Lower School Admissions

Like many independent schools in the Bay Area, we manage our admissions process through Ravenna, the online application program for private and independent schools.  

You’ll use Ravenna to submit forms, to schedule an interview and to sign up for Information Nights and Workshops.


Admission Steps

After you submit an application, you may do the following in any order:

Admissions Decisions

Admissions decisions will be sent via Ravenna on March 19, 2020. Helios is part of the Independent Schools of the San Francisco Bay Area (ISSFBA), a consortium of schools that agree to release decisions on the same day. As well, we agree that the week starting March 19 and ending when decisions are due back from parents, March 26, is a "Quiet Week." Out of respect for parents' decision-making process, we will not contact you. However, if you would like to speak to anyone at Helios or come back for a tour, please call Susan Stanat, Director of Admissions, at 408-475-0017. We are happy to speak with you and arrange a revisit.  

Decisions from Helios will be one of three: acceptance to Helios, decline from Helios or entry in to the wait pool.

Students who apply and are not admitted due to inadequate space are automatically placed in the wait pool. The wait pool is not a hierarchical list. Students from the wait pool will be admitted based on current class makeup. Families will be approached as soon as possible if their student is a possible fit for an open class space.  

Important Admissions Dates

  • January 17, 2020: Initial application due

  • February 7, 2020: Supplemental forms due date

  • March 6, 2020: Qualitative Assessment report due, if submitting

  • March 19, 2020: Admissions decisions released via Ravenna

  • March 26, 2020: Enrollment Contracts and Deposits Due