A. The financial assistance budget for the 2017-2018 school year is $1,910,000. All prospective families will receive information about our tuition assistance program in the application packet. Socioeconomic diversity is an important goal, supported by the Board of Trustees, administration, and full community at Hamlin.
A. No. Hamlin families come from all over the Bay Area. We currently have over 40 zip codes represented in the Hamlin community. Most of our families live in San Francisco, although we have a significant number commuting from the North Bay and some from the East and South Bay. Carpooling is highly encouraged and recommended.
A. Our students come from many different preschools all over San Francisco and beyond. The current kindergarten, Class of 2026, has 26 preschools represented. The kindergarten classes of 2024, 2025, and 2026, combined, have 49 preschools represented:
Alta Plaza Preschool Bacich School Bright Horizons 2nd Street Bright Horizons Hillside Bright Horizons Main Street Bright Horizons Sherith Israel Calvary Preschool Chinese American International School Community Preschool Cow Hollow Preschool Dr. Charles R. Drew Elementary Eureka Learning Center Friends to Parents Glen Ridge Cooperative Golden Gate Guppies JCC Tiburon JCCSF Diller JCCSF Rosenberg Journeys School Kids Club Laurel Hill Cooperative Le Port Little Gators Little Wonders Too Lone Mountain Children's Center Montessori Children's House Montessori of Ladera Ranch Montessori School of the Bay Area Mother Goose School Noriega Early Education School Old Firehouse Pacific Primary Phoebe Hearst Playgroup Presidio Knolls Pumpkin Patch Russian Hill Academy Russian Hill School Scandinavian School SLS St. George's St. James Preschool Starlight Christian Stratford Stretch the Imagination The Little School The Little School Tiburon The Serra Preschool Zaida Rodriguez EES
A. Many Hamlin graduates attend local independent high schools such as University High School, Lick-Wilmerding, Urban, The Branson School, and Drew to name a few. Some students choose local public schools, such as Lowell in San Francisco, and Redwood in Marin. Hamlin graduates also attend boarding schools such as Cate and Thacher in the west and Andover and Deerfield in the east. As with elementary school admissions, it’s about finding the “best match” for each girl. Please visit High School Placement for more information.
A. We incorporate multiple service learning opportunities into our regular curriculum that invite the girls to venture out into the larger San Francisco community, applying facts and concepts learned in school, and fostering relationships with other local organizations. Additionally, Hamlin faculty, in partnership with the Parents Association Lend-a-Hand Committee, provide age-appropriate service learning opportunities for Hamlin students and their families. We also firmly believe that school service cultivates good citizenship and leadership in our students, and we provide numerous opportunities for Hamlin girls to serve their school.
A. In the Middle School, a variety of sports are offered in the athletics program, and girls have the opportunity to play at the club, junior varsity, or varsity level. Club level, junior varsity and varsity are offered in volleyball, cross country, and basketball; in soccer, club level and varsity are offered. Hamlin participates in the Bay Area Independent Athletic League (BAIAL).
A. Parents are an integral part of the school, and we encourage all of our parents to become involved with the Hamlin community. Through the Parents Association, parents are on campus helping in the lunchroom and the library, preparing for numerous Hamlin community events, organizing community service projects, or helping with school fundraisers. You can also find parents reading stories in the classrooms, driving on fieldtrips, sharing a particular expertise as a guest speaker in the classroom, and so much more.
A. Most definitely! Over two-thirds of our families are “dual working.” Hamlin's Extended Day program is available from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. for all grades. Hamlin vacation camps are offered on days when the school is not in session but many parents may still be at work. Whenever possible, we offer morning and evening meetings to accommodate different schedules.
A. Absolutely. We feel it is important for you to have contact with our current community. Hamlin parents will be available at all of our admission events including Learn About Hamlin on Saturday, October 21, 2017 and during weekday tours. Current Grade 8 students will be leading your tours of the campus.
A. Teacher evaluations from your daughter’s present school are required as part of the application process. Additional letters of recommendation in support of your daughter’s application are neither expected nor required.