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Thank you for your interest in Manzanita School!

To learn about our admissions process and to receive an invitation to Parent School Tours and Open House events, please complete our brief Admissions Inquiry form below. A separate inquiry form is required for each prosepctive applicant. We'll be in touch with you soon!

A list of “Frequently Asked Questions” about admissions can be found at the bottom of this page.



Important Application Information for 2020-21

Application Due Date(s): Admissions Applications, as well as any accompanying Financial Aid Materials, are now available. The deadline to submit both Admissions and Financial Assistance applications is January 24, 2020.

The Manzanita Admissions Process Involves the Following Steps

Inquiry: The first step is completion of an online Admissions Inquiry. (Required Step)

Parent Information Meeting: Parents are invited to visit Manzanita for a 90-minute presentation and brief tour of the school. This is booked by invitation once the Admissions Inquiry is submitted. (Required Step)

Open House: Prospective families attend one of our scheduled weekend Open Houses. This is the best opportunity for both parents and student to learn about the school. Open House events have not yet been scheduled. For information, please send your inquiry to

Application: Submission of the completed Admissions Application. This packet is provided during the school tour. (Required Step) Applications, with $150 application fee, are due January 24, 2020.

Interview: Parent-Student Admissions Interview; a one-hour visit in which parents and students are interviewed separately. (Required Step)

Admissions Offer: Once all previous steps are completed, an Admissions Decision is sent via email in March. Financial Aid decisions are made at the same time as admissions offers, and are also sent via email.

Enrollment Contract/Deposit: Following an Admissions Offer, families have one week to accept a position at the school for their child. One week after acceptance, parents will sign an Enrollment Contract, make an initial non- refundable tuition deposit, and thereby reserve the enrollment spot.

For further questions about admissions, please contact, or call our Admissions Director, Karen Andersen, at (310) 455-9700, Ext. 206.
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  • How much does Manzanita cost? What additional costs should be anticipated?
    Full tuition at Manzanita is $32,000 per year, not including transportation and our meal program. Additional fees for school trips and instructional materials range from $1100 to $2500.
  • Is an entrance exam required for admission?
    For many Independent Schools, the ISEE (Independent Schools Entrance Examination) is required for admission. At this time, the ISEE examination is not required for admission to Manzanita. An initial and follow-up interview with both parents and prospective students are held, campus tour and orientation, and application materials must be completed prior to acceptance.
  • What kind of student does Manzanita seek to admit?
    We seek to admit a diverse community of students, with wide-ranging interests and abilities. Manzanita students enjoy being outdoors and becoming connected to the earth and to their fellows. Manzanita students are consistently willing to grow, study, create, and express themselves authentically. Manzanita students develop the commitment and attitudes that allow them to consistently engage their learning with focus and excitement
  • Does the curriculum meet the Common Core Standards?
    As a non-traditional instructional philosophy, Manzanita’s curriculum is not built upon the state standards model found in public education.
  • Do you provide scholarships or financial assistance?
    Manzanita provides financial assistance for admitted students who demonstrate financial need. The school does not provide merit assistance (fee reductions based on a student’s demonstrated ability and skill).
  • Is Manzanita School accredited?
    Manzanita is pleased to announce Grades 4 - 11 received full accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) in May 2017. Twelfth grade was added to Manzanita in August 2017 and WASC accreditation was received in February 2018.

Manzanita School admits students of any race, color and national or 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, or national and ethnic origin in administration of our educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.