Lower School

Steps to Apply to Buckley's Lower School

List of 5 items.

  • Step 1: Submit an Inquiry Form

    Please click here to add your family to our admission database. 
  • Step 2: Apply online

    Applications are due by December 15, 2021. Apply online now. You will be asked to upload a recent photograph of the applicant as well as a family photo.
    The $125 nonrefundable application fee must be charged using a credit card. If you feel this fee is an extreme hardship, please email the Admission Office at In the case of separation or divorce, it is necessary for the school to have signatures and parent information for both parents.
  • Step 3: Schedule an interview

    After you submit your application, you will be able to schedule an interview in the admission portal. Please schedule your interview as soon as possible; interview times fill up quickly. If you have any questions, please email us at or call 818-461-6719. All campus tours and interviews must be scheduled and completed by January 28, 2022.
  • Step 4: Assessments

    Due to health and safety concerns, additional information about assessments will be forthcoming.
  • Step 5: Submit Required Forms

    Buckley requires teacher recommendations and school transcripts as part of the application process.

    Helpful hints:
    • Please print the applicant’s name on the required forms.
    • A parent/guardian must sign the confidential recommendation and release forms.
    • Give the forms to the applicant’s teacher or school official. The teacher/school will mail the information directly to Buckley.
    • All recommendation forms and school records are due no later than January 14, 2022.
Thank you for your interest in joining The Buckley School community. The deadline for applying for admission to the Lower School (kindergarten through grade 5) is December 15, 2021. 
Buckley’s Lower School curriculum blends tradition and innovation, emphasizing creativity, collaboration, and individualized teaching in a developmentally appropriate academic program that inspires students to challenge themselves and take risks as learners. Across all grades, students are immersed in a rich program of weekly specialized classes. The program relies upon recent research in neuroscience to inform instructional practice, allowing teachers to address differences in student learning styles. Social and emotional development stands at the core of each Lower School classroom and begins with the explicit understanding that the relationship between child and teacher is key to effective learning. By making a priority of getting to know each student well, teachers create classroom environments where every child is acknowledged and knows that at Buckley, they belong.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at or leave a message at (818) 461-6719. We look forward to an exciting year ahead.

Upcoming Events

COVID-19 & Assessment Information

Our commitment is to ensure public safety and a quality experience for all various community members and prospective families. This means you and your family are always at the center of our thoughts on handling the pandemic. We have studied and sought the partnership of scientists and medical experts to guide our decisions with the day-to-day in-school experiences and your visit to campus. While we are planning in-person opportunities we also recognize you are may be more comfortable with our virtual options. 

When it comes to applicant assessments, we have made the following decision for the following grades:

Lower School
Kindergarten: to be determined later
Grades 1-5: to be determined later

Middle & Upper School
Grades 6-12: ISEE testing will not be required 

Please return to this page as the information is dated. Current information will also be disclosed in the admission portal to applicant families going through the process. 

You may also view our Return to Campus & Covid-19 Protocols to keep up with the latest information on our response and guidance to members of our Buckley community.
The Buckley School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, or sexual orientation in administration of our educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, employment, and athletic and other school administered programs.