Admissions Policy and Procedures


Saint Raphael School provides an excellent Catholic education while embracing students of all cultural, religious, and economic backgrounds. Special consideration is given to families who have siblings in our school and Catholic families who are members of Saint Raphael Parish. All families are welcome at Saint Raphael School.  

Saint Raphael School, mindful of its mission to be witness to love Christ for all, admits students of any race, color, and national and/or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded to or make available to students at this school. Saint Raphael School does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, and national an/or ethnic origin, age, gender or disability in administration of educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.


  • Attend an Open House from 8:30AM to 10:30AM to experience a guided tour by a member of our student body and receive an admissions packet.
  • If you are unable to attend an Open House, please call Saint Raphael School at (415) 454-4455, to schedule a private tour.
  • For Kindergarten, schedule an assessment. For 1st-8th grade, schedule a shadow date.
  • Complete and return your application with a $100 fee.
  • Parents should take the recommendation form from our admissions packet to their child’s preschool or school to be completed by their current teacher.

Applicants for Kindergarten must be five years old by September 1. In the spring, members of the Saint Raphael faculty will screen each kindergarten applicant on an individual basis. The screening process takes approximately thirty minutes and is stress free. It provides us with an opportunity to meet your child and to determine their readiness for our Kindergarten program.
Please note: While our screening process is important, it only provides us with a "snapshot" of your child’s capabilities on a given day. For this reason, we ask for your child’s preschool teacher to provide us with a recommendation for your child. This allows us to have a more comprehensive evaluation, which will allow us to have a better understanding of your child’s needs.

Grades 1-8
The teacher of their incoming grade level will evaluate applicants for grades one through eight. The evaluation process includes grade level appropriate testing in Language Arts and Mathematics. Previous standardized tests, report cards, and a recommendation from your child’s current teacher are required. All of this information will be evaluated, allowing us to have a better understanding of your child’s needs and to determine his or her ability to work on a level that is on a par with Saint Raphael students.