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The Application

List of 4 frequently asked questions.

  • When should I apply?

    The main points of entry to Milken Community Schools are in grades 7 and 9. Positions in grade 12 are not available unless there are extenuating circumstances, such as family relocation. In all other grades, spaces are available based on attrition. Therefore, openings are not always available in all grade levels.
  • When are applications due?

    For all grades, applications for admission of sibling and legacy families are due October 28, 2019. For all grades, applications for admission of new families are due December 9, 2019. For more information, please review the Application Process Checklist.
  • May I apply early?

    Yes. The application will be available in July prior to the year of entry. We encourage students and families to apply well before the December deadline so that we may schedule the required interview as early as possible.

    Siblings are encouraged to apply by October 2, 2018.
  • What happens if an application is late?

    Although we consider late applications, students who apply before the application deadline, will fill most spaces. Applicants who submit their applications after the priority deadline will only be considered if there is space available in the grade to which they are applying. Often financial aid will no longer be available when applying late.

Admission Process

List of 8 frequently asked questions.

  • What are Milken’s admission criteria?

    Consideration for admission is based upon the application for admission, the interview, transcripts, teacher and administrator recommendations, ISEE scores, and ERB scores (where applicable). We take a holistic approach and weigh all factors when making admission decisions.
  • When are all the supplemental forms due?

    Applicants should hand-deliver or email the Transcript Request Form as well as Teacher and Administrator Recommendation forms to the appropriate individuals at their school as early as possible. Transcripts and recommendations are mailed to Milken by your child’s school and are due by January 17, 2020. Once these forms are received, a student’s file is considered complete. If items are missing, it is the parent’s responsibility to follow up with the current school. If not complete by the time decisions are being made, the applicant runs the risk of being pushed into the late applicant pool.
  • Milken is our first choice. Do we have to apply to another school?

    Since admission is never guaranteed, we recommend that your child apply to more than one school. However, we do encourage you to let us know that Milken is your family’s first choice.
  • How many students will be applying for admission to Milken?

    Since some grade levels have fewer openings than others, the competition for admission varies at each level. At our two major points of entry, grades 7 and 9, we have more applications than available spaces, and families are encouraged to apply prior to the deadlines to ensure their applications may be considered. Typical grade size is 100 students in the Middle School and 145 students in the Upper School. We do not accept applications to grade 12 except under very special circumstances such as family relocation.
  • What kind of student does Milken seek to admit?

    Milken seeks to admit bright, motivated, creative, and involved students who, along with their families, are committed to the values of our school's mission and who have the ability to contribute to the school community throughout their time here.
  • What happens at the interview?

    Interviews allow both the applicant and his or her parents to meet one-on-one with a member of the admission team. This is an opportunity for our administrators to learn more about your child’s interests, talents, and skills as well as an opportunity for you to learn more about our school and have your questions answered. We encourage your child to bring any writing samples, works of art, or items that will help us get a sense of who he or she is. Each interview is accompanied by a tour of our campus given by one of our parent docents. Please allow approximately 1.5 hours for your visit to Milken.
  • When may I visit Milken?

    We encourage you and your family to visit Milken and take every opportunity to learn about our school.  Please review the Visiting Milken page to learn more about upcoming admission events and getting to know the Milken community better.
  • How can I learn about financial aid?

    Milken Community Schools is committed to providing financial aid to families who qualify. Financial need however, is not a factor in determining admission decisions. All financial aid is held in the strictest confidence and is based on demonstrated need. 

    For more on the Financial Aid process, please click here.


List of 2 frequently asked questions.

  • What is the sibling/legacy policy?

    Milken is committed to developing and growing our strong community while continuing to fulfill our mission. Milken sibling and legacy families are encouraged to apply to Milken Community Schools early. Sibling and legacy families who have sustained a supportive relationship with the school will be given early consideration during the application process. Admission for sibling and legacy families is not guaranteed, however, the sibling or legacy connection is an additional factor carefully considered by the Admission Committee. There is no early admission for siblings. Decisions will be given per the Los Angeles Association of Independent Schools (LAAIS) guidelines.

    Please note the following important dates and deadlines as you apply:
    • Application opens July 21, 2018
    • Sibling and Legacy Applications due October 2, 2018
    • ISEE Exam Results, Transcripts, and Supplemental Forms due January 19, 2019
  • Do siblings receive priority in the admissions process?

    While admission is not guaranteed for any applicant, we welcome applications from siblings of current Milken students and alumni. Milken strives to create a relationship of continuity and tradition with our families, and every effort is made to keep siblings together when the applicant is qualified. In reviewing sibling applicants, the admission committee also considers how involved the family has been in our school community.  Parent involvement is encouraged at Milken, and parents are expected to contribute their time and resources to the extent that they are able.

Admission Decision

List of 3 frequently asked questions.

  • How large is the wait-pool and how does it work?

    The size of the wait pool varies from year to year. Our wait pool is non-prioritized and a decision to fill a space with a student from the wait pool may not necessarily be made on a first-come, first-served basis. We make every effort to notify candidates placed in our wait pool of space availability by the end of April. However, there is no guarantee that a space will become available.
  • Is admission to the Upper School guaranteed once a child is enrolled in Middle School?

    Yes. If a current Middle School student’s academic and behavioral record is acceptable, he/she will be offered a contract to enroll in the Upper School.
  • Can I re-apply if my child was not admitted?

    Yes. We welcome applications from students who have previously applied to Milken but who were not admitted. The Office of Admission wishes to have the most current and up-to-date information on applicants and therefore applications from the previous year cannot be automatically reactivated. Any student who was not previously offered admission, but who wishes to be considered for the following academic year must submit a new application.

Standardized Testing

List of 8 frequently asked questions.

  • What is the ISEE?

    As stated by the ERB (The Education Records Bureau), the ISEE (Independent School Entrance Exam) is a standard assessment of skills for each applicant, ranking his or her reasoning and achievement skills among students in the same grade. It enables students to take a single, fair, and reliable test for entrance into top-performing independent schools.
  • When should my child take the ISEE?

    Milken strongly encourages families to consider taking the ISEE after August 1, 2017. There are two formats available to take the test – paper and computer. Please check the ERB website regarding details for locations, dates, and times that testing may be available. It is likely that paper testing locations will become full very quickly.
  • Does Milken offer the ISEE?

    Yes. Milken will offer the paper version of the ISEE for students entering middle school or high school grades. Please log into the ERB portal to register. Milken’s school code is 054159.
  • When is the ISEE due to Milken?

    All scores should be sent to Milken Community Schools by Friday, January 19, 2019.
  • Can my child take the ISEE more than once?

    One set of ISEE scores is required for admission. Students may take the ISEE multiple times. All ISEE scores should be submitted to Milken.

    Many students feel a great deal of stress and anxiety around standardized tests like the ISEE. Talking with your student to weigh the pros and cons of multiple testing is the best way to decide on your family’s course of action.
  • How is the ISEE used in the admission process?

    Among other variables, the ISEE is a standardized test that Milken requires of all applicants. The admission committee reviews the scores on an individual basis for all candidates.
  • How much weight does the Admission Committee give to standardized tests?

    Test scores are one aspect of an application. Scores are used to illuminate a child’s academic record and provide a standardized measure of evaluation for the admission committee. As such, they are equally considered alongside the online application, transcripts, and letters of recommendation.
  • Do you recommend test preparation courses?

    There has been much debate over the value of test preparation courses. We believe that test preparation is a personal decision that you should come to in conjunction with your child. While some feel this type of course may reduce anxiety, it can also lead to increased pressure by making the test appear like the one all-important factor in the admission process.

About Milken

List of 6 frequently asked questions.

  • How does Milken accommodate students with exceptional abilities?

    We offer an incredibly broad and rich curriculum that accommodates the varied interests and talents of our students. Our academic and non-academic programs enhance our students’ intellectual, creative, and spiritual growth. We currently offer more than 24 Advanced Placement courses ranging from every academic discipline to the applied and performing arts. Extra-curricular activities abound here as well, offering students a varied spectrum of opportunities through our athletic programs, drama productions, and student clubs and organizations.
  • How many students attend Milken?

    Approximately 750 students attend Milken. There are approximately 200 students in the Middle School (grades 7 and 8) and 550 students (grades 9 – 12) in the Upper School.
  • How does Milken assist its students with college placement? 

    Our four college counselors begin to guide our students and their parents through the college application process in grade 9. College counseling occurs more frequently as students progress to grade 12.  Our college counselors strive to direct students to schools that will meet their needs. Each year, Milken students are accepted to a multitude of colleges and universities.
  • Does Milken accept foreign students?

    Milken does issue the I-20 form for foreign student study. It is strongly recommended that students enroll in our Upper School with the intention to complete their secondary education at Milken through Grade 12. We do not offer a program in English as a Second Language (ESL), so all students need to be completely fluent in English for reading, speaking, and composition. In addition, Milken is unable to arrange housing for foreign students.
  • What is the student to teacher ratio?

    Our student to teacher ratio is 7:1. The average class size in the middle school is 13 and the average class size in the upper school is 14.
  • Is there a uniform or dress code?

    Milken does not require its students to wear a uniform; however, specific dress standards are enforced. The dress standards are sent home at the beginning of each school year. Students are expected to be appropriately and neatly attired according to the established guidelines.


Office of Admission

List of 3 members.

School Information

Saperstein Middle School Campus
    15900 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90049  
    Tel 310.903.4800 

Upper School Campus 
    15800 Zeldins’ Way, Los Angeles, CA 90049  
    Tel 310.440.3500  
    Fax 310.471.5139

Milken School is a college prep private day school in Los Angeles established on the foundation of the highest academic standards and Jewish values. This Jewish Day School serves students in grades 7-12.

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