Middle and Upper School Process
Choosing the right school for your child is one of the most important decisions you will make. At Wildwood School, we want to support you in this process by listening to what matters to you. Please email Alissa Dixon at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can answer any questions you may have.
Please Note: Wildwood’s efforts toward an equitable and accessible admission process take on additional significance during these unprecedented times. Wildwood will not require or consider standardized tests (ISEE/SSAT) during the 2020-2021 admission season. The admission committee will continue to rely on a holistic approach as we get to know students and families throughout the admission process.
Wildwood's middle school program offers academic and creative opportunities in an active learning environment where adolescent development is understood and supported. Our upper school offers an intellectually challenging curriculum designed to provide each student with the knowledge and skills needed for a successful college experience and beyond.
Middle school includes grades 6 to 8; upper school includes grades 9 through 12. Sixth, 7th, and 9th grades are typical entry points. Openings in all other grades occur by attrition only.
To apply, please complete the following:
Once your submitted online inquiry is processed, it generates an email giving you a username and the ability to create a password for our Wildwood School Admission Portal, your personalized admission portal.
Click here to log into the Wildwood School Admission Portal and access the application, school forms, and to check the progress of your online application.
Once signed onto your Wildwood School Admission Portal, you may locate your child’s checklist by clicking on their name in the upper left hand corner. The checklist can be found under the “Admission Progress” tab.
Prospective middle and upper school families are encouraged to attend virtual events, including First Look sessions and additional virtual events, which are designed to introduce you and your child to the Wildwood curriculum, faculty, and current students and parents. Please register here for an opportunity to meet engage with those who know Wildwood best—current parents, alumni, students, and school leadership.
For questions, contact Tisa Habas.
***NOTE: An inquiry form must be submitted first before you may register for a virtual First Look session.
The online application fee is $125 and is non-refundable. A fee waiver is available upon request. Please contact the admission office for more details. All middle and upper school applications must be submitted by Jan. 4, 2021.
Once your application has been submitted, we will contact you to schedule a virtual interview. Interviews are scheduled Monday through Friday during school hours on a first come, first served basis. While we prefer all parents/guardians to be at the interview, at least one must attend.
Applicants are also required to present and discuss a project that reflects their academic or extracurricular passion. This project should reflect a sustained interest and must be the student’s own work. This project will not be assessed. Rather, it will be used as a conversation starter with the interviewer.
Step 6: Request transcripts and recommendations from your child's current school (in early December)
To submit the recommendation forms, either:
- Sign into your Wildwood School Admission Portal and request the English, Math, and Administrator Recommendation Forms.
- Download and email the recommendation forms to your current school. The school will return the forms directly to Wildwood.
*Transcript Release Form
*Administrator Recommendation Form
*Math Teacher Recommendation Form**
*English Teacher Recommendation Form**
**If your child has the same teacher for all subjects, please have the teacher complete forms for both subjects.
- Parents/guardians are responsible for making sure the forms are received by Wildwood by the due date of Jan. 15, 2021.
- You may track the progress of your child’s application by logging into the Wildwood School Admission Portal and reviewing the checklist.
- Our office will contact you in early February if any required forms are missing from an applicant's file.
Grades 6-8: Applicants for middle school will be electronically notified through the online Wildwood School Admission Portal on March 12, 2021 at 5 p.m. PST. Parents/guardians must reply by March 22, 2021.
Grades 9-12: Applicants for upper school will be electronically notified through the online Wildwood School Admission Portal on March 5, 2021 at 5 p.m. PST. Parents/guardians must reply by March 15, 2021.
If we have placed your child on the waitlist, we will keep the waitlist active until the end of August, and will contact you if space opens up. Please do let us know if you wish to remain on the waitlist.
Important middle and upper dates and deadlines:
Sibling/Employee application deadline: October 12, 2020
Sibling/Employee interview deadline: November 13, 2020
Application deadline: January 4, 2021
Flexible Tuition application becomes available: January 1, 2021
Flexible Tuition application deadline: January 31, 2021
School records and recommendations due: January 15, 2021
Upper school notification: March 5, 2021
Middle school notification: March 12, 2021
Upper school enrollment response: March 15, 2021
Middle school enrollment response: March 22, 2021