Zion Lutheran Church and School has been serving the San Francisco community for over 70 years. Here at Zion we value a small class size, individual attention, academic excellence, spiritual growth and a family environment. We offer you and your child all the benefits of a small school, but also many co-curricular and extracurricular activities.
Our enrollment process is always open so I invite you to contact Zion to set up a personal tour at your convenience. While touring our school, you will visit classrooms in session and learn more about our curriculum and overall educational experience!
I am dedicated to helping make the application process as smooth as possible for you. Take some time to review our website and contact me with any questions or requests. The search for a new school is an exciting experience and I hope that you will find comfort in Zion's unique community.
415.221.7500 Ext. 205
Submit the initial application materials.
Schedule an assessment test (grades K-8) and Zion Lion Day (grades 1-8)
Receive our admissions decision.
Applying to Zion
For kindergarten 2019-2020, children should turn 5 years old by December 1, 2019.
1) Submit the initial application materials
Application Form - see below (K-8)
Application Fee of $50 (K-8)
Copy of Birth Certificate (K-8)
Copy of past 2 years Standardized Test Scores & Report Cards (Grades 1-8 only)
2) Schedule an assessment test (grades K-8) and Zion Lion Day
Assessments aid in determining your child's readiness for our academic program. We take pride in making this fun for the students, but also find it beneficial in discerning the "right fit" for your child.
Grades 1-8: "Zion Lion Days" are scheduled for applicants coming into the 1st - 8th grades. Applicants spend a full school day getting to know the students in their grade and the Zion school environment. Applicants complete their written assessment on their "Zion Lion Day."
3) Receive our admissions decision
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.
KINDERGARTEN ONLY: Our priority Kindergarten application deadline for 2019-2020 is December 31, 2018. We will notify you of our Kindergarten admissions decision in mid-February. Kindergarten applications received after December 31, 2018 will be reviewed on a rolling basis. If accepted, you can reserve your child's seat in the class by submitting a deposit that will be applied toward your child's tuition.
Zion Lutheran School admits students of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin.
We offer intimate personal school tours, rather than large group tours, Monday through Friday. We have found that personal tours allow for your individual questions, specific to your child and family, to be answered. Tours take place during school hours so that parents can see the students "in action". Often parents schedule their tour at 9:00am in order to return to work afterwards. You will learn about Zion's school community, observe classes in session, and gain a greater understanding of Zion's goal to educate the whole child.
Please allow 1 to 1.5 hours for a tour. Parking is available on-site or on the street. To schedule a school tour, please contact Zion's Admissions Director at firstname.lastname@example.org or 415-221-7500 x205 or by clicking here.
Tuition and Aid
"Dollar for dollar, the best private school in the city." - Megan, parent
2019-2020 Annual School Tuition and Fees: $8,650
Annual tuition includes: books, field trip fees, classroom fees, insurance, library fees.
2019-2020 Parent Teacher League (PTL) fee: $350
$200 of the PTL fee will be refunded after 25 hours of volunteer service is completed (10 hours of which must be towards either a fundraising event or a school-wide event/activity)
Additional School Fees (varies by grade):
2019-2020 Outdoor Education Fees
4th Grade5th Grade6th Grade7th Grade8th Grade
Middle School Personal Device: Middle school (6th, 7th, & 8th grade) students will be allowed to access the ZLS wireless network with their personal devices (laptops, netbooks, tablets) to receive educational instruction as part of an integrated curriculum. Approved student personal devices will access the school network and be used to collaborate with teachers and other students. Middle school students will be required to have a personal device that meets ZLS minimum requirements.
* Tuition and fees for international students is approximately $22,000 for the 2019-2020 school year. Please visit our international student page for additional information.
Financial Assistance Programs at Zion Lutheran School
Financial assistance towards school tuition is available for students entering grades Kindergarten through 8th grade. The following programs are available to aid in meeting families' financial needs. For more details, please contact the Admissions Office at 415-221-7500 ext. 205.
Need-Based Financial Aid
For K-8th grade students entering private schools for the first time, The BASIC Fund, awards scholarships based upon financial need. Please visit The BASIC Fund website for eligibility guidelines.
Zion Lutheran School assists families with K-8th grade students who have demonstrated financial need. The financial aid process is confidentially evaluated. This process begins with a family completing a FACTS Financial Aid Assessment. Please visit the FACTS website for additional information. To apply for financial aid, please see here.
A family with multiple children who are enrolled in Kindergarten-8th grade students will receive a tuition discount as follows: 2nd child discount of $200, 3rd child discount of $1000. This discount is applied to the family's total tuition amount.
New Student Referral Incentive Program
The New Student Referral Incentive Program awards a referring Zion Lutheran School family with a $500 tuition credit for each new student that is referred to, enrolls in, and completes a full academic year at Zion Lutheran School. The $500 tuition discount will be applied to the referring family's tuition the year following the new family's completion of a full year of enrollment.
A parent employed in full-time pastoral ministry at a local Christian church may be eligible to receive a 20% discount in tuition for their K-8th grade student(s). Please contact the Admissions Office for more information and the Pastor Discount application form.
Zion Lutheran Church Member Discount
Active church membership at Zion Lutheran Church offers families with K-8th grade students a 20% discount in tuition. Please contact the Admissions Office for a Zion Lutheran Church Member Tuition Discount Application form.
Payment plans: Various tuition payment plan options are available. Tuition payments are made through the FACTS Payment Processing System.
"It is always amazing to see how much they can excel and improve
academically, socially, and spiritually in just a school year!"
- Anita, parent of a 5th grader, 7th grader, and Zion graduate
"From the beginning, we have had wonderful interactions with Mrs. Laughlin and her staff of dedicated and professional teachers. The staff has made our daughter feel safe, welcomed, and encouraged her to do her very best every day.
Our third grader is academically challenged on a daily basis. She is excelling in math-performing at the fourth grade level. She is reading above her grade as well. The small-sized classroom allow for much greater one-to-one academic interaction with her teachers. This is especially important if your student is not excelling academically. The teachers really care and want every one of their students to succeed.
It was wonderful to start the new academic year with enthusiasm and joy. Our daughter wanted to return, to see her little friends, and to learn, grow, and stretch herself. Our "sneak peek" with the teacher just before school invited us to learn about the year's curriculum, expectations of students, and how the teacher would blend fun into learning. Parents are encouraged to be part of their students academic lives.
We believe that children need a balance - they need to be pushed to do their best, they need to be stretched to see what they can accomplish, and they need to have fun. In addition to a strong academic program, Zion offers students learning outside the classroom (which is just as important). There are really interesting field trips scheduled that actually enhance the learning objectives. Our daughter not only has fun on her field trips but learns something each time...and can relate it to the lesson plans.
If you are a parent who wants their child to attend a school where h/she is safe, warm (socially), encouraged (mentally), challenged (academically) and is truly the center and reason for being there, then you should consider Zion."
-Julie, parent of a 3rd grader"The staff and teachers are incredibly caring and supportive, both in and out of the classroom. My children are all about sports, and we've had teachers come to watch both their weekend soccer and basketball games. They love it when their teachers come to watch them play, and it makes me feel good, too! And it's not just the teachers - just recently the principal drove all the way to Lodi on a Saturday morning to cheer on the girls' basketball team. And our school secretary always seems to have a story to tell me about something good or nice or funny that one of children have done that day. All the staff and teachers really seem to care about my children, and take an interest in them as a whole person, not just as a student."
- Patty, parent of a 7th grader and Zion graduate"Zion challenges its students academically, while at the same time motivates and instills a love of learning in them. The teachers really know the students individually. They help them develop their strengths and overcome their weaknesses. My children always come home eager to share with me the new things they learn and experience every day. It is always amazing to see how much they can excel and improve academically, socially, and spiritually in just a school year!"
- Anita, parent of a 5th grader, 7th grader, and Zion graduateDollar for dollar, the best private school in the city. In the middle school, the math instruction is particularly noteworthy. Kids can enter high school ready for Algebra 2, or in rare cases, even pre-cal. Go observe the math class-collaborative learning in a way most schools only dream of implementing. Exceptionally high standards in the humanities, too, including required participation every other year in the National History Day competition. Last year, Zion had a state winner who went on to the National Competition in Washington, DC--no small feat. In short, a great school for everybody, but especially for academic achievers.
—Megan, parent of an 8th grader"I love the personal attention my children get at Zion. The teachers and staff know each child by name and really care about them. They give 110% to the kids and school families in class, in clubs, and in community-building events. The curriculum gives them a really solid foundation in the basics but also builds in more advanced concepts and subjects. I love that last year in 3rd grade, my child designed Roman Aqueducts, learned long division, and acted as a Word Wizard to research and present an unusual word for the class. The extracurricular activities - sports, music, theater, languages, and others - provide really great opportunities for the kids and are quite wide-ranging, especially for a small school. I also love that Zion is a Christian school not just in name only; helping students grow in their faith is an explicit objective."
- Linda, parent of a 4th grader and a Zion graduate
"Teachers at Zion care about our children's entire well-being as a person, not just academically. I have seen multiple teachers demonstrate this characteristic by spending personal time attending our children's music recitals, sports competitions, or even taking them on special field trips (such as from the fall carnival auctions). Some have also taken the time outside of school to have one-on-one conversations with them about their faith and walk with the Lord as Christians. The relationship between student and teacher is unique and an ongoing blessing in our children's lives. Zion is a special place because it is large enough to serve the community and at the same time small enough to know you personally."
-Patty and Tim, parents of a 4th grader, 6th grader, and Zion graduate
"At Zion School, the faculty provides an open and engaging environment for the kids to learn and flourish. Building on trust and respect, they create a community for children, parents, and teachers to connect and support each other."
-Lawrence, parent of a 3rd and 6th grader