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

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. Include the sealed envelope with your application materials.


2. Copy of Report Card

Submit a legible photocopy of your first semester (or most recent) report card for the current (’15–’16) school year.

We request that you send final grades, but if those are not available, you may submit your most recent progress report. Do not delay submitting your application to wait for final grades; if necessary, we may ask for an updated report card after receiving your application. If your school does not issue letter grades, please submit whatever report is on record. If you need assistance obtaining a copy, ask in your school office.

Please do not send certificates or awards.


3. Copy of Test Scores

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 standardized test 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). The test must have been taken within the past three years (i.e., 2015, 2014, or 2013) and include scores in the areas of math and reading/ELA.

Do not delay submitting your application to wait for more recent test scores. Include whatever acceptable test scores you have from the last three years.

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 for math/ELA are available for the 2013-2014 school year. Applicants who do not have test results from 2015 should submit a copy of their 2013 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.


4. Academic Product or Essay

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 2015. 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, 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: What are some good ways to make an unhappy person feel better? (You may dictate your essay.)
  • For students in Grade 2 to Grade 4: If you could change places with another person for one day, either real or in a book or show, with whom would you change places and why would you choose that person? How would you spend your day?
  • For students in Grade 5 to Grade 6: What are the most challenging parts of growing up today? Do you think it’s easier or harder to be a kid now than it was for your parents and grandparents when they were growing up?


5. Need-based Financial Aid (optional)

See Tuition & Payment > Financial Aid 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 2014 return if your 2015 return is not yet available. We will ask for your 2015 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 30. We will not consider financial aid requests for applications that are completed after the financial aid 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 29, 2016.



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, some of the application will be completed 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.

The processing fee cannot be paid with foreign checks. If you must pay with a foreign check, please contact our office.


Deadlines & Notification

ATDP evaluates applications continuously, in the order they are completed. The earlier you apply, the better your chances at receiving placement into your preferred course! To receive priority as a returning student, or to apply for financial aid, be sure your application package is placed into the mail on or before the postmark deadlines (see rightbelow).

Note that we accept late applications 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 two weeks of its receipt.

  • Elementary Division Application Dates
  • Returning student deadline:
    Wednesday, March 16
  • New student & financial aid deadline:
    Wednesday, March 30
  • Late applications:
    submit as soon as possible!

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