High School Placement – October 9

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

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

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


The Choice application window for 2021-22 school year will open on October 5, 2020 and close 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 need assistance I am offering two zoom help sessions.
You will need your own computer or tablet open to the choice application link when you join in order to complete the online application while I am there to help.

Help Session #1 – Wednesday, October 14 from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Zoom Link Here:  https://zoom.us/j/95978031667

Meeting ID: 959 7803 1667

Help Session #2 – Thursday, October 15 from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm  

Zoom Link Here: https://zoom.us/j/99420894711

Meeting ID: 994 2089 4711

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.

Mission Bay High School Virtual Tours

For the first time, MBHS has invited our families to their Prospective Parent Night (usually just for families from the public feeder schools in the cluster).

Thursday, Oct 15 from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Tracy Borg, the International Baccalaureate Coordinator at Mission Bay, will do two virtual tours prior to the Choice Deadline. Attendees will be asked to turn their camera on while in the waiting room and provide a full name on the zoom. For more information please contact Tracy Borg tborg@sandi.net

Tour #1 – Thursday, October 15 from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m

  • Zoom Link Here:  https://sandiegounified.zoom.us/j/89520637352
  • Meeting ID: 895 2063 7352

Tour #2 – Thursday, October 29 from 9:00 – 10:00 am

  • Zoom Link Here: https://sandiegounified.zoom.us/j/81176039454
  • Meeting ID: 811 7603 9454

Please let teacher/s know if your 8th grader will miss class/es in order to attend one of these tours. For the October 29 date, if your 8th grader needs to do the virtual tour while on the SDFAS campus, we are working on a plan to make this accommodation possible.

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

The LJHS PTSA leaders, along with Kristen Salehi, longtime guidance counselor at LJHS, have kindly offered to do Q & A Session just for SDFAS families on

Tuesday, October 27 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

  • Zoom Link Here:  https://zoom.us/j/94565939194
  • Meeting ID: 945 6593 9194

Since it’s a parent-to-parent event (hosted by Erin and Mark), we are going to do a Zoom Meeting rather than a Zoom Webinar, so you can see and talk to each other. That said, we will be recording it so if you are not comfortable with that, please simply turn off your camera. Please note that LJHS is not doing tours in person, but a video will be available soon – hopefully by the time of this meeting.

Cathedral is offering in person tours. Please go to their website to sign up.

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.

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.


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 in to 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.


HSPT required for applying to Catholic high schools Our US Math Teacher / Learning Support Coordinator, Suneeta Cohen, is familiar with both the ISEE and the HSPT and can answer questions, share strategies, etc. Her email is: scohen@sdfrenchschool.org if you would like to contact her directly. It appears that Cathedral has students doing an additional 30-minute math supplement, in addition to the HSPT for “pacing differentiation” (which sounds like a fancy word for placement). Here is a link from Cathedral’s website with some good information about the HSPT, just in case you haven’t seen it yet:  https://ststesting.com/hspt/


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.