Admission Process

Applying to Kindergarten

Any child applying to Hamlin for Kindergarten for the 2021-2022 school year must be five years old by August 1, 2021.

Steps in the Admission Process:

Complete and submit an Online Inquiry Form which will go live Wednesday, September 9, 2020. If you choose to apply to The Hamlin School for the 2021-2022 academic year, please note that the application process will be completed online.

Weekday Parent Tour (required) offers a view of our school in action. For the health and safety of our girls, teachers, and prospective parents, all fall admission tours will be virtual through Zoom. Registration will begin on September 9, 2020 via the Online Inquiry form.

Learn About Hamlin (attendance strongly encouraged) will provide a deeper window into our program and community. We will host two different virtual Learn About Hamlin events this fall, each with a specific focus. A detailed schedule for each Learn About Hamlin event will be provided in early September.
  • Learn About Hamlin I: Curriculum and Teaching will be on Saturday, October 24, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
  • Learn About Hamlin II: Culture and Community will be on Saturday, November 7, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Kindergarten Screening (required) is an in-person, one-on-one assessment, which will be administered by independent screeners at Congregation Emanu-El of San Francisco (2 Lake Street) in January 2021. The screening results will be accepted by Hamlin and Burke's. Parents/guardians may schedule this appointment using the Kindergarten Screening website starting Monday, November 2, 2020. Of course, we will pivot to virtual screenings if necessary.

Kindergarten Visit to Hamlin (required) will take place in person in January 2021. Please schedule your daughter’s visit to Hamlin on Ravenna. Again, we will pivot to virtual visits if necessary.

A Common Confidential Student Evaluation Form (required) must be completed by your daughter’s current school. Please designate the teacher who will complete the electronic form by indicating the teacher’s name and email address on Ravenna. The evaluation form will be emailed directly to the teacher to complete and send back no later than Tuesday, December 15, 2020. Hamlin prefers to receive the evaluation forms electronically, but we are including a pdf of the form in case you need it. The paper copy must first be signed by you, then completed by your daughter's preschool teacher, and returned directly to Hamlin by her preschool. 

Parent/Guardian Interview (required) will be conducted from late October through January via Zoom. Starting Monday, September 21, 2020, you may contact Lisa Lau Aquino ’81 at to schedule an appointment.

Completed application and $100 fee are due Tuesday, December 15, 2020.

Families facing financial constraints may request an application fee adjustment by calling Lisa Lau Aquino ’81 at 415.674.5400.

San Francisco K-8 independent schools will mail admission decision letters on March 17, 2021. Electronic notification will be sent on March 18, 2021 at noon.

If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact Lisa Lau Aquino’81, Director of Admission, at 415.674.5400 or at

Watch a video capturing a day in the life of a Hamlin Kindergarten student:

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San Francisco. California 94115
Tel. 415.922.0300 • Fax. 415.674.5409
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