The application process varies slightly by division, but all families follow the same steps at the beginning. Our admission team is ready to help you with any questions you may have along the way.


Are you looking for a school program that thoughtfully balances academic challenge and creative expression? Then, you are in the right place. Tell us which grade level(s) you are interested in and how to contact you by completing our online inquiry form or contacting us at 805-969-7732, x127.


The only way to truly understand Crane School is to visit the campus and spend some time in our classrooms. The parent tour helps us get to know your family and gives you the opportunity to get to know Crane. Although children are welcome on tours we provide more child-centric opportunities for future students to experience Crane.

Parent tours are offered throughout the week. Tours are usually 90 minutes so as to include our daily assembly, which takes place at 9:45 a.m.

Please schedule your visit by contacting the admissions office at: 805-969-7732, x127 or


Attend an Event

We hope you will choose to visit us often. We offer several opportunities from coffees to observation days for you to learn more about Crane. Please check out our complete list of events: Dates & Deadlines

Student Visit

Applying to Kindergarten-Third Grade: A student visit is not an application requirement.

Applying to Fourth-Eighth Grades: Students are encouraged to spend a day at Crane. Every visitor is accompanied by a current Crane student in the same grade. Being a Crane student ambassador is a responsibility our students take very seriously and they make every effort to make sure that visitors are comfortable and well informed. Contact us to schedule a student visit for your child: 805-969-7732, x127.


Applications for the 2020-2021 school year are available now. You may apply online or request a paper application by contacting us. A $100 non-refundable application fee is required with all applications.

The priority application deadline is: February 7, 2020 (Applications will be accepted after the priority deadline on a rolling basis and as space permits.)

Additional documents are required with the application:

●      All Grades: One photo of applicant

●      All Grades: Two Confidential Teacher Observation Forms (Download Confidential Teacher Observation Forms: Applicant for Kindergarten or Applicant for Grades 1-8 )

●      Applying to Kindergarten: Download the Preschool Observation Permission Form    Note: This form should be completed by the parent.

●      Applying to First Grade: A copy of your child’s Kindergarten report card  (Download the Authorization to Release Student Records)

●      Applying to Second-Eighth Grades:  A copy of your child’s two most recent report cards and standardized test scores (if applicable) (Download the Authorization to Release Student Records)

If you have any questions about the application requirements, deadline, or space availability please contact us.


An application is not considered complete until your child has taken the appropriate admission assessment or test.

Applicants to Kindergarten
Contact the Admission Office to schedule your child’s  Group Observation. The Group Observations are on Saturday, January 25 and Saturday, February 22. Reservations are required.

Applicants to First Grade
Contact the Admission Office to schedule your child’s Admission Assessment.

Applicants to Second-Fifth Grades
Contact the Admission Office to schedule your child’s Admission Assessment.

Applicants to Sixth-Eighth Grades
Register your child for the ISEE exam at Note: $120 testing fee payable to ERB. Your child may take the test at any location listed on the ISEE website between January 1 and February 25. Crane’s school code is 054012.

Contact the Admission Office via email: or by phone:(805)-969-7732, x127

Admission Decision

Admission decisions are mailed on March 6, 2020.

For admitted students: a signed enrollment agreement and non-refundable reservation fee are due on March 20, 2019.

Dates & Deadlines

Important Admission Dates

Saturday, January 25 (9 - 10 a.m. or 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.)
Kindergarten Group Observation* (RSVP required)
Saturday, January 25 (8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.) ISEE testing at Laguna Blanca**
Sunday, January 27 (2 - 4 p.m.) Annual Art Show

Saturday, February 1 (8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)
ISEE testing at Crane **
Friday, February 7 Priority Application Deadline
Friday, February 7 Tuition Assistance Paperwork Due
Saturday, February 22 (9–10 a.m. or 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.) Kindergarten Group Observation* (RSVP required)
Saturday, February 22 (8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.) ISEE testing at Marymount of Santa Barbara **

Friday, March 6:
Admission Decision Letters Mailed
Wednesday, March 20: New Student Contracts Due

DATE TBA (8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)
ISEE testing at Providence School ** (this test date is for applicants who have applied after the priority deadline)

*Must RSVP with Admissions Office to attend

**ISEE testing is required for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade applicants. Choose the date that works best for your family and take the test at that location. Scores will be sent to all schools of your choice. Must pre-register at