School Profile

Joanne Walsh

James Kirkpatrick

Carol Xie

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.

School Day
Core school day is 8:30 am – 3:15 pm. After-School electives are offered until 5:00 pm.

Grade Scale
A-F grading system, with GPA calculated on a 4.0 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.

Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Visa Sponsorship
Approved by the U.S. 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.

Graduation Requirements

HIGH SCHOOL SUBJECT AREACalifornia State Mandated Requirements* (EC 51225.3) for High School Graduation UC Requirements for Freshman AdmissionsCSU Requirements for Freshman AdmissionsWoodside International School Graduation Requirements
Social Science
(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
(30 credits)
(UC/CSU “B” Requirement)
Three YearsFours Years of Approved CoursesFours Years of Approved CoursesFour Years
(40 credits)
(UC/CSU “C” Requirement)
Two years, including Algebra I, beginning in 2003–04.
(EC 51224.5)
Three years, including algebra, geometry, and intermediate algebra. Four years recommended.Three years, including algebra, intermediate algebra, and geometry. Four years
(40 credits)
(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
(30 credits)
Foreign Language
(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
(10 credits)
College Preparatory electives
(UC/CSU “G” Requirement)
One Year***One Year***Two years
(20 credits)
Woodside Additional RequirementsTwo years
(20 credits) in Personal Development.
25 hours of community service or practicum for each year of attendance.
TOTAL13 year-long courses
(130 credits)
15 year-long courses
(150 credits)

18 year-long courses recommended
(180 credits)
15 year-long courses
(150 credits)
220 credits

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

College Acceptances

  • 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
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