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High School Placement


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.

2006 was a landmark year in the history of Children’s Day School, as we graduated our first class of 17 eighth graders. Now joined by the Classes of 2007-2019, our alumni 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 high schools offering places to the graduates of the Classes of 2015-2019 include:

  • Academy of Thought and Industry
  • The Bay School 
  • The Bentley School 
  • Bishop O'Dowd High School
  • The College Preparatory School
  • Convent of the Sacred Heart
  • Crystal Springs Uplands School 
  • Drew School
  • Immaculate Conception Academy
  • International High School
  • Jewish Community High School
  • Lick-Wilmerding High School
  • Lusher Charter School
  • Marin Academy
  • Mercy High School
  • The Nueva School
  • Archbishop Riordan High School
  • Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory
  • Saint Ignatius College Preparatory High School
  • St. Joseph Notre Dame High School
  • San Domenico High School
  • Sterne High School
  • Stuart Hall High School
  • University High School
  • The Urban School of San Francisco 
  • Waldorf High School
  • Woodside International 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, 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, John O'Connell High School, St. Helena High School, and George Washington High School.