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.

2022/2023 School Year Admissions Process

At this time, New Roads is fully enrolled in most grade levels for the 2022/2023 school year. We are accepting applications on a space available basis. To inquire about current openings, please contact admissions@newroads.org.

Application materials and event registration for the 2023/2024 school year will be available in mid-August. Please complete our inquiry form to be added to our mailing list, and we will notify you as soon as these items become available.

List of 6 items.

  • Kindergarten

    1. Submit Application, due December 10, 2021
    2. Submit request for Administrative/Teacher Recommendation, due January 14, 2022
  • Grades 1-5

    1. Submit Application, due December 10, 2021
    2. Have your child complete the Elementary School Student Questionnaire, due December 10, 2021
    3. Submit request for 1 Teacher Recommendation, due January 14, 2022
    4. Submit request for 1 Administrator Recommendation, due January 14, 2022
    5. Submit request for Transcripts (all previous years as well as current mid-year grade report), due January 14, 2022
  • Grades 6-12

    1. Submit Application, due December 10, 2021
    2. Student Essay and Questionnaire, due December 10, 2021
    3. Submit request for 1 Math Teacher Recommendation, due January 14, 2022
    4. Submit request for 1 English Teacher Recommendation, due January 14, 2022
    5. Submit request for 1 Administrator Recommendation, due January 14, 2022
    6. Transcripts (2 prior years as well as current mid-year grade report), due January 14, 2022
  • 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 we know there is more to understanding an individual than numerics, we encourage you to feel free to share additional pieces that help tell the applicant’s story. This may include art, academic projects, additional letters of recommendation, or other items that help illuminate or further spotlight parts of their story that may not be found elsewhere. These items may be sent directly to the admissions office via email. 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 10, 2021 - Application deadline
    December 10, 2021 - Elementary School Student Questionnaire and Student Essay / Questionnaire deadline
    January 14, 2022 - Recommendation(s) & Transcript deadline
    January 28, 2022 - Financial Aid Application deadline
    March 11, 2022 - Notification Letters, Grades K-12
    March 18, 2022 - Response Deadline, Grades K-12