Lower School Admissions
LOWER SCHOOL ADMISSIONS
The Lower School application process varies by grade. Please be sure to follow the information for the specific grade that you are interested in for your child. If you have any questions, feel free to contact a member of our admissions team.
Students applying to Junior Kindergarten must be 4-years-old by July 31, 2020 and students applying to Senior Kindergarten must be 5-years-old by July 31, 2020. The July 31, 2020 age requirement holds true for applicants for Grades 1 through 5.
Admissions Application Form
Schedule a parent/guardian interview with Theresa Tran, Associate Director of Lower School Admissions, after submitting your child’s application. Interviews may be scheduled through your Ravenna account. We encourage you to schedule your parent/guardian 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.
Appointments will become available beginning October 1. Any interview scheduled between October 1 and the end of December will include a tour. Appointments made after January 1 will be interview only with tours subject to availability.
- For students applying to Junior Kindergarten, Senior Kindergarten and Grade 1 register for the admissions assessment through Ravenna.
- For students applying to Grades 2 - 4, the registration process involves two steps:
- Select an assessment date through Ravenna.
- After scheduling a date, register for the test through Educational Records Bureau (ERB).
- For students applying to Grade 5, register your child for the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) by clicking here. Your child may take the ISEE at any approved ISEE testing site. To release your score to us, please enter Parker's school code (052843) on the score recipient list. The ISEE needs to be taken by February 1, 2020.
If your child is applying to Grades 2 - 5, please schedule his/her classroom visit through Ravenna.
For priority consideration, submit the following documents through Ravenna by February 1, 2020:
- Admissions Application Form
- Teacher Recommendation(s)
- Parent Questionnaire
Please mail to the Lower School Admissions Office the following documents by February 1, 2020
- Birth Certificate
- Immunization Records
Request that the registrar at your child’s school mail your child’s transcript directly to Parker’s Admissions Office before February 1, 2020.
EXPERIENCE LOWER SCHOOL
Junior Kindergarten/Senior Kindergarten: October 1, 8, 15 (9:30-10:30), November 19
Grades 1-3: October 3, 24, November 7, November 22 (Friday)
Grades 4-5: October 10, October 30 (Wednesday), November 14
Prospective Parent Coffees
Please join us in learning more about the grade level you are interested in applying to. Guests will have the opportunity to hear from our Lower School administrative team about our program as well as see students engaged in classroom activities. Coffees will be 8:00-9:00 a.m. starting at the Mission Hills campus.
September 24: JK/SK Prospective Parent Coffee
October 22: JK-Grade 2 Grade Prospective Parent Coffee
November 12: Grades 3-5 Prospective Parent Coffee
January 15: JK/SK Prospective Parent Coffee
4201 Randolph Street
San Diego, CA 92103
Prospective students and parents are invited to attend the Francis Parker Lower School Open House. Families will have the opportunity to tour our Mission Hills campus as well as visit classrooms and meet our dynamic faculty. The morning will conclude with an admissions workshop led by Associate Director of Lower School Admission, Theresa Tran. Families are requested to RSVP using Ravenna.
The Lower School Open House will be on Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 8:00 am - 11:00 am.
Visitors’ Days at Parker 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 required for students applying to grades 2–5.
Join Bob Gillingham, Lower School Head; Heather Gray, Assistant Head of Lower School; and Theresa Tran, Associate Director of Lower School Admissions, for a presentation on the curriculum in the Lower School. Gain insight into the philosophy behind our academic approaches and programs, learn about the well-aligned scope and sequence across the grades and come see for yourself the development of thinking and learning Parker students experience in their Lower School years. RSVP Here
Available dates: December 17 at 8:30 a.m. or January 16 at 5:00p.m.
Mission Hills Campus:
4201 Randolph Street
San Diego, CA 92103
Campus Parking Info
The Lower School campus is located in the Mission Hills neighborhood, and public street parking is available near the school entrance. Please help us respect our neighbors by not blocking driveways and fire lanes.