Admission Process

Applying to Kindergarten

Spring and Fall Tours for 2019-2020 School Year
Fall tours for the 2019-2020 school year will begin in October 2018.

Feel free to contact Lisa Lau Aquino’ 81, Director of Admission, at 415.674.5400 or if you have any questions.

Any child applying to Hamlin for Kindergarten for the 2019-2020 school year must be five years old by August 1, 2019.

Steps in the Admission Process:

Complete and submit an Online Inquiry Form to schedule a weekday tour, RSVP for Learn About Hamlin and to request admission materials. If you choose to apply to The Hamlin School for the 2018-2019 academic year, please note that the application process will be completed online.

Learn About Hamlin will be on Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. at 2120 Broadway Street; 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 Tours (Required) offer a view of our school in action. 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.

Kindergarten Screenings (Required) are one-on-one assessments, which will be administered by independent screeners at Congregation Emanu-El of San Francisco (2 Lake Street) in January 2018. The screening results will be accepted by Hamlin and Burke's. Parents/guardians may schedule this appointment using the Kindergarten Screening website starting November 1, 2017.

Kindergarten Visits to Hamlin (Required) will take place in January. Please schedule your daughter’s visit to Hamlin using the Hamlin online application portal.

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 using the Hamlin online application portal. The evaluation form will be emailed directly to the teacher to complete and send back no later than Friday, December 15, 2017. 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 Interviews (Required) will be conducted from late October through January. Starting Monday, September 18, 2017, you may contact Lisa Lau Aquino ’81 at to schedule an appointment.

Completed online application and $100 application fee are due by Friday, December 15, 2017.

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 14, 2018. Electronic notification will be sent on March 15, 2018 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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The Hamlin School
2120 Broadway
San Francisco. California 94115
Tel. 415.922.0300 • Fax. 415.674.5409
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