Applying to Athenian

The Application Process

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, admission testing, a school visit, 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 2020-21 school year starting September 1, 2019. To begin the process for fall 2020 enrollment, choose the Apply button in the upper right of this page

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 2020 apply year.

Middle School: Grades 6-8

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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 $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.
    2. Use the link provided in the Student Visit step to schedule a required student campus visit.
    3. Complete the Student Statement and Parent Questionnaire.
    4. Submit the two Teacher Recommendation Forms. 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. Take the ISEE.
    7. Complete the Financial Aid Process if you want to be considered for Financial Aid.
  • Student Campus Visit

    We invite students to visit our campus and experience Athenian's classes and campus for yourself. Campus visits are required and begin in October each year.  Campus visit registration will begin on September 1st.
    1.  To schedule a visit, use the Apply button to create an account in Ravenna, complete a student profile, select The Athenian School from the school directory, and click Apply. If you have an existing Ravenna account, log in to ravenna-hub.com, select The Athenian School from the School Directory, and click Apply. Use the Register for an event link in the Student Campus Visit Step to select a visit date and submit a preliminary visit registration.
    2. Reply to the confirmation email with the requested information required to complete and confirm the scheduling of your visit.
    3. After receiving your response, an Admission Team member will contact you to review your scheduled visit.
    Visits are scheduled Monday through Thursday. They begin at 8:10 AM and end after lunch at 12:00 PM. During your visit, you will sit in on a few classes with a student host. You will take a math assessment and complete a creative writing exercise, and have lunch with student hosts. Many students are nervous before visiting a new school, but we hope you will find our Middle School community welcoming and eager to meet you.
  • Admission Testing Information

    All applicants must complete the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE). Testing dates and locations are available at a number of East Bay schools. To be included in the first round of admission decisions, please complete admission testing no later than February 15, 2020.  We will also accept the SSAT if the ISEE is not available.

    Athenian School Code for ISEE: 050724

Upper School: Grades 9-12

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  • Application Steps

    Applicants who have not attended school in the U.S. for at least the past three years, regardless of citizenship or visa status, should complete the International Application. Please contact the Admission Office with questions regarding status as a domestic or international applicant.
    1. Start your application by using "Apply" link or clicking here. Complete the Application 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.
    2. Use the link provided in the Student Campus Visit step to schedule a required student campus visit and interview.
    3. Complete the Student Statement, Student Supplement, and Parent Questionnaire.
    4. Submit the Transcript Request Form to your current school.
    5. Submit two Teacher Recommendation Forms to current Math and English teachers. For example, students applying to grade 9 should submit recommendations from grade 8 teachers. 
    6. Complete the ISEE or SSAT.
    7. Complete Financial Aid Process if you want to be considered for Financial Aid.
  • Student Campus Visit and Interview

    We invite students to visit our campus and experience Athenian's classes and campus for yourself. Campus visits are required and begin in October each year.  Campus visit registration will begin on September 1st.
    1.  To schedule a visit, use the Apply button to create an account in Ravenna, complete a student profile, select The Athenian School from the school directory, and click Apply. If you have an existing Ravenna account, log in to ravenna-hub.com, select The Athenian School from the School Directory, and click Apply. Use the Register for an event link in the Student Campus Visit Step to select a visit date and submit a preliminary visit registration.
    2. Reply to the confirmation email with the requested information required to complete and confirm the scheduling of your visit.
    3. After receiving your response, an Admission Team member will contact you to review your scheduled visit.
    Your visit may include attending one or two classes, lunch, and a brief interview with a member of the Admission Committee. We recommend that you ask your student host about their experience at Athenian, be open and friendly with the Admission Officer, and try to learn about what makes Athenian different. Your parents are invited to speak with a member of the Admission team as well as a pair of Upper School Ambassadors to learn more about Athenian from a students' perspective. 
  • Admission Testing Information

    Most applicants complete the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE). Testing dates and locations are available at a number of East Bay schools. To be included in the first round of admission decisions, please complete admission testing no later than February 15, 2020. For Upper School students, we also accept the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT).

    Athenian School Code for ISEE: 050724
    Athenian School Code for SSAT: 1414

International Applicants

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  • Important Information

    Applicants who have not attended school in the U.S. for at least the past three years, regardless of citizenship or visa status, 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.

    Applicants from China: Please see Optional Visit & Interview information below.
  • 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 of all school work. 
    4. Submit two Teacher Recommendation Forms to your current teachers. For example, students applying to grade 9 should submit recommendations from grade 8 teachers. 
    5. Submit one Secondary School Report to your current school Administrator.
    6. Submit results of test of English. See "Admission Testing Information" below for details. 
    7. Complete the Financial Aid Process if you want to be considered for Financial Aid.
    8. Campus visits and interviews are not required but are encouraged. See Optional Visit & Interview below for details. 

    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 Campus Visit & Interview

    We invite you to visit our campus and experience Athenian's classes and campus for yourself, however, campus visits and interviews are not required for international students. Due to extremely high demand for visits from international applicants, appointment times are limited and we are not able to interview all students. We will contact you if it is possible for us to interview you remotely. If you are able to come to campus, visits begin in late October each year. To schedule a visit, call 925-362-7223 or email admission@athenian.org.

    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 11are strongly encouraged to contact Vericant to complete a preliminary interview in China. After reviewing completed applications, Athenian will contact a small group of select 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.
  • Testing Information

    Download the international language testing requirements.

    All international students must submit a test which demonstrates their English language ability. Athenian encourages students to submit the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The TOEFL Junior or IELTS are also acceptable. A strong score on the verbal portion of the SSAT is also acceptable. The SSAT or ISEE are not required for international students. 

    Register early for these tests. To be included in the first round of admission decisions, please complete admission testing no later than February 15, 2020. Contact the Athenian Admission Office for more information at admission@athenian.org. 

    Athenian School Codes
    TOEFL: 9155
    ISEE: 050724
    SSAT: 1414
It is Athenian's practice to evaluate applications without consideration of financial need. 

Admission Calendar

Campus Visits

Campus visits begin in October. Please see "Visit Athenian" tabs to the left for Middle School, Upper School, and International student applicants for information on how to visit.

Open Houses

We host Open Houses for Middle and Upper School in November and January. 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 a Middle School Information Sessions between October and January.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

Standardized exams must be completed by all applicants who are seeking admission. Testing dates and locations are available at a number of East Bay schools. To be included in the first round of admission decisions, please complete admission testing no later than early February. Athenian will host the ISEE in December and January. Register early as test dates fill quickly.

The Athenian School will host the ISEE the following dates:
December 7, 2019
January 18, 2020
January 25, 2020
February 1, 2020

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.


Application Deadlines for Fall 2020 Enrollment

The online application for Middle School and Upper School will be available September 1. To begin your application, please see the "Apply" tab to the left. After the initial application due date in January, we work with families to complete all parts of the application by February 15. All applications completed by February 15 will receive priority consideration. Late applications will be considered for any openings which remain available after the Decision Responses due date.

Middle School
Applications complete by February 15 receive priority consideration.
Decision Notification Date: March 19, 2020
Decision Responses Due: March 26, 2020

Upper School
Applications complete by February 15 receive priority consideration.
Day Student Decision Notification Date: March 20, 2020
Boarding Student Decision Notification Date: March 10, 2020
Decision Responses Due: March 27, 2020
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