Application Materials

Please complete the following to apply for a spot at Brightworks in the 2020/2021 school year.

Written application

We take the application very seriously, as it provides our first opportunity to get to know your student and your family and to see whether there is a good fit between Brightworks and your child. Thank you for taking the time to fill it out as completely and honestly as you can. Applications for priority consideration are due by January 16, 2020, but we will continue to accept applications until open spots have been filled.

Online application

Information Release

Submit to Brightworks and your child’s current school so we may gather information for admissions purposes only.

Release Form

Teacher Recommendation Form

For student’s current teacher.

For students K – 1
For students 2 – 8

Students applying for high school should return the following three recommendation forms:

Principal or Counselor Recommendation
English Teacher Recommendation
Math Teacher Recommendation

Tuition Assistance

We are committed to inclusion and strongly believe that economic diversity benefits the experience of all students and families at the school. Brightworks makes tuition assistance a priority in our school’s budget, and currently around 40% of our families receive tuition grants, which vary depending on each family’s need.

Brightworks uses the School and Student Service for Financial Aid (SSS), a third party program that helps us assess each family’s ability to pay for school tuition. Applicants are required to submit their 1099 forms, their 4506, 4506T, or 4506T-EZ, and state tax return. Please read more here about the tuition assistance application process. The number to submit documents to Brightworks is 9218. Questions and additional information can be directed to Applications for tuition assistance are due through the SSS website by January 16, 2020 for consideration.

We are also proudly supported by the BASIC Fund, a financial aid non-profit that supports low-income students applying for the first time to private schools.

Brightworks dedicated to providing tuition assistance to our families. Though our available tuition assistance for the 2020/2021 school year will be limited, we encourage families who are experiencing financial hardship to fill out a tuition assistance request form.

Processing Fee

Please send a check for $100 made out to “Brightworks – Admissions” as a processing fee for your application. Families should contact us if the application fee presents a hardship.

All applications, supplemental materials, and the processing fee must be submitted before we schedule an in-person conversation and visit for you and your family. Please mail all materials to:

Brightworks – Admissions
360 9th Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94118

Thank you! We look forward to reading your application and continuing the conversation about a spot at Brightworks for your child.