This page covers FAQs about the admission process, including student FAQs from applicants that are answered by JMSG 8th graders.

List of 10 frequently asked questions.

  • Does JMSG administer standardized testing?

    All applicants are required to take the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE). Early registration is suggested as test sites fill up quickly. Applicants may take the ISEE at any test site. The fee is $105 at the group site (paper and pencil) and $185 at Prometrics (individual, on-line administration).

    Due to a policy change with ISEE administration, students will be allowed to take the test two times during the JMSG admissions process. The ISEE score should be received by January 20, 2017. To ensure JMSG receives test results, parents must request ISEE to submit scores to JMSG. Our school code is 054288.

    For more information on the test, including registration, dates, and locations, visit
  • Does JMSG provide transportation to the school?

    JMSG does not provide transportation to or from school. We encourage families to carpool with other families in their area. When transportation is required for school events like field trips, parent volunteers are recruited to provide transportation.
  • Does JMSG offer after school care?

    Yes, JMSG offers extended day care Monday through Friday from 3:30 until 6:00 pm. The cost of Aftercare is not included in tuition and must be purchased separately.
  • Does JMSG have an after school sports program?

    Yes. JMSG competes in the Middle School Sports League in Soccer, Basketball, and Volleyball depending on the season. We also have an intramural program for each seasonal sport once a week that focuses on skill development, knowledge of the game, and scrimmaging.
  • How many students are in each class?

    The classes are small. There are only about 20-22 girls in each class. Say the Julia Morgan girls, "It's really nice because you get to know everyone really well."
  • How much homework will I have?

    The homework load really depends on the class. Typically you have 20 minutes per subject each night. But it varies if you have projects. If you manage your time well, you can get your homework done.
  • What is “advisory?”

    Advisory is a group of 11 or 12 girls from your grade who meet together with one teacher -- your “advisor” -- once a week. Your advising group and your advisor stays the same for a whole year, so you really bond closely. Every new school year, you have a new advisor and a new group of girls from your grade in your advisory. Advisory places an emphasis on supporting girls academically, socially, and emotionally through their three years of middle school. Advisory complements the academic and SEL programs by providing an opportunity for girls to take ownership of their personal growth in a more intimate setting. Advisory groups explore topics such as community, tolerance, and respect. In addition, the groups discuss upcoming school events and participate in a number of team-building activities throughout the year.
  • Does JMSG have a cafeteria?

    No, we do not have a cafeteria. Girls are expected to come to school with their own prepared lunch and a snack every day.

    Currently, parents can order optional lunches three days a week through SchoolFoodies.

  • What if I get lost the first day of school?

    No problem! Just take a deep breath and ask the first person you see for help. The first two days of school are "orientation" days for all new 6th and 7th grade students. (The returning students come to school on the third day.) There are lots of fun activities to help you get to know other students and make new friends, learn your way around the school and get to know the teachers. During orientation you will also paint your chair. So by the time your classes begin, you have several new friends, you know all your teachers' names and you know your way around the school!
  • Where do JMSG graduates attend high school? College/Universities?

    JMSG graduates have attended the following high schools and colleges/universities:

    • Acalanes High School
    • Alameda High School
    • Albany High School
    • Athenian School
    • The Bay School
    • Bentley High School
    • Berkeley High School
    • Bishop O'Dowd High School
    • Campolindo High School
    • Castro Valley High School
    • The College Preparatory School
    • El Cerrito High School
    • Episcopal High School
    • Grant High School (Portland, OR)
    • The Head Royce School
    • Holy Names High School
    • International High School (S.F.)
    • Life Academy Science Charter
    • Lick-Wilmerding (S.F.)
    • Marin Academy
    • MetWest
    • Miramonte High School
    • Monte Vista High School
    • Moreau Catholic High School
    • Mt. Eden High School
    • Oakland High School
    • Oakland School for the Arts
    • Oakland Technical High School
    • Orinda Academy
    • Piedmont High School
    • Saint Ignatius (S.F.)
    • Saint Joseph's (Alameda)
    • Saint Mary's College High School
    • Salisian High School
    • San Leandro High School
    • San Lorenzo High School
    • San Luis Obispo High School
    • Santa Catalina (Monterey)
    • Skyline High School
    • Urban High School (S.F.)
    and the following colleges and universities:
      • Arizona State
      • Boston University
      • Brown University
      • Bryn Mawr College
      • Cal Poly
      • Carleton College
      • Claremont College
      • Colby College
      • Columbia College (Chicago)
      • Columbia University
      • Cornell University
      • CSU Monterey Bay
      • George Washington
      • Gonzaga
      • Goucher College
      • Guilford College
      • Hampshire College
      • Harvard University
      • Lewis & Clark College
      • Loyola Marymount University
      • McGill University
      • Middlebury College
      • Mills College
      • New York University
      • Oberlin College
      • Occidental College
      • Pitzer College
      • San Francisco State
      • Scripps College
      • Sewanee
      • Spelman College
      • Stanford University
      • Tufts College
      • Tulane University
      • UC Berkeley
      • UC Davis
      • UC Irvine
      • UC Los Angeles
      • UC Riverside
      • UC San Diego
      • UC Santa Cruz
      • University of Chicago
      • University of Colorado
      • University of Hawaii
      • University of Louisville
      • University of Pennsylvania
      • University of Puget Sound
      • University of Wisconsin
      • Madison
      • University of Wyoming
      • Washington University
      • Wellesley College
      • Wesleyan University
      • Whittier College
Which high schools accepted your most recent alumnae?
Alameda High School
The Athenian School
The Bay School of San Francisco
Bentley School
Berkeley High School
Bishop O'Dowd High School
The College Preparatory School
Convent of the Sacred Heart High School
Drew School
Head-Royce School
Holy Names High School
Lick-Wilmerding High School
Marin Academy
Maybeck High School
Miramonte High School
Moreau Catholic High School
Oakland School of the Arts
Oakland Technical High School
Piedmont High School
Saint Mary's College High School
The Urban School of San Francisco

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