Admission to Aurora

Experience the Wonder

Aurora School Tours
Wednesday & Friday mornings
A school tour gives you a chance to see our classrooms in action and to experience our heart smart and head smart curriculum.

Family Information Day

Saturday, November 4, 2017, 9:30 am to noon

This is a wonderful chance to hear from our teachers and for you and your child to participate in several activities together with our specialists including Art, Music and Woodshop.

We will begin at 9:30 am promptly with a welcome from Abbie Koss, our Head of School. Parents will hear about both the K/1 and the 2-5 curriculum. During this time your child will be invited to play in our Extended care room or to continue working on their projects with our staff. At noon, after the teacher presentations, you will be able to retrieve your child before heading home for lunch. RSVPs are encouraged, but not required.

The world needs leaders who are as heart smart as they are head smart

The Application Process

Step 1
~30 minutes


Complete the online application and include an $80 application fee and a family photo. Priority deadline is Friday, Jan 19, 2018.

Start your application 

Download paper application 

Download additional application for upper grades 

Step 2
~15 minutes


Filled out by current teacher who submits directly to Aurora:
40 Dulwich Road
Oakland, CA 94618

Download Kindergarten paper recommendation 

Download grades 1-5 paper recommendation 

Step 3
~15 minutes

Progress Reports

Required for grades 1-5 applicants. Submit report cards from last two years. Request report cards directly from your school

Have them emailed to our Admissions Director or mailed directly to Aurora:
40 Dulwich Road
Oakland, CA 94618

Step 4
~60 minutes

Financial Aid

Apply online at Submit tax forms for last two years. 2017 tax returns and 2017 W-2s are due by Feb 5, 2018.

Go to

All 2017 tax forms are due by Feb 28, 2018

Step 5
~60 minutes

Student Assessment

Once we receive your application, our Admissions Director will contact you to schedule your child’s assessment.

Read more about Assessments

Questions? Call or email Aurora’s Admission’s Department.

* Please note that Kindergarten applicants must be five years old by December 1, in order to apply. Teacher Recommendation forms and Financial Aid applications are good for all EBISA schools.

Admissions Deadlines


General Application Deadlines

Friday, January 19, 2018
Family Recommendation
Friday, January 19, 2018
Progress Reports
Friday, January 19, 2018

Financial Aid Deadlines

Financial Aid Application
February 5, 2018
W2 Tax Forms
February 5, 2018
All other Tax Forms
February 28, 2018

Student Assessments

Saturday, January 27, 2018
Saturday, February 3, 2018
Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Teaching 21st-century skills should begin in elementary school

Tuition for 2017-2018


Annual Tuition and Fees

Application fee
Cost of major field trips in grades 4/5

Optional Expenses

Extended Care Rates $11/hour ($390/mth)
School Break & Summer Camps
School Lunch
Contribution to the Fund for Aurora Campaign
100% family participation
Participation in the Online Auction

Annual Volunteer Commitment

Per Family ($25/hour “buy out” option)
30 Hours
Per Single Parent ($25/hour “buy out” option)
15 Hours

Learners and leaders, prepared to take on the academic challenges ahead

Financial Aid

An Aurora education is an investment in your child’s future. We understand that it is also a significant financial commitment. We are committed to maintaining socio-economic diversity by making tuition affordable to as many students as we possibly can.

Each family’s financial situation is unique, and Aurora’s Financial Aid Committee takes care to consider every application thoughtfully and intentionally.

Enhanced academic achievement and greater self-awareness

Student Assessments


Saturday, January 27, 2018

Session 1: 9:00-10:00 am  | Session 2: 11:00-12:00 pm


Saturday, February 3, 2018

Session 1: 9:00-10:00 am  | Session 2: 11:00-12:00 pm


Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Session 1: 2:30 pm

Please note that Aurora School does not use standardized testing in our admissions process. If your child is on the shy side and needs a little extra support, please feel free to contact our Admissions Director about a quick visit to the classrooms ahead of time.

Kindergarten & First Grade Assessments
To begin the assessment, adults and children meet together and all four K/1 teachers come in to mingle. The applicants have a circle time and then rotate through different stations to meet with individual teachers. The assessment ends with a closing circle.

Upper Grade Assessments
Students will meet with their grade level teachers and have an opportunity to tour the classrooms and ask questions. We do not administer any tests during the assessments. Instead we will do some reading, math and writing together to become better acquainted with your child.

Common admissions questions

Top 10 Frequently Asked Admissions Questions

Why is Aurora Multi Graded?
  • Every day, students of different ages are given opportunities to work together side-by- side and learn from one another what it means to step up academically and socially.
  • Students are in the same classroom for two years so teachers get to know them deeply, in a way that is not possible when students pass through a classroom in just one year. This allows for greater academic and social/emotional gains.
  • Students who gravitate socially or academically above or below their grade level are surrounded by like students and can stretch in either direction comfortably.
  • Students form friendships with children in their grade as well as in the grades above and below. In this way, students quickly get to know everyone in the school.
  • “Only children” get to experience the pros and cons of having siblings.
What is the tuition?

$25,000 for the 2017-2018 school year

Does Aurora offer financial aid?

Yes! An Aurora education is an investment in your child’s future. We understand that it is also a significant financial commitment. We are committed to maintaining socio-economic diversity by making tuition affordable to as many students as we possibly can.

What are the hours of Extended Care?

Morning: 7:30 am – 8:30 am
Afternoon: 2:20 pm – 6:00 pm

Where do Aurora students go for Middle School?

To private, public, and parochial schools all over the East Bay! Read the list.

What is the Parent Volunteer requirement?

Per Family ($25/hour “buy out” option) 30 Hours

Per Single Parent ($25/hour “buy out” option) 15 Hours

What is the average number of years staff and faculty have been at Aurora?
  • Approximately 43% of staff and faculty have been at Aurora for 5 or more years
  • Lead Teachers and Specialists average 9 years of teaching experience
Do siblings get priority?

Siblings are assessed and notified of acceptance status earlier in the school year than other applicants.

What specialist teachers are there and how often do they see them?

K-1 students attend art, music, library, woodshop, yoga, and P.E. once a week.

K/1 students attend Spanish class twice a week.

2-5 students attend art, music, and library once week.

2-5 students attend computers and woodshop once a week for half the school year.

2-5 students attend P.E. and Spanish twice a week.

What’s your diversity like at Aurora?

We’re proud of our reputation as a school where students truly feel comfortable and supported for who they are. Open mindedness and an appreciation for differences uniquely prepares students to be compassionate leaders in their adolescent and adult years. Read more about diversity and inclusion at Aurora.