Admission to Aurora

At Aurora we understand that small is mighty. Small class sizes mean that every student matters. Our teachers empower young minds to think for themselves and to stand up for others. At the end of 5th grade, they leave Aurora self-aware—poised to communicate with confidence and to solve problems collaboratively.

The Application Process

30 minutes

Step 1: ~30 minutes


Application

Complete the online application and include an $80 application fee and a family photo.


Start your application 


Download paper application 


Download additional application for upper grades 

15 minutes

Step 2: ~15 minutes


Recommendation

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 

15 minutes

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

60 minutes

Step 4: ~60 minutes


Financial Aid

Apply online at solutionsbysss.com/parents. Submit tax forms for last two years. 2019 W-2s are due by February 5, 2020. 2019 tax returns are due by February 28, 2020.


Go to solutionsbysss.com/parents


2019 W-2s are due by February 5, 2020. 2019 tax returns are due by February 28, 2020.

60 minutes

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.

Experience the Wonder

Aurora School Tours

Group tours are offered Wednesday & Friday mornings October through January. Private tours are available by appointment year-round.

Admissions Deadlines

2019-2020 Academic Year

Priority Admission Application Deadlines

Student Assessments

K/1 GRADES

Saturday, February 1, 2020

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

K/1 GRADES

Saturday, February 8, 2020

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

2/5 GRADES

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

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.

Admissions FAQ’s

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.
Where can I view your Annual Report?

You will find our most recent Annual Report in the Giving section of our website.

What is the tuition, and does Aurora offer financial aid?

The tuition for the 2018-19 school year is $26,750, and yes, Aurora offers 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. We realize that the applying for Financial Aid can be a time consuming process and that you want to complete the application fully and accurately. To help make the process easier, be sure to check out these free informational webinars that provide valuable tips.

What is the deadline for Admission?
Although Aurora has a priority application deadline of Friday, January 24, 2020, we accept applications for admission on a rolling basis, as space permits.
What are the hours of Extended Care?
Monday — Friday
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
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.

Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy As To Students

Aurora School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.
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