High School Counseling

At CDS, the high school counseling process is led by Amanda Richard, our full-time High School Transition Counselor.
In the spring of a student's seventh-grade year, we meet individually with each student and their parents/guardians to go over the admission process, establish a timetable, and set expectations for the coming year.

In the fall, all eighth-grade students participate in an elective class called "High School Transition" 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 2023 – are tremendous ambassadors for the school: confident, self-aware students who are curious and eager learners.

Admission Officer at a San Francisco High School

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.
The independent and faith-based high schools offering places to the graduates of the Classes of 2019-2023 include:
  • Archbishop Riordan High School
  • The Bay School 
  • Bishop O'Dowd High School
  • Cate School
  • The College Preparatory School
  • Convent of the Sacred Heart
  • Drew School
  • Gateway High School
  • Head-Royce School
  • International High School
  • Lick-Wilmerding High School
  • Marin Academy
  • Proctor Academy
  • Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory
  • Sterne School
  • Saint Ignatius College Preparatory High School
  • Stuart Hall High School
  • Sugar Bowl Academy
  • University High School
  • The Urban School of San Francisco 
  • The San Francisco Waldorf High School
Our students have also been accepted to various public schools, such as Balboa High School, Campolindo High School, Galileo Academy of Science and Technology, Lowell High School, Mills High School, Oakland School of the Arts, Oceana High School, and Ruth Asawa School of the Arts.
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