Elementary Division Application Instructions




Step 1: Choose a Course

Review our course offerings, then choose one course that interests you and up to three alternates. Make note of the listed course number and keep our attendance policy in mind as you review the course schedule. See Selecting a Course for more information.



Step 2: Gather Documents

Please compile the following items in the order listed below. Items numbered 1 through 4 are required for a complete application. We request you include federal tax documentation (item 5) if you wish to apply for financial aid.

1. Teacher Recommendation Form Click for details  

Give the Teacher Recommendation Form 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.

2. Copy of Report Card Click for details  

Submit a legible photocopy of your first semester (or most recent) report card for the current (’14–’15) school year.

Only submit final grades; do not send progress reports unless no other records are available. If your school does not issue grades, please submit whatever report is on record. If you need assistance obtaining a copy, ask in your school office.

Do not delay submitting your application to wait for updated report cards; submit the most recent records you currently have that fulfill the application requirements. We will request updated records if they are necessary.

3. Copy of Test Scores Click for details  

Students in Grade 2 or below may skip this item. Students completing Grade 3 may skip this item if they have not taken any standardized tests.

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., 2014, 2013, or 2012).

We are aware that because of the transition from the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) to the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) exam no STAR or CAASPP results are available for the 2013-2014 school year. Applicants who do not have test results from last year should submit a copy of their 2013 or 2012 test scores.

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.

Do not delay submitting your application to wait for updated test scores; submit the most recent records you currently have that fulfill the application requirements. We will request updated records if they are necessary.

4. Academic Product or Essay Click for details  

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

Option A - Existing Written Work
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 2014. 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 - Written Response to a Question

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: Describe your happiest memory. What happened? How older were you? Why did this make you happy? (You may dictate your essay.)
  • For students in Grade 2 to Grade 4: Think of a book with a character whom you admire. What did this character do? How are you like or unlike this character?
  • For students in Grade 5 to Grade 6: It’s been said that we learn more from our failures than our successes. Write about a time you experienced failure or made a mistake, and explain what you learned. What will you do differently in the future?
5. Need-based Financial Aid (optional) Click for details  

See Tuition & Payment for complete information.

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 2013 return if your 2014 return is not yet available. We will ask for your 2014 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 25. 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 24, 2015.



Step 3: Fill Out the Application Form

The application form can be completed online.

If you have not yet done so, register an online account and then access the "My Applications" menu. Click on "Create a New Application" and follow the on-screen instructions. You can do this multiple times with the same account if there is more than one student in your household applying to ATDP. If you have used your account for the same applicant previously, once you specify the correct name and birthdate some of the application will be filled out for you. Double-check this information for accuracy and update as needed before submitting!

You will need access to a printer to print out the Statement of Commitment. Ensure it is signed by both the parent and the student applicant. Include the signed Statement with your documents. If you do not have immediate access to a printer, you can return to My Account later on a computer with printer access.

If you prefer not to use an online account, you can download and print this PDF version of the the Application Information Form.



Step 4: Send It In

Include a $50 processing fee, payable by check or money order to “UC Regents.” Write “ED” and the student’s first and last name on the memo line.

This fee is non-refundable. It covers only the cost of application processing and does not apply toward tuition or facilities fees.

One you have all of the required materials, place your processing fee payment on top of the rest of your documents, and mail them in a single package to:

University of California, Berkeley
Academic Talent Development Program
Graduate School of Education
70 University Hall #1160
Berkeley, CA 94720-1160

Only complete applications will be evaluated. Do not send the application in parts. For the best chance at your preferred course, be sure your application package is postmarked by the applicable deadline (see rightbelow).

Note that we accept late applications only on a space-available basis. For those applying after the deadline, ATDP may take up to three weeks to return a decision, and the Notification of Attendance or Withdrawal must be returned within 10 business days of its receipt.

  • Elementary Division Application Deadlines
  • Returning students:
    Wednesday, March 11
  • New students & financial aid:
    Wednesday, March 25

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