ED Application Items

1. Application Information Form

I have only one course choice. Do I still have to list alternate classes on my application?

Each course you request represents a commitment on your part. If you would rather not come to the program than attend a course other than your first choice, you should request your first choice only.

Will I improve my chances of being placed in my first choice class if I don’t list alternates?

No, it won’t affect your placement. We always start by attempting to place each student in his or her first choice and only look at the alternates if the class is filled or if a student’s application is not competitive for his or her first choice.

Please complete the online Application Information Form. Registering with our website allows you to check on the status of your application(s). Once you have submitted the online form, print and sign the Statement of Commitment and mail it with the rest of your application documents.

If you do not want to apply online, you can download the Application Information Form or the complete Elementary Division catalog (PDF format).

2. Teacher Recommendation Form

Give the Teacher Recommendation Form (download and print) along with an envelope to a current teacher in an academic subject (e.g., mathematics, science, language arts). Your teacher should complete the form, seal it in the envelope, sign his or her name across the sealed flap, and then return the envelope to you.

3. Copy of Report Card

Submit a legible photocopy of your first trimester (or most recent) report card for the current (’13–’14) school year. Only submit final grades, not progress reports. If you need assistance obtaining a copy, ask in your school office.

4. Copy of Achievement Test Scores

Students completing Grade 2 or below may skip this item.

Include a legible photocopy of your most recent California Standards Test (CST) or other standardized achievement test scores (e.g., Stanford Achievement Test, Iowa Test of Basic Skills, or other school-administered test that gives national percentile scores in math and reading). The test must have been taken within the past three years (i.e., 2013, 2012, or 2011).

If you have not taken a standardized achievement test in the past three years, include a signed note with a school stamp from an administrative staff person at your school indicating so.

5. Academic product or essay

Please submit a written product from one of the two options below:

Option A

Submit a piece of original written work that shows your own thought. This work should be one of which you are especially proud and which was completed since September 2013. While the work may have been done for a school assignment, it need not have been. The product you submit need not be in the same subject area to which you are applying. Examples of appropriate products include English essays, social studies reports, and science project write-ups. Examples of unacceptable products include drawings not accompanied by original writing, spelling tests, arithmetic exercises, fill-in-the-blank worksheets, and multiple choice tests. While you may submit photos, videos, tapes, or drawings in support of your work, they may not be submitted in place of original writing. We cannot return your work, so please submit clear photocopies of your originals.

Option B

Please write your own answer to the question listed for your grade level. Students currently in Kindergarten or Grade 1 may write their answers or dictate their answers to an older person.

For students in Kindergarten to Grade 1:

What is the nicest thing you have done for someone else? (You may dictate your essay.)

For students in Grade 2 to Grade 4:

Imagine that your teacher wants to teach a new subject. Your teacher will take suggestions, and then students will vote on the new subject. What is your suggestion? Why should other students vote for your choice?

For students in Grade 5 to Grade 6:

Imagine that time travel to the past were possible. Think of where and when you would like to visit. Write an essay telling where and when you would go in the past. Explain why you would chose to go there and what you think it would be like.

6. Processing Fee

Include a $50 processing fee, payable by check or money order only. This fee is non-refundable. It covers only the cost of application processing and does not apply toward tuition or materials fees.

Make check or money order payable to “UC Regents.” Write “ED” and the student’s first and last name on the memo line.

7. Financial Aid

To apply for financial aid, please submit both parents’ most recent Federal Tax Return AND ALL SCHEDULES (i.e., the complete tax return) for each applicant. For preliminary consideration and to avoid delay in submitting your application, you may submit your 2012 return if your 2013 return is not yet available. We will ask for your 2013 return at a later date, if required.

Do not send original documents.

If there are special circumstances, submit a letter of explanation and photocopies of any supporting documents (e.g., unemployment forms). If the $50 processing fee poses a financial hardship, submit a letter of explanation and supporting documents listed above.

Send your complete application materials no later than Wednesday, March 26. We will not consider financial aid requests for applications that are completed after the deadline. An invoice for fees due and the amount of financial aid awarded (if any) will be included in the student’s acceptance packet, which will be mailed on Friday, April 25, 2013.