Middle School Admissions
We look forward to getting to know you. If you have not done so already, please fill out our admissions inquiry form. Our middle school admissions process has six required steps that begin in September of each year.
We will consider middle school applicants with sufficient Mandarin reading/writing and speaking skills to join a current class.
Process and Timeline
1. Attend an Information Session.
This event will provide you with a complete introduction to the school campus and our practices and philosophy. Attending an information session is a required part of the admissions process. If you previously attended an information session, you do not need to attend another one. This session is for adults only. Sessions run from the end of September 2017 through January.
2. Submit Your Application Form Online.
The online application, including a $100 fee, must be submitted by January 11, 2018, at 10:00am (Pacific time). Please call or email the admissions office if you are experiencing hardships paying the fee. We suggest applying early to have your choice of dates for the student class visit, student interview, and parent interview. The online application is due January 11, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. PST.
3. Schedule a Campus Visit and Student Interview.
Campus visits provide an opportunity for the student to meet and interact with our teachers and other similar age students in a classroom setting. These visits are mandatory for admissions and take place in January and February. Once you have submitted an application online, you will receive an email with instructions on how to sign up online for a campus visit. Similarly, to assess the student's familiarity with Mandarin, an informal interview with a Mandarin teacher will be required. But relax! It's more of a chat than anything else. The interview will take place the day of the student's campus visit.
4. Register for an online AAPPL assessment.
Another data point that we use to assess a student’s proficiency in Mandarin is the AAPPL. The AAPPL assesses the following modes of communication: Interpersonal Listening/Speaking, Presentational Writing, and Interpretive Reading and Listening. More information can be found here. Once the student has completed the campus visit and interview, the admissions office will email instructions on taking the AAPPL assessment.
5. Sign up for a Parent Interview.
The parent interview is a 30-minute meeting with the Director of Admissions, and it gives us a chance to meet with prospective parents individually. Once you have submitted an application, you will receive an email with instructions upon submitting the online application on how to sign up online for a parent interview. Interviews are conducted between October and February.
6. Submit a Confidential Evaluation Form and Student Records Release Form From your Child’s Current School.
2018-2019 Age Cutoff
6th grade: 11 by Aug 1, 2018 or completion of 5th grade and assessment. We will consider elementary applicants with sufficient Mandarin reading/writing and speaking skills to join a current class.
Frequently Asked Questions
Read the Frequently Asked Questions about our Middle School.
For More Information
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Photos: parent volunteers and John Lee