School Year Program
San Francisco Ballet School is in session from September through early June. The youngest children take class two or three days a week. From Level 4 on, students attend classes Monday through Friday. Those students at the advanced levels begin their day at an hour when many academic schools are still in progress, which means that in order to continue their ballet studies they might need to make accommodations to complete their regular education.
Parents receive evaluations of their child's progress twice a year. Enrollment is not automatically renewed from one year to the next. It is determined after great deliberation by the teachers involved in the child's studies and the Associate Director, and is based on a student's technical aptitude, commitment, and physical development.
For those who desire a career in ballet, San Francisco Ballet School offers a training program of unqualified excellence. More than 50 percent of the dancers in San Francisco Ballet received all or part of their training at the School. Students have also gone on to dance with such companies as Ballet San Jose, Ballet West, Boston Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, Houston Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet, Miami City Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, New York City Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, and The Washington Ballet.
San Francisco Ballet School is proud of its long-standing relationship as a partner school with the Prix de Lausanne. The School offers one-year scholarships to winners of this prestigious international ballet competition, which is held annually in Switzerland.
Upon completion of their studies at San Francisco Ballet School, students neither receive diplomas nor are they considered graduates. Although they have finished their formal studies, dancers never stop learning: after all, they begin each day with a class. Ballet education is an ongoing process, one that continues throughout a dancer's career.
Even those students whose paths lead to non-dance careers gain immeasurably from having studied at the School. They develop self-motivation, self-discipline, poise, grace, physical adroitness and an appreciation for the arts, which they carry with them throughout their lives.