Steps to Apply to Buckley's Middle & Upper Schools

List of 4 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, 2021The student must complete the Student Application section without assistance. Please upload a recent photograph of the applicant as well as a family photo. Apply online now.
    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.

    We also accept the Standard Application Online (SAO). Please click here to begin setting up your profile and to apply for admission online using the SAO. Please note: Only one application should be submitted. There is no need to submit the Buckley application form if you have already submitted one via the SAO. Your SAO application form will satisfy all of the school's information requirements.
  • Step 3: Schedule an interview

    After you submit your application, you will be able to schedule an interview in the admission portal. If you have any questions, please email us at or call 818-461-6719. Please schedule your interview as soon as possible; interview times fill up quickly. Interviews must be scheduled and completed by January 28, 2022.
  • Step 4: 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.
    • If the applicant’s English and mathematics teacher is the same, please ask another academic teacher or last year’s homeroom teacher to complete one of the recommendations.
    • 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 Middle and Upper Schools (grades six through twelve) is December 15, 2021.

The Middle School provides a guided and exciting transition from childhood to young adulthood in a welcoming environment where identity development and perspective-taking are the hallmarks of the academic program. Over three years, through project-based learning and interdisciplinary units, students deepen their understanding of how the world shapes individuals and individuals shape the world. Along the way, they experience gradual increases in personal responsibility and are encouraged to try new things and challenge themselves as learners, performers, and teammates. A culture of curiosity and collaboration nurtures respect and inclusion, which ultimately supports learning.

Buckley’s Upper School is a rigorous, nationally regarded, college preparatory program. With attention to individual students’ needs and a focus on creativity, students are offered a strong liberal arts curriculum that prepares them for college and beyond. Through elective courses, a wide variety of clubs and affinity groups, athletic teams, and performances, Upper School students mix and match their interests, carving out identities and charting their own courses. The curriculum does more than prepare students for success at the college level; it helps them develop into independent, creative thinkers who will positively influence the world around them. The college counseling program takes a highly individualized and student-centered approach to the college search and decision experience. Typically, 100% of Buckley’s graduating seniors are accepted to four-year colleges and universities.

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 admits students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, citizenship, sex, physical disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. The Buckley School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, citizenship, sex, physical disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression or any other characteristics protected by applicable law in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school administered programs.