High School Placement – October 30

Please let me know if you have any questions: Erin Stoller, estoller@sdfrenchschool.org
Also please note that I am part time, working Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays.

**In Case you have missed it** HIGH SCHOOL INFO NIGHT RECORDINGS

High School Info: Part 1 – Nuts & Bolts

Recording of our first High School Info event: HS Info Part 1 Nuts & Bolts, Passcode: nv4L&.jj (Heads up! You need to type in the passcode exactly – please cut/paste  – the last two letters are small j’s)

Please also see the accompanying slide deck from the webinar for reference, data, and information: Slide Deck

High School Info: Part 2 – Alumni Panel

Thank you for the many who attended this week’s event.

Here is the link to watch the recording if you missed it:

2020 Alumni Panel RecordingAccess Passcode: q9T0F.jw


The Choice application window for 2021-22 school year is open — and will close soon on November 16, 2020.

Find the application here: Choice Application.

The Choice Application is needed if you wish to apply to a school that is NOT your assigned school in San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD). No application is necessary to attend your assigned public high school, but you must show proof of residence to enroll there in the spring. Find your assigned school here: School Finder.

The online application is fairly short and simple, but the administrative English can be challenging. (Surtout pour nos familles françaises et/ou non-anglophones: vous serez confrontés par un anglais spécifique et administratif.)

If you missed the help sessions this week and need assistance, please let me know.

It is harder to “Choice In” to LJHS than to other schools because most neighborhood students go there and so there aren’t many spots left for Choice students.

Please let me know when you have completed your Choice Application.

If you live in the San Dieguito School District… San Dieguito Union High School District. You must live within the boundaries of the school and show proof of residence in order to enroll. Plus there is an annual residency verification requirement. Find your school: School Site Locator.
San Dieguito does not offer a Choice Application. But…there is a slim possibility that you might be able to request an INTRA-district transfer if you live within the San Dieguito district but you want a school that is not your assigned school in that district. I’m told it’s unlikely but could be worth a try. Contact the district office.


Most public and private schools are only doing virtual tours and open houses right now. This could change so be sure to check the admission page and do an “inquiry” sign up on the websites of schools you are interested in. Public schools are now closed, and will be slower to re-open so it is unlikely that there will be any in-person tours this fall.

Pacific Ridge, Grauer, Bishop’s, Parker, La Jolla Country Day, OLP and Saints are all doing virtual tours for now. Please go to their websites to sign up. Cathedral is offering in person tours. Please go to their website to sign up.

Mission Bay High School Virtual Tours

Tracy Borg, the International Baccalaureate Coordinator at Mission Bay offered two virtual tours prior to the Choice Deadline.

Future Tour Dates: November 12, December 10, January 14, February 11, March 11, April 8, May TBD.

All attendees will be asked to turn their camera on while in the waiting room and provide a full name on the zoom. For more info please contact Tracy Borg tborg@sandi.net

(Note: There will be another Prospective Parent/Student evening zoom session – date tbd. This is different than the Tour.)

La Jolla High School — will not be doing tours in person but will have a video soon.

La Jolla High School Q & A Session
Thanks to the many of you who attended the Q & A Session on Tuesday, October 27.
If you missed it, here is a recording: LJHS Q & A Recording – Password: FZ%s@7aV

LJHS Academic Handbook for more details about courses.

LJHS Profile

Cathedral Catholic and OLP – 

OLP Virtual Open House – https://www.aolp.org/admission/openhouse/

Note about Recommendations for Cathedral – A particularity about applying to Cathedral: You will not be able to send the actual recommendation requests to teachers until December 14, when the links for Transcript & Recommendation requests will be posted by Cathedral in their Ravenna portal. However, please DO let the teachers know ahead of time that you will be applying to Cathedral, and then please set a reminder in your calendar to go back and send the link on December 14. Thank you. (Teachers are aware of this difference for Cathedral.)

HSPT – Cathedral and OLP are NOT requiring the HSPT after all – this is new information.
Both will require their own placement test in January or February, but they have not yet set dates.
Saints is requiring the HSPT and have doubled merit-based scholarship award amount from $5k to $10k a year for top 10 HSPT scorers.



Fusion Academy offers one-on-one classes (open in a hybrid model now), with a very personalized, customized schedule for each individual student. Campus in Solana Beach and UTC, San Diego. https://www.fusionacademy.com/campuses/san-diego.This is a private school.

Grauer – Virtual tour – November 7 at 11 a.m.

RSVP at https://www.grauerschool.com/admissions/visit-grauer/open-house

Discover Grauer Days:
Will be in-person and online (hybrid). The number of in-person participants at these events is limited to 12 and once that limit is reached for that specific date, registration will only be open for an online experience. November 19; December 2; January 7; January 13; January 22; January 28; February 10; February 25. For more info: oliviakleinrath@grauerschool.com

Pacific Ridge, Bishop’s, Parker, La Jolla Country Day, are all doing virtual tours for now. Please go to their websites to sign up.


The I.B. is offered at San Diego High School, Mission Bay High School in San Diego, and further north at La Costa Canyon, Vista, and San Guajome. It is a very robust academic, college preparatory curriculum for free at these public schools. Many colleges give credit for IB classes / passing IB exams. Doing the IB looks good on college applications because it is a known, rigorous curriculum. It is not for everybody – it is very challenging, writing intensive, and has cumulative exams at the end of 12th (and sometimes 11th) Grade. The program is complex – please let me know if you wish to talk about it in detail. Learn more about the IB here:
IB General
IB College Admissions (video)


Requesting Recommendations – as soon as possible, please!
If you are applying to any private schools you will need to request recommendations in addition to completing the student/family portion of your application. Usually high schools ask for a Math, English, and Administrator recommendation. Whenever possible, we advise that the students ask their teachers/administrators for this directly, by email, on zoom, or in person, depending on the student.
Here are the email addresses to type into the online application system – most schools use Ravenna. Once you type in the email address in Ravenna and click the button, the teachers will receive the link to complete the recommendation.

Please note:

  • Ms. Cohen and Mr. Giot will collaborate on Math Recommendations.
  • Ms. Mitchell and Mme Addo will collaborate on English recommendations.
  • Ms. Stoller, Mme Addo, Mr. Rosenblum and advisors will collaborate on Admin recommendations.

Please be mindful of deadlines and the time it takes for teachers to write complete, thorough, and thoughtful recommendations by requesting all recommendations by November 13 at the very latest, so that we can submit them in a timely manner, ideally prior to our break in December. Please see note above about Cathedral.


Academic Fit and Style; Public/Private/Religious; Location/Commute; Cost; Community; Diversity in all its forms; Athletics; Arts; Co-Curricular opportunities; Class Size; Size of School; Availability of individual support; College admission results; Mission and Philosophy; Programs – AP, IB, etc,; Classes available…and the intangible – how do you feel on campus? Can you imagine “living” here for the next four years? Even more difficult this year to know, as visits may not be possible.

Know that completing the SDFAS Middle School program will prepare you for any high school program you end up choosing. 

Know that you are making a 4-year commitment and the way things look right now is not the way they will look a year from now…

–Most San Diego area private high schools will not require the ISEE exams as part of the application process this year. This includes Bishop’s, Parker, Pacific Ridge, and La Jolla Country Day, so far. Grauer continues to NOT require the ISEE.

–The Catholic high schools traditionally require the HSPT, a different test, but they are still coming to an agreement about whether or not to require it this year. Ask the school.

–Some private schools may ask for the CSS Character Snapshot. https://www.ssat.org/pages/character-skills-snapshot

Each school is taking its own approach, and we know that things can change rapidly, pending Covid-19 data and directives from the county and state, so please be proactive with the schools you are interested in.
Most application windows will open October 1. Please keep me informed of your plans, and consider having a Plan A, B and C, to cover all the bases.