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Admissions Process

Thank you for your interest in Pasadena Christian School. We look forward to working with you throughout the admissions process. Please feel free to contact the Admissions Office by emailing or calling (626) 791-1214.

The best way to get to know Pasadena Christian School and Preschool is to visit us. Your tour will give you an opportunity to see our campus, classrooms, meet our Principals and/or Preschool Director, and learn more about our program. 

Our tour dates for the 2023-2024 school year are as follows:

November 10, 2022  |  December 8, 2022  |   January 12, 2023  |  April 20, 2023 (late Admissions)


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. The applications for regular admissions are due by January 31, 2023. We offer rolling admissions for classes that have not reached capacity.

Applicants for Kindergarten must be five years of age, and applicants for first grade must be six years of age by September 1, 2023.

Families that are currently enrolled at the PCS preschool do NOT need to submit an application for TK and Kindergarten for the PCS program.  

For New 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 up to pre-kindergarten.  

Step 3: Assessment/Testing For Elementary/Middle School

The admissions placement test and kindergarten readiness date is February 11, 2023. You will receive a confirmation email with the testing time and location once your application is complete.

* If you submit an application after our regular admissions season, you will receive notification of next steps through email or phone call.

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. Additionally, students with summer birthdays can be considered who would benefit from an additional year of developmental growth.  Priority for Transitional Kindergarten enrollment will be given to PCS preschool families, siblings, and alumni.


Kindergarten applicants will be given a developmental readiness test/screening. The screening will help us to discover the child’s readiness level both developmentally and socially. Social/emotional readiness is a valued criterion for admission.

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 2024-2025 with no further testing.

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

Grades 1st through 8th:

An abbreviated SAT test is administered by a PCS teacher. Each student must achieve at, or preferably 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.


Step 4: Admission Decision/Enrollment

Enrollment For Preschool:

After an application is submitted, parents of preschoolers will either receive directions for enrollment, or be notified of being placed on the waitlist.

Admissions Decision (TK-8th):

An offer of enrollment will be made if recommended by the Admissions Committee.  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.  Parents will be notified of the admissions decision as soon as possible.

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.