Skip Navigation

Admissions Overview


Welcome to our Admissions Overview. The following is a guide for our admissions process including all of the information that we need in order to process your application. Please read carefully and submit all materials as requested in order for your application to be reviewed in a timely manner.
  1. Inquiry Form
  2. Visit Northern Light School
  3. Submit Application to NLS Admissions Office
  4. Sign and Submit To Current School
  5. Financial Aid Forms to Be Submitted to Third Party
  6. Parent Interview
  7. Student "Shadow" Visit & Assessments

Applying to Northern Light School

 

1. Inquiry Form

All families interested in learning more about Northern Light School are required to submit an initial inquiry form. If you are interested in a family morning tour, student shadow visit, or more specific information, please let us know in the inquiry form as well. Our Admissions Director will then be in contact with you and will know how to best assist you. Please fill this out prior to visiting our campus, as our Director often has scheduled tours and may not be able to accomodate drop-ins.We look forward to hearing from you!
 

2. VISIT US

 
Tour and Morning Coffee Q&A 
Tour and Morning Coffee Q&A sessions are your opportunity to participate in a tour led by the Admissions Director, join us for Morning Circle (the way we begin the day in community), visit a classroom, and meet with the Principal to answer all of your burning questions. Tours will be held Wednesdays, October 4, 2017 - May 30, 2018 from 8:30 am to 9:30 am.  Students and Parents are welcome.
 
Open House
Visit us for our Winter Open House on Thursday, January 11, 2018, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm.  During the open house you will have the opportunity to visit with faculty, staff, parents, students and alumni. Students and Parents are welcome.  We kindly request that you register.
 

3. SUBMIT TO NORTHERN LIGHT SCHOOL'S ADMISSIONS OFFICE

  • Online Enrollment Application - Priority Round applications due Friday, January 20, 2017
  • Include a recent photo of your child and family.
  • Submit $60 non-refundable application fee for first child plus $25 for each additional child.
  • Include a copy of your child’s birth certificate.
  • Copy of last two years report card for students entering grades 2-7, copy of kindergarten report card for students entering first grade.
  • Family Questionnaire
  • Student Questionnaire for students entering grades 6-8
  • Student Self Portrait for students entering grades K-8
  • An up-to-date Immunization Record (in accordance with California Law and SB277)
 

4. SIGN AND SUBMIT TO CURRENT SCHOOL

  • Sign and submit Transcript Release Request to current school for students applying to grades 1-8 only.
  • Sign and submit Confidential Teacher Recommendation Form for Preschool and Pre-kindergarten to current daycare provider with stamped envelope addressed to Northern Light School, 3710 Dorisa, Ave., Oakland, CA 94605.  Online referral form is also available.
  • Sign and submit Confidential Teacher Recommendation Form for Kindergarten to current daycare provider with stamped envelope addressed to Northern Light School, 3710 Dorisa, Ave., Oakland, CA 94605.  Online referral form is also available.
  • Sign and submit Confidential Teacher Recommendation Form for Students Entering Grades 1-8 to current teacher with stamped envelope addressed to Northern Light School, 3710 Dorisa, Ave., Oakland, CA 94605.  Online referral form is also available.
 

5. FINANCIAL AID FORMS TO BE SUBMITTED DIRECTLY TO THIRD PARTY

  • Completed School & Student Services Financial Aid Form (SSS) form along with SSS application fee and supporting documentation are due by January 31, 2018 in order to be considered for tuition assistance by Northern Light School.  It is critical that a copy of all supporting documents be submitted with the application. Tuition assistance will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are no longer available.  Applications for the 2018-2019 school year will be available November 2017.
  • Complete and mail The BASIC FUND application to address on application.  Please review application eligibility requirements carefully prior to completing application.  Completed applications including eligible financial documentation will be awarded first-come, first-served basis until funds are no longer available, anticipated to be March 2018.  Completed applications submitted after due date will be added to a wait list with the possibility of being chosen through a lottery on July 31st. All families that fall within the income eligibility guidelines are required to apply for the BASIC Fund scholarship. Applications for the 2018-2019 school year will be available January 2018.

6. PARENT INTERVIEW

During the admission process, you may be asked to schedule an interview with the Director and/or our Founder.  The interview will be an opportunity for Northern Light to learn more about the applicant and family as well as an opportunity for the applicant family to ask questions about the school.
 

7. STUDENT "SHADOW" VISITS & ASSESSMENTS

 
Students Entering Preschool and Pre-kindergarten

Once we receive your child’s completed enrollment application [i.e., Enrollment Application, application fee and Family Questionnaire], we will contact you to schedule a Shadow Visit.  Teachers will observe child’s readiness to begin the preschool program during the visit., 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Priority Round shadow visits and assessments for the 2018-2019 school year will be held during February 2018. Every effort will be made to accommodate requests by parents for a specific date.

Students Entering Kindergarten

Once we receive your child’s completed enrollment application [i.e., Enrollment Application, application fee and Family Questionnaire], we will contact you to schedule a Shadow Visit.  Teachers will observe child’s readiness to begin the kindergarten program during their visit in activities such as story time, center work and free play. Priority Round kindergarten shadow visits and assessments for the 2018-2019 school year will be held during the school day in the month of February 2018 from 8:20 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Every effort will be made to accommodate requests by parents for a specific date.

 
Students Entering Grades 1-8
Once we receive your child’s completed enrollment application that includes - Enrollment Application including application fee, Family Questionnaire, Student Questionnaire (if applies) and Self Portrait, we will contact you to schedule a shadow visit.  Your child will be introduced to the NLS community and experience a day-in-the-life of a Northern Light School student - including participating in Morning Circle, attending classes and interacting with the student body and faculty.  During your child's visit, they will be given a grade level assessment to determine readiness. Please remember to pack your child a lunch and a snack. Priority Round shadow visits and assessments for the 2018-2019 school year will be held during February 2018. Every effort will be made to accommodate requests by parents for a specific date.
  • Applying to Grades 1 - 5 - When your child arrives for the “shadow” visit, we will pair him/her up with a student ambassador in their current grade level. Students will be asked to complete a reading, writing, and math assessment.
  • Applying to Grades 6 - 8 - When your child arrives for the “shadow” visit, we will pair him/her up with a student ambassador in the Middle School.  Students will be asked to complete a reading, writing, and math assessment. For students applying for 6th grade, your child will have lunch with current 5th grade students.  This will provide your child the opportunity to meet their peers. 

 


We formally adopt and comply with all provisions of the current CAIS Code of Ethics

Application Deadlines

 
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1:  
Application deadline for siblings
 
FRIDAY, JANUARY 19:
Application deadline for new families
 
JANUARY - FEBRUARY
Student Assessments
 
FEBRUARY:
Student Shadow Visit

 

Tuition Assistance Application Deadlines

 
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 31:
SSS application should be submitted electronically.

 

Admissions Notification and Contracts

 
THURSDAY, MARCH 15:
Admissions decisions communicated to new families
 
FRIDAY, MARCH 23:
New families' contacts due by 3:00 P.M.