HEAD OF SCHOOL
HEAD OF SCHOOL
Woodside International School is a WASC-accredited independent co-educational private high school in San Francisco. WIS provides a rigorous and engaging individualized college preparatory education. Our student body consists of both American 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.
Our mission is to engage and support all of our students in becoming socially responsible critical thinkers who understand that learning is a continuous process to prepare them for life beyond high school in the modern world.
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.
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 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 American students in order to encourage and facilitate cultural exchange among the entire student body.
WIS was founded in 1976.
Core school day is 8:30 am – 3:15 pm. After-School electives are offered until 5:00 pm.
A-F grading system, with GPA calculated on a 4.0 scale. Honors are weighted an additional grade point.
Average class size is 12 students.
With a worldwide focus, our alumni represent 18 different countries.
Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
Approved by the U.S. Department of State to host F-1 Visa Students.
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.
|HIGH SCHOOL SUBJECT AREA||California State Mandated Requirements* (EC 51225.3) for High School Graduation||UC Requirements for Freshman Admissions||CSU Requirements for Freshman Admissions||Woodside International School Graduation Requirements|
(UC/CSU “A” Requirement)
|Three years of history/social studies, including one year of U.S. history and geography; one year of world history, culture, and geography; one semester of American government and civics, and one semester of economics.||Two years of history/social science, including one year of U.S. history or one-half year of U.S. history and one-half year of civics or American government; and one year of world history, cultures, and geography.||Two years, including one year of U.S. history or U.S. history and government and one year of other approved social science.||Three years
(UC/CSU “B” Requirement)
|Three Years||Fours Years of Approved Courses||Fours Years of Approved Courses||Four Years
(UC/CSU “C” Requirement)
|Two years, including Algebra I, beginning in 2003–04. |
|Three years, including algebra, geometry, and intermediate algebra. Four years recommended.||Three years, including algebra, intermediate algebra, and geometry.||Four years
(UC/CSU “D” Requirement)
|Two years, including biological and physical sciences.||Two years with lab required, chosen from biology, chemistry, and physics.|
Three years recommended.
|Two years, including one year of biological and one year of physical science with lab.||Three years with lab required
(UC/CSU “E” Requirement)
|One year of either visual and performing arts, foreign language, or career technical education**.||Two years in same language required. Three years recommended.||Two years in same language required.||Three years
(30 credits) in same language.
|Visual and Performing Arts|
(UC/CSU “F” Requirement)
|One year of either visual and performing arts, foreign language, or career technical education**.||One year of visual and performing arts chosen from the following: dance, drama/theater, music, or visual art.||One year of visual and performing arts chosen from the following: dance, drama/theater, music, or visual art.||One year
|College Preparatory electives|
(UC/CSU “G” Requirement)
|One Year***||One Year***||Two years
|Woodside Additional Requirements||Two years
(20 credits) in Personal Development.
|25 hours of community service or practicum for each year of attendance.|
|TOTAL||13 year-long courses|
|15 year-long courses |
18 year-long courses recommended
|15 year-long courses |
Please see the Graduation Requirements Page for additional details.
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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