Admission

An Unprecedented Year: Applying for Fall 2021

2020 has been a year of unexpected challenge and opportunity. As we all work to adjust to ever changing circumstances and to prioritize the health and safety of our community and our applicant families, we want to assure you that the admission process at Thacher will be fluid, flexible, and above all, equitable.

With this in mind, you will note some big changes to our admission process: for the time being we will only be offering virtual campus visits and interviews; standardized testing will be optional; and we are waiving the application fee for all U.S. families applying for financial aid.

The theme here is simple: Thacher is committed to fair access to our process and will not penalize students for circumstances beyond their control. As a small, relationship-based community, this is an easy move for us to make, and we look forward to partnering with your family as you embark on the journey.

As you navigate the following deadlines and requirements, remember that the Thacher admission team is here to be your partner every step of the way. We’re excited for you to find out why we’re ranked among the best boarding schools in California and in the nation—and we look forward to getting to know you.

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  • What do we look for in an applicant?

    We look for motivated, highly capable students who are prepared to commit their energies, talents, and personal integrity to a unique experience—one that will encourage them to focus on existing passions while also asking them to tackle a wide array of new challenges. And it all takes place in a rich community where honor, fairness, kindness, and truth are the touchstones and where racial, ethnic, geographic, and socioeconomic diversity are embraced.

The Application Process

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  • 1. Request materials (optional)

    Click here if you would like us to mail you print materials about Thacher.
  • 2. Attend a virtual information session

    Click here to register for a required 90-minute event that will include a presentation on the School's philosophy, a Q&A session with admission officers, and a student panel.

    This step should be completed before your interview. We encourage you to schedule at your earliest convenience since time slots are limited and fill up quickly later in the season.
  • 3. Schedule your interview

    Click here to schedule your required one-on-one online meeting with an admission officer. (By the time of your interview, you should already have attended a virtual information session.)

    We encourage you to schedule at your earliest convenience since time slots are limited and fill up quickly later in the season.
  • 4. Attend a virtual event (optional)

    Register for an optional virtual event to help you learn more about Thacher. In addition, consider joining us at these virtual fairs and receptions.
  • 5. Submit your application

    Complete and submit your application here.

Admission Process Timeline

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  • September - December

    • Virtual Events and Interviews
    • Winter Recess: December 13 - January 20
  • January

    • Application Deadline: January 15
  • February

    • Financial Aid Deadline: February 15
  • March

    • Candidates Notified of Decisions: March 10
  • April

    • Accepted Candidates Reply Deadline: April 10
We invite you to leap into an education unlike any other, where high-achieving academic rigor and uplifting community go hand in hand.

Have a look at our School profile

Visit this page, A Look at Thacher, for a profile of the academics, program, and community.

Ready to speak with a human?

Contact us via email at admission@thacher.org or by phone at 805-640-3210. You can also find our individual contact information here.
Notice of nondiscriminatory policy as to students: The Thacher 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, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other School-administered programs.