Please go to Ravenna Hub and create a Student Profile. When you have an account, find The Branson School in the School Directory and press “Explore”. Once in our system, you will receive notifications before we open up registration for admissions events. After we open up, you will need to press “Apply” to be able to sign up for admissions related events and begin your application process.
Branson is fully enrolled for the 2021-2022 school year. If we have an opening before the first day of school we'll go to our active waitlist. In order to be considered off the waitlist, we need a completed application submitted. If you have any questions or concerns, please email firstname.lastname@example.org we will be happy to talk with you about your situation. The regular admissions season will open at the end of summer.
To begin the application process, families must first create a Student Profile on Ravenna Hub and press the “Apply” button for The Branson School.
Once you enter the application, you will need to sign up for a Campus Visit, complete the preliminary and supplemental application steps, and schedule an interview by the deadline. For more details, please see the Application Checklist.
For the 2020-2021 Admissions Season, all Campus Visits will be in virtual format. With the spread of COVID-19, we are unable to have visitors on our campus. The Virtual Visit will still be required as part of the application process.
To schedule a Virtual Visit, families must first create a Student Profile on Ravenna Hub and press the “Apply” button for The Branson School. Once you enter the application, you will then go to the “Virtual Visit” step to register for a visit. Registration for Virtual Visits is required. More information is available on the Branson Application.
Once you have submitted the Preliminary Application Step (Common Application Form) and Application Fee/Fee Waiver Code, you may register for an Interview with a faculty or staff member onRavenna Hub. Interviews begin early November.
Virtual Open Houses, Informational Meetings, and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Events are all optional but a great way to learn more about our community. Registration for these events is also required and completed on Ravenna Hub.
Interested families are strongly encouraged to register for one of our Virtual Open House events. This year’s Open House dates can be found on our Admissions Timeline page by clicking here.
Please register for a Virtual Open House by logging into Ravenna Huband going to the Branson application “Virtual Open House” step; registration is required.
Branson will not require standardized test scores as part of the application process for the 2020-2021 admissions season. Given the challenges regarding safety and access to testing this upcoming season, we do not feel it is equitable to require a standardized test score as part of our application. Test scores may be submitted but we will not use these scores to evaluate our applicants this season.
Branson has previously accepted the following tests:
Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT)
Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE)
For more information on SSAT, please visit their website at http://www.ssat.org/. Branson’s code for SSAT test registration is 4288.
Tuition for the 2020-2021 school year is $51,155. Additional expenses of roughly $2,500 to $3,000 cover the cost of the lunch program, textbooks, dues, cultural and social activities, and other miscellaneous expenses. Financial aid is available by application for tuition and the associated costs of attending Branson.
We believe that all qualified students should be able to have the benefit of a Branson education, regardless of their family’s ability to pay. Our school commits over $2 million each year to supporting students with financial aid. If you want to apply to Branson, but are not sure you can afford the costs, we urge you to apply to Branson and apply for financial aid. To request more information about financial aid, please email email@example.com or visit our Affording Branson page. Financial aid applications are due January 7, 2021.
Yes. While the majority of students will enter Branson as 9th graders, we do accept applications from students who want to transfer into the 10th, 11th, or 12th grade. The application process is the same for each applicant grade. For more details, please see the Application Checklist. Acceptance rates for transfer applicants remain low because we have very few students who leave Branson once enrolled.
We are looking for students who have demonstrated strong commitment for, dedication to, and engagement in their academic and extracurricular activities. We want students with a passion for learning and exploration. We have no fixed criteria for academic qualification, although many of our students have performed well in their middle school years.
Branson does not have any quotas for any specific type of student or group of students. We look for a wide range of students from different backgrounds, and our outreach extends throughout the entire Bay Area. We attract students from San Francisco, the East Bay, and both Marin and Sonoma Counties. Applicants from public, private, and charter schools as well as those homeschooled are strongly encouraged to apply.
Continuing to cultivate and nurture a diverse and inclusive educational community is a priority for Branson. We believe that diversity can equate to a more excellent educational experience and are also committed to dismantling systemic systems of oppression. We demonstrate this by ensuring the diverse makeup of our student body where 60 middle schools are represented, 41% students of color make up the school racial/ethnic composition, over $2 million is set aside for financial aid, and various affinity groups (religion, race/ethnicity, gender, LGBTQ+) are part of the community experience. For more information on our commitment to diversity and inclusion please see ourDiversity and Inclusion page.