Admissions Overview

New Roads students are curious, engaged, active, and inspired thinkers working to make this world a better place. Our community is authentically diverse in every way; our teachers are enthusiastic, demanding, and passionate; and our program is challenging, intriguing, and fun. Our standards are high and our demands rigorous, but not always textbook-driven. We believe young people learn far more effectively when asked to solve complex challenges and reflect thoughtfully on their work than when asked simply to recall information. We welcome families of all backgrounds and makeups, asking only that you bring a respectful, inclusive mindset to the warm embrace of our community.

2021/2022 School Year Admissions Process

We are excited to start the 2020/2021 school year at New Roads. The Admissions team will be working remotely and we have adjusted our admissions process in order to keep families, students, faculty, and staff as safe as possible. During this time of remote operations, we ask that families submit an inquiry form to connect with our admissions team. 

Throughout the Fall, we will have a series of virtual admissions events that will connect you with members of the New Roads community. We look forward to hosting you and getting to know your family as you make your way through the admissions process.  Once an application is submitted, all admissions materials can be uploaded electronically through our online portal. As we navigate through these unprecedented times, we will be in consistent communication with our sending schools and partners to ensure a smooth process for the 2021/2022 admissions season.  

After completing an inquiry form, should you have any questions about the admissions process, the application itself, or New Roads in general, please feel free to contact us directly via

New Roads' Priority Application Deadline is December 16, 2020. All applications received after this date will be processed as space and time permit. To begin an application, please follow the link below to create a username and password through our application portal, “MyRoads”. Once registered, you will have access to complete the application form, send teacher and administrator recommendation requests, upload additional supplemental documents, and view your application progress. The status of each step can be found under the “Admissions Progress” tab in your profile. Once an application form is complete and required supplemental materials are received, you will be contacted to schedule a virtual family interview.
*Please note, each time you log in to your MyRoads account, the default tab on your homepage is “News”. To access the admissions portal and checklist, please select the tab with your child’s name on it (found on the upper left hand corner of the screen).

List of 6 items.

  • Kindergarten

    1. Submit Application, due December 16, 2020
    2. Submit request for Administrative/Teacher Recommendation, due January 15, 2021
  • Grades 1-5

    1. Submit Application, due December 16, 2020
    2. Have your child complete the Lower School Student Questionnaire, due December 16, 2020
    3. Submit request for 1 Teacher Recommendation, due January 15, 2021
    4. Submit request for 1 Administrator Recommendation, due January 15, 2021
    5. Submit request for Transcripts (all previous years as well as current mid-year grade report), due January 15, 2021
  • Grades 6-12

    1. Submit Application, due December 16, 2020
    2. Student Essay and Questionnaire, due December 16, 2020
    3. Submit request for 1 Math Teacher Recommendation, due January 15, 2021
    4. Submit request for 1 English Teacher Recommendation, due January 15, 2021
    5. Submit request for 1 Administrator Recommendation, due January 15, 2021
    6. Transcripts (2 prior years as well as current mid-year grade report), due January 15, 2021
  • Update to Testing Requirements

    Twenty-five years ago, New Roads School was founded as a school with a commitment to diversity, social justice, and environmental stewardship at its core.  While we surely have evolved over the years, these values have only become more deeply rooted, and we examine all institutional practices through this lens.  New Roads students are challenged daily to question their own worldview and assumptions, and our admissions department does the same. 
    While ISEE/SSAT( Independent School Entrance Exam/Secondary School Admission Test) testing has been a standard of the independent school admissions process, we have long questioned its use as reductive and its outcomes as largely reflective of the socioeconomic and educational background of families, not the potential of the students.  These standardized tests also privilege an imaginary norm. They do not assume the neurodiversity inherent among human beings who bring a variety of capacities and academic abilities that are essential to the wellbeing of our society, a reality which New Roads embraces. Therefore, New Roads rejects their erroneous assumption.
    At New Roads, our admissions process has always been holistic, considering the whole story, unique gifts, and learning journey of each young person. We are reaffirming our commitment to remove artificial barriers to admitting curious, creative, intellectual, compassionate, and empathic students of promise who reflect the authentic diversity of Los Angeles. Viewing ISEE/SSAT testing within the context of New Roads’ core values, we decided to no longer review these scores as a part of the process.  As of the 2021/2022 admissions season, scores will no longer be considered.  
    We will spend the coming year developing a more holistic process, even more intentionally aligned to our mission, statement of philosophy, and commitments, that allows each young person to express who they are as a student and individual and to demonstrate their readiness for an academically rigorous curriculum. We will implement this process for the 2021/2022 admissions season.  We look forward to engaging in this process together as we continue our work empowering young people to disrupt systems that produce inequality in order to build a more just future.
  • Financial Aid

    For more information and to apply for financial aid, please click here
  • Important Dates and Deadlines

    December 16, 2020 - Application deadline 
    December 16, 2020 - Lower School Student Questionnaire and Student Essay / Questionnaire deadline
    January 15, 2021- Recommendation(s) & Transcript deadline
    February 5, 2021 - Financial Aid Application deadline
    March 5, 2021 - Upper School Notification Letters, Grades 9-12
    March 12, 2021 - Lower & Middle School Notification Letters, Grades K-8
    March 15, 2021 - Upper School Response Deadline, Grades 9-12
    March 22, 2021 - Lower & Middle School Response Deadline, Grades K-8
We the People of New Roads were made for this moment — it's why we were founded as a school. Solidarity and allyship are in our DNA. And we will continue to educate and liberate our youth to build a more equitable tomorrow.