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The Gooden School Application Process

VISIT: To register for a visit, please fill out an inquiry form and create an online account. This account gives you access to the Gooden admissions portal where you can register for a tour or open house.

APPLY: Submit an online application and $100 application fee by February 1, 2023. Applications will be accepted after this deadline on a space-available basis. We do have space in select grades for the 2022-2023 school year, so please reach out. Please note, we do not issue the Form I-20 or offer ESL instruction. Kindergarten applicants must be five years of age by September 1 of the year they will enter kindergarten. If you have any questions about the application or process, please contact the admissions office by EMAIL or at 626-355-2410 x23. 


PLAY DATES, VISIT DATES, AND INTERVIEWS: After submitting the online application, the admissions office will contact you to schedule a play date (for kindergarten admissions), visit day (for first through eighth grades), and parent interview. Kindergarten through eighth-grade applicants must submit an online teacher evaluation and transcripts (first through eighth-grades) by February 22, 2023.

ENTRANCE EXAM (SIXTH THROUGH EIGHTH GRADES): For student applicants for sixth through eighth grade who choose to complete the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE), you may download the results pdf and share with the admissions office prior to March 4, 2022. ISEE tests must be completed by March 1, 2022 and are not required as part of admission.

NOTIFICATION DATE: Admission notifications (all grades) are released on March 10, 2023 in conjunction with all Pasadena Area Independent Schools.

TUITION ASSISTANCE: If applying for tuition assistance, please complete and submit a Clarity Schools application. All data entry on the Clarity Schools application is due by February 8, 2023. Tuition assistance is awarded on an annual basis to families who demonstrate need. Families must apply each year for assistance. Decisions are based on the confidential information submitted to Clarity and are considered within the context of our tuition assistance budget for the year. 

The Gooden School admits students of any faith background, race, color, national and ethnic origin, gender identity, and sexual orientation to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at our school. The Gooden School does not discriminate on the basis of faith background, race, color, national and ethnic origin, gender identity, and sexual orientation in administration of our educational policies, admissions policies, financial assistance policies, employment, and athletic and other school-administered programs.