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What types of schools do most expats in your city choose for their children?

There are many excellent public, private and charter schools available in San Francisco. Public schools are publicly funded, free, and adhere to a standard curriculum. Private schools charge a fee and usually offer a more specialized curriculum. Charter schools are non-profit, self-managed, public schools operating under a performance contract with the local school board. Although charter schools are authorized and monitored by the local school district, they operate independently. They are sometimes referred to as independent public schools. Most parents choose a school for their children based on the child's needs and interests. For information on schools in the area you're moving to, contact Crown San Francisco, check the local yellow pages or visit the Web sites listed below.
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What are some examples of these schools?

The French-American International School is popular among expatriates because of its curriculum (French and English). Grades PK through 12.

The Chinese American International School has a bilingual curriculum (English and Mandarin Chinese) for grades PK through 8.

Synergy School (K through 8) - quality education by empowering students to flourish academically and to become self-confident and creative learners.
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Is there a lot of competition for spots in local schools?

If your child will be attending a public school, there is no competition. Public schools are zoned so each one is obliged to accept all the children within its particular zone.

Private schools however, have entrance requirements and waiting lists. If you plan to send your child to a private school, it is recommended that you apply as soon as you arrive in the area, to guarantee a spot on the waiting list.

Charter schools are like private schools in that you have to register, but instead of entry requirements, they have a "random selection" policy. If you decide this is the choice for your child, it is also recommended that you register as early as possible.
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Are pre-schools also widely available (for children approx. 2 to 5 years old)?

Yes, both public and private preschools are widely available. Some popular options include the Katherine Michiels School and the French-American International School.
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How are most kids transported to and from school?

The public school district contracts a local school bus operator to service several routes, but most children who attend private schools rely on their parents to transport to and from school.
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When does the typical school year start and end?

The school year typically runs from the first or second week of September until late June of the next year.
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Is there anything else I should know about local schools?

Please see links below.
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