High School Placement – August 2020

Dear 8th Grade Families,

As we all gear up to start this new and highly unusual school year, I wanted to share a few quick bits of news that relate to High School placement. I will keep you updated as I learn more, and I ask that you please stay in touch with me about your plans. This year is different. Things are fluid.

I learned this week that, in light of the current pandemic climate, many San Diego area private high schools will not be requiring the ISEE exams as part of the application process this year. (The same is true in San Francisco  / Bay Area.) I have received confirmation from the admission directors at Bishop’s, Parker, Pacific Ridge, and La Jolla Country Day on this change, which should come as welcome news to our 8th graders!! Grauer continues to NOT require the ISEE. The Catholic high schools traditionally require the HSPT, a different test, and I have asked for and am awaiting confirmation from them regarding any changes for this year. Some private schools may ask for the CSS Character Snapshot. https://www.ssat.org/pages/character-skills-snapshot

  • If you are thinking about applying to private high schools, I encourage you to visit their websites regularly, and fill out an inquiry form which should allow you to receive updates to their admission procedures, deadlines, and events. Most are planning personalized virtual tours and open houses, some may be asking for spontaneous writing samples, and / or graded writing or math samples, in addition to the usual letters of recommendation required for applications. For the moment, most are planning on using zoom to interview students and their families. They are still figuring things out…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.
    Most application windows will open October 1. Please keep me informed of your plans.
  • San Diego Unified Schools are closed and there is no scheduled reopening date. Therefore, as of today, no in-person tours are planned, but this may change. The district is also switching over their ENTIRE website structure and hosting for the district so some links may not be working but they will be forwarding the “old links” so I will go ahead and mention these for future reference for enrollment and choice application procedures:
    https://www.sandiegounified.org/enrollment
    https://www.sandiegounified.org/school-choice-application.
    Usually the online Choice Application opens at the beginning of October.
    A reminder that you must do the Choice Application in order to attend a public high school that is not your assigned school.
    No application is necessary to attend your assigned school. You must show proof of residence to enroll at your assigned school. Find out which is your assigned school here: https://www.sandiegounified.org/schoolfinder
  • We are working on adapting our annual Alumni Panel / High School Info Night to a virtual platform. We may divide the event into two sessions. The first is currently scheduled for September 23 – virtually. More info to follow…

I will keep you posted as I receive more information and look forward to working with you – parents and students — on the path toward high school.

Take good care,

Erin Stoller, estoller@sdfrenchschool.org

High School Placement Counselor