field trips?

Yes - Field trips expose students to a wide variety of learning experiences and are an integral part of the curriculum at NSSF beginning in Kindergarten.

+ Are there opportunities for parents volunteer?

Yes - There are many ways you can get involved in our school community. You can participate in our Home & School Council (HSC) meetings, join committees, be part of an affinity group or attend our coffee chats. There are also many ways that you can volunteer school wide and in the classroom.