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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 2007-2018, 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 2006-2019 include:

  • The Academy - San Francisco @ McAteer
  • Archbishop Riordan High School
  • Balboa High School
  • The Bay School 
  • Bayhill High School
  • The Bentley School 
  • Bishop O'Dowd High School 
  • Bridgemont High School 
  • City Arts & Tech High School
  • The College Preparatory School
  • Convent of the Sacred Heart
  • Culver Academy (boarding school) 
  • Design Tech High School
  • Drew School
  • Galileo High School 
  • Gateway High School  
  • George Washington High School
  • Hawai'i Preparatory Academy, Kamuela, HI
  • High Tech International School
  • International High School 
  • Immaculate Conception Academy 
  • Jewish Community High School
  • John O'Connell High School
  • Kipp Academy
  • Leadership High School
  • Lick-Wilmerding High School
  • Lincoln High School
  • Lowell High School 
  • Marin Academy
  • Mercy High School
  • Metropolitan Arts & Technology High School
  • Mills High School
  • Mission High School
  • Oakland Technical High School
  • Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory
  • Saint Ignatius College Preparatory High School
  • St. Joseph Notre Dame High School
  • San Domenico High School
  • School of the Arts
  • School of the Arts Academy
  • Sterne High School
  • Stuart Hall High School 
  • Suffield Academy, Suffield CT
  • University High School
  • The Urban School of San Francisco 
  • Waldorf High School
  • Woodside International School