Frequently Asked Questions
Education is important to our family, but we cannot afford the tuition. Is tuition assistance available?
The financial assistance budget for the 2022-2023 school year is $2,830,000. All prospective families will receive information about our tuition assistance program in the application packet. Socioeconomic diversity is an important goal, supported by the Board of Trustees, administration, and full community at Hamlin.
Do all Hamlin families live near the school?
No. Hamlin families come from all over the Bay Area. We currently have over 40 zip codes represented in the Hamlin community. Most of our families live in San Francisco, although we have a significant number commuting from the North Bay and some from the East and South Bay. Carpooling is highly encouraged and recommended.
Do your students come from "feeder preschools"?
Our students come from many different preschools all over San Francisco and beyond. The current Kindergarten class, Class of 2031, has 19 preschools represented. The Kindergarten classes of 2029, 2030, and 2031 combined have 43 preschools represented:
Bright Horizons Kansas St.
Bright Horizons Mission Bay
Calvary Presbyterian Preschool
Cobb (William L.) Elementary
Congregation Beth Sholom
Cow Hollow Preschool
Francis Scott Key Elementary
Golden Gate Guppies
The Growing Tree International School
Horizon Community School
JCCSF Helen Diller Family Preschool
Language in Action
Latchkey Alternative Center in Daly City
Little Gators Preschool
The Little School
Little Worlds Workshop
Lone Mountain Children’s Center
Marin Montessori School
Mighty Bambinis Nature School
Nature Kidz Preschool
Noriega Children Center
One Fifty Parker Avenue School
Pacific Primary School
Phoebe Hearst Preschool
Presidio Hill School
Presidio Knolls School
Retoños Schoolhouse in Daly City
Russian Hill School
Santa Rita Elementary School
The Serra Preschool
St. James Preschool
Stratford School – Montfort
Stratford School – Parkside
Stretch the Imagination
Temple Emanu-El Preschool
Tiny Giants Childcare Center
Treasure Island Child Development Center
When does world language instruction begin?
World language instruction begins in Kindergarten for all students. Our K-8 Spanish program builds toward second-language proficiency.
Where do Hamlin graduates attend high school?
Many Hamlin graduates attend local independent and public high schools in San Francisco and neighboring communities. Hamlin graduates also choose to attend boarding schools around the country. As with elementary school admissions, it’s about each student finding the best fit. Please visit our High School Counseling page for more information.
What does community service look like at Hamlin?
We incorporate multiple service learning opportunities into our regular curriculum that invite students to venture out into the larger San Francisco community, applying facts and concepts learned in school, and fostering relationships with other local organizations. Additionally, Hamlin faculty, in partnership with the Parents Association’s Lend-a-Hand Committee, provide age-appropriate service learning opportunities for Hamlin students and their families. We also firmly believe that school service cultivates good citizenship and leadership in our students, and we provide numerous opportunities for Hamlin girls to serve their school.
What types of sports opportunities are there at Hamlin?
A variety of sports are offered for students in Grades 5-8 in our Athletics program, and students have the opportunity to play at the club, junior varsity, or varsity levels. Close to 90% of Hamlin Middle School students participate in Athletics in some way! Club level, junior varsity, and varsity are offered in volleyball, cross country, and basketball; in soccer, club level and varsity are offered. We also offer a running club in the fall and spring.
Hamlin participates in the Bay Area Independent Athletic League (BAIAL).
Are parents welcome to get involved at Hamlin?
Parents are an integral part of the school, and we encourage all of our parents to become involved with the Hamlin community. Through the Parents Association, parents are on campus helping in the lunchroom and the library, preparing for numerous Hamlin community events, organizing community service projects, and/or helping with school fundraisers. You can also find parents reading stories in classrooms, chaperoning fieldtrips, sharing their expertise as a guest speaker, and so much more. Check out our Parents Association and Ways To Get Involved pages for more info.
Do parents who work outside the home feel welcomed and supported at Hamlin?
Most definitely! Over 70% of our families are “dual working.” Hamlin’s Extended Day program is available from 7:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. for all grades. Hamlin vacation camps are offered on days when school is not in session but many parents may still be at work. Whenever possible, we offer morning and evening meeting options to accommodate different schedules, and recordings are always made available for parents who are unable to attend in person.
Will we have an opportunity to meet current Hamlin families as part of the admission process?
Absolutely! We feel it is important for you to have contact with our current community, and Hamlin parents will be available at all of our admission events.
How old does my child have to be to apply for Kindergarten?
Applicants for Kindergarten must be five years old by August 1 of the year they would be entering.
Are letters of recommendation required for entrance?
Teacher evaluations from your child’s present school are required as part of the application process. Additional letters of recommendation in support of your child’s application are neither expected nor required.
Is a declaration of "first choice" required?
Declaration of “first choice” is not a required part of admission at Hamlin. If, however, you come to the end of the application process and find that Hamlin is your clear and unequivocal first choice, then the Admission Committee will welcome that news. That said, a first-choice declaration does not give an applicant an “edge” in the process, nor will it increase the likelihood of an offer of admission.