Lower School (K–5) Application Process

A Peek Into Kindergarten

A Peek Into Lower School

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. 

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. 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 call the Admission Office at (818) 461-6709. 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) from SSATB (Secondary School Admission Test Board).  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

    Look for an email from Buckley with instructions on how to schedule an interview using our online system. All campus tours and interviews must be scheduled and completed by January 31, 2020.
  • Step 4: Assessments

    After your interview, kindergarten students visit for a small-group assessment with approximately 10 children. This allows students to interact in a classroom-style setting while being observed for developmental readiness.

    Please note:
    • Assessments last one hour, and parents will take a Lower School tour while children are in classrooms.
    • The Admission office schedules all kindergarten assessments by mid-December, and assessment visits take place in January and February.
    • Buckley sibling small-group assessments will take place in early January.
    Applicants to grades one to five will have the opportunity to visit the campus and will be given a short assessment during their visit. A member of the Admission staff will contact you via email to schedule an appointment for your child.

    Additional Testing

    SSAT Elementary School Test for Grade Four Only

    The SSAT was founded in 1957 by a small group of independent school admission officers. Today, the SSAT is administered in more than 1,000 test locations in 100-plus countries around the world. Buckley’s School Code for SSAT: 1945

    Buckley will offer the SSAT on January 11, 2020. Buckley is not a walk-in testing location.

    ISEE Testing for Grade Five Only

    Applicants to grade five are required to take the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE). This test is designed to assess a students’ academic achievement and is produced by the Educational Records Bureau (ERB). In order for Buckley to receive the scores from the testing company, please enter Buckley’s school code when you register.  Buckley’s School Code: 051628. You can download a PDF copy of the book “What to Expect on the ISEE” or purchase the book online. Buckley recommends that student applicants take the ISEE no later than the first weekend in February. Buckley is an ISEE test site on Saturday, January 25, 2020.
  • 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 17, 2020.
If you have questions, please contact the admission office at (818) 461-6719 or by email at
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.