Middle & High School Admissions

Admissions Criteria

Middle School Eligibility
Entry to the Middle School is based on social, emotional and academic readiness. This includes student performance at or above grade level in all academic areas, satisfactory scores on standardized exams and a record of good conduct.

High School Eligibility
Entry to High School is based on social, emotional and academic readiness for the rigorous college preparatory Mount Madonna High School program. This includes a 3.0 overall average with no grade lower than C, satisfactory scores on standardized exams, and a record of good conduct and positive contributions to the school community. In addition, students are required to have completed at least one year of study of a foreign language, preferably Spanish, prior to enrolling in the 9th grade.

1. Tours and “Shadow Day”

In order to fully appreciate and see our unique educational programs in action, we ask parents to first visit the campus and meet with a member of our school admissions team. Parents and students view the facilities, learn about the mission and history of our school, the overview of programs, parent participation, transportation and the admissions process. We ask that parents visit the school in advance of, or at the same time as a student shadow day.

We also require that prospective middle and high school students attend a “Shadow Day” during which the visiting students sit in on classes in their current and/or future grade and have the opportunity to meet with faculty and current students.

To schedule a tour or shadow day, please fill out our online form or call Benná Dimig at 408-847-2717 (x242). If you must leave a message, please include your name, your child’s name and grade, and a phone number with best times to reach you.

2. Application

Apply online – complete the form in its entirety. Complete a separate application for each student.

Application Deadlines

DECEMBER 12, 2016 – Early Admission Consideration
The early admission period is primarily for siblings of current students and is open for applications to only those grades for which we know we have openings in Fall 2017.* All application materials, including confidential reports and supporting documents must be submitted by this deadline. Interviews may be scheduled after this date. Notification of acceptance will be mailed in January 2017. This early application period is for current families who wish to apply for a sibling and for families considering MMS as their primary choice. If accepted for admission during this time, you will be required to sign a binding agreement. If you are considering two or more schools, we ask that you please apply during the Regular Admissions period.

FEBRUARY 27, 2017 – Regular Admissions
We will review applications for all grades during this time. All application materials, including confidential reports and supporting documents must be submitted by this deadline. Iinterviews will be scheduled after this date. (If applicable, please also submit financial assistance documents by this date.) Notification of acceptance will be mailed in March 2017.

MARCH 24, 2017 – Late Admissions
We will continue to review applications for all grades for which we have openings. All application materials, including confidential reports and supporting documents must be submitted by this deadline. Iinterviews may be scheduled after this date. (If applicable, please also submit financial assistance documents by this date.) Notification of acceptance will be mailed in April 20176.

ROLLING ADMISSIONS
Applications received after the March 2017 deadline will be evaluated and admission offered on a space available basis after April 2017 The deadline for submission during rolling admissions periods is the 20th of each month (i.e., April 20, May 20, June 20, 2017 and so on).

3. Confidential Report(s)

For Middle School: We require two confidential forms with one being from the current Language Arts teacher and one from the current Math teacher. In the case that they are the same teacher, you may give it to another current teacher of your choice. A third confidential report is optional.

For High School: We require three forms with one from each of the following current teachers- Math, English and Elective of your choice.
Please give the teacher the form with a stamped envelope addressed to be mailed directly to:

Admissions Office
Mount Madonna School
491 Summit Road
Mount Madonna, CA 95076

4. Next Steps

Interviews
The Admissions Committee will review all applications upon receipt of the completed Application and Confidential Report Forms. If the applicant meets the admissions criteria, you will be contacted to schedule an interview for your student.

Decision Letters and Wait Pools
The Admissions Committee will review all applicant information. You will then receive written notification letting you know the committee’s decision. If space is not available at the time you have applied and your student has met the admissions criteria, you may request that your application be kept active and you will be notified when space is available.

Thank you for your interest in Mount Madonna School.
We look to forward to meeting you and your child.

Mount Madonna School’s open admission and financial assistance policies do not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, sexual preference, ethnic origin, disability, marital status, religion, creed or similar factors. This policy applies to all areas of student concerns: admissions, athletics, educational policies, financial assistance, and other school administered programs.