School Profile

HEAD OF SCHOOL
Ariel Edwards
aedwards@wissf.org

COLLEGE COUNSELOR
Sara Anderson
sanderson@wissf.org

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT LIASON
George Pan
gpan@wissf.org

ABOUT
Woodside International School of San Francisco is a WASC-accredited, independent, college-preparatory and co-educational private high school. Our student body consists of both American and International students learning together. We foster a collaborative community spirit, and we have been cultivating a global community one student at a time for over 40 years.

MISSION
Our mission is to engage and support all of our students in becoming socially responsible critical thinkers who understand learning is a continuous process to prepare them for life beyond high school in the modern world.

VALUES
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 compassionate individuals who become responsible citizens. Our rigorous academic approach and small class sizes help develop critical thinking skills and a broad and inclusive view of the world. Our students are global citizens, and tolerance, diversity and mutual respect are at the forefront of Woodside’s program.

PROGRAM
Our students understand from the first day of school that learning is a lifelong pursuit. The value of higher education is emphasized in consistent collaboration among our students and faculty. Our College Counselor begins working with students in the 9th grade to develop a college entrance and success plan. Problem-solving strategies, analytical and critical thinking, and organizational and study skills are at the core of our program. Students are also advised and encouraged to communicate opinions effectively and creatively. We recognize that students express themselves in a variety of ways, and our broad, collaborative and rigorous curriculum has been developed to value achievement in all areas.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
International students spend extensive time with ESL teachers in order to develop their understanding of language mechanics and to improve both written and oral communication in English. International students participate in math, science, and art classes with American students in order to encourage and facilitate cultural exchange among the entire student body.

Founded
WIS was founded in 1976.

School Day
Core school day is 8:30 am – 3:15 pm. After school electives are offered until 5:00 pm.

Grade Scale
A-F grading system, with GPA calculated on a 4.00 scale. Honors are weighted an additional grade point.

Class Size
Average class size is 12 students.

Student Population
With a worldwide focus, our alumni represent 18 different countries.

Accreditation
Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Visa Sponsorship
Approved by the US Department of State to host F-1 Visa Students.

College Counseling
Individualized counseling and classes for every student. 100% of graduates are admitted to college and university each year.

International Student Advising
Academic and cultural advising is provided to international students.

Graduation Requirements

Honors Diploma Requirements

  • A cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher
  • 225 course credits
  • 25 extra Community Service hours
  • Minimum of one full year’s enrollment at Woodside

College Acceptances

Abilene Christian University
American University of Dubai
Arizona State University
Babson College
Bard College
Boston University
Brigham Young University
Brown University
California College of Arts
California State Universities: Cal Poly Pomona, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Channel Islands, Chico, East Bay, Fresno, Humboldt, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Monterey Bay, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Sonoma
Chapman University
College of Charleston
Colorado State University
Community Colleges: Berkeley, De Anza, Diablo Valley, Foothill, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Barbara, Santa Monica, Skyline; Shoreline Community College (WA)
Dominican University of California
Drexel University
Eastern Oregon University
Eugene Lang College
Evergreen State College
George Washington University
Harvard College
Hofstra University
Ithaca College
Landmark College
Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts
Mills College
New School University
Notre Dame de Namur University
Oberlin College
Oregon State University
Pace University
Pepperdine University
Reed College
Rochester Institute of Technology
St. Joseph’s College
St. Mary’s College of California
San Francisco Art Institute
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Santa Clara University
Sarah Lawrence College
Southern Oregon University
Stanford University
Syracuse University
University of Arizona
University of California: Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, Merced, Riverside, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz
University of Denver
University of Hawaii
University of Miami
University of Montana Western
University of Portland
University of Puget Sound
University of San Francisco
University of Southern California
University of the Pacific
University of Vermont
Utica College
Western State University
Whittier College
Williams College
Xavier University

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