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We’re delighted that you're interested in The Carey School, and we look forward to getting to know you. Each step in our admission process is designed to help us learn more about each other as we build our welcoming, vibrant community and you choose the perfect school for your family.

This page outlines the steps in our application process, and the following page provides a handy overview of key admission events, deadlines, and decisions. You can download a copy of our 2021-2022 Application Checklist.  Want to get started now? Click the APPLY ONLINE button at the bottom of this page. 

This year, we are thrilled to announce the addition of our new Three-Year-Old Preschool program for the 2022-23 school year!  Please be sure to register through Ravenna to attend a virtual tour to learn more!

If you have questions at any point in the process, we're happy to help. Please contact Ida Gruber, Director of Admission and Financial Aid.

Our application for the 2022-2023 school year is available in Ravenna. Click the Apply Online button at the bottom of this page. Please join us for a virtual tour this fall to learn more about The Carey School.  We look forward to meeting you! 


The January 13, 2022 application deadline for the 2022-2023 school year has passed.  The Carey School is not currently accepting late applications.  We are fully enrolled in many grades. If you remain interested in applying, please contact our admission office. We will offer in person tours and more admission events in the fall of 2022. 


1. Explore our website & viewbook

We encourage you to learn about Carey’s unique culture and curriculum by exploring our website and downloading our viewbook.

2. Check our age requirements

To apply for preschool and kindergarten at The Carey School, children must be three years old, four years old and five years old, respectively, before September 1 of the year they will begin school. Applicants for all other grades are age-assessed on an individual basis.

3. Create an account on Ravenna and register for a school tour

We require families to register for an adult-only school virtual tour to see our campus, visit our classrooms, and learn how we put our educational philosophy into practice.

We use Ravenna, a web-based application system used by many Bay Area independent schools.  Once your account has been created, you can find our profile page by searching "The Carey School in the school directory on the left-hand side of the screen. You will be able to register for one of our many tours offered during the fall and winter months. 

4. Register for admission events

Carey hosts informal admission events that help prospective parents and guardians learn more about our curriculum, meet our teachers, and interact with current families. We hope you can attend!

Please join us for these informative admission events. You can register through your Ravenna account. All events are virtual this year.

  • Prospective Parent Curriculum Night: An exploration of our curriculum presented by core and specialist faculty. Please note that this is an adult-only event.
  • Open House: Families are invited to hear from our current parents and teachers about our programs.  
  • Carey Admission Event - A look at DEI work with students and teachers: Join us for an evening to learn more about Carey's diversity, equity, and inclusion curriculum.  This event is an adult-only event.
  • Prospective Parent Reception: Once you have submitted your application, you can register for this fun facilitated mixer connecting prospective and current parents.
5. Submit your application

Please submit your application through your Ravenna account.  Each step in your application checklist will be marked as complete by our office as your documents are received and processed.

6. Updated: Schedule playgroup experience/screening date and Virtual parent interview

We are determining what our playgroup experiences and screening sessions for the 2021-22 admission season will look like. We will share more information on student assessments and screenings in the coming weeks.

Once you've submitted your application, please schedule a playgroup experience or screening session appropriate for your child's age, as well as a parent/guardian interview. These take place in January and February.

  • During the pre-kindergarten and kindergarten playgroup experience, children participate in large-group play and small-group skills stations with our teachers.
  • Screening for first through fifth grade applicants includes skill-based assessment and teacher-assigned materials.
  • The parent/guardian interview allows our admission team to learn more about your child, to discuss your family’s educational goals, and to answer your questions. These will be done virtually and can be scheduled after you turn in your application.
7. Delegate a student evaluation form & transcript request

Using your Ravenna account, delegate a student evaluation form to your child's current teacher through your Ravenna account.

Applicants to grades first through fifth: Transcripts for first through fifth graders should be requested from your school's registrar.  Official transcripts must come directly from your current school via online submission, email or mail in sealed envelopes.  You may print a copy of the request form through your Ravenna account. 

8. Updated: Schedule a shadow visit (grades 1-5 only)

We have temporarily suspended our student shadow visit program for the 2021-22 admission season. We will share more information in the coming months.

We invite applicants for grades 1-5 who have completed their application and screening to visit for The Carey School to experience a full day in early February. During the visit, applicants sit in on classes, meet our teachers and students, and get a feel for life at Carey. Please register for this event through your Ravenna account.

9. Apply for financial aid, if interested

The Carey School is committed to developing and sustaining a socioeconomically diverse student body, and we don't want a family's finances to be a barrier to attending our school. We award more than $800,000 in financial assistance to approximately 15% of our families. If financial aid would help bring a Carey education within reach for your family, we encourage you to explore our Financial Aid Program. You can rest assured that admission decisions are always independent of financial need. Please see our Tuition & Financial Aid page for more information. 

10. Non-Discriminatory Policy

The Carey School admits students of any race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national and ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, financial aid programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.