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Admissions Process

Our Mission

Holy Name is a welcoming and diverse Catholic school committed to offering its students a safe and academically challenging environment. We constantly evolve to meet the needs of the modern student. Holy Name works in partnership with families to empower each student to achieve his or her highest level of scholarship, while demonstrating Christ-like values in their daily lives.

Our Philosophy

Holy Name is a vibrant Catholic School, in the Outer Sunset District of San Francisco, where each child is valued and encouraged to be a committed member of our diverse Christian community. Our students have many skills, interests and learning styles and our goal at Holy Name is to recognize and celebrate each child's strengths. We encourage them to be aware of their own visible learning in order to have a stronger impact on their academic and social successes. At the center of everything that we do are the messages and teachings of Jesus. Through His example, we, the faculty and staff of Holy Name, aim to make school a safe and joyful place, and strive to create a stimulating and caring Catholic environment in which each child feels confident, secure and valued.

The children are at the heart of every decision we make. We strive to meet the needs of each child in order for them to achieve their full potential. Working with students and parents, the primary educators of their children, we focus on developing a love and understanding of the teachings of the Catholic Church, God and each other. Holy Name School fosters a close connection between home, school, parish and the wider community. We ensure effective implementation of the Archdiocesan Standards with high academic expectations and encourage Holy Name students to be Christ-Like, resourceful problem solvers and outstanding citizens, who are scholarly and self-respecting members of society.

Holy Name welcomes applications from families of all backgrounds. Students who are Roman Catholic and are participating parishioners of Holy Name Catholic Church, siblings or students enrolled in Holy Name Parish Preschool will be given first priority.

Holy Name School hosts a series of school tours beginning in September for families interested in learning more about the Holy Name experience. Tours are offered often as well as by appointment.

We highly encourage you to set up a tour as they provide families with an opportunity to see the entire school, visit classrooms, and meet faculty, staff, and administration. Please call our office at (415) 731-4077 or email Linda Cheetham at lcheetham@holynamesf.com to schedule a tour.

Application Process

  • Attend a tour and pick up an application at the school Office (or click below to print the application).
  • Return your completed application with the required documentation. Click the application letter below for a list of required documentation.
  • You will be contacted by phone or email to schedule your child's testing appointment.
    • K Applicants: We would like to see your child in a social setting in the Kindergarten classroom. We are looking to see if they can follow basic directions and how they interact with other children and adults on staff. We will be asking them to identify and write some letters and numbers and participate in various activities set up around the classroom.
      • Virtual Assessment Dates/Times:
        • HN Preschool only: December 5th
        • General Applicants: January 8th, 9th, & 10th
    • 1st-8th Applicants: All 1st-8th Grade Applicants will be asked to schedule a virtual shadow day where they will act as a Holy Name student for a day. During this shadow experience, applicants will be assessed in their reading comprehension, writing, and math abilities using the Archdiocese of San Francisco's Renaissance STAR assessment.
  • APPLICATION DUE DATES
    • for early acceptance/registration
      • for those enrolled in Holy Name Preschool or siblings of current HN students: Tuesday, December 1st, 2020
      • for those not enrolled in Holy Name Preschool or new to Holy Name: Tuesday, December 15th, 2020
    • for standard acceptance/registration
      • Tuesday, January 19th, 2021
    • for continued acceptance/registration:
      • anytime after January 19th, however will be based on availability from those already registered
    • ACCEPTANCE LETTERS:
      • will be emailed on Friday, January 15th at 4:00 pm for early acceptance/registration students
      • All other applicants will be notified about the admission decision within two weeks of their assessments (after the initial Acceptance Letter posting in January).
    • WAIT LISTS:
      • Many classes have a wait list and a representative from Holy Name will inform a family if space becomes available.
      • Holy Name School strives to provide space for all interested families; however, we do have waitlists for some grade levels. For this reason we encourage you to inquire about all classes as soon as possible in order to ensure that your child does not miss out on the opportunity to receive a Holy Name education!
      • If you are interested in being placed on a waitlist, please follow the Application Process listed under the Admissions Process page. Students will be placed on grade level waitlists according to the order in which completed applications are received.

Transfer Students

We accept transfer applications on an individual case basis. Please contact us at (415) 731-4077 for more information.

The elementary schools of the Archdiocese of San Francisco admit students of any race, color, and national and/or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded to or made available to students at these schools. Our schools do not un-lawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color and national and/or ethnic origin, age, sex or disability in administration of educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school administered programs. Likewise our schools do not discriminate against any applicant for employment on the basis of sex, age, handicap, race, color, and national and/or ethnic origin.

Waitlist Information

Holy Name School strives to provide space for all interested families; however, we do have waitlists for some grade levels. For this reason we encourage you to inquire about all classes as soon as possible in order to ensure that your child does not miss out on the opportunity to receive a Holy Name education!

If you are interested in being placed on a waitlist, please follow the Application Process listed under the Admissions Process page. Students will be placed on grade level waitlists according to the order in which completed applications are received.