High School Search Counseling

CAIS has a strong record of placing students at the finest high schools in the Bay Area and beyond. We are committed to helping our students find the high school that best suits their academic ability as well as their social and extra-curricular interests. While a student may begin the high school search process interested in just one school, we encourage them to consider a wide breadth of options. We look forward to working with you to develop a list of “best fit” choices for each student.  

Timeline for the High School Application Process


Initial High School Information meeting with
Mr. Mosconi and Mr. Williamson


Family meeting with Mr. Mosconi to discuss individual High School Process 


Request all application information and schedule all school visits for all private schools


Mock Interviews

September -Mid October

Research and shadowing of prospective schools

Mid October-November

Start Preparing Applications

Gather general family information

Begin gathering ideas for family essays and student essays.


8th Grade Student Survey due to Mr. Mosconi

Nov. 1-15 

Draft essays and responses for all applications. 

Nov 15

Recommendation requests due online or to Mr. Mosconi.

Nov. 16-30

Revise essays short answers and copy onto final applications.


Typical timeframe for interviews

January 1-15

Review your completed applications for the last time and mail or send to schools.

Remember to include all additional materials.


Make sure all work is submitted for all classes and prepare for end of the semester grades are due in the middle of January and your transcripts will be sent to your high schools January 15. 

Mid March

Notifications of Acceptance are posted and sent out.  You have one week to make your choice!  



Placement exams and placement recommendations from teachers (for some schools)