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High School Counseling

At CDS, high school counseling begins in the spring of a student’s seventh grade year. We meet individually with each student and their parents/guardians to develop a list of appropriate high schools, go over the admission process, establish a timetable, and set expectations for the coming year.

In the fall, all eighth grade students participate in a Selectives class called "Navigating High School Admissions" that helps them organize and prepare for the high school admission process. Throughout the student's eighth grade year, there are many opportunities to discuss everything from applications and recommendations to decisions about high schools. The goal of our high school counseling process is to make sure each student finds a high school that is the right fit for them.

Our alumni – from the classes of 2006 through 2019 – are tremendous ambassadors for the school—confident, self-aware students who are curious and eager learners.

"This past fall, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting current CDS eighth graders during their high school admission process. Time and time again, without prompting, these CDS students unabashedly expressed their genuine love and LOYALTY to the school. It was a window into their CDS lives, and I was sincerely touched and impressed by their appreciation of all they have gained as CDS students.”
—Admission Officer at a San Francisco high school

The independent and faith-based high schools offering places to the graduates of the Classes of 2016-2020 include:

  • Academy of Thought and Industry
  • Archbishop Riordan High School
  • The Bay School 
  • The Bentley School 
  • Bishop O'Dowd High School
  • Cate School
  • The College Preparatory School
  • Convent of the Sacred Heart
  • Crystal Springs Uplands School 
  • Drew School
  • Head Royce School
  • Immaculate Conception Academy
  • International High School
  • Jewish Community High School
  • Lick-Wilmerding High School
  • Lusher Charter School
  • Marin Academy
  • Maybeck School
  • Mercy High School
  • New Hampton School
  • Northfield Mount Hermon
  • The Nueva School
  • Proctor Academy
  • Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory
  • Saint Ignatius College Preparatory High School
  • St. Joseph Notre Dame High School
  • San Domenico High School
  • Sterne High School
  • Stevenson School
  • Stuart Hall High School
  • University High School
  • The Urban School of San Francisco 
  • Waldorf High School
  • The Webb School
  • Xian Yun Academy of the Arts

Our students have also been accepted to various public schools, such as The Academy - San Francisco @ McAteer, Balboa High School, Phillip & Sala Burton Academic High School, Campolindo High School, City Arts and Tech High School, Design Tech High School, Galileo Academy of Science and Technology, Leadership High School, Abraham Lincoln High School, Lowell High School, Mills High School, Oakland Technical High School, Oceana High School, John O'Connell High School, Ruth Asawa School of the Arts, St. Helena High School, and George Washington High School.