SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA
LAGUNA BLANCA SCHOOL

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Steps for Submitting an Application Early K-Grade 4
Steps for Submitting an Application Grades 5-8
Steps for Submitting an Application Grades 9-12

Application Deadlines and Check List
Application Forms
Admission Decisions

FOR ALL APPLICANTS
Applications for 2016-17 will be available after September 1, 2015.

Laguna Blanca’s admission process strives to achieve a good match between the prospective student, the family, and the school. It is very important for you to get to know us and for us to get to know you, so please visit often. For all tour and visit appointments, please contact the admission office at 805.687.2461.

Laguna Blanca’s application period begins one year in advance of a child’s anticipated entry. For priority consideration, applications must be submitted between September and the application deadline of February 1. Please note: Laguna continues to accept and review applications after the priority deadline on a space available basis. 

TWO WAYS TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION:
1) Complete each document of our fillable PDFs, electronically sign where required by typing your name, save it to your personal computer, and email it to us at admissions@lagunablanca.org. The $100 application fee may be sent separately to the address below. If your are sending recommendation forms directly to your child’s teacher, please complete the top portion, electronically sign, save to your personal computer, and email it to the teacher/recommender. Ask the recommender to email the confidential document directly to the school at admissions@lagunablanca.org or mail to:

Admission Office
Laguna Blanca School
4125 Paloma Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93110

2) Complete a paper version using the forms sent to you in the application booklet or you may download the forms from Laguna’s website www.lagunablanca.org/202/.

Note: If any of the due dates fall on a weekend or holiday, the deadline is extended to the next business day following the weekend or holiday.

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STEPS FOR SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION: EARLY KINDERGARTEN - GRADE 4

Step One: Schedule a campus tour. Tours continue throughout the year. Please call 805.687.2461 to schedule your visit.

Step Two:
Submit the application form, $100 application fee, a 2"x2" photo of applicant, and a copy of the applicant’s birth certificate or passport.

Step Three: Submit the Parent Questionnaire.

Step Four: Complete, sign, and deliver to the appropriate persons:
a) The Release of Records form - submit directly to your child’s current school. Please note: Fall semester/trimester report cards are required, so please ensure these are sent following the completion of the grading period. Applicants to EK or K need to complete this step only if the child has attended another kindergarten program or the child’s preschool provides narrative reports of the student’s progress.
b) Confidential Teacher Observation form - in December or thereafter, email or submit directly to your child’s teacher.

If using a fillable PDF, please follow the following steps:
1) Complete the top portion and electronically sign by typing your name. Save this document to your personal computer and email it directly to your child’s teacher.
2) Please have the teacher complete the confidential form and email it directly to Laguna Blanca (admissions@lagunablanca.org).

Step Five for EK and K:
a) Submit the Preschool Visit Release form to Laguna Blanca School.
b) Schedule with the admission office your child’s personal evaluation and playgroup appointments (805.687.2461). These appointments help to better determine your child’s readiness for Laguna’s programs. The personal evaluation is scheduled in January or February and the playgroups on one of the Saturday’s listed below:

Saturday, February 6 | 9:00 or 10:45am for kindergarten applicants
Saturday, February 27 | 9:00 for Early K applicants; 10:45 for kindergarten applicants

Step Five for Grades 1-4:
Schedule with the admission office your child’s personal evaluation and class visit appointments (805.687.2461). These visits are scheduled in January and February. Children spend a portion of the morning visiting in the classroom with the students and teachers, as well as sit for their personal evaluation. Children visit in the grade in which they are currently enrolled (e.g. second grade applicants visit in first grade).

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STEPS FOR SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION: Grades 5-8 
Step One: Schedule a tour and/or class visit (805.687.2461).
a) Tours continue throughout the year and may be scheduled through the admission office.
b) All applicants to grades 5-12 are required to spend the day on campus as part of the admission process. Visiting students arrive at the admission office prior to the start of school and are paired one-on-one with a host student whom they “shadow” for the day. Students are available for pick up following the completion of their visit, usually 2:50 p.m.

Step Two:
Submit the application form, $100 application fee, a 2"x2" photo of applicant, and a copy of the applicant’s birth certificate or passport.

Step Three: Submit the Parent Questionnaire.

Step Four: Complete, sign, and deliver to your child’s current school the Release of Records form. Please note: Fall semester/trimester report cards are required, so please ensure these are sent following the completion of the grading period.

Step Five: Register for the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) online at www.iseetest.org, by mail, or by phone at 800.446.0320. The ISEE is offered in the Santa Barbara area on the dates listed below. If you are unable to test on one of these dates, please register to take the exam at another school or a Prometrics site at www.iseetest.org. Laguna Blanca's school code is 053255.

January 23 | 8:30-12:30 | Laguna Blanca School, register by January 1, 2016
January 30 | 8:30-12:30 | Marymount of Santa Barbara, register by January 8, 2016
February 6 | 8:30-12:30 | Crane Country Day, register by January 15, 2016

For international students applying to grades 5-12, Laguna requires results from the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) or the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) in addition to results from the TOEFL, TOEFL Jr., or iTEP exams. Laguna Blanca’s school code for the SSAT is 3774.

When to Arrive and What to Bring
As with any test, it is recommended that students arrive well ahead of the examination start time of 9:00 a.m. having eaten a nutritional breakfast. It is also suggested that students dress in layered clothing as classroom temperatures may vary site-to-site. A small snack and water will be provided at break times during the exam. Students are asked to bring four (4) sharpened #2 pencils with erasers and two (2) black or blue ballpoint ink pens (erasable pens are permitted). No other materials—calculators, books, papers, rulers, beepers, or cell phones—are permitted in the examination room.

Step Six: Schedule the class visit and personal interview appointments with the admission office at 805.687.2461. Campus visits by international applicants are preferred, but if the student will not be visiting the school, the admission office will arrange a Skype interview.

Step Seven for Grades 5 and 6: Complete, sign, and email/deliver directly to your child’s teacher in December or thereafter the Confidential Teacher Observation form. Optional letters of recommendation for grades 5-12 are at the discretion of the applicant and should come from someone who knows the student outside of the academic setting (e.g. music teacher, coach, youth group leader, friend of family).

If using a fillable PDF, please follow the following steps:
1) Complete the top portion and electronically sign by typing your name. Save this document to your personal computer and email it directly to your child’s teacher.
2) Please have the teacher complete the confidential form and email it directly to Laguna Blanca (admissions@lagunablanca.org).

Step Seven for Grade 7:
a) Submit the Applicant Questionnaire. Please help us to get to know you better by completing this form in complete sentences, in your own handwriting or printing, and without assistance. You will have to download this document from Laguna’s website or use the paper version sent to you.
b) Submit an essay of your choice that you turned in to your teacher for a grade this school year.
c) Complete, sign, and email/deliver directly to your child’s teacher in December or thereafter the Confidential Teacher Observation form. Optional letters of recommendation for grades 5-12 are at the discretion of the applicant and should come from someone who knows the student outside of the academic setting (e.g. music teacher, coach, youth group leader, friend of family).

If using a fillable PDF, please follow the following steps:
1) Complete the top portion and electronically sign by typing your name. Save this document to your personal computer and email it directly to your child’s teacher.
2) Please have the teacher complete the confidential form and email it directly to Laguna Blanca (admissions@lagunablanca.org).

Step Seven for Grade 8:
a) Submit the Applicant Questionnaire. Please help us to get to know you better by completing this form in complete sentences, in your own handwriting or printing, and without assistance. You will have to download this document from Laguna’s website or use the paper version sent to you.
b) Submit an essay of your choice that you turned in to your teacher for a grade this school year.
c) Complete, sign, and email/deliver directly to the respective teachers in December or thereafter the English and Math Teacher Evaluation forms. Optional letters of recommendation for grades 5-12 are at the discretion of the applicant and should come from someone who knows the student outside of the academic setting (e.g. music teacher, coach, youth group leader, friend of family).

If using a fillable PDF, please follow the following steps:
1) Complete the top portion and both student and parent electronically sign by typing your names. Save this document to your personal computer and email it directly to your child’s teachers.
2) Please have the teacher complete the appropriate confidential evaluation form and email it directly to Laguna Blanca (admissions@lagunablanca.org).

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STEPS FOR SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION: Grades 9-12 
Step One: Schedule a tour and/or class visit (805.687.2461).
a) Tours continue throughout the year and may be scheduled through the admission office.
b) All applicants to grades 5-12 are required to spend the day on campus as part of the admission process. Visiting students arrive at the admission office prior to the start of school and are paired one-on-one with a host student whom they “shadow” for the day. Students are available for pick up following the completion of their visit, usually 2:50 p.m.

Step Two:
Submit the application form, $100 application fee, a 2"x2" photo of applicant, and a copy of the applicant’s birth certificate or passport.

Step Three: Submit the Parent Questionnaire.

Step Four: Submit the Applicant Questionnaire. Please help us to get to know you better by completing this form in complete sentences, in your own handwriting or printing, and without assistance. You will have to download this document from Laguna’s website or use the paper version sent to you.

Step Five: Complete, sign, and deliver to your child’s current school the Release of Records form. Please note: Fall semester/trimester report cards are required, so please ensure these are sent following the completion of the grading period.

Step Six: Register for the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) online at www.iseetest.org, by mail, or by phone at 800.446.0320. The ISEE if offered in the Santa Barbara area on the dates listed below. If you are unable to test on one of these dates, please register to take the exam at another school or a Prometrics site at www.iseetest.org. Laguna Blanca's school code for the ISEE is 053255.

January 23 | 8:30-12:30 | Laguna Blanca School, register by January 1, 2016
January 30 | 8:30-12:30 | Marymount of Santa Barbara, register by January 8, 2016
February 6 | 8:30-12:30 | Crane Country Day, register by January 15, 2016

Please note: Laguna accepts results from the SSAT, PSAT, or SAT in lieu of the ISEE for students applying to grades 9-12. Laguna Blanca's school code for the SSAT is 3774.

For international students applying to grades 5-12, Laguna requires results from the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) or the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) in addition to results from the TOEFL, TOEFL Jr., or iTEP exams. Laguna Blanca’s school code for the SSAT is 3774.

Step Seven: Schedule the class visit and personal interview appointments with the admission office at 805.687.2461. Campus visits by international applicants are preferred, but if the student will not be visiting the school, the admission office will arrange a Skype interview.

Step Eight: Complete, sign, and email/deliver directly to the respective teachers in December or thereafter the English and Math Teacher Evaluation forms. Optional letters of recommendation for grades 5-12 are at the discretion of the applicant and should come from someone who knows the student outside of the academic setting (e.g. music teacher, coach, youth group leader, friend of family).

If using a fillable PDF, please follow the following steps:
1) Complete the top portion and both student and parent electronically sign by typing your names. Save this document to your personal computer and email it directly to your child’s teachers.
2) Please have the teacher complete the appropriate confidential evaluation form and email it directly to Laguna Blanca (admissions@lagunablanca.org).

Step Nine: Submit an essay of your choice that you turned in to your teacher for a grade this school year.

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