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Admissions

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Greta & Liz -- Admissions
Greta B. Wong, Director of Admissions (left)
Liz Pulido, Admissions & Outreach Coordinator (right)

Thank you for your interest in Black Pine Circle School.

We look forward to getting to know your family and introducing you to our community. The best way to learn more about our school is to visit us on campus. We host weekend admissions events and weekday morning school tours, and encourage you to attend to learn more about our dynamic curriculum.

If you have any questions about the admissions process, please feel free to get in touch with us. We look forward to partnering with your family as we get to know your child.

Warmly,
Greta and Liz

admissions@blackpinecircle.org
510-529-2719

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Admissions Events
for Families

These information-rich events for families are held on the weekends and include an opportunity to observe and participate in hands-on mini-lessons.

  • LEARN about Black Pine Circle’s rich academic and arts curriculum.
  • MEET our classroom teachers and specialists.

If there are no events listed, please contact admissions.

School Tours
for Parents & Guardians

Tours are held during regular morning school hours so you can:

  • OBSERVE our teachers and students in action.
  • MEET with one of our heads of school after your tour to discuss our educational philosophy and answer your questions.

Tours are for adults only.  They are led by BPC community members and offered November through mid-January.

If there are no events listed, please contact admissions.

Admissions Timeline

APPLY
by January 18

All Applications are due no later than Friday, January 18, 2019. Use the Application Checklist for your grade (below) to help you organize your application process.

Transcripts and recommendations are due no later than Thursday, February 28, 2019.

After you submit your application, you will be contacted by admissions to schedule a student visit in January-February.

DECISION
by March 15

Decision letters will be emailed, and a separate email with enrollment agreements and financial assistance awards will be sent, on Friday, March 15, 2019 at 12:00 pm.

We mail additional information via USPS to accepted students only.

ENROLL
by March 22

Families who choose to enroll must complete and submit the enrollment agreement and tuition deposit by 9:00 am on Friday, March 22, 2019.

You can check your application status in your application portal account.

first graders in circle / high five

Tuition

2018 - 2019 School Year

$24,925 Grades K–5
$28,525 Grades 6–8

Sibling Discount

Families with more than one child attending Black Pine Circle School receive a 5% discount on the total tuition for the younger sibling.

Tuition Payment Plans

Pay annual tuition in full by May 15 (2% discount) - or - nine monthly payments (July-April) with mandatory tuition insurance fee (1% of tuition, invoiced in October)

Financial Assistance

Our admissions decisions remain separate from financial assistance decisions.

Need-Based Assistance

We offer need-based financial assistance to families at a variety of income levels. Our financial assistance program annually awards more than $1,000,000.

In past years, awards ranged from 5% to 70% of the annual tuition. Our need-based assistance covers tuition costs. School fees for extracurricular activities, field trips, and extended daycare will be subsidized at approximately the same level as the awarded scholarship.

Assistance Application Requirements

As with many other independent schools in the area, we utilize the service of the School and Student Services (SSS) by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). SSS by NAIS provides an objective and consistent method of determining a family’s ability to contribute to educational expenses.

All families must complete the application form called the Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS). You can apply online at the NAIS website (Black Pine Circle School code is 1710).

For all financial assistance-related questions, please contact Bill Shea, director of finance and operations: (510) 529-2713 or by email.

Application Checklist

Select your the grade in the tabs below:

Kindergarten

Kindergarten Application Checklist


By January 18

or by December 3 for reduced application fee

  • Online Application

  • Minimum Age

    We accept kindergarten applications for children who will be turning five years of age by October 1, 2019.

  • Application Fee

    Submit your application no later than Friday, January 18, 2019 with non-refundable application fee of $95. Submit before Monday, December 3, 2018 (for reduced application fee of $75).

By February 28

  • Recommendations

    One preschool teacher recommendation form
    Use the online admissions portal to send requests to the teachers (preferred) or download form and submit by mail or email.
    Kindergarten Recommendation Form

    We need to receive the teacher recommendation no later than February 28, 2019 (and ideally before your student visit).

January-February

  • Student Visit

    Visit/assessment sessions occur in a small group format on a Saturday. After you submit your application you will be contacted by admissions to schedule the student visit.

Download Printable Kindergarten Checklist >

Grades 1-5

Grades 1-5 Application Checklist


By January 18

or by December 3 for reduced application fee

  • Online Application

  • Application Fee

    Submit your application no later than Friday, January 18, 2019 with non-refundable application fee of $95. Submit before Monday, December 3, 2018 (for reduced application fee of $75).

By February 28

  • Recommendations

    Two teacher recommendations are required.
    Use the online admissions portal to send requests to the teacher (preferred) or download forms and submit by mail or email.
    Grades 1-8 Recommendation Form

  • Transcripts/Report Cards

    Current school year AND previous two school years.
    Transcript Release Form

    We need to receive all teacher recommendations and report cards/transcripts no later than February 28, 2019 (and ideally before your student visit).

January-February

  • Student Visit

    Student will visit a class of their current grade level for the morning, which includes an individual meeting with the teacher.

Download Printable Grades 1-5 Checklist >

Grade 6

Grade 6 Application Checklist


By January 18

or by December 3 for reduced application fee

  • Online Application

  • Student Questionnaire

    This portion of the application must be completed by the student.

  • Application Fee

    Submit your application no later than Friday, January 18, 2019 with non-refundable application fee of $95. Submit before Monday, December 3, 2018 (for reduced application fee of $75).

By February 28

  • Recommendations

    Two teacher recommendations are required.
    Use the online admissions portal to send requests to the teachers (preferred) or download forms and submit by mail or email.
    Grades 1-8 Recommendation Form

  • Transcripts/Report Cards

    Current school year AND previous two school years.
    Transcript Release Form

    We need to receive all teacher recommendations and report cards/transcripts no later than February 28, 2019 (and ideally before your student visit).

January-February

  • Student Visit

    Visit sessions occur in small group format on Thursday mornings and include a math, reading, and writing assessment. After you submit your application you will be contacted by admissions to schedule the student visit.

Download Printable Grade 6 Checklist >

Grades 7-8

Grades 7 & 8 Application Checklist


By January 18

or by December 3 for reduced application fee

  • Online Application

  • Student Questionnaire

    This portion of the application must be completed by the student.

  • Application Fee

    Submit your application no later than Friday, January 18, 2019 with non-refundable application fee of $95. Submit before Monday, December 3, 2018 (for reduced application fee of $75).

By February 28

  • Recommendations

    Two teacher recommendations are required.
    Use the online admissions portal to send requests to the teachers (preferred) or download forms and submit by mail or email.
    Grades 1-8 Recommendation Form

  • Transcripts/Report Cards

    Current school year AND previous two school years.
    Transcript Release Form

    We need to receive all teacher recommendations and report cards/transcripts no later than February 28, 2019 (and ideally before your student visit).

January-February

  • Student Visit

    Student will visit a class of their current grade level for the morning, and meet with admissions staff for a math and writing assessment after lunch. After you submit your application you will be contacted by admissions to schedule the student visit.

Download Printable Grades 7 & 8 Checklist >

Frequently Asked Questions