New Student Information

Dear New to Drew Families, 

Congratulations on completing the 20-21 school year! What a big moment for all of you. However you are celebrating this accomplishment, I hope that you pause to be present and take it all in. At Drew we have officially wrapped up the school year, reflected and celebrated. As our newest Dragons please feel free to read Drew’s End of Year community message to learn more about this past year and what is coming up. 

As of the end of July you should have begun receiving the Drew Weekly. Feel free to review the latest Drew Weekly here.

As you continue to prepare for your first year at Drew, I wanted to be sure to provide a quick recap plus an update on next steps to ensure you have all the information you need. Please see below for more information. 

Should you ever need anything do not hesitate to reach out to any of us on the Admissions Team. We are here to help support you and make this transition as smooth as possible.

Go Dragons!
Joanna Lovett '06

Quick Recap
It is now August! By this stage you should have completed the following steps to prepare for your first year as a Drew Dragon!:

- Attended a new family event
- Filled out the 9th grade placement form
- Completed any needed placement tests based on your form results (if you selected Math 1 and Level 1 of language there is no need to take any placement tests.)
- Met with Dean Ouellette if you are a transfer student
- Completed the athletic sign-up form
- Completed student health and information forms (due August 9)
- Received a welcome email from our Dean of Students, David Fitzgerald

What's next? 
Access to DrewNet
While Parents/Guardians currently have access to DrewNet, students do not. Instructions and next steps to setup a tech orientation and gain access to DrewNet will go out the week of August 9th.

Welcome Week
This year we will be implementing "Welcome Week" as our first week of school. It will be an opportunity to kick-off the year with an emphasis on building community. The highlight of this week is grade level daylong retreats. The purpose of the day retreats is to foster positive relationships among students through common experiences. The full schedule here. Embedded in this schedule are detailed information sheets (description, waivers, what to wear/bring) of each grade level retreat. Please note that 10th-12th graders are required to submit waivers (see link above and below) on or before August 1st.


List of 3 members.

  • Photo of Joanna Lovett

    Joanna Lovett 

    Director of Admissions
  • Photo of Andrea Richerson

    Andrea Richerson 

    Associate Director of Admissions
  • Photo of Andrew Heath

    Andrew Heath 

    Outreach Associate | Assistant Athletic Director

Start of the Year Events

We can't wait to welcome you to campus! 

While we have provided some important dates below, it is important that you have access to and refer to our school calendar throughout the year for the most updated information. Please download our school calendar following these short video directions
10th, 11th, and 12th Class Retreat Waivers Due - August 1st, 2021
Athletics Trainings & Retreats Begin - August 9th, 2021
Student Health Information & Forms Due - August 9th, 2021
Online Zoom Sessions for Parents - August 12th & 13th, 2021
Welcome Week - August 23rd - August 27th
First Day of Classes - August 26th, 2021
New to Drew (and 10th grade!) Picnic - August 29th, 2021
Families of Color Welcome Night - August 31st, 2021
Back to School Night (Virtual) - September 9th, 2021
Add/Drop Deadline - September 10th, 2021 

The Herbst Learning Center

The Herbst Learning Center (HLC) is a dedicated space for academic support at Drew, through which, Learning Plans, classroom and testing accommodations, Executive Function coaching, and standardized testing are coordinated in support of our students. 

For 9th-grade students with documented learning disabilities or other health impairments, scheduling a meeting in advance of the school year is necessary to ensure that Learning Plans are in place at the start of the school year. These meetings can be scheduled in the Spring and in August, the earlier dates are preferred. Initial meetings take place with parents/guardians.  Subsequently, the Director of Learning Support meets with the student to ensure that their input is included in the Learning Plan. Please contact the Director of Learning Support, Lauren Solomon, to schedule a meeting.  

Current documentation (generally within 3-5 years, with some exceptions) of a diagnosed disability is the starting point for receiving academic accommodations and is required to access standardized testing accommodations. Please be prepared to send such documentation in advance of a Learning Plan meeting. If documentation is out of date or has not been obtained previously, a discussion between the Director and the parent(s)/guardian(s) is recommended.  
Additionally, fee-based 1:1, on-site tutoring is available to any Drew student who registers for the program.
Questions? Contact Director of Learning Support Lauren Solomon, 415.430.3714.

Tech Information & Requirements

Students are expected to come to Drew in August with a working computer that meets the requirements stated below. While Drew does not require a specific laptop or operating system, there are minimum specifications required in order to run the software used at Drew. Students need a laptop rather than a tablet. The student’s device will need to be able to run software and store information locally. The minimum specs and some device recommendations are listed below:

  • Laptop with wireless capability 
  • Any Apple laptop, e.g., MacBook Air or MacBook Pro 3 years old or newer with an i5 processor or better (i7 recommended) and 8GB RAM; note that Apple’s new M1 “Silicon” processor more than satisfies the minimum requirement. Since Drew students use Google for storage, a hard drive with 256 GB is more than sufficient.

  • Any Windows machine 3 years old or newer with an i5 processor or better (i7 recommended) and 8GB RAM (e.g., Lenovo ThinkPad, Acer Aspire, Samsung ATIV Book, etc.). Since Drew students use Google for storage, a hard drive with 256 GB is more than sufficient. 

  • Please note that Chromebooks or tablets (e.g., iPads) will not meet Drew’s device specifications. 
  • Power charger — bring it every day! 
  • macOS 10.14 “Mojave” or newer; Windows 10 
Feel free to review our technology FAQs.

Families who have technical questions should contact technology support at or by calling 650.398.0200.

Students who receive financial aid for tuition are eligible for aid to purchase a computer proportionally to their financial aid partnership up to $800. Between now and the start of the school year please purchase a laptop that meets the requirements above. To be reimbursed for your purchase please submit your receipt to Farnaz Devitt via email by September 10, 2021. Please note that all reimbursements for laptops will be processed in the month of September.

Summer Reading

Hello Incoming 9th Graders!
Welcome to Drew! We are so excited to meet you when school resumes in August!
Each year, we ask students to read a book over the summer, which we use to launch our English classes. This summer, we are asking you to read This I Believe. It’s a collection of short personal essays where the authors explain their personal philosophies, using colorful details and stories from their lives. In 9th grade, we spend a lot of time making personal connections with the stories we read and spend time reflecting on our own beliefs. This is a perfect book to begin our year! 
We will spend the first two weeks of English class on this text, so please read diligently. As you read, you might consider (lightly) annotating, writing down notes after reading an essay you particularly enjoy, or recording your verbal reflections. The goal is for you to engage with the text as you read and start school ready to delve into these essays! These are powerful and engaging essays, so we hope you enjoy them!
If you have any questions over the summer, please email me (!
Taylor Martin
English Department Chair

It is important that you fill out this brief form to make arrangements for how to receive your book.

9th Grade Course Selection and Placement Testing

Perhaps one of the most important aspects of joining the Drew community is learning about and selecting your options for classes next year. We are so excited for you to get started.

Please take the following steps to ensure you are signed up for the right classes in the fall:
  • Join Jean-Paul Ouellette, Dean of Faculty and Interim Academic Dean on May 5, 2021, at 4pm via zoom to learn more about course selection and placement for classes next year. This session will be recorded and shared in the event that you cannot make it. Students and parents/guardians are welcome.
  • Review the 2021-2022 Course Descriptions
  • Discuss with your family which visual or performing arts class listed below you will take next year.
    • Drawing and Design
    • Theater Ensemble 1
    • Instrumental Ensemble 1 (requires a placement session)
    • Vocal Ensemble 1 (requires a placement session)
  • Learn about your options in World Languages, then discuss with your family which language you will study next year. Please keep in mind that you must take two consecutive years in the same language to graduate and that three or four years is recommended.
  • Discuss with your family if you will take a math placement test. All students at Drew are automatically enrolled in Math 1 during 9th grade. Students who excel at math may choose to take a placement test in order to bypass Math 1 and enroll in Math 2 or higher.
  • Fill out the Incoming Student Placement Form before Monday, May 10. Once we receive your completed form we will reach out to you to coordinate the next steps for completing virtual placement tests.
Questions? Contact Dean of Faculty and Interim Academic Dean Jean-Paul Ouellette, 415.430.3760.

Course Selection for Transfer Students

If you are a transfer student, there is no need to fill out the incoming placement student form. You and your parents/guardians will meet 1:1 with Jean-Paul Ouellette to discuss your course placements based on your transcript. Please use this link here to schedule your session.

Drew School Athletics Signup

We are asking all families (incoming 9th graders and transfers) to fill out the Drew sports signup form for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year. Being part of an athletic team is a great way to make friends and be a part of the Drew community. All students need to fill out the form. If you do not plan on doing a sport in a particular season please select none. Signups will close on May 11th and head coaches will communicate regarding upcoming team activities. If you are interested in a sport you don't see offered please reach out to Athletic Director Chris Milmoe at Go Dragons! 

Parent/Guardian Involvement at Drew

The Drew community is enriched when families are engaged in the life of the school. There are many ways to get involved and we invite you to explore the possibilities and hope you will find your voice at Drew!
The Drew Parent/Guardian Association (P/GA) is committed to building a strong and connected school community through encouraging family and student volunteerism, providing a forum for information exchange, and promoting a culture of philanthropy at Drew. Parents and guardians play an important role in the Drew community as active participants in the life of the school and their student’s learning process.
The P/GA hosts community meetings throughout the year that explore topics such as Getting to Know Drew and a State of the School. The P/GA partners with the Dean of Students to host parent education events on topics ranging from how to talk to your students about sex education to dealing with drug use. The P/GA also helps coordinate parent affinity groups and clubs.
Each grade level has at least two class reps who help coordinate parent and family social gatherings throughout the year, communicate important information, and encourage active engagement in school activities.
Like all independent schools in the Bay Area, Drew also has a robust annual giving program that kicks off in early fall. While giving is not mandatory, we ask every family to consider participating since the fund benefits every single member of the community.
Questions? Contact Director of Advancement Lyla Max, 415.430.3773.
Drew knows and believes in teenagers. We engage each student in a process of intellectual discovery to develop an individual voice, the confidence to express it, and the empathy to understand its impact.
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