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.

Course availability may change throughout the application season as courses fill. Check our list of course offerings for frequent updates.



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 Review Form

Give the Teacher Review 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.

Remember that your teacher’s time is valuable. We recommend giving your teacher this form at least one week before you plan to submit it with your application.

Do not request a separate letter of recommendation. Do not submit more than one Teacher Review Form 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 (’17–’18) 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 (CAASPP) 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., 2017, 2016, or 2015) 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.

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 product written in English and of grade-appropriate length. As a rough guide:

  • Kindergarten to Grade 1:  2-5 sentences
  • Grade 2 to Grade 4:  2-3 paragraphs
  • Grade 5 to Grade 6:  1-2 pages
Choose one of the options (A or B) below:

Option A - Existing Written Work
Submit a piece of original written work that shows your own original thinking. This work should be one of which you are especially proud and which was completed since September 2017. 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 poetry. (Poems must include a paragraph explaining the meaning behind the words.) Examples of unacceptable products include drawings not accompanied by original writing, spelling tests, arithmetic exercises, slideshow presentations, 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 may write their answers or dictate their answers to an older person.

  • For students in Kindergarten to Grade 1: What do you like to do on a rainy day? Do you like rainy days? Why or why not? (Kindergartners may dictate their response.)
  • For students in Grade 2 to Grade 4: Imagine that you’re going to write a book. Who would be the main character? Where would the story take place? What would happen?
  • For students in Grade 5 to Grade 6: Choose a person (living or dead) with whom you would like to have a conversation. Why did you select this person? What questions would you ask, and what would you hope to learn?


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 2016 return if your 2017 return is not yet available. We will ask for your 2017 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 28. 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 27, 2018.



Step 3: Fill Out the Application Form

The application form can be completed online. (Early applicants aiming for the March 14 deadline must submit the form online.)

If you have not yet done so, register an online account and then access the "My Account" menu. Click on the name of a returning student, or select "Apply for a new student", 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. Online services will be unavailable to those who submit the hardcopy 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 or money orders. If you must pay with a foreign check or money order, 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!

New this year: early and extended application

This year, ATDP is expanding its application deadlines.

Early Application

A limited number of spots in each course will be reserved for early applicants. Early applicants must fill out the application form using an online account, and they may receive early acceptance decisions there.

As in previous years, returning students will receive priority if they apply early. Based on the number and relative strength of other early applications, an early applicant may be automatically converted to a standard applicant if no early acceptance decision is possible.

Extended Application

For courses that still have open spots after the standard application period, we will accept applications on a rolling basis. Note that financial aid will no longer be available for applications completed after the standard application deadline.


  • Early Application

  • ▪ Financial aid available
    ▪ Must submit form online
    ▪ Returning students receive priority
  • Application Postmark Deadline:
    Wednesday, March 14
  • Acceptance Decisions:
    Wednesday, April 12 (online*)
    Thursday, April 27 (mailed)
  • Tuition Deadline:
    Monday, May 16
  • Standard Application

  • ▪ Financial aid available
  • Application Postmark Deadline:
    Wednesday, March 28
  • Acceptance Decisions:
    Thursday, April 27 
  • Tuition Deadline:
    Wednesday, May 30
  • Extended Application

  • ▪ Financial aid NOT available
    ▪ Limited course availability
    ▪ Rolling acceptance decisions
  • Final Postmark Deadline:
    Thursday, June 7
  • Acceptance Decisions:
    within 3 weeks of receipt of the completed application
  • Tuition Deadline:
    within 2 weeks of receipt of the acceptance decision (no later than July 6)

* Early applicants may be able to access acceptance information early online, but they will still receive a mailed packet at a later date.

See our program calendars for the complete application timeline.