• ADMISSION FAQ

    Below are questions often asked by parents of applicants. If you have a question not addressed below, please contact Jenni Beadle, Director of Admission.

    WHEN DOES THE RHOADES SCHOOL BEGIN THE ADMISSION PROCESS?
    The admission process for applicants begins the year prior to entry. While we encourage families to look ahead, we do not accept applications until October of the year before a student will enroll.

    WHEN DO WE SUBMIT THE APPLICATION?
    We strongly encourage families to submit their application by our priority deadline of February 2, 2018. Applicants who have submitted their application by the deadline will be in the priority applicant pool. Applications submitted after February 2 will be considered on an individual basis.

    WHEN WILL PARENTS BE NOTIFIED OF ADMISSION DECISIONS?
    Decision notifications will be sent on March 16, 2018 for all applicants who meet with February 2, 2018 deadline.

    WHAT FACTORS ARE TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION FOR ADMISSION?
    Decisions are made after thoughtful deliberations taking into account the individual candidate’s ability to be successful at The Rhoades School. The Admission Committee looks at the applicant in the context of students currently attending Rhoades and the other candidates who would like to join the same grade. Many factors are taken into consideration, including academic ability, character, maturity, curiosity, and interests. We use admission testing/assessment, teacher evaluations, school records (if applicable), and an admission interview as tools of assessment.

    WHAT ARE THE AGE REQUIREMENTS FOR KINDERGARTEN?
    We do not have an age requirement for Kindergarten. Our attention to age is based on our experience that a child’s emotional maturity is often linked to age, and as children grow older, positive interaction with peers is facilitated when their emotional development is closely aligned.

    We strongly encourage families to apply for Kindergarten so their child is 5 years old on or before September 1st of the enrollment year.

    WILL MY CHILD TAKE AN ENTRANCE EXAM?
    Yes. The Rhoades School uses assessments for all students applying for grades K-8. Kindergarten assessments are completed on a school day. Assessments for grades 1-4 are completed during the student's visit on a school day, and exams for Grades 5-8 are administered during specific Saturday morning testing sessions.

    WHAT DOES THE ASSESSMENT INCLUDE FOR KINDERGARTEN APPLICANTS?
    There are two components of our Kindergarten assessment process: the individual assessment and the play group observation.

    Each kindergarten applicant will take the AABL assessment. This will take approximately 40 minutes. Individual assessments will take place on school days throughout December, January and February.

    The purpose of the play date is to observe your child within our school setting. We have found that this experience is enjoyable and informative for all. The play date takes place on a weekend in January.

    WHAT DOES THE ASSESSMENT INCLUDE FOR APPLICANTS IN GRADES 1-8?

    • Grade 1 applicants complete the AABL assessment. Applicants take the assessment during their shadow day.
    • Grade 2-4 applicants take the ISEE to assess verbal and quantitative reasoning skills. Applicants will also complete a short writing sample. The assessment is given during their shadow day.
    • Grade 5-8 applicants take the ISEE to assess verbal reasoning, reading comprehension, and quantitative reasoning skills. Applicants will also complete a writing assessment. The Rhoades School hosts the ISEE on a Saturday during January. Applicants can also take the ISEE at another school in the San Diego area or at a Prometric . Rhoades School code is #570433.

    WHAT ARE THE ADMISSION EVENTS AND DEADLINES?
    The admission process includes a number of important events and deadlines to put on your calendar. Please make a note of these important dates and contact us with any questions.

    Application Available Online
    October 2, 2017

    Tours (Appointment Required)
    Daily from October 2, 2017 – February 2, 2018

    Kindergarten Open House
    Wednesday, November 8, 2017
    9-11 a.m.

    Classroom Visit Days
    Daily from November 1, 2017 – February 2, 2018

    Testing Date
    Students applying for Grades 5-8 take the ISEE. The Rhoades School hosts the ISEE on January 20, 2018. To register, please contact Jenni Beadle. In order to register, students must have an application for admission on file.

    Application Deadlines
    February 2, 2018: Application due. All admission application materials, including the application, parent questionnaire, teacher recommendations, transcripts (if applicable), and writing sample (if applicable) are due.
    March 2, 2018: Application for Financial Aid due including the online application and supporting tax documentation.

    ARE SIBILINGS OF CURRENT STUDENTS GUARANTEED ADMISSION?
    The Rhoades School recognizes the desirability of enrolling siblings at the same school. However, what is right for one child may not be the right school for his or her sibling. Siblings of current students will be given preference when all other factors are equal. However, admission to Rhoades is not guaranteed.

    WHAT IS THE RHOADES SCHOOL TUITION?
    For 2017-18, the Lower School (K-5) tuition is $17,030. The Middle School (6-8) tuition is $18,150. The annual registration fee for all grades (K-8) is $1,575. Tuition rates for 2018-19 will be available in early 2018.

    ARE THERE EXPENSES IN ADDITION TO TUITION?
    Tuition includes yearbook, all books and learning materials, student activities and use of school issued iPad for students in Grades 6-8. Additional expenses include Extended Day, Enrichment Programs, and field trips.

    IS FINANCIAL AID AVAILABLE?
    Yes. The goal of our financial aid program is to help bridge the gap between what a family can reasonably be expected to contribute and the costs associated with attending The Rhoades School. In 2016-17, 10% of our families received financial aid. To learn more, visit our Financial Aid page.

    I MISSED THE APPLICATION DEADLINE. WHAT SHOULD I DO?
    Please call Jenni Beadle, Director of Admission, at 760-436-1102 x 302 to discuss the application after the February 2 deadline. Applications submitted after February 2 will be considered on an individual basis.

    WE ARE RELOCATING TO SAN DIEGO AND ARE INTERESTED IN THE RHOADES SCHOOL. WHAT SHOULD I DO?
    Please call Jenni Beadle, Director of Admission, at 760-436-1102 x 302 to discuss the admission process for families who relocate.