Admissions Frequently Asked Questions

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  • How do you define a mission-appropriate student?

    Drew is a co-ed, grades 9-12, college preparatory independent school seeking students who have a strong academic background coupled with a sustained and diverse set of interests in the arts, athletics, service and who will contribute to Drew's thriving learning community in a meaningful and valued way. The Admission Committee works to achieve a class composition that is balanced and diverse in many respects.
  • How many students in each grade?

    Drew averages 70 students in each grade.
  • Do you admit international students?

    Drew welcomes applications from International students. Applicants must be fluent in English and able to fully engage in a college preparatory curriculum. Drew does not offer English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. Families are required to find their own housing; Drew does not arrange home stays. All applicants, regardless of citizenship, must complete all application materials, including the results of the entrance exam. After an international applicant is offered admission and enrolls, Drew will assist the student by issuing the I-20 form needed to apply for an F1 Visa.
  • What does it mean if my child is wait pooled or denied admission?

    Each year, Drew receives applications from a greater number of qualified candidates than there are openings. Decisions to admit, wait pool, or deny candidates are impacted by the pool of students applying. Wait pooled candidates may be eventually re-visited if space becomes available.
  • Where do Drew students live?

    Drew students come from all over the San Francisco Bay Area. Most students live in San Francisco but nearly 30% of students hail from Marin County, the East Bay, and south of the city. Drew partners with other San Francisco schools to provide a bus service from the North Bay. For students in the South and East Bay, Drew offers afternoon taxi service to BART and Caltrain.
  • Are an interview and visit required to apply? How are they scheduled?

    An interview is a required part of the application process. 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.
  • What if the student visit dates and times do not work for my family's schedule?

    Interview-only dates are offered to provide convenience for those who cannot attend a school visit. Convenient afternoon times are available in late fall and require registration via Ravenna. Electronic confirmations will be sent once you have scheduled a date.
  • Do you require any tests to be submitted with the application?

    For all incoming 9th and 10th graders, Drew requires the SSAT or the ISEE standardized tests. Details are listed in the How to Apply page.
  • Does Drew accept transfer students?

    Yes, we may have openings in 10-12th grades. Please inquire directly with Acting Director of Admissions Joanna Lovett
  • What are the test requirements for transfer students?

    Students applying to the 10th grade must submit either an SSAT or PSAT score from the fall or winter of the present school year. Applicants to 11th and 12th grades must submit PSAT or SAT scores.
  • What are Drew's Graduation Requirements?

    DepartmentRequirementCourses & Notes
    English4 yearsEnglish 1, English 2, English 3, and English 4
    Social Studies4 yearsWorld History 1, World History 2, U.S. History, U.S. Cultural History
    Mathematics3 years*Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2
    Science3 years*Biology, Chemistry, and Physics
    World Languages2 years**Two consecutive years of American Sign Language, French, Mandarin, or Spanish
    Visual and Performing Arts2 yearsTwo of any full-year Visual or Performing Arts courses
    Academic Electives6 yearsSix additional courses from any of the above disciplines

    * Although the graduation requirement is three years, students are strongly encouraged to take four years in order to deepen their academic experience and position themselves well for college.
    **Although the graduation requirement is two consecutive years in one language, students are strongly encouraged to take at least three consecutive years, if not four, in order to deepen their academic experience and position themselves well for college.
  • Should I apply if my child has learning differences that require accommodations?

    In reviewing applicants for Drew, the Admission Committee takes into consideration the overall ability of the student to be successful academically and socially in a rigorous academic environment. Some students who have learning needs requiring minimal accommodations are able to do well at Drew. It is important for parents and applicants to be aware that Drew has limitations regarding the types of available accommodations. In order for Drew to make well-informed decisions, parents are required to fully disclose in the application materials all relevant information regarding the applicant’s learning needs. With that information and with the student’s best interest in mind, Drew is able to determine if this is an appropriate educational environment for each applicant.
  • Can my child re-apply next year if not admitted this year?

    Yes, your child can re-apply in subsequent years.
  • Does Drew have a dress code?

    Students must use their best judgment and dress in a way that supports the educational goals and values of the school.
  • From what schools do your applicants come?

    We will receive applications from more than 50 different independent, parochial and public schools in the bay area.

Admissions Timeline & Contacts

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  • September 2019

    Student visits begin
  • September to December 2019

    Open Houses
    Sunday, Sept. 22, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    Monday, Oct. 7, from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
    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.
    • Tuesday, Jan. 7, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

    Regional Receptions
    Dates TBA

    School Fairs
    SF Independent School High School Fair
    Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, from 1 to 4 p.m.
    This fair is for eighth-grade students who are currently attending independent schools.

    Marin High School Fair
    Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, from 6 to 8 p.m.
    Location: Marin Catholic School
    This fair is for eighth-grade students in the Marin area to gather information and listen to presentations by private/independent high schools.

    Public and Parochial School Fair #1
    Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Location: Lick-Wilmerding High School
    Register here. This fair is for eighth-grade students who are currently attending public or parochial schools.

    Please note that the school fairs are structured in this way due to capacity issues. We ask that you respect the intentionality behind each fair.
  • 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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Drew admits students of any race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national and ethnic origin, or handicap to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities of the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, scholarship programs, athletic and other school-administered programs.

Drew follows the best practices as outlined by the Bay Area Admission Directors Group.

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