The high school application process can be exciting, daunting,
self-affirming, confusing, or all of the above. We are here to help!
A student’s application to College
Prep consists of a Student Statement, a student questionnaire, a parent questionnaire,
an interview, a standardized test, teacher recommendations, two years of
school transcripts, and a family information sheet. Taken together, this
information allows us to learn about the student as a scholar and a person. No
one piece of the application carries more weight than any other. An applicant’s
file is typically read by four members of the Admission Committee. In addition
to looking for a strong academic fit between the student and College Prep, the
Admission Committee pays special attention to each student's willingness to contribute to the lives of others.
hope that you make good use of our website. It is an excellent place to
learn about many aspects of College Prep. When you inquire online, you will receive an application packet. The packet includes a curriculum guide, a school profile, a viewbook, and
more. The packet is a good place to write down questions and track your application progress.
Most prospective College Prep students come to the school for a
half-day visit during the fall of their eighth grade year, complete the
College Prep application, and participate in a brief interview with a
member of the College Prep Admissions Committee.
- Application available via the College Prep website.
- Register for the ISEE or for the SSAT; Note: The ISEE may be taken at College Prep on December 12 or December 13, 2015; More information about entrance exams can be found by clicking on the tab labeled "Testing" below.
- Call Vanessa Ortega in the Admission Office at (510) 652-4364 x1 on or after September 7 to schedule a half-day student visit.
- Please visit our website to schedule a parent tour (optional).
- Sunday, September 20, 2015: San Francisco High School Fair. Join College Prep and other Bay Area high schools at Sacred Heart Cathedral. Time to be announced.
- Half-day visits continue
- Parent tours continue
- Wednesday, October 7, 2015: East Bay High School Fair. Join College Prep and other Bay Area high schools at Bishop O'Dowd from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
- Sunday, October 11, 2015: Open House #1 from 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
- Half-day visits continue
- Parent tours continue
- Sunday, November 15, 2015: Open House #2 from 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
- Half-day visits continue
- Parent tours continue
- Saturday, December 5, 2015: Open House #3 from 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
- Saturday, December 12, 2015: ISEE administered at College Prep, 9 a.m. (check-in at 8:30 a.m.)
Sunday, December 13, 2015: ISEE administered at College Prep, 9 a.m. (check-in at 8:30 a.m.)
Monday, December 21, 2015: Financial-aid workshop at 6:00 p.m. in the Buttner Auditorium
- Half-day visits continue
- Tuesday, January 12, 2016: Admissions Diversity Evening for applicants and their families.
Thursday, January 14, 2016: Application deadline
Thursday, January 14, 2016: Financial aid application deadline
Saturday, January 16, 2016: Interview Day #1
Saturday, January 23, 2016: Interview Day #2
Saturday, January 30, 2016: Interview Day #3
Saturday, January 30, 2016: Last day to take ISEE for scores to be considered for the College Prep application. For those taking the SSAT, the last test date to submit scores for College Prep is January 9, 2016.
- Monday, February 22, 2016: Tax forms (2014 - Form 1040) due for new financial aid applicants.
- Thursday, March 10, 2016: notification by mail of admission decisions and financial aid awards.
- Friday, March 11, 2015, 4 pm: online notification of admission decisions via Ravenna.
- Wednesday, March 16, 2016: Deadline for responses from financial aid candidates with offers (by noon).
- Friday, March 18, 2015: Deadline for responses from non-financial aid candidates with offers (by noon).
- Registration and placement tests for newly enrolled students (dates to be announced).
- New Parent Orientation (date to be announced).
There is no better way to get a feel for College Prep than walking the
campus, observing classes, and talking to students and faculty
encourage all interested students to come for a half-day visit to
Prep to observe classes and experience our community first hand. You do not have to submit an application to visit College
Visits begin in September and
conclude in January. In a typical week, we will host visitors both
morning and afternoon on four days.
Morning visits are usually from 8:45 a.m. until 12:05
p.m. and afternoon visits are typically from 12:30 p.m. until 3:10
p.m. Upon arrival, you will be introduced to your host (a current College Prep student), who will take you to classes and answer any
questions you might have. You might even get to answer a math question, participate in an English discussion, or draw something in an art class!
Please call Vanessa Ortega at (510) 652-4364 x1 on or after September 7, 2015 to schedule your visit.
At that time, please inform us if there are specific classes you would
like to visit or if there is a particular ninth-grade host you would like to have
show you around. To the best of our ability we will try to accommodate
your requests. Because classes at College Prep are so small, we can only accommodate
a handful of visitors each day, so please have a few dates in mind when scheduling your visit.
Parking and Directions: There are two visitor parking spaces in our lot. If those are full, you may double park in front of the school vans when dropping off your child (our parking lot attendant will help you). Directions to the school may be found here. All visitors should check-in
at the Admission Office. Follow the main path up campus and the Admission Office will be on your left, across from the Main
just past the Buttner Auditorium. At the conclusion of the visit, your child will be walked down to the parking lot.
College Prep will host three open houses in the fall. Attending an open house is a great way to see College Prep in action.
You will have the opportunity to talk to teachers, current students, coaches, and administrators as well as attend mini-classes and tour the beautiful campus.
All open houses begin promptly at 1:00 p.m. in the Buttner Auditorium and end by 3:30 p.m.
This year's open house schedule is as follows:
Sunday, October 11, 2015, 1 p.m.
Sunday, November 15, 2015, 1 p.m
Saturday, December 5, 2015, 1 p.m.
You do not need to have an application on file to attend open house, though reservations are required. The October and November open houses are only for families with students in the 8th grade or above. If you have a 7th grader (or younger), we often have spaces available at the December open house. Our reservation system will be live in August 2015.
College Prep requires that all applicants take either the Independent School
Entrance Exam (ISEE) or the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) as
of the application process.
The Admission Office has no
preference between the ISEE and the SSAT.
You may register to take the ISEE exam beginning on
September 14, 2015. The testing fee for the ISEE is $100.The 2014-2015 ISEE
student guide is available here. A study guide, What to
Expect on the ISEE, is available
directly from the ISEE as a free PDF or the book version may be purchased for $20 directly from ISEE.
Applicants should indicate on the ISEE registration form that College Prep is
receive your test scores. The ISEE code number for College
Prep is 052192.
will be given at College Prep on Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 9 am (check-in at 8:30 am) and Sunday, December 13, 2015 at 9 am (check-in at 8:30 am).
Applicants need not take the test at College Prep; several test dates and local
sites are available. Testing dates, sites, and registration deadlines
in the Student Guide under “East Bay Consortium.” Early
registration is advised, as local test sites
fill up quickly. Applicants must take the ISEE no later than January 30, 2016 for scores to be considered for the College Prep
A limited number of ISEE fee waivers are available for families
with need. Please call the Admission Office at (510) 652-4364 to request a fee waiver.
You may register to take the SSAT beginning August 1, 2015. A study guide, The Official Guide to the Upper Level SSAT, is available for $35. The testing fee for the SSAT
Students may take the
SSAT at a number of Bay Area locations. A student registration guide,
which includes local testing sites as well as registration information,
is available from the College Prep Admission Office or directly from
SSAT. There are four SSAT testing dates (all Saturdays) that occur in
time for scores to be considered for the College Prep application: October 17, November 14, December 12, and January 9 (please do not sign up for the February 6 test date -- this is too late). The
registration deadline for each of these tests is three
weeks prior to the test date.
Applicants should indicate on the SSAT
registration form that College Prep is to receive test scores.
The SSAT code number for College Prep
A limited number of SSAT fee waivers are available for families with need. Please call the Admission Office at (510) 652-4364 to request a fee waiver.
As part of the
admission process, each applicant is required to meet with a member of
the Admission Committee.
The interview is an opportunity for
applicants to ask questions about College Prep and to discuss their
and goals for high school. The interview is always only one student with
one interviewer and usually lasts around twenty minutes.
At College Prep, the
interview occurs on a different day than the student visit.
Interviews will take place on three Saturdays:
Saturday, January 16, 2016
Saturday, January 23, 2016
Saturday, January 30, 2016
Interviews time slots are available beginning at 9:00 a.m. and every half an hour until 3:00 p.m. We are happy to accommodate students who cannot make any of the above dates.
Once you begin the online application process (available in August 2015), you will be able to self-register for the interview by selecting your preferred date and time. If you need assistance with scheduling, please call the Admission Office at (510) 652-4364.
students who may be nervous or who have not been in an interview
before, here are a few pieces of advice.
Be yourself; Don't say what you
think the interviewer
will find impressive. Talk about what you
love to do, both in school and for fun.
Ask questions; It is a good idea to ask
questions specifically about College Prep. Maybe you are curious about
the track team, or want to know more about visual arts or the progression
through the English department. Asking questions will demonstrate to
the interviewer that you have done some thinking about our school (and
you will also get your questions answered!). Ideally, the
interview should be equally useful to the applicant and to the
Don't over-prepare; A natural conversation
is much better than listing your accomplishments or trying to sound
impressive. The College Prep
interview does not follow a script or use set questions. You may be speaking with a math teacher, the Head of School,
the Associate Athletic Director, etc. Each interviewer has his or her
own style and technique. That said, spend some time prior to the
interview thinking about what you are looking for from your high-school
experience. If you are nervous, it is fine to let your interviewer
Parents of current 8th graders and above are invited to take an optional tour of campus
to see the facilities and ask questions in a small-group setting. You must reserve space to attend a tour (no drop-ins) so we can keep the tours small. Reservations can be made beginning in August 2015 via our online application.
All parent tours begin at 9:30 am and end at 11:00 am and meet at the Admission Office. This year, parent tours will be offered on the following dates:
- September 14 (Monday)
- September 17 (Thursday)
September 21 (Monday)
September 24 (Thursday)
- October 1 (Thursday)
- October 5 (Monday)
- October 8 (Thursday)
- October 12 (Monday)
- October 15 (Thursday)
- October 19 (Monday)
- October 22 (Thursday)
- October 29 (Thursday)
- November 2 (Monday)
- November 5 (Thursday)
- November 9 (Monday)
- November 12 (Thursday)
- November 16 (Monday)
November 19 (Thursday)
- November 30 (Monday)
- December 3 (Thursday)
- December 7 (Monday)
- December 10 (Thursday)
Parking and Directions: There are two visitor parking spaces in our lot. If those are full, you may double park in front of the school vans when coming for a parent tour (our parking lot attendant will help you). Directions to the school may be found here. All visitors should check-in at the Admission Office. Follow the main path up campus and the Admission Office will be on your left, across from the Main Office, just past the Buttner Auditorium.