Get to Know Prospect Sierra

Welcome to Prospect Sierra’s Admissions Department. We know how important it is to you to give your child an education they will always cherish, and we’re thrilled you’re here to learn more about us.

Prospect Sierra is home to passionate, innovative teachers who help our students:

• Practice deep intellectual engagement
• Develop nuanced self-knowledge
• Recognize the importance of caring for others

Though the future holds many unknowns, we do know that these three critical skills will prepare our students to collaborate, communicate, tackle complex challenges, and help make the world a better place. We are incredibly proud of our independent thinkers, creative problem solvers, thoughtful citizens, and good friends.

We invite you to experience our expansive El Cerrito campuses in person. We’re just a short drive north of Berkeley and Albany. Transportation service is available for students from Berkeley and Oakland.

We can’t wait to meet you, get to know your family, and introduce you to our innovative program and joyful school community.

Renée, Amy, Beth, and Mecca
The Admissions Team

How to Apply

Applying is easy and we’re always here to answer any questions. For more information, see our Admissions Viewbook.

1Submit an Admissions Inquiry Form

The first step towards becoming a Prospect Sierra family is to let us know about your child. Get started today by completing the Admissions Inquiry Form.

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2Get to Know Our Community

You are invited to come and receive an overview of the school, attend workshops led by teachers, and see the facilities. No reservations required. Information packets and applications are available, and there will be an opportunity to reserve a space on a school tour.

Grades K-4 Information Day

Sunday, November 11, 2018, 1:00–3:00 p.m.

The Elementary Information Day Program is for the whole family.

Grades 5-8 Information Day

Sunday, November 4, 2018 12:30–4:00 p.m.

The Middle School Information Day Program is for parents, guardians, and middle school applicants.

3Join Us for a School Tour

Observe an active school day and student life during a morning tour. Reserve a space at our Information Day or by contacting the Admissions Office now. Tours conclude in a question-and-answer session with the Head of School, Division Head, Director of Admissions, and current parents/guardians. Tours are for adults only.

Grades K-4 School Tour

2060 Tapscott Avenue, El Cerrito

Tours run from 8:45-10:45 a.m. on the following dates:
Tuesday, November 6
Wednesday, November 14
Monday, November 19

Grades 5-8 School Tour

960 Avis Drive, El Cerrito

Tours run from 8:30-10:45 a.m. on the following dates:
Thursday, November 8
Friday, November 16
Thursday, November 29

4Submit an Online Application

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Let’s get started. Complete and submit the online application and required forms as early as possible, including the nonrefundable application fee. Click the button above to apply for the 2019-20 school year.

Please note that children must be five years old by September 1, 2019.

There is an application fee of $100, or $75 if you submit your applications before December 15, 2018. Families in need of a fee waiver, please contact

Tuition and Affordability

Families interested in tuition assistance please visit the Tuition and Affordability page for more information. Families should submit an application as soon as possible, and no later than January 18, 2019. You may apply online here. Please contact Chief Financial Officer, Greg Engel, at 510.809.9004 for further information.

Grades 5-8 ISEE

Middle school applicants must take the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) no later than January 2019 and submit results to the Admissions Office. See the ISEE Online Guide for testing information, registration forms, and deadlines. Prospect Sierra is one of the test sites. Our test site code is 054155.

5Schedule a Visit

Upon receiving your application, the school will contact you to schedule your child’s visit.

Grades K-4 Visits

Kindergarten applicants come to Prospect Sierra for a Saturday visit for two hours in January/February 2019. Applicants for Grades 1-4 visit for a full school day in February 2019.

Grades 5-8 Visits

Sixth grade applicants participate in a group activity day in late January and early February 2019. Applicants for grades 5, 7, and 8 visit their current grade at Prospect Sierra in February 2019.

6Receive Notification

Families will receive admission decisions from Prospect Sierra and other EBISA member schools via letters mailed on March 14, 2019.

Families can also log into their online application account at noon on Friday, March 15, 2019.

7Return Your Contract

Prospect Sierra asks families to return enrollment agreements, with a 10% deposit,  as soon as possible, no later than 9:00 a.m. on March 22, 2019.

For more information about this final step, please contact the Admissions Office at at 510-809-9008 or

Why Prospect Sierra

When trying to find the best-fit school for your child, you may find yourself with several choices. And you may be wondering, Why Prospect Sierra? To help you learn more about who we are, we’ve asked our students to tell you a little bit about what it’s like to be a student at Prospect Sierra. From close teacher relationships and academic challenge to inclusivity and lifelong friendships, our students love being a part of the Prospect Sierra community. Don’t take our word for it though – take theirs!



Prospect Sierra tuition for the 2018-19 school year is $27,120 at our elementary (K-4) school and $30,725 at our middle school (5-8).

Our goal is that cost should not prevent you from sending your child to Prospect Sierra; we have the resources in place to help bring your family here. 33% of our families receive tuition assistance, and Prospect Sierra families make the financial commitment to an independent school because they know that investing in their child’s K-8 education has a lasting impact.

We are committed to making our school accessible and affordable to families from a broad range of economic circumstances, devoting approximately 14% of our operating budget to tuition assistance (almost $2M), an unprecedented financial commitment. While every family is expected to pay some portion of the tuition and to support the community to the extent that individual family circumstances permit, we do not expect tuition to be the same for everyone.

Please contact us for more information. We look forward to working with you and your family.

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Have more questions? Visit our FAQs.