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Old Orchard School welcomes applications from bright and eager students of all backgrounds.Admission to Old Orchard begins with a school-day tour, an Open House visit, or both. When your family decides to move ahead, our online application is your next step, followed by our evaluation of candidates and a prompt decision.

At every step along the way, we are happy to answer your questions, give you feedback and listen to yours. At Old Orchard, we know that choosing private school for your child is a big and even life changing decision. Naturally, we want you to choose Old Orchard! More importantly, we want to provide you with the information and insight you need to make the decision that will best fit your family for years to come.

We have limited space available for the 2019-20 school year. Please contact our Admission Team at (408) 680 2330 or admission@oldorchardschool.com to inquire about specific grade level availability.

You may begin the application process here.

Ask a Question, Request Information or Schedule a Tour

InquireDo you have a question? Would you like to schedule a tour? Simply use the "inquire" button.

You are also welcome to call us at (408) 680-2330 or reach us via email at: admission@oldorchardschool.com. Be sure to include your name and full contact information so we can get back to you promptly.

Apply to Old Orchard

ApplyOld Orchard's application is online. Simply click the Apply button, create your account and get started. You may log back in at any time to complete your application, upload supporting material, send recommendation requests or see which items are needed to complete the application process.

To be considered in the first round of decisions for the 2020-2021 school year, submit your application no later than, Friday, February 7, 2020.

Candidates who apply after the above deadline will be evaluated on a rolling basis.

If you are interested in a mid-year transfer, please contact our Admission Office at (408) 680-2330 to inquire about grade level availability.

Admission Process


To understand our programs, values and culture, we warmly welcome you to come spend time on campus. We encourage all families to attend an Open House and a private, school-day tour to see our classrooms, teachers and students in action. Our Open House dates are: November 9 and February 1, from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm. Register to attend Open House here.

You may reserve a private, school-day tour online or contact our Admission office directly via phone, at (408) 378-5935, or via email, at admission@oldorchardschool.com.


To be considered in the first round of decisions for the 2020-21 school year, applications must be received by Friday, February 7. All applications must be filed online. Supporting materials and Tuition Assistance applications are also due by Feb 7. Required supporting material varies by grade (details are outlined in the admission portal). Candidates who apply after the deadline will be evaluated on a rolling basis. Qualified candidates will be offered admission or a place on the wait list if no seats are available. Please understand that we cannot evaluate any candidates until we have a complete application, including the application form, application fee, and all supporting materials.

Age Requirements

Jr. Kindergarten candidates should be 4-years-old by September 1; Kindergarten candidates should be 5-years-old by September 1.

Applicants for Junior Kindergarten, Kindergarten are encouraged to apply early.

Evaluate & Assess

Evaluation and assessment of applicants vary by grade. The majority of candidates are asked to shadow at Old Orchard, which means they spend a minimum of two consecutive school days with the class they wish to join.

Evaluation details by grade:

Jr. Kindergarten (K1): Applicants come for a short visit to the K1 classroom where they are evaluated and assessed for social and school readiness by the Jr. Kindergarten teacher. Classroom visits are a fun experience and should simply feel like an exciting visit to a new classroom complete with story time, one on one time with the teacher, and time on the playground.

Kindergarten (K2): Applicants are evaluated in small groups and assessed for social and school readiness with a series of exercises that measure a variety of developmental skills. To the students, it simply feels like an afternoon at school, complete with a story and time on the playground. Candidates who apply after the group evaluations have taken place will be evaluated individually.

Grades 1-8: Applicants shadow at Old Orchard for two consecutive days with the grade they wish to join. During their visit, they attend classes and will be given a separate math and writing assessment. Shadow Days are scheduled in January through early March. If your student wishes to join Old Orchard during the current school year, the evaluation or shadow date will be scheduled as early as possible after a completed application has been submitted.

NOTE: Completed application packages (online application form, required documentation and $100 application fee) must be submitted before an evaluation or shadow day will be scheduled.


First round admission decisions will be sent on March 5, 2020. Following the first round, applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Qualified candidates will be offered admission or a place on the wait list if no seats are available

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