Our Admission Process

#1 Visit JMSG

  • Attend Program Showcase (evening/family event)
  • Attend Parent Tour (daytime/parents and guardians only event), required for all applicant families
The Program Showcase evening event is designed to inform prospective parents about the JMSG culture, curriculum, and community. Parents will also have the opportunity to participate in demonstration classes and speak with students and JMSG parents.

We encourage you to bring your 5th or 6th grade daughter (no siblings please). While parents participate in the Program Showcase, guest students will participate in activities that showcase "A Day in the Life of a JMSG student" and include a question and answer session and a tour of the school.

We strongly recommend this option before scheduling your Parent Tour.

The Parent Tour is designed to deepen your understanding of how we live the philosophy and curriculum in our community on a daily basis. The Head of School and Assistant Head of School will respond to questions that may not have been deeply addressed or may have arisen since your attendance at the Program Showcase evening event.

At least one parent or guardian must attend the Parent Tour for each applicant. You are welcome to tour the school before applying; if you do so, your tour will have fulfilled the requirement.

Please note the Parent Tour is for 5th and 6th grade parents only. Are you an interested 3rd or 4th grade parent? Attend our Spring Admission Preview!

#2 Apply

  • Submit application materials September through January 8, 2019
  • Application fee: $100 (non-refundable)
  • Reduced application fee: $80.00 by December 3, 2018 (Application will be available August 15, 2018)
Checklist to Apply
You can download this checklist and all relevant documents to the right.
  • JMSG Online Application
  • Student Questionnaire
This should be handwritten and submitted via snail mail or emailed to Emi Jerome at ejerome@juliamorganschool.org
  • Character Skills Snapshot
    • Character and personal growth are an integral part of a JMSG education. The Character Skills Snapshot is a short assessment tool that gives us richer holistic information and illuminates areas where Julia Morgan School can help your child grow and thrive.
    • There is a $25 fee. Fee waivers are available for those who need it. Please contact Emi Jerome at ejerome@juliamorganschool.org if you require a fee waiver.
  • Teacher Recommendation
    • One recommendation is required from your child's current academic teacher.
    • Due: January 11, 2019
    • Download and sign the Teacher Recommendation Form. Deliver it to your child’s teacher with a stamped envelope to return to JMSG.
    • We will also accept the form returned via email or fax. We will also accept the common recommendation form used by East Bay Independent Schools Association (EBISA) member schools. 
Recommendations should not be submitted until November 2018 to give the teacher time to get to know your daughter.
  • Official School Transcript
    • Download and sign the Transcript Release Form.This form authorizes your child's current school to release a complete transcript to Julia Morgan School for Girls
    • Deliver it to your child’s school with a stamped envelope. We will also accept the transcript returned via email or fax
  • Independent School Entrance Examination (ISEE)
    • Due: January 20, 2019.
    • Parents must request ISEE to submit scores to JMSG in order for us to receive them. Our school code is: 054288.
    • Register ASAP becauses school-based test sites fill up quickly for December and January dates. Applicants may take the ISEE at any site.
    • 6th grade applicants take the lower level test. 7th grade applicants take the middle level.
While we require this standardized test, we consider all aspects of the application in our admission decision. Visit the ISEE website for more information.
  • Family Interview (Optional)
The Family Interview is an opportunity for the admission staff to get to know your daughter and for you and your daughter to ask questions and learn more about JMSG. All parents or guardians are encouraged to attend. We ask that each applicant bring something meaningful to share during the interview. Families who complete an application may schedule the interview anytime between October and mid-February.

#3 Schedule your daughter's required school visit

  • Register your daughter for a Peek Week visit. (You will receive a link AFTER you submit the application.)
Girls will visit on one morning during Peek Week: January 28-February 1, 2019. Peek Week is a unique opportunity for your daughter to engage directly with JMSG--no shadows around here! She will join current students to participate in hands-on lessons, take a brief math assessment, and meet peers in the community. The visit is designed to help her get an authentic feel for our culture of learning while helping the faculty get to know her in a classroom setting.

#4 Applying for Flexible Tuition?

Visit our Flexible Tuition and Affordability page for more information.

#5 Admission Decisions

  • Admission decisions will be mailed on Thursday, March 14, 2019, and emailed on Friday, March 15, 2019.
  • If your daughter is accepted, you must reserve a space for her no later than Friday, March 22, 2019, by 10:00 a.m.

Important Dates

Program Showcase (Information Nights) are from 6:45 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

  • Wednesday, October 10, 2018
  • Thursday, October 25, 2018
  • Thursday, November 8, 2018

Optional Early Application Deadline (families who apply by this date receive a reduced application fee and priority choice of assessment and visit dates)


Application Deadline 

Application Deadline for Flexible Tuition

Decision Notification Mailed

Enrollment Contract Due

Meet Our Admission Team

List of 2 members.

  • Marcia Bedford 

    Assistant Head of School/Admission Director
    510-632-6000 x101
  • Emi Jerome 

    Admission Assistant
    510-632-6000 x125
For Sibling Families* only:

Julia Morgan School for Girls understands the benefits of having daughters in the same family attending the School. However, what is right for one child may not necessarily be the correct placement for her sister. A sibling applicant will be accepted based on the Admission Committee's determination that the student will be successful at JMSG. A sibling's admission to JMSG is not guaranteed.

Sibling applicants who desire an early admission decision:
  • Apply by the December 3, 2018: Online Application, Student Questionnaire, recommendation, transcripts
  • Take ISEE (Independent School Entrance Exam) no later than December 3, 2018
  • Visit classes: Week of December 10. Day TBD
  • Decisions mailed:Thursday, December 10, 2018
  • Response due: The family’s response to an offer of acceptance must be made by January 8, 2019 by 10:00 a.m.
If the sibling family declines to enroll by January 5, upon written request to the Assistant Head of School, the applicant can be reconsidered for admission with the full applicant pool and notified on March 16, 2018.

Flexible Tuition:
If the family applied for flexible tuition under early decision and the school is able to accommodate their request, the family will be awarded a “provisional” flexible tuition award at the time of acceptance.

If the sibling is accepted, and provided with a provisional flexible tuition award, but declines to enroll by January 5, the flexible tuition award will be rescinded. If the family decides to be reconsidered for notification in March there is no guarantee that the same flexible tuition funding will be available.

*We define “sibling” as a child in a family currently enrolled at JMSG or in a family that has had a daughter or daughters graduate from JMSG. This includes half-siblings, step-siblings, foster siblings, adopted siblings, other children living permanently at the same address. It does not include siblings of students who attended, but did not graduate from The School.
Siblings only application process for early decision:

Early Decision Application deadline (including parent and student questionnaire, recommendation, transcripts and standardized testing): December 3, 2018
ISEE test deadline
Must take no later than Dec. 3, 2018
JMSG Class visit date                
Week of December 10, 8:30 – 11:45 a.m. TBD
Thursday, December 20, 2018
Response & Commitment            
Tuesday, January 8, 2019 by 10:00 a.m.