Inquiring Scholars. Healthy Individuals. Contributing Citizens.
Woodside International School of San Francisco is a WASC-accredited independent college-preparatory and co-educational private high school combining American and International students in one “universal classroom” with a collaborative community spirit. Our love of learning motivates us to cultivate integrity, inclusion and internationalism, and we have been integrating the world one student at a time for nearly 40 years. We are located in the Sunset District of San Francisco one block from Golden Gate Park. This gives our students access to all the diverse academic, cultural, recreational and community benefits of our wonderful city and is within easy commute distance from all over the Bay Area.
Woodside International School’s mission is to engage and support all of our students in becoming socially responsible critical thinkers and lifelong learners in order to prepare them for life beyond high school in the modern world.
Our personalized instruction, academic support and guidance engage and empower a diverse community of students from the Bay Area, throughout the US, and abroad. We believe that every child can be academically successful and realize his or her potential in the nurturing environment of a school that truly cares about each student. We facilitate the development of self-reliant, confident and kind individuals, and our rigorous academic approach helps to develop a broad and inclusive view of the world, critical thinking skills and cross-cultural communication. Our students are global citizens, individually unique and an integral part of our local and international culture. Tolerance, diversity and mutual respect are at the forefront of all Woodside interaction. We teach learners to think and act beyond the confines of nationality, ethnicity and language, and we believe it is important to create a learning environment of self-expression, individualism and understanding among our future leaders.
Our students understand from the first day of school that learning is a lifelong pursuit and does not stop at high school. The value of higher education is emphasized in consistent collaboration among students and faculty, and our College Counselor begins working with students in the 9th grade to develop a college entrance and success plan. Problem solving strategies, analytical/critical thinking, organizational and study skills, communicating opinions effectively and creative expression are all at the core of preparing our students for life beyond high school and becoming mature-minded thinkers and doers. We recognize that students express themselves in diverse ways, and our broad, inclusive and rigorous curriculum is developed to value achievement in all areas.
Woodside International School was founded in September 1976 as Wildshaw School. The core enrollment during its first year came from students the Headmaster taught the previous year at another alternative private school. In its next three years, the school grew from 16 to 40 students. Its first graduating class of students graduated in June 1980. Woodside was both fully accredited and approved by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service to accept international students in 1985. After the Loma Prieta Earthquake in 1989, the school moved to 1555 Irving and re-named itself Woodside International School. The Wildshaw Foundation was then established to raise contributions in support of Woodside students. Throughout its history, the school has continued to attract an exceptional faculty of teachers educated in fine colleges and universities from both the United States and abroad.