We know that applying to schools can be a big endeavor. We provide as much information as we can on our website but 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 Schooland the Upper School and how to apply as an International Student.
Contact us now about the limited openings available for fall 2017 enrollment (grade 7 and Upper School boarding).
To begin the process for fall 2018 enrollment, choose the Request Information button in the upper right of this page.
We invite you to visit our campus and experience Athenian's classes and campus for yourself. Campus visits are required and begin in October each year. To schedule a visit, call 925-362-7254 or email email@example.com.
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.
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, 2017. We will also accept the SSAT if the ISEE is not available.
We invite you to visit our campus and experience Athenian's classes and campus for yourself. Campus visits are required and begin in October each year. To schedule a visit, call 925-362-7223 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 pair of Upper School Ambassadors to learn more about Athenian from a students' perspective.
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, 2017. 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
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 speak and write English fluently and live with an appropriate family member near Athenian.
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 September each year. To schedule a visit, call 925-362-7223 or email email@example.com.
Applicants from China: Due to the high volume of applicants from China, Athenian is not able to interview applicants from China. Applicants from China to grades 9, 10, or 11 are strongly encouraged to contact Vericant to complete a preliminary interview in China. After reviewing Vericant interviews, Athenian will contact a small group of select candidates for an additional interview. Please complete Vericant interviews between August and January. Before contacting Vericant, please complete an Athenian admission inquiry form.
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, 2017. Contact the Athenian Admission Office for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Athenian School Codes TOEFL: 9155 ISEE: 050724 SSAT: 1414
It is Athenian's practice to evaluate applications without consideration of financial need.
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 fill out an inquiry form and register for Open Houses.
Middle School Information Sessions Join us for a Middle School Information Sessions between October and January. Register for an Information Session.
Admission Testing In December and January, Athenian offers ISEE exams on site. For dates and details, please see the "Testing Information" tab to the left and register for an exam. International and other testing options are also available on the "Testing Information" tabs to the left. Standardized exams must be completed by all applicants who are seeking admission.
It is not too late to apply! After the inital filing date of January 12, we work with families to complete all parts of the application by Feb. 15. All applications complete by February 15 will receive priority consideration. Late applications will be considered for any openings which remain available after March 24. To begin your application, please see the "Apply" tabs to the left for Middle School, Upper School, and International student applicants. Admission Decisions
On March 17, families and prospective students will be notified about admission and financial aid decisions. (Boarding students will be notified on March 10.) Responses are due back on March 24. (Late applications will be considered for any openings which remain available after March 24.)