Thank you for your interest in Archbishop Riordan High School!

General Application Requirements

1. Submit an Application Online

All interested students must complete an online application, including the submission of one essay. The deadline to submit the application is Monday, December 2, 2019. There is a $100 non-refundable fee that must be paid online as part of the online application.


2. Take the HSPT

To be considered for admission, prospective 8th grade students must take the High School Placement Test. For those that have indicated that they will be taking the test at Riordan, the test is on Saturday, January 11, 2020.

Check-in starts at 7:30 am in the Riordan main lobby and the test will begin promptly at 8 am. Anticipate the test to be over at approximately 11:30 am.

Students with documented learning differences applying to our Resource Specialist Program (RSP) will receive 50% extended time to complete the test. For these students, anticipate the test to be over at approximately 12:30 pm.

All students should bring two #2 pencils. Students are welcome to bring water and a small snack for the short breaks in between sections. Calculators are not allowed.

3. Interview

An interview is required of all students (please see below if you are also applying to the RSP program). These interviews are a way for prospective students to demonstrate leadership skills in a collaborative and creative environment. A parent/guardian is required at the interview. You will be able to schedule an interview upon completion of your application.

4. 7th and 8th Grade Transcripts and Letters of Recommendation

Riordan will contact your school for this information after an application has been submitted.

Boarding and International Students

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.


Learning Support Program

For individuals applying for our learning support program, RSP, additional documentation is required. Families must submit a recent (within three years) psycho-educational evaluation that shows a diagnosis of a mild to moderate learning disability, spectrum disorder, NVLD, ADD/ADHD, or any OHI. An interview with the RSP staff is required for all applicants applying to this program. Schedule an RSP interview.

Note that those applying to RSP do not need to complete the Teamwork and Leadership interview described above; prospective RSP students will do their interview with RSP staff. 


Important Dates

Application Deadline for the 2020-21 School Year
December 2, 2019

HSPT at Riordan
Saturday, January 11, 2020

Financial Aid Application Deadline
January 31, 2020

International Applications
Accepted on a Rolling Basis

Non-Discriminatory Policy as to Students

Archbishop Riordan High School in San Francisco, mindful of its mission to be witness to the love of Christ for all, admits student 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. Archbishop Riordan High School does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, and national and/or ethnic origin, age, gender or disability in administration of educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.