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Lower School (K–6) Admission Process

Welcome to Providence. We are excited to share our dynamic Lower School program with you. The activities and deadlines listed below are an important part of the admission process for students entering Grades K–6.

Apply Online

Click here to begin the online application.

All supplemental forms made available through the online application must be printed and submitted as instructed.

An application fee of $100 (grades 1-6) or $150 (kindergarten only, to cover both academic and developmental assessments) will be charged when the application is submitted.

Assessments and Parent Interviews

Readiness assessments and parent interviews will be administered for families who have submitted an application. The Office of Admission will contact you to schedule the assessment once the completed application has been received. Assessments take approximately one hour. At the same time, parents will have a short family interview with a school administrator.

Besides an academic assessment, kindergarten applicants are assessed for developmental readiness by a trained third party using the Gesell Institute assessment tool. Parents will receive a full report on the assessment.


New student applicants for grades K–6 are required to submit a current teacher’s observation and recommendation. You may download the Teacher’s Observation Form from the Applications and Forms section of the online application. The school at which your child is currently enrolled (or if not enrolled in school, an adult who knows the child well) should send the completed form directly to:

Providence Office of Admission
3225 Calle Pinon, Santa Barbara, CA  93105

Visit Providence

There is no better way to get to know a community than to experience it firsthand. We provide families with several opportunities to visit our campus. Join us for an individual campus visit or attend any or all admission information events listed on the school calendar. Or call us at (805) 962-3091 and we will be pleased to tailor an individual visit for you.

Tuition and Tuition Assistance

Providence is committed to enrolling students from families who seek a community for their child that develops character, nurtures faith, and encourages intellectual growth. The school charges a tuition that covers most of the cost to educate a student. Our tuition rates are carefully, thoughtfully, and prayerfully set by our Board of Directors every December. We are committed to providing the highest-quality education possible, giving families value for the dollars spent. Supporters who believe in the mission of Christian education make generous gifts to allow us to keep tuition rates low and to offer a tuition-assistance program.

Providence works hard to provide need-based and mission-driven tuition assistance to families who cannot afford the full tuition. The tuition assistance information page provides answers to questions you may have. If you wish to apply for tuition assistance, you may begin the online application process from that page. Providence will work closely with your family to make attending this school a reality for your student.

Application Timeline

  • To apply for admission in the current school year, please contact the Office of Admission to see if space is available.
  • February 1, 2021 – Priority admission application deadline (for an admission decision by March 5).
  • February 10, 2021 – Tuition assistance applications are due (for an award notification by March 5).
  • February 20, 2021 – Teacher recommendation and other supplemental forms are due (for an admission decision by March 5).
  • March 5, 2021 – Admission and tuition assistance award notifications will be mailed to those families who have met the deadlines listed above.

Applications completed after February 10, 2021 will be considered on a rolling basis as space allows. Notifications will be mailed after March 5, 2021 as the decisions are made.

Providence admits students of any race, color, gender, nationality 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, gender, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarships and loan programs, and other school-administered programs.

Admissions Department

We look forward to walking alongside your family as you explore all Providence has to offer your son or daughter.

Julia Davis
Director of Preschool Admission
phone: (805) 962-3091
email: jdavis@providencesb.org

Tawny Kilpper
Director of Admissions (K-12)
phone: (805) 962-3091
email: tkilpper@providencesb.org

Emilee Hurlbert
Admissions Associate (7-12)
phone: (805) 962-4400
email: ehurlbert@providencesb.org