Admissions FAQ

the admissions process

How do I apply?

Your first step in Branson's admissions process is to fill out a Student Profile on Ravenna Hub , find The Branson School in the School Directory, and press “Apply”.

Is it too late to apply for the 2019-20 School Year?

Branson is fully enrolled for the 2019-2020 school year, however we would love to learn more about you and your family. Contact our office at; we look forward to hearing from you.


What is involved in the application process?

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.

How do I schedule a visit?

To schedule a 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 “Campus Visit” step to register for a visit and complete the Campus Visit Form. Registration for Campus Visits is required due to space limitations.

Our visit season runs from late September through mid January. A Campus Visit is required as part of the application process and registration fills up quickly, so please register as soon as possible. Please only register for one Campus Visit otherwise our office will contact you.

Once you have submitted the Preliminary Application Steps (Common Application Form, Parent/Guardian Application Form, & Application Fee/Fee Waiver Code), you may register for an interview with a faculty or staff member on Ravenna Hub. Interviews begin early November. 

Open Houses, Morning Coffees, Evening Coffees, and our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Forum are all optional but also a great way to explore the campus and get the feel of Branson. Registration for these events is also required and completed on Ravenna Hub.

Should I attend an Open House? When are they?

Interested families are strongly encouraged to attend one of our three Open House events. During Open Houses, you have an opportunity to tour the campus and hear from current students, teachers, and administrators. This year's Open Houses are:

  • Sunday, October 6, 2019, 1:00pm - 3:30pm
  • Sunday November 3, 2019, 10:00am - 12:30pm
  • Sunday December 14, 2019, 10:00am - 12:30pm

Please register for an Open House by logging into Ravenna Hub and going to the Branson application “Open House” step; registration is required due to space limitations.

What types of standardized testing does Branson accept?

Branson maintains a holistic approach to the admissions process and testing is merely one component of this complex process. We accept the following tests but do not have any minimum score requirements:

  • Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT)
  • Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE)

If you choose to take either the SSAT or the ISEE, we suggest doing so by January test date so we can receive your scores as close to our January 10 deadline as possible. For more information on SSAT, please visit their website at Branson’s code for SSAT test registration is 4288. ISEE test dates and information can be found at, and our school code is 052695.

Please note that the Branson Admissions Office does not manage registration for the SSAT or ISEE. Please contact these testing institutions directly.

financing a Branson education

What is the 2019-20 tuition?

Tuition for the 2019-2020 school year is $48,485. 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.


Is Financial Aid Available?

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 or visit our Affording Branson page. Financial aid applications are due January 9, 2020.


how we select students for admission

Do you accept transfer students?

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 interested in learning more about your family situation; however, we are not able to issue the I-20. Please contact our office at; we’d love to hear from you.

What is Branson looking for in an applicant?

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.

Do you have geographic, ethnic, or private/public school quotas?

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.

Do you have a policy about sibling admissions?

We have no specific policy for siblings. Every applicant is assessed thoughtfully and considered within the balance of the overall pool each year.

What is Branson's commitment to diversity and inclusion?

Continuing to cultivate and nurture a diverse and inclusive educational community is a priority for Branson. We have demonstrated commitment to ensuring socioeconomic diversity in setting aside over $2 million each year for financial aid. We have also demonstrated success attracting faculty and students of color (42% of the 2019-2020 freshman class self-identify as such) and in supporting LGBTQ+ students and other racial, ethnic, and religious affinity groups. For more information, please see our Diversity and Inclusion page.