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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.

Graduation Requirements

SubjectsRequirementUnitsCourse Catalog
Total270
English4 years40English Language & Literature I-IV
Honors English Language & Literature IV
ESL Intermediate
ESL Advanced
Mathematics4 years40Algebra I
Algebra II
AP Calculus AB
AP Computer Science
Geometry
Pre-Calculus
Social Studies4 years40World Civilizations/World Civ ESL
World History/World History ESL
US History
Civics & Economics
Laboratory Science4 years40Integrated Science/ Integrated Science ESL
AP Biology
AP Chemistry
AP Physics I
Chemistry, AP Chemistry
Environmental Science
World Language2 years of the same language20AP Chinese
AP Mandarin
AP Spanish
Japanese I-IV
Mandarin I-IV
Spanish I-IV
Visual and Performing Arts1 year10Foundation Art I/II
Advanced Art
Portfolio Preparation
Music Appreciation & Performance
College Preparatory Electives4 years40Philosophy I/II
Advanced Philosophy III/IV
Honors Advanced Philosophy
Additional year of core classes
Personal Development4 years40Health & Life Skills I-II
College Counseling III/IV
International Current Events
Community Service100 hours25 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

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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