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Applying to High School (non SFUSD)

Asking for Recommendations

Some private schools may ask for a letter of recommendation during the application process (most SFUSD schools will not).


If you need a recommendation, here are some tips to remember:

  • Please give your recommender (teacher/counselor/administrator) as much time as possible for your recommendation (at least 2 weeks is nice). The more time they have, the better job they can do on your recommendation.
  • It is helpful to provide your recommender with a copy of your résumé and other information you would like them to include.
  • Be sure to provide your recommender a self addressed, stamped envelope for your recommendation if it needs to be mailed in. Some recommendations can now be done online or by email.
  • Only ask for a recommendation if you need one.


If you need to share a résumé on Google Drive with Mr. Madu, please share to MaduK@sfusd.edu.

If you need to give a school Mr. Madu's email address for recommendations, please give them MaduK@sfusd.edu.

Private Schools in San Francisco

Below is a partial list of private schools in San Francisco. A more extensive list is available here.



Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory

1055 Ellis St.

San Francisco, CA 94109

(415) 775-6626



Immaculate Conception Academy

3625 24th St.

San Francisco, CA 94001

(415) 824-2052



Archbishop Riordan High School

175 Phelan Ave.

San Francisco, CA 94112

(415) 586-8200



Saint Ignatius College Prep

2001 37th Ave.

San Francisco, CA 94122

(415) 731-7500



Lick-Wilmerding High School

755 Ocean Avenue

San Francisco, CA 94112

(415) 333-4021


Charter Schools in San Francisco

The schools listed below are the six charter high schools in San Francisco.



City Arts and Tech High

325 La Grande Ave.

San Francisco, CA 94112



Gateway High

1430 Scott St.

San Francisco, CA 94115-3510



KIPP San Francisco College Preparatory

1195 Hudson Ave.

San Francisco, CA 94124



Leadership High

350 Seneca Ave.

San Francisco, CA 94112



Life Learning Academy Charter

651 Eighth St., Bldg. 229

Treasure Island

San Francisco, CA 94130



San Francisco Flex Academy

1350 7th Ave.

San Francisco, CA 94122



Do you have questions about charter schools?

The California Charter Schools Association has issued Frequently Asked Questions About Charter Schools that may answer some of your questions.

Public schools outside of San Francisco

If you would like to attend a public high school outside of San Francisco (for example in Daly City) while still living in San Francisco, you need to complete a Request for Interdistrict Transfer Agreement Permit.