Admission

Upper School

Steps to Apply to Buckley's Upper School

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  • Step 1: Apply online

    Applications are due by Friday, January 13The student must complete the Student Application section without assistance. Please upload a recent photograph of the applicant as well as an optional 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 admissions@buckley.org. In the case of separation or divorce, it is necessary for the school to have signatures and parent information for both parents.
  • Step 2: 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 admissions@buckley.org 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 Friday, January 27, 2022.
  • Step 3: 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 or email 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 Friday, January 13, 2023.

    What if my school will not write recommendation letters for students applying to private/Independent schools?
    If you are currently at a school that will not write letters of recommendation for students applying to a private/Independent school, then the checklist requirement can be fulfilled with the following:

    1. Parent/Guardian Recommendation Letter: Letter of endorsement written for the parent(s)/guardian(s) from a community member that is a non-relative stating: 
    • How long they have known the parent(s)/guardian(s).
    • How and under what circumstances does the recommender know the parent(s)/guardian(s).
    • Describe attributes and qualities on how the parent(s)/guardian(s) would contribute in the context of a school community (past/current involvement, leadership, parenting style, and etc.)
    2. Student Recommendation Letter: Similarly, a letter of endorsement for the student applicant from a community member (tutor, coach/instructor, community leader) who is a non-relative stating: 
    • How long they have known the parent(s)/guardian(s).
    • How and under what circumstances does the recommender know the student.
    • Describe attributes and qualities on how the student would contribute in the context of a school community (past/current involvement, leadership, how they work with others (peers and adults) and etc.)
    Character Skills Snapshot: For more information or to register your student applicant, please go to the website.
Thank you for your interest in joining The Buckley School community. The deadline for applying for admission to the Upper School (grades nine through twelve) is Friday, January 13.

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 admissions@buckley.org or leave a message at (818) 461-6719. We look forward to an exciting year ahead!

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Questions?

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  • MARIE PHILMAN

    Assistant Director of Admission, Upper School
    (818) 783-1610 ext. 769
    mphilman@buckley.org

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  • COVID-19 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, such as tours and Open House, we also recognize you may be more comfortable with our virtual options, such as Zoom interviews and virtual coffees.

    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.
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.