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You MUST BE 14 to apply for a work permit (exception for those in media and entertainment fields)

SFUSD: Student Work Permits

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8th Grade Announcements!

High School Fair @ Lick Wilmerding is on Saturday 9/9. 

Register here:

Reminder for any students going on campus tours and shadows:

You MUST bring a note when you return to school in order to be marked excused on your attendance. 

Students are responsible for any missed assignments. Students are expected to inform teachers in advance if they are to miss school due to tours and shadows. 

Every SFUSD public school has their own schedule of tours, shadows and open house dates. A compiled list is not available at this moment, please check the individual school's website for information or call the school directly to book a date.

Please see below link to sign up for parent tour at Abraham Lincoln High School.

Shadow visits and parent tours are all full. Open House is on 11/16 from 6:00-8:00, no reservations needed.

Lowell Open House ticket information is not available at this moment. Please check their website for updates on fall tours which will begin in October:

Ruth Asawa School of the Arts - Tours and application information is posted on our high school bulletin boards and in the counseling office. We are working on setting up a Shadow Day in October for Giannini 8th Graders who are interested! Please come see Ms. Lau to be placed on the list for Shadow Day. Date to be announced!

For details on applying, visit: and click on "APPLY" tab.



Please see Ms. Lau in the counseling office if you have any questions or to set an appointment to talk about high school. Email: Thank you!

High School Application Info

How to Get an Application

  • SFUSD General Application - a copy will be mailed to your address on file. If you do not receive one, pick one up from the Counseling Office. We also have Chinese and Spanish versions available.
  • Lowell Application - pick one up from the Counseling Office.
  • SOTA Application - Go to SotA's website to complete the online application.

Submit your Application

  • SFUSD General Application - due January 13, 2017; submit in-person to Counseling Office at AP Giannini 
  • SOTA Application - due December 7, 2016; submit in-person to SotA, 555 Portola Drive, SF, CA 94131. 
  • Lowell Application - due December 16, 2016 with SFUSD General Application and resume completed from ELA class; submit in-person to Counseling Office at AP Giannini to either Mr. Kachiside Madu or Ms. Karen Lai.

Lowell Admission Test

Lowell High School has an early deadline of December 16, 2016

Lowell test dates are at Lowell High School at 6pm on the following dates.

Students must be on time with an ID.

  • Wednesday, January 4, 2017: Last name begins with S-Z

  • Thursday, January 5, 2017: Last name begins with M-R

  • Friday, January 6, 2017: Last name begins with G-L

  • Monday, January 9, 2017: Last name begins with A-F

  • There will be no confirmation letter sent.

  • Applicants are expected to appear on their assigned date.

  • Applicants who have an unavoidable conflict with their assigned date may contact the Educational Placement Center to request an alternate date. The office email is

  • Applicants must arrive by 6:00 p.m. at Lowell High School, 1101 Eucalyptus Ave, San Francisco, 94132.

  • Students arriving late will not be permitted to take the test.

  • The tests will be over by approx. 9:15 p.m.


Asking for Recommendations

You only need a letter of recommendation to apply to School of the Arts. You do not need a letter of recommendation to apply to any other SFUSD high schools. 

Tour, Open House, & Shadowing… what's the difference?

You are excused from school for high school tours, open houses, and/or shadowing… so take advantage of it! Make sure to bring a signed note (by parent or guardian) the day before or when you return to school so that we may excuse your absence. You are responsible for work that you miss so talk to your teachers before your shadow date.

Tour: Usually during school hours led by students. A walk through campus with possible visits to classrooms.

Open House: Usually after school hours in a contained area (library, auditorium, gym, etc.) with general information presented and often a question and answer portion.

Shadowing:  Attend high school for part of the day following a real life high school student!

For further information on high schools, please see Mr. Jang's High School information for 8th graders on Google Drive.


A lot of information on high schools maybe found on the internet and it is a good look at schools' individual websites listed below.

Asawa San Francisco School Of The Arts (SOTA)


Balboa High School


Burton, Phillip and Sala High School


Galileo High School


Independence High School


International Studies Academy


Jordan, June High School


Lincoln, Abraham High School


Lowell High School


Marshall, Thurgood High School


Mission High School


O'Connell, John High School


S.F. International High School


The Academy of Arts and Sciences - San Francisco


Wallenberg, Raoul High School


Washington, George High School

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