Middle & High School Admissions

Admissions Criteria

Middle School Eligibility
Entry to the Middle School is based on social, emotional and academic readiness. This includes student performance at or above grade level in all academic areas, satisfactory scores on standardized exams and a record of good conduct.

High School Eligibility
Entry to High School is based on social, emotional and academic readiness for the rigorous college preparatory Mount Madonna High School program. This includes a 3.0 overall average with no grade lower than C, satisfactory scores on standardized exams, and a record of good conduct and positive contributions to the school community. In addition, students are required to have completed at least one year of study of a foreign language, preferably Spanish, prior to enrolling in the 9th grade.

1. Tours and “Shadow Day”

In order to fully appreciate and see our unique educational programs in action, we ask parents to first visit the campus and meet with a member of our school admissions team. Parents and students view the facilities, learn about the mission and history of our school, the overview of programs, parent participation, transportation and the admissions process. We ask that parents visit the school in advance of, or at the same time as a student shadow day.

We also require that prospective middle and high school students attend a “Shadow Day” during which the visiting students sit in on classes in their current and/or future grade and have the opportunity to meet with faculty and current students. (Please note that students participating in a shadow day will need to show proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test result, completed within 24 hours of their visit and masks will be worn at all times regardless of vaccination status.)

To schedule a tour or shadow day, please fill out our online form or call our admissions team at 408-846-4042. When leaving a message, please include your name, your child’s name and grade, and a phone number with best times to reach you. Please also follow up with an email to .

2. Application

Apply online – You will be prompted to create an account to get started. Use this account for all applications within the family. It will allow you to save your work as you complete the application(s). Please complete the form in its entirety. A separate application is required for each student.

Application Deadlines

DECEMBER 13, 2021 – Early Admission Consideration – PASSED
FEBRUARY 21, 2022 – Regular Admissions – PASSED
MARCH 29, 2022 – Late Admissions – PASSED

Applications received after the March 2022 deadline will be evaluated and admission offered on a space available basis. The deadline for submission during rolling admissions is the 20th of each month (i.e., April 20, May 20, June 20, 2022).

3. Confidential Report(s)

Middle School: We require two confidential reports with one being from the current Language Arts teacher and one from the current Math teacher. In the case that they are the same teacher, you may give it to another current teacher of your choice. A third confidential report is optional.

High School: We require three confidential reports with one from each of the following current teachers: Math, English and Elective of your choice.

4. Next Steps

The Admissions Committee will review all applications upon receipt of the completed Application and Confidential Report Forms. If the applicant meets the admissions criteria, you will be contacted to schedule an interview for your student.

Decision Letters and Wait Pools
The Admissions Committee will review all applicant information. You will then receive written notification letting you know the committee’s decision. If space is not available at the time you have applied and your student has met the admissions criteria, you may request that your application be kept active and you will be notified when space is available.

Thank you for your interest in Mount Madonna School.
We look to forward to meeting you and your child.

Mount Madonna School’s open admission and financial assistance policies do not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, sexual preference, ethnic origin, disability, marital status, religion, creed or similar factors. This policy applies to all areas of student concerns: admissions, athletics, educational policies, financial assistance, and other school administered programs.