Apply: Boarding

Thank you for your interest in Archbishop Riordan High School in San Francisco! Please note the instructions below for those applying to our Boarding Program.

Online Application
Riordan’s online application is now open. You will be asked to create a user name and password. Please contact the International Admissions Office, (415)586-8200 ext. 233, for additional questions.


Application Requirements
In addition to completing our online application, we ask that you submit the following documents in order to be considered by our admissions team:

  • $100 non-refundable application fee
  • Photocopy of Applicant’s Passport
  • Two Confidential Recommendation Forms (Click HERE to download forms)
  • Transcript of Grades from Previous/Current School (Must be translated into English)
  • Guardianship Form indicating legal guardian in the San Francisco/Bay Area (Click HERE to download form)
  • English Proficiency Testing: All international students must submit official scores from TOEFL, TOEFL Junior (grades 9 and 10 only), IELTS or SSAT to Archbishop Riordan High School. Our school codes are:
    TOEFL: 0975
    SSAT: 1345
    The TOEFL, TOEFL Junior (grades 9 and 10 only), or IELTS is a requirement for all applicants whose first language is not English. The SSAT is NOT required but strongly recommended. If you are applying for Riordan’s Engineering Program, the SSAT is required.

If you are applying to be an International Day Student you must also complete the above requirements.

All forms must be emailed and mailed to:
Mr. Danny Curtin
Director of Admissions
Archbishop Riordan High School
175 Frida Kahlo Way
San Francisco, CA 94112 USA

Transcripts and recommendation forms must also be mailed directly from a student’s current school using a school envelope.

Campus Visit
For families interested in taking a tour of campus, please contact the Director of Admissions Mr. Danny Curtin,, at least two weeks prior to your visit.

International students are required to interview with an admissions representative from Archbishop Riordan High School. We prefer that a student come to campus for the interview. If this is not possible, we will accommodate a cyber broadcast interview once the application is complete and received by the school. You will be contacted directly by a member of our staff to schedule an interview.

Visa and Guardian Information
If a student is accepted to the Archbishop Riordan Boarding Program, the school will issue an I-20 after receipt of the signed enrollment contract, required deposit and signed Guardianship Form. Each family is required to designate an adult living in the San Francisco Bay Area as a guardian for the student in the event of an emergency or to provide lodging during school breaks. Parents are responsible for finding their child’s guardian.

ESL Program Placement
This placement will be based on your application, interview, and TOEFL score. You may also be asked to take the English Language Placement Test, which is administered at Riordan High School during the first week of school.