How to Apply

There are two application streams: one for Elementary School students (grades K through 4), and one for Middle School students (grades 5 through 8).  Both streams start with contacting the Office of Admissions, a required step in the admissions process.

Step One: Submit an Admissions Inquiry Form

The first step towards becoming a Prospect Sierra family is to let us know about your child. Get started today by completing the Admissions Inquiry Form.

Step Two: Attend an Information Day

You are invited to come and receive an overview of the school, attend workshops led by teachers, and see the facilities. No reservations required. Information packets and applications are available, and there will be an opportunity to reserve a space on a school tour.


Grades K-4 Information Day

Sunday, October 25, 2015, 12:30–3:30 p.m.
The Elementary Information Day Program is for parents and guardians.
(Adults only please).

Grades 5-8 Information Day

Sunday, November 1, 2015 12:30–4:00 p.m.
The Middle School Information Day Program is for parents, guardians, and middle school applicants.

Step Three: Join Us for a School Tour

Observe an active school day and student life on a morning tour. Reserve a space at our Information Day or by contacting the Admissions Office now. Tours conclude in a question-and-answer session with the Head of School, Division Head, Director of Admissions, and current parents/guardians.


Grades K-4 School Tour

2060 Tapscott Avenue, El Cerrito
Tours are held on select weekdays from 8:45-10:45 a.m. Please call 510.236.5800 x325 to schedule the following available tour dates:

New dates to be released in September 2015

Grades 5-8 School Tour

960 Avis Drive, El Cerrito
Tours are held on select weekdays from 8:30-10:45 a.m. Please call 510.528.5800 x230 to schedule the following available tour dates:

New dates to be released in September 2015

Step Four: Apply

Complete and submit an application and required forms as early as possible, including the nonrefundable application fee.
· Priority Due Date – December 15, 2015. Reduced application fee of $75 if application received on or before December 15.
· Regular Due Date – January 15, 2016. Application fee $100 if application received after December 15.

Please contact the Admissions Office if you are interested in submitting an application for your child(ten) for the 2015-2016 school year. 


Tuition and Affordability

Families interested in tuition assistance please visit the Tuition and Affordability page for more information. Families should submit an application as soon as possible, and no later than January 15, 2016. You may apply online at Please contact Business Manager, Peggy Snyder, at 510.528.5800 x226 for further information.

Grades 5-8 ISEE

Middle school applicants must take the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) no later than January 2016 and submit results to the Admissions Office. See the ISEE Online Guide for testing information, registration forms, and deadlines. Prospect Sierra is one of the test sites. Our test site code is 054155.

Step Five: Schedule a Visit for Your Applicant

Upon receiving your application, the school will contact you to schedule your child’s visit.


Grades K-4 Visits

Kindergarten applicants come to Prospect Sierra for a Saturday visit for two hours in January/February 2016. Applicants for Grades 1-4 visit for a full school day in February 2016.

Grades 5-8 Visits

Sixth grade applicants participate in a group activity day in late January and early February 2016. Applicants for grades 5, 7, and 8 visit their current grade at Prospect Sierra in February 2016.

Step Six: Receive Notification

In accordance with East Bay Independent School Association agreements, Prospect Sierra notifies families by mail of admission decisions on March 11, 2016.


Step Seven: Return Your Contract

Also in accordance with East Bay Independent School Association agreements, Prospect Sierra asks families to return contracts as soon as possible, no later than 9:00 am on March 18, 2016.


Questions? Contact Us

Renée Thompson

Director of Admissions and Outreach
phone 510.236.5800 x324
fax 510.232.7615

Amy Sullivan

Director of Middle School Admissions
phone 510.528.5800 x230
fax 510.527.3728

Beth Lewis

Associate Director of Elementary School Admissions
phone 510.236.5800 x325
fax 510.232.7615

Lalin St. Juste

Admissions Assistant
phone 510.528.5800 x207
fax 510.232.7615