High School and College Placement

Welcome to the High School Placement Office

Choosing which high school to attend is one of the most important decisions students and parents will have to make before leaving EB.

Though the process of making a decision about high school can seem daunting, there is much guidance and support provided by EB. In my role as the High School Placement Counselor, I work closely with students and parents, helping them each step of the way through the high school process.

In addition to working with the students and parents, I am in frequent communication with the admissions directors at the high schools and collaborate with them throughout the admissions process. The vast majority of the students (95% on average) applying to private high schools get their top choice.

EB students are highly sought-after by these top private schools for their unique qualities. They have been described by admissions directors as open and globally-minded, culturally fluent, flexible and adaptable, articulate and possessing extraordinary communications skills thanks to their mastery of different languages. These attributes are an asset that sets EB students apart from other applicants and gives them an edge over students from other schools. To see what our alumni become, read about some of them here.

Since arriving at EB in 2005, I have had the opportunity to assist students in finding the best-fit high school for them. For some students, the International Baccalaureate program at Berkeley High School is the best fit. For others, it is a private or boarding school on the East Coast such as The Spence School in New York City or Concord Academy in Massachusetts. Or others may find The College Preparatory School or International High School to be the best match for them. Whether they’re applying to a private high school or learning about the registration procedures at a local public school, there is much help along the way.

At each grade level, there are steps in the high school process to consider. The procedure does differ between considering a public school and considering a private high school. Students do not need to apply to a public school; they just need to live in the district and meet the registration deadlines. Applying to a private school is a much more intensive process, and there are many procedures to follow and deadlines to meet. Though I have talked with families as early as those entering preschool about high school options for their children, the actual formal process does not start until middle school.

Applying to a private high school is very similar to applying to a college/university, but on a smaller scale. One advantage of going through this process is that in addition to getting accepted into some of the top high schools, students get practice and support in interviewing, taking standardized tests, and writing essays. They also get the opportunity to visit some of the top high schools in this country and meet EB alumni who are attending them.

I look forward to meeting and working with your family on that exciting journey!


Douglas Gostlin, MS, LMFT

High School Placement


Tel: (510) 809-0681

Beyond EB: High School

Here is where Classes of 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 have launched for the next step of their educational journey:

  • Acalanes High School (2)
  • Alameda High School(1)
  • Albany High School (1)
  • Athenian School (1)
  • Armijo High School (1)
  • Benicia High School (1)
  • Bentley School (3)
  • Berkeley High School (66)
  • Bishop O’Dowd High School (8)
  • California High School (1)
  • Campolindo High School (2)
  • Clayton Valley Charter High School (1)
  • College Preparatory School (15)
  • Concord Academy (1)
  • French American International High School (16)
  • Head-Royce School (5)
  • Holden High School (1)
  • John Swett High School (2)
  • Laguna Blanca School (1)
  • Lick-Wilmerding High School (4)
  • Lowell High School in San Francisco (1)
  • Lycée Francais de San Francisco (1)
  • Marin Academy (3)
  • Maybeck High School (1)
  • Miramonte High School (1)
  • Oakland Technical High School (12)
  • Orinda Academy (1)
  • Piedmont High School (4)
  • Saint Mary’s College High School (25)
  • San Francisco University High School (2)
  • Skyline High School (1)
  • Tamalpais High School (1)
  • French Schools Abroad (5)


Beyond EB: College

Here is where the most recent class (EB Class of 2013 & 2014) have graduated to college:

  • American University 
  • American University of Paris (2)
  • Arizona State University
  • Berkeley City College (2)
  • Boston University 
  • Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (7)
  • California State University Maritime Academy
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Chapman University
  • College of Marin
  • Colorado State University
  • Diablo Valley College (4)
  • Emory University (2)
  • Goucher College
  • Harvard University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • McGill University
  • New York University (2)
  • Northwestern
  • Rome, Italy
  • Sacramento State University
  • San Francisco Academy of Art University
  • San Francisco State University
  • San Jose State University
  • Seattle University
  • Tufts University
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of California, Davis (3)
  • University of California,  Los Angeles (3)
  • University of California, Merced
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • University of California, Santa Cruz (3)
  • University of California, Riverside
  • University of Chicago
  • University College of London
  • University of Southern California (2)
  • University of Vermont
  • University of Washington
  • University of Wisconsin- Madison
  • Wake Forest University (2)
  • Williams College