Applying for Fall 2022

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 in the following sections these changes to our admission process: for the time being we will have virtual campus visits and interviews; optional in-person family visits for fully vaccinated guests will be offered four times per month; standardized testing will be optional; and we are waiving the application fee for all U.S. families applying for financial aid.

As you will see, 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.

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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 is valued and embraced.

The Application Process

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  • 1. Request Materials (Optional)

    If you have not already, get on our mailing list by clicking here.
  • 2. Schedule Your Virtual Visit and Interview (Required)

    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.

    Once you have done that, 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.
  • 3. Attend Virtual Events (Optional)

    Register for an optional virtual event to help you learn more about Thacher. In addition, consider joining us at virtual fairs and receptions. 
  • 4. Register for an In-Person Visit (Optional)

    While all interviews are virtual this year, we are able to host optional on-campus visits for fully vaccinated guests only. This program is for families applying for the 2022-2023 academic year. Families are asked to attend a Virtual Information Session before their visit.

    HEALTH PROTOCOLS: In an effort to keep our community and guests safe, visitors need to be fully vaccinated two weeks prior to their visit date. Please email a copy of your vaccination cards for each visitor to at least three days prior to your visit. Due to capacity limits, we can only accommodate three guests per family and unfortunately cannot welcome unvaccinated younger siblings. All visitors must be masked at all times while on campus.

    Click here to register for an optional in-person campus visit.
  • 5. Complete the Character Skills Snapshot Online (Required)

    The Thacher School instructs young people in the art of living for their own greatest good and for the greatest good of their fellow citizens in a diverse and changing world. In congruence with our mission, the application process places a premium on character and one’s potential to be a positive member of our community and beyond. With this in mind, we require applicants to complete the Character Skills Snapshot (CSS). The CSS is an online tool students take at home in approximately 25 minutes.  An internet connection is all you need.  The Snapshot measures a student's preferences, attitudes and beliefs about their character and is meant to complement the other elements of a student’s application.

    To request a few waiver, contact our office at or 805-640-3210.
  • 6. Register for Standardized Testing (optional)

  • 7. Apply for Financial Aid (Optional)

  • 8. Submit Your Online 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.

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Contact us via email at or by phone at 805-640-3210. You can also find our individual contact information here.

Virtual Events

Click here to register for one of our upcoming virtual events:
Academics with Director of Studies
Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at 5:30 pm PDT
Signature Programs
Thursday, October 14, 2021 at 5:30 pm PDT
Student Life with Director of Student Life
Thursday, November 18, 2021 at 5:30 pm PST
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Thursday, December 2, 2021 at 5:30 pm PST
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.