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.
Students applying to Junior Kindergarten must be 4-years-old by July 31, 2021 and students applying to Senior Kindergarten must be 5-years-old by July 31, 2021. The July 31, 2021 age requirement holds true for applicants for Grades 1 through 5.
Schedule an interview through your Ravenna account. Your child’s entire file does not need to be complete before scheduling the interview.
Junior Kindergarten, Senior Kindergarten and Grade 1:
For JK, SK, and Grade 1 applicants, the interview includes a readiness assessment. We ask you to schedule interviews during the months of November, December, and January to allow your student the most amount of time to develop academically, socially, and emotionally.
During the interview, applicants are required to complete a virtual reading exercise which will take approximately 15-20 minutes. This exercise assists in measuring your student’s reading fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.
Applicant Video Snapshot
For Junior Kindergarten, Senior Kindergarten, and Grade 1 only
In January 2021, families will be asked to capture a snapshot of their student in video format. Ordinarily, we have the opportunity to meet applicants on campus, however, due to the unique nature of the school year, our Admissions Committee wants to be sure to get to know your child much as possible. You will receive instructions on the video snapshot in January.
Writing Exercise and Group Meet
For Grades 2-5 only
Grades 2-5 applicants will meet other applicants via Zoom for a fun group activity followed by a 20-minute virtual writing exercise. This activity provides insight into your student's ability to craft a logical, organized, and comprehensive response to a prompt. To prepare, students should have ready a piece of lined paper and pencil. Further preparation instructions will be sent before the event.
For Grades 4-5 only
Grades 4 and 5 applicants will complete a virtual math assessment to provide insight into their analytic skill, number sense and familiarity with mathematical concepts.
Historically, Parker has required applicants to submit results from the ISEE or SSAT as assessment performance has been a reliable measure of a student's readiness for our academic program. However, due to economic hardship, limited access to testing facilities, potential exposure to COVID-19, and other confounding factors, Parker will not require or accept ISEE or SSAT results for Fall 2021.
For priority consideration, submit the following documents through Ravenna by February 1, 2021:
- Applicant Information Form
- Teacher Recommendation(s)
- Administrator Recommendation
- Parent Questionnaire
- JK/SK/Grade 1 Video Snapshot submitted in January (*details will be shared in early January)
Please mail to Parker's Admissions Office (6501 Linda Vista Road, San Diego, CA 92111) the following documents by February 1, 2021:
- Birth Certificate
- Child's Transcript
Request that the registrar at your child’s school mail your child’s transcript directly to Parker’s Admissions Office before February 1, 2021.
EXPERIENCE LOWER SCHOOL
Parker is currently closed to the public. While we are actively planning to have current students return to on-campus learning this fall, we are uncertain if conditions will allow prospective families (for entry in fall 2021) to visit campus for admissions events. At this time, we plan to host online events, and we will update families of any changes here and via email.
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.