Admission

Application Steps

Applying to Athenian

We know that applying to schools can be a big endeavor. We provide a lot of information on our website. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us. We are happy to walk you through the process. Application steps are listed below and include transcripts, recommendations, a student classroom experience (currently virtual), as well as parent and student essays. Please review the directions below for how to apply to the Middle School and the Upper School and how to apply as an International Student.

Applications are being accepted for the 2021-22 school year. To begin the process for fall 2021 enrollment, choose the Apply button. To apply from an existing Ravenna account, log into ravenna-hub.com and choose The Athenian School from the School Directory. Be sure you have selected the 2021 apply year.

Application Steps

To provide a safe experience for our applicants, current students and faculty, our Admission events in fall 2020 will take place virtually, online until further notice. We are working to create interactive, engaging, meaningful events and experiences for our applicants. 

Online Campus Visit Experiences
Online campus visit registration will become available by early October. Campus visit experiences begin in mid-October. Under current COVID-19 conditions, shadow visits will be provided virtually, online. For information on how to visit, please see the "Campus Visit" option to the right for Middle School, Upper School, and International applicants. 

Open House Events
Upper School Open Houses will take place on November 15 and January 10. Middle School Open Houses will take place on November 14 and January 9. Open House registration will open by mid-September. Please register for Open House events in advance. To register use the Apply button and complete a student profile. Then select The Athenian School from the directory and use the Register for event link. To register from an existing Ravenna account, log into ravenna-hub.com and choose The Athenian School from the School Directory. 

Middle School Information Sessions 
Join us for virtual online Middle School Information Sessions between October and January. Middle School Information Session registration will open by Mid-September. Please register for Middle School Parent Information Sessions in advance. To register use the Apply button and complete a student profile. Then select The Athenian School from the directory and use the Register for event link. To register from an existing Ravenna account, log into ravenna-hub.com and choose The Athenian School from the School Directory. Space is limited.

Admission Testing
  • Athenian will not require or consider standardized testing for students applying from within the United States for fall 2021 entry. Athenian has long been seeking the most accessible and equitable admission process for our applicants. COVID-19 conditions create challenges for standardized test administration safety, availability, and reliability. 
  • All international students are encouraged to submit the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The TOEFL Junior or IELTS are also acceptable. Testing should be completed by mid-January to ensure results are received by February 15. If testing is not available in your area, contact us in the Athenian admission office. 


Upper School: Grades 9-12

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  • Application Steps

    1. Start your application by using "Apply Online" link or clicking here. Complete the Applicant and Household Information Form and submit the $100 application fee along with a photograph of yourself. To apply from an existing Ravenna account, log into ravenna-hub.com and choose The Athenian School from the School Directory. Fee waivers are available for low income families.
    2. Use the link provided in the Upper School Domestic Student Campus Visit and Interview step to schedule a required student visit experience and interview.  These visits will be open for registration by October 1.
    3. Complete the Student Statement, Student Supplement, and Parent Questionnaire.
    4. Submit the Transcript Request Form to your current school.
    5. Submit the Teacher Recommendation forms to your current math and English teachers using Athenian's Ravenna application platform. For example, students applying to grade 9 should submit recommendation from grade 8 teachers.)
    6. Submit one Secondary School Report to your current school Administrator (optional). 
    7. Submit a grades writing sample from an assignment you completed at school. See the writing sample step in Ravenna for details. The sample should be from an English, Language Arts, History, or Social Studies class for the current school year (2020-2021). If you do not have access to a graded writing assignment, please contact the Admission Office at admission@athenian.org.
    8. Athenian has waived the entrance examination testing for students applying for fall 2021 entry. 
    9. Complete Financial Aid Application if you want to be considered for Financial Aid.
  • Online Campus Visit Experience and Interview

    We are working to finalize the details of our new online visit experience for 2020-21 application year. Look for more information by October 1. At that time you can use the link provided in the Student Visit step to schedule a required student visit experiences.

    We invite you to experience Athenian's classes and campus. A visit experience is required for all applicants. Visit experiences begin in October each year. 

    1. An application must be started to schedule a visit experience. Use the Apply Online link above or open an existing Ravenna account. It is not necessary to submit any forms or the application fee to schedule a visit experience.
    2. Open the application. Use the Register for an event link to select a date and time. A confirmation will be sent by help@ravennasolutions.com to the email address used to create the account in Ravenna.
    3. An Admission Team member will contact you to confirm the details of your visit experience.
    4. A few days before the virtual visit, you will receive a reminder with instructions, including necessary links.
    Your online visit experience will include observing an Athenian class, a campus tour, and a brief interview with a member of the Admission Committee.

Middle School: Grades 6-8

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  • Application Steps

    1. Start your application by using "Apply" link or clicking here. Complete the Applicant Household Information Form and submit the $100 application fee along with a photograph of yourself. To apply from an existing Ravenna account, log into ravenna-hub.com and choose The Athenian School from the School Directory. Fee waivers are available for low income families.
    2. We are working to finalize the details of our new online visit experience. Look for more information by October 1. At that time you can use the link provided in the Student Visit step to schedule a required student visit experience.
    3. Complete the Student Statement and Parent Questionnaire.
    4. Submit Teacher Recommendation Forms to two teachers. At least one recommendation must be from a current teacher. (We ask that students applying for grade 6 get recommendations from grade 5 teachers.) The second recommendation could be from the prior year teacher (a fourth-grade teacher for those applying to grade 6.)
    5. Submit the Transcript Request Form to your current school.
    6. Regarding entrance examinations: Athenian has waived the entrance examination test for students applying for fall 2021 entry. We will administer a brief math and writing exercise as part of the application process. We will send you more information about this process as the details of our plan are finalized.
    7. Complete the Financial Aid Application if you want to be considered for Financial Aid.
    International Student Note: Athenian's Middle School (grades 6-8) is designed for local students. International students are welcome to apply to grades 9, 10, or 11, where our boarding program, staff, and curriculum support them. If an international student applies to the Middle School they should have attended school for at least three years, speak and write English fluently, and live with an appropriate family member near Athenian.
  • Online Campus Visit Experience

    We invite students to visit our campus and experience Athenian's classes and campus for yourself. Campus visits are required for applicants and begin in October each year.  Campus visit registration will begin by October 1. 

    1.  In Ravenna, our online admission platform, use the Register for an Event link to select a date, class, and time for the student classroom experience. Please register for only one (1) class visit. A confirmation will be sent from help@ravennasolutions.com to the email address used to create your account in Ravenna. 
    2. Submit the Student Classroom Experience Information Form.
    3. An Admission Team member will contact you to review your scheduled visit.
    4. A few days before your student's virtual campus visit, you will receive a reminder with instructions, including the necessary links. 
    Visits are scheduled Monday through Thursday. 

International Applicants

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  • Application Steps

    1. Start your application by using "Apply" link or clicking here. Complete the Application Information Form and submit the $150 application fee along with a photograph of yourself. To apply from an existing Ravenna account, log into ravenna-hub.com and choose The Athenian School from the School Directory.
    2. Complete the Student Statement, Student Supplement, Parent Questionnaire, and Academic History.
    3. Submit the Transcript Request Form to your current school. Transcripts must be officially translated into English.
    4. Submit two Teacher Recommendation Forms to your current 2020-2021 teachers. One recommendation must be from your English teacher. The second recommendation can be from a math, history, or science teacher.
    5. Submit one Secondary School Report to your current school Administrator (optional).
    6. Submit results of test of English (TOEFL, TOEFL Jr, or IELTS.) See Admission Testing Information for details. Contact the Admission Office if a test of English is not available.
    7. Complete the Financial Aid Application if you want to be considered for Financial Aid.
    8. Campus online visits and interviews are not required but are encouraged. See Optional Visit & Interview below for details. Special instructions for students applying from China apply.

    SAO Application
    The Athenian School encourages international students to use our online application. However, we will accept the SAO application. Please note if using the SAO application, Athenian requires the supplemental forms included in the SAO application and the requirements to complete the application remain the same as those listed above. Please contact the Admission Office to schedule a campus visit or interview.
  • Optional Online Campus Visit Experience and Interview

    We invite you to visit our campus online and experience Athenian's classes and campus for yourself, however, online campus visits and interviews are not required for international students. International applicants should contact the admission office at admission@athenian.org to arrange a campus visit. 

    Applicants from China: Due to the high volume of applicants from China, Athenian is not able to interview applicants from China, regardless of citizenship or current country of residence. Applicants living in China and are applying to grades 9, 10, or 11 are strongly encouraged to contact Vericant to complete a preliminary interview in China. After reviewing completed applications, Athenian will contact a small group of finalist candidates for a formal interview. Please complete Vericant interviews between August and January. Before contacting Vericant, please start an application by clicking Apply above and completing the student profile.
  • Important Information

    Applicants who have not attended school in the U.S. for at least the past three years should complete the International Application. Please contact the Admission Office with questions regarding status as a domestic or international applicant.

    Athenian's international program prepares students from around the world to succeed in college and in life. International students achieve fluency in English, gain a strong academic background and develop an understanding of American culture. Students who need English support in grades 9 or 10 benefit from Athenian's rigorous ESL curriculum, among the oldest programs of its kind in California.

    International students are welcome to apply in grade 9, 10, or 11, where our boarding program, staff, and curriculum support them. The Middle School (grades 6-8) is designed for local students only. International students applying to the Middle School should have attended school in the U.S. for at least 3 years, speak and write English fluently, and live with an appropriate family member near Athenian.

    Learn about Athenian's boarding program.

Application Calendar

Deadlines for Fall 2021 Enrollment

The online application for Middle School and Upper School is now being accepted. To begin your application, please see the "Apply Online" button above. After the initial application due date on January 7, we work with families to complete all parts of the application by February 15. There is no penalty as long as the application is completed by February 15. Applications complete after February 15 will be considered for any openings which remain available after the Decision Responses due date. (Other schools have different policies.)

Middle School

January 9 initial filing date for applications and forms.  
February 15 is the final application deadline.  Athenian will accept all applications and forms completed by February 15 and include those applications in the first round of admission decisions. There is no penalty as long as the application is completed by February 15. Note: Other schools have different policies.

  • Decision Notification Date: March 18 2021
  • Decision Responses Due: March 25, 2021
 
Upper School

January 7 initial filing date for applications and forms.  
February 15 is the final application deadline. Athenian will accept all applications and forms completed by February 15 and include those applications in the first round of admission decisions. There is no penalty as long as the application is completed by February 15. Note: Other schools have different policies.

  • Day Student Decision Notification Date: March 19, 2021
  • Boarding Student Decision Notification Date: March 10, 2021
  • Decision Responses Due: March 26, 2021