If You're Interested

Non-discrimination Policy

Urban School admits students without reference to race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national and ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, financial aid program, athletic and school-administered programs.

Applying Step-by-Step

Thank you for your interest in applying to Urban! Our admissions process is outlined below, one step at a time. All these steps are explained in greater detail on Ravenna, our web-based application site that helps you track your application progress, register for events, submit your application and view admission decisions.

We are also available to answer any of your questions! Please feel free to contact us at 415 593 9555 or email admissions@urbanschool.org

Application Instructions

1. Create a Ravenna-Hub Account and Student Profile

At the end of summer, you may create your account on Ravenna-hub and then make your 8th grader a profile. Please make sure to use your preferred email address, as we will utilize it for communication throughout the application process. Need more info on how to use Ravenna? Click here for the Ravenna How-To.

2. Register for the SSAT (Secondary School Admission Test)

Urban School requires all applicants for 9th grade to submit their results from the SSAT. The SSAT should be taken during 8th grade in October, November, December or January. We cannot guarantee we will receive test results from the February date in time for application review. Please designate Urban School (school code 7861) as a score recipient on the SSAT registration form. Please visit the SSAT official website or call 609 683 4440 for more information about registration, procedures and dates.

Urban is participating in Enrollment Management Association's first year Character Skills Snapshot assessment. This is an optional component of our application review and we encourage families to utilize this tool at your discretion. Students will not be penalized in any way for not participating in this assessment. 

For consistency between all 9th grade applicants, Urban strongly prefers the SSAT, however we will accept scores from the HSPT or the ISEE. Please contact us if you have questions about how to send us those results, as we are not a member school.

3. Schedule Urban Admissions Events


All admissions events are only open to 8th graders and their families. All events are optional and can be scheduled in your Ravenna-hub account. After creating a Ravenna-Hub account and profile for your student, you will be able to begin exploring Urban and scheduling events to visit our campus after you click Apply (beginning late August).

Starting in mid-September, we offer half-day student visits on most Tuesday mornings and afternoons, Wednesday mornings and afternoons, and Thursday mornings. One of the best ways to get to know Urban is to take a deep dive into learning by experiencing Urban’s extended classes. During a student visit, you will see firsthand our depth over breadth approach to an academic subject of your choice, as well as take a tour of our campus – including the Salkind Center and Gym and the Page Campus – ask questions with current Urban students and a member of the admissions team, and see a lively school day in action. Students do not visit during lunchtime. We do not require that students submit a writing sample during their visit, nor do we ask that students interview during this time. We want the visit experience to be enjoyable and pressure-free.

Beginning in October, we will host Open Houses, optional student interviews and parent information sessions through early winter. Please see Step 4 to learn more about scheduling an optional student interview.

4. Submit Parent/Guardian Application and Schedule Optional Student Interview

The optional student interview can be scheduled after submission of the online Parent/Guardian Form and the non-refundable $100 application fee (waivers available upon request) on your Ravenna-hub. Interviews begin mid-October and will be held most Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons through January. These conversational interviews are conducted by the Admissions team and serve as an opportunity to discuss your interests and passions, as well as give you an opportunity to ask questions about Urban. Interviews are offered in half-hour slots, and spaces are limited.

5. Request Teacher/Principal Recommendation Forms & Transcripts

Recommendations are needed from your current English and math teachers, as well as your current principal or counselor. Through Ravenna, you will be directed to a message center where you can enter your teacher or principal/counselor's email address. Once you've assigned a delegate (the current teacher or principal/counselor) to complete the form, a message with instructions and the recommendation form will be sent to them, all through Ravenna.

Complete the Transcript Request Form for your current year and previous year transcripts. Official transcripts must be scanned and uploaded to Ravenna or sent in a sealed envelope to Urban by the application deadline. The Transcript Release Form must accompany the official transcripts.

6. Submit Student Application Form (and SSS Application for Financial Assistance, if applicable)

Submit the Student Application Form and the separate Student Activity and Interest Form on your Ravenna-hub account by the application deadline, usually in mid-January (see our Admissions Calendar at right or main calendar for details). If you need to mail or deliver any documents, we can be reached at the following address:

Attn: Admissions Office
Urban School
1563 Page Street
San Francisco, CA 94117

If applying for financial assistance: that application is due through SSS by NAIS the same day as the student application. More details can be found on the Financial Assistance section of our website.

Admissions Calendar

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR ALL URBAN EVENTS. To see a complete Urban Admissions calendar, please go here.

Urban Admission Events & Details

All events are optional and by reservation only on Ravenna.

Open Houses
Our Open Houses are designed to provide 8th grade families an opportunity to experience our classrooms, campus and community. Families will attend two demonstration classes taught by Urban faculty. Additionally, a panel of teachers and administrators will lead a Q&A session for parent/guardians, while 8th graders will attend a similar panel session with our Student Admissions Committee. Tours of the campus will be offered after the Q&A sessions. 

Parent Information Sessions
In a small group of 8th grade parents, you will have the opportunity to ask questions, learn more about Urban’s curriculum, and tour the campus during a school day with a current Urban parent.

Student Visits
During your student visit, you will see firsthand our hallmark how to learn, not what to learn approach in an academic subject of your choice during a lively school day in action. You will take a tour of our campus, including the new Salkind Center and Gym, with a member of the admissions team and have a chance to ask all your questions!

Interviews begin mid-October and will be held most Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons through January. These conversational interviews are conducted by the Admissions team and serve as an opportunity to discuss student interests and passions, as well as ask questions about Urban. Students do not need to have visited Urban prior to their interview. Interviews are offered in half-hour slots.

Diversity Night
We encourage all families to come learn more about Urban's commitment to inclusion and equity in our curriculum, programs and student body. Participants will include students from our Multicultural Leadership Team, Students of Color Club and Gender Sexual Orientation Alliance, as well as faculty, recent graduates and members of our P-IDEAS Parent Committee.