School Profile

HEAD OF SCHOOL
Joanne Walsh
jwalsh@wissf.org

COLLEGE COUNSELOR
Andrea Feeney
afeeney@wissf.org

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT LIASON
George Pan
gpan@wissf.org

ABOUT
Woodside International School of San Francisco is a WASC-accredited, independent, college-preparatory and co-educational private high school. Our student body consists of both local and International students learning together. We foster a collaborative community spirit, and we have been cultivating a global community one student at a time for over 40 years.

MISSION
Our mission is to engage and support all of our students in becoming socially responsible critical thinkers who understand learning is a continuous process to prepare them for life beyond high school in the modern world.

VALUES
We believe that every child can be academically successful and realize his or her potential in the nurturing environment of a school that truly cares about each student. We facilitate the development of self-reliant, confident and compassionate individuals who become responsible citizens. Our rigorous academic approach and small class sizes help develop critical thinking skills and a broad and inclusive view of the world. Our students are global citizens, and tolerance, diversity and mutual respect are at the forefront of Woodside’s program.

PROGRAM
Our students understand from the first day of school that learning is a lifelong pursuit. The value of higher education is emphasized in consistent collaboration among our students and faculty. Our College Counselor begins working with students in the 9th grade to develop a college entrance and success plan. Problem-solving strategies, analytical and critical thinking, and organizational and study skills are at the core of our program. Students are also advised and encouraged to communicate opinions effectively and creatively. We recognize that students express themselves in a variety of ways, and our broad, collaborative and rigorous curriculum has been developed to value achievement in all areas.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
International students spend extensive time with ESL teachers in order to develop their understanding of language mechanics and to improve both written and oral communication in English. International students participate in math, science, and art classes with local students in order to encourage and facilitate cultural exchange among the entire student body.

Founded
WIS was founded in 1976.

School Day
Core school day is 8:30 am – 3:15 pm. After school electives are offered until 4:30 pm.

Grade Scale
A-F grading system, with GPA calculated on a 4.00 scale. Honors are weighted an additional grade point.

Class Size
Average class size is 12 students.

Student Population
With a worldwide focus, our alumni represent 18 different countries.

Accreditation
Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Visa Sponsorship
Approved by the US Department of State to host F-1 Visa Students.

College Counseling
Individualized counseling and classes for every student. 100% of graduates are admitted to college and university each year.

International Student Advising
Academic and cultural advising is provided to international students.

Subjects

Graduation Requirements

Course Units

Course Catalog

 

Course Acceptances

 

English

 

4 years

 

 

40

 

Honors English IV

English Language & Literature I-IV

Honors English Language
& Literature IV

ESL Intermediate

ESL Advanced

Abilene Christian University 
Academy of Art University
American University of Dubai 
Arizona State University 
Babson College
Bard College 
Boston University 
Brigham Young University 
California College of Arts 
California State Universities: Cal Poly Pomona,
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Channel Islands, Chico, East
Bay, Fresno, Humboldt, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Monterey,
Bay, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose,
Sonoma
Chapman University 
College of Charleston
Colorado State University 
Community Colleges: Berkeley, De Anza, Diablo Valley,
Foothill, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Mateo,
Santa Barbara, Santa Monica, Skyline
Shoreline Community College (WA)
Connecticut College
Dominican University of California 
Drexel University 
Eastern Oregon University 
Eugene Lang College 
Evergreen State College 
Hofstra University 
Ithaca College 
Landmark College 
Lewis and Clark College
Mills College 
New School University 
Notre Dame de Namur University 
Oberlin College 
Oregon State University 
Pace University
Pepperdine University 
Reed College
Rochester Institute of Technology 
Saint Joseph’s College
Saint Mary's College of California 
San Francisco Art Institute 
San Francisco Conservatory of Music 
Santa Clara University
Sarah Lawrence College 
Southern Oregon University 
Syracuse University 
University of Arizona 
University of California: Berkeley, Davis, Irvine,
Los Angeles, Merced, Riverside, San Diego
University of Denver
University of Hawaii 
University of Miami 
University of Portland 
University of Puget Sound 
University of San Francisco 
University of Southern California
University of the Pacific 
University of Vermont 
Utica College 
Whittier College 
Williams College
Xavier University

 

Mathematics

 

4 years

 

40

 

Algebra I

Algebra II

AP Calculus AB

AP Computer Science

Geometry

Pre-Calculus

Social Studies

4 years

40

World Civilizations/World Civ ESL

World History/World History ESL

US History

Civics &
Economics

Laboratory Science

 

4 years

 

40

 

Integrated Science/ Integrated Science ESL

AP Biology

AP Chemistry

AP Physics I

Environmental
Science

World Language

 

2 years of the same language

 

20

 

AP Chinese

AP Mandarin

AP Spanish

Japanese I-IV

Mandarin I-IV

Spanish I-IV

 

Visual and Performing Arts

 

 

1 year

 

 

10

 

Foundation Art I/II

Advanced Art

Portfolio Preparation

Music
Appreciation & Performance

 

College Preparatory Electives

 

 

4 years

 

 

40

 

Philosophy I/II

Advanced Philosophy III/IV

Honors Advanced
Philosophy

Additional year of core classes

Personal Development

 

4 years

 

40

 

Health & Life Skills I-II

Book Publishing & Digital Art

College Counseling III/IV

International
Current Events

Community Service

100 Hours

 

25 hours per
year of attendance

Total 270 Units

Honors Diploma Requirements:

 

• A cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher

• Minimum of one full year’s enrollment at Woodside

Woodside International School does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group identification, religion, marital or parental status, sex, or sexual
orientation
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Graduation Requirements

Honors Diploma Requirements

  • A cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher
  • 225 course credits
  • 25 extra Community Service hours
  • Minimum of one full year’s enrollment at Woodside
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