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2016-2017 School Year

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Alternative Entry applications for Freshmen attending a private high school are now open.
Please contact Caroline Tsoi for more information.

Are you a teacher or community leader interested in referring students to SMART? Please visit Nominate for more information.

Five Stages of SMART Selection Process

The selection process of SMART consists of five stages.  Families must successfully complete each stage before moving onto the next, and all five before gaining full acceptance to SMART.  Families receive letters throughout the process to inform them of their child’s progress.  Please take the time to review the 5-stage system, noting deadlines and conditions for acceptance.  We are looking forward to getting to know you and your family better.

Household Income includes the total gross income of all household members
 2 $38,103
 3 $47,896
 4 $57,600
 5 $67,304
 6 $77,008

Qualifying Criteria

  • Students must be in fourth grade*
  • Students and families must commit to a program based in the city of San Francisco
  • Students must be motivated and resilient

Students should also meet at least three out of five of the following criteria:
1. Meet low-income BASIC Fund Scholarship guidelines
2. Will be the first in their family to attend a 4-year college
3. Speak a language other than English at home
4. Live in a single-parent household
5. Attend an under-resourced school in San Francisco 

*We now offer alternative entry points in 6th and 9th grades for students who are already enrolled in a private school, meet our financial criteria, and can commit to a San Francisco based program. Acceptance is dependent on space available within the specific cohort. Please contact Caroline Tsoi , Community Partnerships Coordinator, for more information and to receive an alternative entry point application. 

Stage 1: Information Session

Families must attend ONE of five Information Sessions. SMART staff will present information regarding the structure of the program and list of our partner schools, introduce our staff, and answer any questions. Please call SMART at (415) 865-5400 to reserve your spot at one of the following sessions: 

  • Thursday, December 8th, 5:30 - 7 PM
  • Saturday, January 21st, 10 - 11:30 AM
  • Saturday, January 28th, 10 - 11:30 AM
  • Saturday, February 11th, 10 - 11:30 AM
  • Thursday, February 16th, 5:30 - 7 PM

Stage 2: Application

The final deadline for applications is Friday, March 3rd, 2017.  Families have the option to submit an application by the early decision deadline of Friday, February 10th, 2017, which is recommended for families who are already committed to accepting an enrollment into SMART. Meeting the early decision deadline will not guarantee a spot into SMART, but staff will carefully consider applications that are submitted by this deadline during decision making. Applications include verification of income, a recommendation from a teacher, grades, test scores, and both a student and parent/guardian application. 

Are you a teacher or community leader interested in referring students to SMART? Please visit Nominate for more information.

Stage 3: Assessment Day

85 - 90 students and their parents/guardians will be invited to move on to Stage 3, a three-hour workshop that includes fun and cooperative group activities, parent/guardian and student interviews, and short language arts and math tests. Families will be invited to ONE of four sessions, held from 9 am to 12 pm and 1 pm to 4 pm on Saturday, March 18th and Saturday, March 25th.

Stage 4: Summer Program

50 students will be invited to attend our six-week summer program. Participating in our summer program will give us a chance to really get to know your child better and to see if SMART and one of our partner schools is the right fit for your family. Final decisions for the students who will move on to the next stage of the selection process will be made at the end of the summer program. In order to move to the next stage, attendance at our summer program is mandatory.

Stage 5: Acceptance into SMART

After completing our summer program, SMART will formally accept 30-35 students. For the families who were not offered a formal acceptance, their students will still be invited to our 6-week summer program during the summer before their 6th grade year and offered invitiations to a variety of SMART workshops.