HEAD OF SCHOOL
HEAD OF SCHOOL
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.
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.
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 local 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 4:00 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.
|English||4 years||40||English Language & Literature I-IV
Honors English Language & Literature IV
|Mathematics||4 years||40||Algebra I
AP Calculus AB
AP Computer Science
|Social Studies||4 years||40||World Civilizations/World Civ ESL
World History/World History ESL
Civics & Economics
|Laboratory Science||4 years||40||Integrated Science/ Integrated Science ESL
AP Physics I
Chemistry, AP Chemistry
|World Language||2 years of the same language||20||AP Chinese
|Visual and Performing Arts||1 year||10||Foundation Art I/II
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
College Counseling III/IV
International Current Events
|Community Service||100 hours||25 hours per year of attendance|
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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