Admission Process

Applying to Kindergarten

Any child applying to Hamlin for Kindergarten for the 2020-2021 school year must be five years old by August 1, 2020.

Steps in the Admission Process:

Complete and submit an Online Inquiry Form which will go live Wednesday, September 4, 2019. If you choose to apply to The Hamlin School for the 2020-2021 academic year, please note that the application process will be completed online.

Learn About Hamlin will be on Saturday, October 26, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. at 2120 Broadway; complimentary valet parking will be provided. Our program, designed for adults only, will include an overview of the K-8 curriculum and an opportunity to meet the Hamlin faculty and administration. Attendance is highly encouraged. 

Weekday Parent Tour (required) offers a view of our school in action. Click here for weekday tour dates. All weekday tours begin promptly at 8:30 a.m. and end at 10:30 a.m. Please enter at 2129 Vallejo Street. Spanish and Mandarin tours available upon request. Registration will begin on September 4, 2019 via the Online Inquiry form.
Kindergarten Screening (required) is a one-on-one assessment, which will be administered by independent screeners at Congregation Emanu-El of San Francisco (2 Lake Street) in January 2020. The screening results will be accepted by Hamlin and Burke's. Parents/guardians may schedule this appointment using the Kindergarten Screening website starting Friday, November 1, 2019.

Kindergarten Visit to Hamlin (required) will take place in January 2020. Please schedule your daughter’s visit to Hamlin on Ravenna.

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 Sunday, December 15, 2019. 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. Starting Monday, September 23, 2019, you may contact Lisa Lau Aquino ’81 at to schedule an appointment.

Completed application and $100 fee are due Sunday, December 15, 2019.

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 18, 2020. Electronic notification will be sent on March 19, 2020 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:

Contact Information

The Hamlin School
2120 Broadway
San Francisco. California 94115
Tel. 415.922.0300 • Fax. 415.674.5409
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