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We look forward to supporting your family through the Redwood Day Admissions process! As you move from initial visits and into the application process, our goal is that your experience is easy to navigate, inclusive, reflective, and enjoyable.

Please explore the steps of the process outlined below and never hesitate to reach out with any questions and to let us know how we can best support your family!

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  • Step 1: Inquire

    Call us or visit our website to request information and schedule a time to visit us. Our website will give you a detailed look at our curriculum, program information, admissions policies, and application materials.
  • Step 2: Visit Us

    We invite you to visit Redwood Day during the Admissions process. Please sign up online or call to schedule any or all of these events. Opportunities to visit include Tours, Open Houses, Family events, assemblies, student panels, and more!
  • Step 3: Apply to Redwood Day

    Priority (Current Redwood Day families and faculty/staff children) Application Due Date: November 1, 2019

    Optional Early 2020-21 Application Due Date: December 9, 2019 ($65 application fee)
    Final 2020-21 Application Due Date: January 17, 2020 ($100 application fee)

    Although applications are not due until January 17, 2020, we ask that families who are ready to apply earlier do so by December 9, 2019 (with a reduced application fee!). Applications can be submitted online, by mail, or in person. We’ll confirm receipt of your application within one week.
  • Step 4: Assessments, Visits, and Testing

    January and February 2020 – Please see calendar or sign up through your parent admissions portal.

    Our assessments allow the Admissions Committee and additional faculty to observe children in academic and social settings. An assessment is just one way we learn how a child will connect with, benefit from, and add to the learning community at Redwood Day.

    Kindergarten and 1st Grade assessments are designed to determine the developmental readiness of a child for our program. Assessments for grades 2–8 involve social activities, informal interviews, and academic work packets that include reading, writing, math, and spelling components.

    2nd - 5th Grade Visits:
    Applicants are invited to spend time in their current grade to get to know their peer group at Redwood Day. The visit also allows us to observe children in a classroom setting. This visit is on the same day as the academic assessment.

    Middle School Visits:
    Applicants to 6th–8th grades attend a visit and assessment day on a weekday in January/February. These appointments include sample classes, academic assessment, and fun activities! These visits must be scheduled in advance with the Admissions Office after the application has been sumbitted.

    Applicants to grades 6–8 must register for the ISEE by early January in order to complete the exam no later than February 1, 2020. We consider the ISEE as one part of the applicant’s academic profile and we appreciate the additional information it provides when considered in conjunction with the rest of a student’s application and visits. To register for the ISEE at one of the local testing sites, please log on to or call 800.446.0320.
  • Step 5: Complete Your Redwood Day Application

    2020-21 Deadlines and Notification Dates
    • November 1, 2019: Priority admissions application deadline! Priority applicants either have a sibling already attending Redwood Day or are children of Redwood Day faculty and staff.
    • December 2, 2019: Priority Tuition Assistance Application Deadline (for all current Redwood Day families and faculty/staff).
    • December 9, 2019: Optional Early Admissions Application deadline (reduced application fee).
    • January 17, 2020: Admissions Application deadline.
    • January 17, 2020: Tuition Assistance application deadline.
  • Step 6: Make Your School Decision

    Admissions decisions will be communicated to families by Redwood Day (and all East Bay Independent Schools) on March 19, 2020. Tuition Assistance decisions will be communicated at the same time. Please reach out to us if you would like to visit one last time or talk with anyone within our community.

    Enrollment decisions from families are due back to Redwood Day on Thursday, March 26 at 9 a.m.

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2019-20 Deadlines

November 1, 2019 (For Priority Applicants Only)
Admissions applications due from priority applicants (siblings of Redwood Day students and alumni or children of faculty/staff).
December 1, 2019 (For Priority Applicants Only)
Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) must be completed (middle school applicants only). All supplemental documents due: fall report card; previous two years report cards; letter of recommendation; student statement (for middle school applicants only).

December 2, 2019 (For Priority Applicants Only)
Tuition assistance application deadline for current Redwood Day families and faculty/staff.

December 9, 2019
Optional early admissions application deadline (with $65 application fee).
January 17, 2020
Admissions applications for the 2020-21 school year are due ($100 application fee)!
Tuition assistance applications due from new admissions applicants.

February 1, 2020
Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) must be completed (middle school applicants only). All supplemental documents due: fall report card; previous two years report cards; letter of recommendation; student statement (for middle school apllicants only).
February 6, 2020
Enrollment materials for 2020-21 Redwood Day enrollment will be sent to returning Redwood Day families electronically on January 27. Contracts and enrollment deposits must be submitted electronically by February 6, 2020.

March 19, 2020
Prospective Redwood Day families can expect to receive emailed Admissions decisions this afternoon. Family decisions will be due back the following Thursday, March 26. These dates are shared by all member schools of the East Bay Independent Schools Association (EBISA).

March 26, 2020
Enrollment decisions and contracts from new Redwood Day families are due by 9 a.m.!