Admissions Process

Thank you for your interest in Pasadena Christian School. We look forward to working with you throughout the admissions process. If at any time you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the Admissions Office by emailing or calling (626) 773-7942.

Step 1: Attend a Tour

The best way to get to know Pasadena Christian School and Preschool is to visit us. Due to the pandemic, we will not be conducting group tours.  However, please schedule a private tour with our Admissions Office here.  Parents, as well as their student, are welcome to attend the private tour.  Everyone must arrive with a face covering and be ready to have their temperature taken and to answer a brief questionnaire.  All protocols of public safety are to be followed.  Tours must be rescheduled if any member of the family is not feeling well or if anyone has recently been in close contact with illness.

Please schedule a tour as soon as possible as space is limited and reservations are mandatory. 

Step 2: Apply

Submit an online application. There is a non-refundable $120 application fee for TK-8th grade applicants and a $60 application fee for preschool. Please submit your application and supporting documents by February 5, 2021.

Applicants for Kindergarten must be five years of age, and applicants for first grade must be six years of age by September 1, 2021.

For Preschool Applicants: Applications for preschool are accepted year-round and enrollment is based on available space in your desired program. Pasadena Christian Preschool admits children as young as 2 years of age (diapers okay) up to pre-kindergarten. There is no assessment or mandatory visitation day for preschool enrollment. However, early applications are encouraged in order to avoid being wait listed.

Step 3: Assessment/Testing

Entrance assessment/entrance exam grades K-8: The admissions office will contact you to schedule a one-on-one appointment

Grades 1st through 8th:

An abbreviated SAT test is administered by a credentialed teacher. Each student must be achieving at or above national grade level in order to be eligible for admission. 

Students must also possess the age appropriate social skills and behaviors needed for them to be successful in our program. A combination of testing, observation, teacher recommendations, report cards, and report card comments are used to evaluate each candidate for admission.  PCS typically does not conduct in-person interviews unless requested by the admissions committee.


Kindergarten applicants will be given a developmental readiness test/screening administered by Chancy and Bruce Educational Resources. The screening will help us to discover the child’s readiness level both developmentally and socially. This year, the developmental screening will be conducted by a PCS TK or Kindergarten teacher.

If the results of the kindergarten testing indicate that your child would benefit from a bonus year, your child may be recommended for the TK program. In this case, he/she will be expected to progress to Kindergarten in 2022-2023 with no further testing.

Priority for kindergarten enrollment will be given to PCS Preschool families, siblings, and alumni.

Transitional Kindergarten (TK):

There is no assessment/testing for TK unless recommended by PCS.

The TK program traditionally enrolls children whose fifth birthday falls between September 2 and December 31 in the upcoming school year. Other children that may qualify for TK are students that would benefit from an additional year of developmental growth before entering the PCS Kindergarten environment. Priority for Transitional Kindergarten enrollment will be given to PCS preschool families.

Step 4: Admission Decision

Admission decisions for all grade levels will be sent March 5, 2021, both electronically and via USPS. Enrollment instructions for TK and Preschool will also be sent on March 5, 2021. 

Admissions Committee (TK-8th):

The Admissions Committee carefully evaluates each applicant's file and takes into consideration the completed application, test results, teacher observation, report cards, and teacher recommendation.  The committee then makes the final recommendation to the Head of School for admission.  

Pasadena Christian School is a non-denominational, independent school with a strong commitment to the teachings of Christ as Lord and Savior. It is expected that prospective parents support our Mission Statement and the school’s Statement of Faith.

Pasadena Christian School admits students of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin.