Woodside School graduates are well prepared to take on the challenges that High School provides. A large percentage of our graduates will elect to apply and attend private High Schools, while many will choose to attend public High School in the Sequoia Union High School District. While we are very proud of our graduates, we would like to keep all of our students throughout their 8th grade years. Of course, we realize that some 5th grade students may want to pursue other interests and attend private schools.
The application and decision process can be arduous and sometimes confusing. In order to help make this transition as easy as possible for students and parents, we have created a synopsis of the private Middle School application process. Below you will find important information and dates to help the transition process.
Families should monitor private school websites regarding admission beginning in September.
Families considering private schools must sign up for a Ravenna account. Many of the local private schools process their applications through Ravenna.
All 8th grade parents should meet with Mr. Frank in September/October to discuss High School options. All 5th grade parents who are considering private Middle Schools should meet with Mr. Frank as well.
Schedule shadow dates with the private schools, and try to schedule these dates on Woodside School holidays or minimum days whenever possible. Most schools now require that you pay the application fee before your child is allowed to shadow. In addition, it is a good idea to try and space out the shadow days so that students don't miss multiple days in succession. Also, please notify your child's teachers well in advance.
Plan to attend Open Houses at any schools being considered. Some schools require registration to attend.
Plan to attend the High School Information Night that Woodside School hosts on October 13 from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. in Sellman. This is a great opportunity to speak directly with the local High Schools.
Attend Open Houses and register for lottery for charter schools if interested.
Follow instructions regarding submitting teacher and administration recommendations and transcript forms. It is vital that you complete the transcript release form so that Woodside School can send your child's report cards to prospective schools.
Begin student/parent applications for private schools. Be sure to complete the applications by the appropriate deadline.
Complete financial aide paperwork if needed.
Register for testing according to what each private school requires (e.g., ISEE, SSAT, or HSPT).
Private schools will notify students of their acceptance in mid-March.
Monique Hunt, the Student Data Coordinator, compiles information regarding each student and the schools he or she is applying to. For detailed information regarding what parents need to do, please see the 5th grade Instructions or the 8th grade instructions. Once you have a Ravenna account, please see the Ravenna instructions. All students have to fill out a Student Biography form and turn it into Monique Hunt by November 22. Finally, all parents must fill out a Private School form so that we know which schools you are applying to and turn them into Monique Hunt by November 22.
Please notify Monique Hunt as to which schools your child was accepted, wait-listed, or denied. In addition, please notify Monique as to which school your child will attend.