Inspired experience based college preparatory education for creative and intellectually curious students
Early childhood through twelfth grade

Admissions at Waverly

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Waverly seeks a diverse community in order to fulfill its mission to provide a strong humanistic education for all students. The Waverly School embraces diversity and values the integrity of the individual. Individual differences of religion, national origin, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and gender are acknowledged and respected.

This is our process:

  1. Attend a tour. Group tours for parents and guardians are held by division: elementary school (preschool-6), middle school (7 and 8), and high school (9-12) during the school day. Tours include time with the Head of School, to learn about our program, a visit to classrooms, and an opportunity to ask questions of current Waverly parents. Sign up here to attend a tour!
  2. For middle and high school applicants we strongly encourage families plan to attend an open house scheduled in January. The open house is the student’s first opportunity to visit Waverly and to hear from the teachers directly about their classes.
  3. Apply on-line by February 1! This is also the deadline for tuition assistance.
  4. Plan to have your child visit the school as part of our application process on one of our visit days. Read on for these dates.

No Tests Required
The Waverly School’s admissions process does not include formal testing, such as the ISEE.  Our goal, instead, is to approximate each student’s individual skill set to ensure that all students fall within an appropriate range of learning levels in any one class. We pay very careful attention to information provided in prospective students’ applications including, transcripts and teacher recommendations.

Teacher Recommendation
Complete the top portion of the form and deliver it to the applicant’s current teacher. (7th-12th grade applicants need two teacher recommendations.) Teacher recommendations must be submitted in sealed letterhead envelopes from the appropriate school. Download a teacher recommendation form (PDF):

Transcripts

Complete the Transcript Release Form and submit it to the applicant’s current school. (Young kindergarten and kindergarten applicants do not need transcripts.) Transcripts must be submitted in sealed letterhead envelopes from the appropriate school. Download a transcript request form (PDF)

Student Visits

Our Admissions Director will contact prospective families to schedule a visit for each applicant. Visits will be scheduled between January and February for first round applicants; late spring and summer applicants will visit only after admissions files are complete.

Admissions Notification

Decision letters will be sent by March 10 for first round applicants.

Non-Discrimination Policy

The Waverly School does not discriminate in matters of employment, recruitment, admissions, or the administration of any programs on the basis of race, creed, gender, sexual orientation, or national/ethnic origin.

International Students

At this time, The Waverly School does not accept applications from international students and is not able to offer, process, or assist in the procurement of student visas (I-20). Applicants must be able to provide proof of visa or other documentation demonstrating ability to attend non-public school in the United States before an application can be processed.  Please visit www.pasadenaareaschools.org for information on other schools in the area.

Important Dates

Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Prospective high school applicants and their parents/ guardians are invited to attend our High School Open House at 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Prospective middle school applicants and their parents/guardians are invited to attend our Middle School Open House at 7:00 p.m.

Friday, February 1, 2019
Applications due for new students; tuition assistance applications due for new and returning students.

Saturday, February 2, 2019
Preschool and 3rd – 6th Prospective Student Visit Day

Saturday, February 9, 2019
Kindergarten and 1st – 2nd Prospective Student Visit Day

Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Middle School Prospective Student Visit Day

Saturday, February 23, 2019
Kindergarten Prospective Student Visit Day

High School Visits
Our Admissions Director will contact prospective families to schedule a visit for each high school applicant. Visits will be scheduled between January and February for first round prospective students.

Friday, March 8, 2019
Admissions notifications sent to new families

Late spring and summer applicants will visit only after admissions files are complete.