Upper School Admissions

Upper School Admissions Requirements

Please see the steps below for the Upper School application process. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Christopher Sanders, Associate Director of Upper School Admissions.

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  • 1. Admissions Application Form

    Complete and submit your child's application through Ravenna by clicking here. If you already have a Ravenna account, you may simply login to your account.
    Once the application has been submitted, you will have access to the additional required forms. The nonrefundable application fee is $125. However, if you are applying for financial assistance, the nonrefundable application fee is $50. Please contact Jacquie Wilson, the Director of Enrollment if paying the application fee presents a difficulty for your family and we will waive the application fee.
  • 2. Applicant Interview:

    Schedule an applicant interview after submitting your child’s admissions application. Interviews may be scheduled through Ravenna. We encourage you to schedule your child’s interview as soon as possible and before February 1, 2020.  Your child’s entire file does not need to be complete before scheduling the interview.

  • 3. Admissions Assessment:

    Please register your child for the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) by clicking hereParker's school code is 052843. Your child may take the ISEE at any ISEE approved testing site. In order to be given priority consideration, the last date that applicants may take the ISEE is February 1, 2020.

    We also accept results from the Secondary School Admissions Test (SSAT). Parker’s school code for the SSAT is 3266. You may register for the SSAT by clicking here.   In order to be given priority consideration, the last date that applicants may take the SSAT is February 1, 2020.
    Please note that either test is acceptable and we do not have a preference for one test over the other.
    Students applying to the 10th, 11th, or 12th grades may submit either the ISEE, SSAT, PSAT, Pre-ACT, SAT or ACT.
  • 4. File Completion:

    For priority consideration, submit the following documents through Ravenna by February 1, 2020:

    • Admissions Application Form
    • Administrator, English Teacher and Mathematics Teacher Recommendations  - after December 1, 2019
    • Student Questionnaire
    • Parent Questionnaire
    Request that the registrar at your child’s school mail your child’s transcript (report cards (prior year and first marking period of the current year), immunization record, standardized testing) directly to Parker’s Admissions Office before February 1, 2020.

  • 5. Character Skills Snapshot:

    Parker’s hallmark character education programs originated from Colonel Francis Wayland Parker’s belief that schools have a responsibility to help students become good citizens with integrity, resilience, and social awareness.   In his words, “The needs of the society determine the work of the school… the supreme need of society is good citizenship… ideal citizenship demands of the individual the highest degree of knowledge, power and skill.”
    In painting a portrait of each applicant, grades and test scores only provide the Admissions Committee with one color. Other important colors include an applicant’s personality and character - which have always been important to the admission process. However, until recently, we haven’t had a tool that we could use to measure the character skills applicants are developing. The Character Skills Snapshot (CSS) is a newly designed assessment tool that will help the Admissions Committee gain additional information on each applicant and may highlight areas where we can help applicants grow if they choose to enroll at Parker. Please click here for more information and to register for the CSS.

Experience Upper School

We’d love to get to know you. Please join us for a variety of admissions events from now through January, where you can meet our teachers, learn about our curriculum and special programs, and explore our campus.

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  • Campus Tours

    Campus Tours are a great way to learn more about Parker. Group tours are scheduled throughout the fall and are also offered during the Open House.  On the tour, you will see classes in action and have an opportunity to learn more about Parker’s programs. Tours typically last 45 minutes and may be scheduled through Ravenna. RSVP Here
  • Prospective Parent Coffees

    In addition to the Open House, prospective parents may attend coffees on each campus throughout the fall. Information on dates and times for the specific coffees are listed below. Please note, that attendance at coffees is optional.

    The Upper School Coffees will provide parents with an opportunity to learn more about Parker through interactions with faculty, administrators, and students. RSVP Here
    • October 15, 2019 from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    • October 29, 2019 from 8:30 am - 9:30 am
    • November 19, 2019 from 8:30 am - 9:30 am
    • January 7, 2019 from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Open House

    Parker's Open House is an engaging way for prospective applicants and their parents to learn more about Parker.  There will be time to explore the campus, interact with faculty and students, and gain a deeper understanding of what makes Parker unique.

    The Middle and Upper School Open House will take place on Saturday, November 16, 2019.  

    From teachers giving mini-lessons to student ambassadors answering questions, our Open House is an engaging way for parents and children to learn more about Parker. There will be time to explore the campus, meet faculty and administrators, and ultimately gain a deeper understanding of what makes Parker unique.  
    The Middle and Upper School Open House will be held on Saturday, November 16 from 9:00 am - noon.  

  • Visitors' Days

    Visitors’ Days at Francis Parker School are opportunities for interested students to shadow a current Parker student. This shadowing experience is an excellent chance for applicants to meet Parker students and faculty in order to gain an idea of what it would be like to attend our School. Visiting the campus is optional for students applying to grades 6 - 12.
    There are four visit day opportunities for Upper School applicants:
    • November 4, 2019
    • December 9, 2019
    • January 13, 2020
    • January 28, 2020
    We ask that when visiting for the morning, applicants wear comfortable clothing (no jeans, tank tops, or sandals), and leave books, electronics, and non-essential items at home. Classes begin at 8:55 a.m. Therefore, we ask that students arrive by 8:30 a.m. and remain on campus through 12:15 p.m.

    Registration for a Visitors' Day may take place after the admissions application has been submitted through Ravenna. RSVP Here

Parking Information

For visits to the Linda Vista campus, please park in the main entrance lot (located at Linda Vista Road and Alcala Knolls Drive). Once you reach the security tower, a guard will assist you in locating a parking spot near the administration building. 

Upper School Admissions Contacts

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Non-Discrimination Statement
Francis Parker School is an inclusive community where diversity is welcomed and celebrated. We seek talented students, families, faculty, and staff from different backgrounds. The School does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical ability, creed or national origin in the administration of its admissions, tuition assistance, employment determination or other procedures or programs.
Francis Parker School is a private, independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school for students in Junior Kindergarten through Grade 12 from across San Diego County. Founded in 1912, the Lower School is located on the Mission Hills Campus with the Upper and Middle Schools on the Linda Vista Campus. Parker's mission is to inspire a diverse community of independent thinkers whose academic excellence, global perspective and strength of character prepare them to make a meaningful difference in the world.

Mission Hills Campus Lower School

4201 Randolph Street
San Diego, CA 92103

Linda Vista Campus Middle/Upper School

6501 Linda Vista Road
San Diego, CA 92111
858 / 569-7900