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Application Process

Application Timeline and Process
Students in our Pre-Kindergarten and siblings have first priority for placement in our Kindergarten program for the following fall term. 
Kindergarten assessments begin in January for the following fall term, and Pre-Kindergarten assessments begin in early February for the following fall term.
Registration Materials are due according to the ISSFBA calendar or one week after the child's acceptance if this occurs outside of the regular time frame. Hilldale School is a member of the Independent Schools of the San Francisco Bay Area (ISSFBA) and abides by all of its rules and procedures. 
  • Applications of the our Pre-K students and siblings of current students are due on December 15, 2018.
  • All other applications are due on January 15, 2019.
  • Pre-Kinder - 8th Grade Students will be notified of acceptances on March 21, 2019 via email at 12 PM.
  • Pre-Kinder - 8th Grade DECISION WEEK is March 21 through March 28, 2019. (Our Admissions Committee respects your right to make a decision during this week and will not contact you. You are welcome to reach out to us!)
  • Pre-Kinder - 8th Grade registration is due on March 28, 2019 at 10 AM.
The application process for prospective families is as follows:
  • Sign up for a tour of the school facility, during which you will receive an information package, as well as in-depth coverage of the school by the Principal or Vice-Principal.  Sign Up Genius.
  • Download the application and grade-specific teacher recommendation forms.
  • Submit the application and a $75 assessment fee before the application deadlines.  
  • Sign the teacher recommendation form, have the teacher complete and send it directly to the school by email, fax, or mail.
  • Once all three parts of the application are received, the office will contact you to schedule a student assessment, should we be able to offer an assessment to your child.
    • If we cannot provide an assessment for your child, the fee will be returned to you.
Students transferring from another school must submit the following official documents at the time of the assessment:
  • Results of standardized testing (Scores from SAT, CAT, IOWA, STAR, etc.)
  • Behavior reports (if applicable)
  • Results of any special testing
The assessment consists of two parts: a classroom experience and an aptitude assessment.
  • Entering Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students visit the school for a morning classroom experience and an assessment of academic aptitude and readiness.
  • Entering 1st - 8th grade students visit the school for a full class day, a student interview, as well as reading, writing, and math assessments to determine placement. They must show that they are able to handle a grade-ahead curriculum or should expect to be placed in the grade from which they are transferring.
Pay Application Fee with PayPal or Credit Card - $75.00
Note: Application Fees are not refundable
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