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Middle School Application Process

Applying to Athenian

We encourage you to explore our website to learn more about The Athenian School. Discover Athenian's approach to serious academics through our engaging and experiential teaching as well as some of our unique programs, including Focus Days and class trips.

Our admission process is designed to give us the opportunity to learn about you while you discover Athenian. We look beyond just the typical qualifications. Strong academic performance is important, and we seek students who embrace Athenian's philosophy and approach to education. The Admission Committee also looks for students who will add to the mix of experiences, talents, backgrounds, and perspectives that create a vibrant learning community.

The Admission Team is here to help you in the application process. Please contact us with any questions here

Application steps:

  1. Create an account in Ravenna by clicking here.
  2. Once in Ravenna, find Athenian in the School Directory and hit "apply." 
  3. Familiarize yourself with all application steps, required and optional, listed in Ravenna.
  4. Complete the Middle School Application Form in Ravenna and submit the $100 application fee. This form is the "preliminary application."(Please contact Athenian Admission for a fee waiver if the cost is a hardship for your family.)
  5. Register for fall and winter events in Ravenna.
  6. The full application is due in January (see steps outlined to the right). 

Additional Required Steps:

List of 6 items.

  • Visit Campus

    A Campus Visit is part of the application process. To register for a Campus Visit and other other admission events, sign up or log in to Ravenna.
  • Teacher Recommendation Forms

    Each student must have two (2) teachers complete these forms. 
    • Be sure to include each teacher's email address so that the forms can be sent to them.
    • At least one recommendation must be from a current teacher. The second recommendation can come from the previous year teacher (i.e. If you're applying for the 6th grade you can request it from a 4th grade teacher).
    Please log in to Ravenna to enter the names of the teachers and their email addresses. 
  • Transcript Request

    The Athenian School requires a transcript of grades or report card for the current 2023-2024 school year and a final transcript of grades or report card for the 2022-2023 and 2021-2022 school year.

    IMPORTANT: In order to avoid duplicating your school registrar’s efforts, registrars are instructed that records not be sent until first trimester or second quarter or first semester grades are completed. If your school term ends after the application deadline, they will send 2023-2024 grades as soon as possible after the second quarter or semester has ended.
  • Math & Writing Exercise

    This will be administered on campus by an Admissions Team member. Registration for this step will be available in Ravenna in October. These activities are not a pass/fail test, but rather are designed to assist in evaluating the readiness of prospective students.


  • Standardized Testing (not required or accepted)

    Athenian does not require an entrance examination for students applying for fall entry. Please do not submit any standardized testing scores as they will not be reviewed nor considered by the Admission Committee.
  • Principal/Counselor Recommendation (optional)

    If the principal or counselor does not receive an email containing the secure link to the recommendation form, please contact the Admission Office at admission@taiwandeer.com or 925-362-7223. We will assist in providing the recommendation form to the principal or counselor.