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.
Yes. The application will be available in July prior to the year of entry. We encourage students and families to apply prior to the deadline of December 12, 2016, so that we can schedule the required interview as early as possible.
Siblings are encouraged to apply by September 30, 2016.
Although we consider late applications, students who apply before the deadline of December 14, 2015, will fill most spaces. Applicants who submit their applications after the 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.
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.
Applicants should hand-deliver or email the Authorization for Release of Student Records 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 22, 2016. 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.
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 approximately 2-3 applicants for each available space. 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.
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.
Interviews allow both the applicant and his or her parents to meet one-on-one with a member of the admission team and Head of School. 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 allot a total of 1-1½ hours for your visit to 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.
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 information or questions about applying for financial aid, please contact John Amussen, Chief Operating & Financial Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 310.440.3500.
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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 18, 2016
Sibling and Legacy Applications due September 30, 2016
Milken recommends sibling and legacy applicants take their ISEE exam no later than December 2016
Transcripts and Recommendations due January 20, 2017
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.
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.
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.
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.
Milken strongly encourages families to consider taking the ISEE after August 1, 2016. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.