Admissions

Exploring Drew

Welcome to Drew!

We hope as you explore our website you gain a real appreciation for Drew's vibrant learning community. This is a school that values your unique talents, skills, and interests and provides an exceptional environment for you to stretch yourself, connect, learn and grow.  
 
The opportunity to guide families through the admissions process and highlight the transformational experience and outstanding education at Drew is a distinct honor. We know and believe in teenagers, and we harness that knowledge to challenge you to fulfill your individual potential and become the best version of yourself. We talk a lot about finding your voice and making an impact here at Drew -- and we believe that process truly begins with the admissions journey. 
 
We are looking forward to partnering with you every step of the way!

Go Dragons! 

Joanna Lovett '06
Director of Admissions

Andrea Richerson
Associate Director of Admissions

Andrew Heath
Outreach Associate

Recent Updates

Drew will not consider standardized tests such as the SSAT, ISEE, and HSPT as a part of our applicant review process for the 20-21 admissions season. 

For decades, Drew has been a school dedicated to putting students at the center of everything we do and every decision we make. This commitment requires us to be reflective, intentional, and nimble, allowing us to pivot whenever it is in the best interest of our students, applicants and their education. When it comes to our admissions process, our approach is no different. We have always taken a mission-aligned whole-person approach to the admissions process, exploring all aspects of our applicants and prioritizing equity, access, and inclusion. Last year we took steps to make Drew more accessible by hosting the Bay Area’s first-ever high school open house in Spanish. We also began accepting the HSPT test in addition to the SSAT and ISEE to help reduce barriers to entry. Yet while these steps certainly addressed our commitment to access and inclusion, we continued to wrestle with the use of standardized testing in the admissions process as being truly reflective of our educational approach or how we seek to measure learning outcomes.

Due to the global pandemic we are facing, we recognize that it is imperative that we make further adjustments. These unprecedented circumstances have reinforced our existing concerns regarding equity and the fact that standardized testing does not align with what we value and measure in education at Drew. Lastly we know that testing sites in the Bay Area and beyond are highly limited and much uncertainty exists with at-home testing solutions. As a result, the Office of Admissions at Drew will not consider standardized tests such as the SSAT, ISEE, and HSPT as a part of our applicant review process for the 20-21 admissions season and we are committed to using this year to investigate a more mission-aligned and equitable approach to gauging academic readiness. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out. 

Please note that Drew remains a proud member of the Enrollment Management Association.
 
We are busy planning for the next admissions cycle and can’t wait to show you all the ways that you will get to connect with Drew and our team. To get a sense of the process, feel free to review last year's deadlines and information below and on the “Applying to Drew” page. If you are interested in applying for the 20-21 Academic Year we ask that you please reach out to us directly before proceeding.

Steps to Explore Drew

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  • Create a Student Profile

    Using Ravenna, create a student profile. Once you have created a Ravenna account, search for "Drew School" in the directory and select "Explore" or "Apply"
  • Attend a School Fair

    School fairs are a good opportunity to interact with teachers and students in the Drew community and to ask them questions.

    The school fairs have concluded for this admissions season.
  • Attend an Open House

    Drew Open House events are fun, hands-on opportunities for prospective students and parents/guardians to interact with current students, faculty, and program leaders, explore the campus, and hear from Head of School David Frankenberg. You may schedule an Open House visit through Ravenna.
  • Schedule a Student Visit

    During your student visit, you will be paired with a student host and attend class to get a feel for Drew's learning community in action. Visits are available Monday through Friday, from late September through January. Visits do not include an interview or a lunch hour. You may schedule this through Ravenna.
  • Schedule an Interview

    Interviews are an opportunity to discuss with a Drew teacher or administrator in greater detail about how you will find your voice at Drew.  Dates and details of student interviews are TBA. An application must be submitted in order to interview.

    Please note, ABC and sibling applicants may complete the interview during the school visit.
  • Attend a Parent Coffee and/or Regional Event

    These events are offered as smaller group experiences during which attendees learn more about what it means to find your voice.

Admissions Timeline & Contacts

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  • September 2019

    Student visits begin
  • September to December 2019

    Open Houses
    • Monday, Oct. 7, from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
    • Tuesday, Oct. 15, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. (en Español)
    • Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

    Parent/Guardian Coffees
    • Wednesday, Oct. 30, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
    • Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
    • Wednesday, Dec. 4, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
    To register for a Parent/Guardian Coffee, please visit Ravenna.

    Regional Receptions
    • San Francisco—Noe Valley: Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
    • San Francisco—Inner Richmond: Tuesday, Oct. 29, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
    • Marin—Tiburon: Thursday, Nov. 7, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
    • San Francisco—Cole Valley: Monday, Nov. 18, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
    To register for a Regional Reception, please visit Ravenna.


    School Fairs
    • School fairs have concluded for this admissions season.
  • January 9, 2020

    Application and Financial Aid Application due
  • March 20, 2020

    Decisions released online at 4 p.m.
    (Hard copy decisions postmarked March 19, 2020)
  • March 23, 2020

    Revisit Week begins for admitted students who want to see Drew in person one more time.
  • March 26, 2020

    Financial Aid family enrollment agreements due at noon
  • March 27, 2020

    General enrollment agreements due at noon
  • May 7, 2020

    New Family Night
    6 p.m. at Drew

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  • Joanna Lovett '06

    Director of Admissions
    415.430.3771
    Email

  • Andrea Richerson

    Associate Director of Admissions
    415.430.3774
    Email

    Hablo Español
  • Andrew Heath

    Outreach Associate | Assistant Athletic Director
    415.430.3728
    Email
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