9th Grade Application Process

We are thrilled that you are interested in Saint Francis! 

Thank you to everyone who submitted an application to join the class of 2028. The deadline to apply was December 15, 2023. Families who submitted an application can check the status of their application in Ravenna Hub.

The application process includes five parts: 

  • Online application
  • High School Placement Test (HSPT)
  • Interview
  • Two academic letters of recommendation
  • 7th and 8th grade transcripts

Online Application

The first step of the application process is creating an account through Ravenna Hub

After you create your account with Ravenna Solutions, select San Francisco Bay Area as your school region and search for Saint Francis High School. 

The Online Application includes extracurricular interests, three essays, and registration for the HSPT and interview. The application deadline was Friday, December 15. 

The High School Placement Test (HSPT)

The HSPT is an entrance exam that is a required part of the application process for all 8th grade applicants. 

Students applying to more than one Catholic high school in the San Jose, Oakland or San Francisco Dioceses may take the exam only once. Students can register to take the exam at Saint Francis High School on Saturday, January 20 or 27 at 9:00 a.m.

Students interested in taking the HSPT at Saint Francis High School registered to take the exam as part of the online application (there is no additional registration necessary). 


Every applicant is required to sign up for an interview as part of the online application process. During this casual 10-minute interview, students will have an opportunity to talk with a Saint Francis teacher or administrator about their interests and goals for high school.

Students who applied registered for their interview as part of the online application that is available in October. Interviews will take place on January 18, 23, and 25 from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Check out these slides for tips on how to prepare for your interview!

Academic Letters of Recommendation
  • Saint Francis requires two academic letters of recommendation. These letters may be completed by one of the following people: principal, counselor or 7th or 8th grade teacher of a core subject (English, math, social studies, etc.)
  • These letters of recommendation must be submitted electronically with the online application.
  • Non-academic letters of recommendation are not required, but if you would like to submit one, we will add it to the applicant’s file.

Saint Francis requires students submit a copy of their 7th and 8th grade transcript.

Please complete the Request for Academic Records Form electronically in Ravenna. 

The transcripts need to be either submitted electronically in Ravenna or e-mailed directly to Saint Francis High School.


The tuition assistance application will be available on November 1, 2023. 

Please visit our Tuition Assistance page for more information.


Simon Raines
Director of Admissions
650 968-1213 ext. 213

Katie Mitchell
Assistant Admissions Director & Shadow Program Coordinator
650 968-1213 ext. 270

Theresa Mattson
Admissions Administrative Assistant
650 968-1213 ext. 212



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