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Steps to Apply 

Castilleja is one of the San Francisco Bay Area independent schools now using a web-based application called Ravenna for the submission of online applications.  Through Ravenna, you will be able to register for Admission events, electronically request teacher and principal/counselor recommendations, submit your application online, and track your application progress.

The recommendation forms are common forms that are shared among multiple schools.  This means that you will only need to complete these common forms once and then electronically submit them to the schools that use Ravenna.  New users will need to create an account with Ravenna.  Returning users can log in using their email and password.

 If you have any questions, please contact the Admission Office at 
650.470.7733 or

Request Information.
Complete the Online Inquiry Form.
Come to an Open House and schedule a Campus Visit.
How?  Click here to register.
Register for standardized testing.
Tests are offered at Castilleja and other locations several times during the year. Click here for more information about standardized testing

TIP!  Register for the ISEE test as early as possible in order to secure your first choice test  date. The ISEE may be taken at any testing location.

Arrange for transcripts to be sent to Castilleja.
Deliver the Transcript Release and Confidentiality Form to your daughter's current school. You will need transcripts for the academic years 2016-2017 and 2017-18 (1st grading period).

Where to find this form? This form can be downloaded through your Ravenna account.

Ask teachers and principal/counselor for recommendations.
For Middle School applicants, recommendations are required from current core teacher (plus Math teacher, if different), prior year core teacher, and Principal/Counselor.

For Upper School applicants, recommendations are required from current Math and English teachers and Principal/Counselor.

Where to find these forms? This form can be delegated through the Ravenna account.

TIP!  It is best to wait until the school year is underway (mid-November) before asking the appropriate person(s) to write recommendations so s/he will have ample opportunity to get to know your daughter.

Learn more about tuition assistance.
Please click here if you are interested in applying for need-based tuition assistance. All inquiries are kept confidential. 

Complete the application and questionnaires. 
How?  Middle School applicants must submit a handwritten student questionnaire.The this can be found through your Ravenna account and should be downloaded then handwritten in ink.  When complete, please mail it to Admission Office, Castilleja School, 1310 Bryant Street, Palo Alto CA  94301.

TIP!  The Middle School essay portion of the Student Questionnaire can be submitted electronically. Please note this in addition to the handwritten questionnaire.

Upper School applicants can complete the Student Questionnaire online after delegation by parents/guardians.

Middle School and Upper School  Parent Questionnaires and the $75 fee should be submitted online through your Ravenna account.

Applicants may log into your Ravenna account to review the status of your application. Please allow three school days for updates.

Questions?  Please call the Admission Office at 650.470.7733 or email

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