Application Process

Grades 1–4

First through Fourth Grades

Transferring schools—whether due to relocation or the need to find a better fit—is an important transition, both for students and their families.

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    Thank you for your interest in The Brandeis School of San Francisco. You are invited to begin the admissions process at Brandeis by inquiring online. Once you inquire, you will be contacted by Polly Sapakie to schedule a campus visit.

    We invite you to take a tour of our school campus. During the tour, led by Director of Admissions Tania Lowenthal, you will have the opportunity to experience the day in the life of a Brandeis student. 

    If you are unable to attend one of our scheduled tours, please contact Polly Sapakie, Admissions Assistant, at

    All applications, including submission of student evaluation forms, may be completed by logging into our website. You may start the form and resume at any time. 

    You may choose to apply in the fall, which gives you more flexibility in scheduling your parent interview. Please be sure to submit your application 3 days prior to your parent interview. 

    The application is due January 24, 2020. Please be sure to also include a recent photo of the applicant. 

    A completed application includes the application form, student evaluation form, $100 non-refundable fee, and a recent photo of the applicant.

    You can click for the K-1 student evaluation form and click here for the 2-8 student evaluation form. These forms are also available on your online checklist by logging into our website. You can email it directly to your child's teacher and/or print, sign, and complete the top portion of the form and give it to your child's current teacher(s) to return to Brandeis.

    We also require the applicant's report cards, narrative reports, and standardized tests from the past two years, as well as any other pertinent information. Please complete the top portion of the records release form and give to the applicant's school so that these documents can be mailed to Brandeis.

    As part of the admissions process, student applicants have the opportunity to visit the school, participate in the classroom, and get to know our their Brandeis cohort. During your child’s visit, a member of the admissions team will do a basic reading, writing, and math assessment with your child. Additionally, your child will meet one-on-one our director of admissions for a brief conversation. This gives us an opportunity to get to know your child better and to recognize their unique spark. If your child is already taking the ISEE (independent school entrance exam) and you’ve submitted your child’s results, we will waive our assessment.
    Recognizing that your time is valuable, we strive to schedule both the student visit and parent meeting on the same day. 

    Once a child's application has been submitted, parents/guardians are invited to a 30-minute conversation with Director of Admissions Tania Lowenthal to continue the process of getting to know your family. At Brandeis, we take this process of choosing a school for your child and a community for your family very seriously. We strive to create a school community where students and families understand and are supportive of our mission and values of kindness, integrity, and service.

    1. Inquire online

    2. Schedule a campus visit with Polly Sapakie, Admissions Assistant.

    3. Apply online (Please note that you must login to apply. If you have inquired with us, but have never logged in to our site, click here to obtain your username and password.)

    • Print the student evaluation form (K-1 | 2-8) and give to the applicant's current teacher; teachers need to complete and return the form directly to Brandeis. The form is also accessible by logging into our online portal.
    • Complete the top portion of the records release form and give to the applicant's school so that report cards, narrative reports, and standardized tests from the past two years, as well as any other pertinent information, will be mailed to Brandeis.
    • Include a recent photo of the applicant.
    • Submit a $100 application fee (nonrefundable).
    4. After you have submitted your application, we will contact you to schedule a parent/guardian interview and a student visit.

    5. Apply for tuition assistance (if applicable).

    Please note: an application cannot be considered complete until all records have been received.

    Student Evaluation Form deadline is January 10, 2020.
    Application deadline is January 24, 2020.

    All admissions decisions will be available online Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. We will also mail decision letters via USPS on Wednesday, March 18, 2020.
Brandeis admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, and sexual orientation in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.