Lower School (K–5) Application Process

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, 2020
We hope that you are all remaining safe and healthy during these unprecedented times. In order to adapt to current physical distancing guidelines and align our admission practices with our mission statement, The Buckley School will no longer consider ISEE or SSAT scores for the 2020-2021 school year in evaluating applicants.
The first sentence of our school’s mission statement asserts that “The Buckley School is a dynamic, nurturing, learning community committed to equity and inclusion.” This aspiration guides our decisions at every turn, during extraordinary times or not. The COVID-19 pandemic and all its implications for education and the well-being of children has put our commitment to equity to the test. These standardized benchmarks, although useful in producing data points for the admission process in the past, are now too fraught with variables around access and accuracy.

We are confident that our full application process, which includes interviews with parents/guardians and children, teacher recommendations, and written answers to personal questions on a variety of topics along with any available transcripts, will provide us with enough information to paint a complete portrait of each applicant. We are excited to engage more deeply in this multi-faceted approach of getting to know each and every child and their family -- their interests, strengths, social-emotional characteristics, and academic potential.

In addition, we also firmly believe that there are also tremendous benefits in sparing families the stress and expense of preparing for and taking the test, whether that is on-campus, at a Prometric testing site, or at home. We hope that by forgoing this requirement, we will make the admission experience more pleasant and inviting for everyone.  Our application will launch on August 1 online at

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.

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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, 2020. 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). 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 29, 2021.
  • 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 15, 2021.
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.