Synapse Admissions Team
Mishel Gantz
Director of Enrollment
Dana Story
Associate Director of Admissions & Financial Aid
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Admissions Process

middle school students working on large scale engineering prototypes in the Synapse makerspace

Applying to Synapse School

Given that we offer a unique program, integrating academics with social-emotional learning and the practice of innovation, we want the families who join our community to be fully informed and eager to participate. Deciding on a independent school program is a major family decision. Thus, we make every effort to share our mission, vision, and curriculum in the pre-enrollment process to make sure we are the best fit for your family.
We are now accepting applications for Lower School (Kindergarten - 4th grade) and Middle School (5th - 8th grade) for the 2020-2021 school year. Our age guideline for Kindergarten entry is that children are five years old by September 1, 2020. Please email Admissions or call (650) 468-2204 for more information about the application process.


1. Attend a Synapse Information Night

A Synapse Information Night is a required first step in the admissions process. These nights are designed to guide you in deciding whether the Synapse School philosophy and program are a fit for your child and family. During this interactive presentation, Synapse leadership and faculty will present our Vision and Mission, and provide both general information and examples of the Synapse curricular model. Current Synapse parents/guardians will also share their families' experiences. We welcome parents/guardians and other interested adults to attend the Synapse Information Night.

Synapse Information Nights for the 2020-21 school year will start on October 2nd, 2019.

Register Now for an Info Night

If you would like to attend an admissions information event in a language other than English, please email Admissions or call (650) 468-2204.

2. Sign Up for a Synapse School Tour (Optional)

Once you have attended a Synapse Information Night, you are invited to join an optional Synapse School Tour. This is an excellent opportunity to see our classes in action, meet our teachers, and visit with Leadership. At the end of the Synapse Information Night, School Tour sign-ups will be available and you will also receive a registration code should you wish to sign up for tours through Ravenna.

3. Submit a Synapse School Application by January 17, 2020

Complete the application steps online using Ravenna.

Preliminary Application Steps due January 17, 2020

We recommend that you submit your application early in the admissions season to activate the next steps of the admissions process. 

  • Synapse School application
  • Family photo
  • $90 application fee
Supplemental Documents due February 7, 2020

Please complete these steps as soon as possible so that there is enough processing time to receive the documents before the deadline.

  • Teacher recommendation form: In Ravenna, delegate the form to your current teacher and allow appropriate time for your teacher to complete and return it to Synapse School. Parents/guardians may also delegate a teacher recommendation form to a second teacher if desired. If possible, please have your child's teacher submit their recommendation before the Parent/Guardian Interview so that we have a broader sense of your child.
  • Educational and any additional assessments:Assessments inform our holistic evaluation of each individual child. If you have any educational or other assessments (WISC, WPPSI, Qualitative Assessment, ISEE, SSAT, etc), please submit them. If you do not have any assessments, this step is not required.
  • Transcripts: (1st-8th Grade applicants) Submit the records release form to your current school for the school years: 2019-2020 (1st term) and 2018-2019.

All applications submitted after our January 17, 2020 will be considered as 2nd Pool Applications. Depending on the availability of spaces in the applicant grade after our March 26, 2020 decisions, we will activate the application process for 2nd Pool Applicants.

4. Parent/Guardian Interview

A member of our Admissions team will meet with all parents/guardians to clarify any questions parents/guardians may have and to review the philosophy and program of Synapse School. Most importantly, this is an opportunity for parents/guardians to share about their child. The interview is designed to help all parties assess the family fit.

The Admissions office will contact you to schedule your Parent/Guardian Interview after you have submitted your preliminary application and fee. Parent/Guardian Interviews start in October.

5. Applicant Visit

After you have attended a Synapse Information Night and submitted your child's application, the Admissions office will contact you to schedule an applicant visit.

Kindergarten Playgroup

Kindergarten applicants are invited to experience Synapse School through a Playgroup. It is an opportunity for your child to meet our teachers and participate in fun Synapse classroom activities. The playgroup does not involve one-on-one or formal testing. During the playgroup, parents are invited to stay and join a Q&A over coffee with members of our Admissions team.

Synapse Experience Day

1st - 4th Grade applicants are invited to experience our dynamic program with Synapse teachers and fellow applicants. Your child will participate in interactive, collaborative and hands-on classroom activities, typical in the day of a Synapse student.

Shadow Visit

Middle school applicants are invited to visit Synapse School for a full day. It is an opportunity for your child to get a taste of Synapse by accompanying a current student throughout the visit and engaging in classes and activities. During the day, your child will have their One-on-One Student-Teacher Meeting which is an opportunity for Synapse teachers to better get to know your child.

6. One-On-One Student-Teacher Meeting

The One-on-One Student-Teacher meeting is an opportunity for Synapse teachers to get to know your child better.

  • Lower School (Kindergarten and 1st - 4th grade) applicants - The Admissions office or a Synapse teacher will contact you to schedule a time. These meetings are scheduled after the Parent/Guardian Interview and Applicant Visit have taken place.

  • Middle School (5th - 8th grade) applicants - The one-on-one meeting takes place during the Shadow Visit.
Synapse School admits students of any race, gender, religion, color, sexual orientation, national and ethnic origin. All Students are entitled 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, gender, religion, color, sexual orientation, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, financial aid, athletic and other school-administered programs.