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

At this time, New Roads is accepting applications for the 2021/2022 school year on a space available basis. Application materials and event registration for the 2022/2023 school year will be available in mid-August. Should you have any specific questions, please contact admissions@newroads.org.

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 Elementary 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 - Elementary 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 - Elementary & Middle School Notification Letters, Grades K-8
    March 15, 2021 - Upper School Response Deadline, Grades 9-12
    March 22, 2021 - Elementary & 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.