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When does the Admissions season begin?

The admissions season begins October 1, 2018, for Fall 2019 enrollment. Parents and students are encouraged to experience the SFC community at one of our admissions events. Go to “Plan a Visit” to register. If there is room in the grade at the semester break, we admit students in grades 6-11. For a semester transfer, completed applications are due the Friday before Thanksgiving. We offer rolling admissions for students in grades K-5, if space is available.

Are there fees involved in applying to Santa Fe Christian?

The application fee for all grades is $125. For 6th-11th grade applicants, there is a fee for the ISEE test which ranges from $105 -$200. There is no evaluation fee for Kindergarten-5th grade applicants.

Is there a deadline for completing the admissions process?

Yes. The deadline for first-round admission applications is February 1, 2019. The deadline for second round applications is March 29, 2019. Applications received after these deadlines will be considered on a space available basis.

How much weight does the Admission Committee give to test scores?

The Admission Committee, made up of Administrators, Counselors and Faculty, evaluates a student’s potential academic success based on the application in its entirety. We review grades, behavior records, teacher/pastor evaluations, standardized test scores, entrance assessments and the family interview.

What is the review process for an application?

Our goal at Santa Fe Christian Schools is to match students/families with our school mission statement by evaluating applicants on the spiritual, academic and behavioral requirements identified in the admissions criteria. Refer to our admissions criteria on sfcs.net/admissions.

When will families receive the admissions decision?

First round applicants will be notified in early March. Second round applicants will be notified in mid-April.

Where do your graduates attend college?

100% of SFC graduates who apply are accepted into a four year college or university. Santa Fe Christian alumni are at four-year public universities, private liberal-arts colleges, Christian colleges, military academies and universities all over the country. Please refer to our School Profile for a list of schools our most recent graduates have been accepted to, and are attending.

Does SFC offer tuition assistance?

Yes. It is the desire of Santa Fe Christian Schools to make Christian education accessible to many. In the past five years, SFC has disbursed over $7 million in tuition assistance and we remain committed to providing financial support through several need-based programs. Applications for tuition grants are available through the Finance Office at 858-755-8900 ext. 1007.

What is the Eagle Scholarship?

Santa Fe Christian Schools is pleased to offer a 4-year scholarship to an incoming high school freshman new to SFC who embodies the school’s mission in academics, personal faith in Jesus Christ, and servant leadership. Each year, the Eagle Scholarship is awarded to one 9th grade student who excels academically, puts his/her faith in action, and displays outstanding leadership skills. The scholarship provides funding for tuition, books, uniforms, athletic fees, and field trips for up to four years. Scholarship applicants must be new to Santa Fe Christian Schools and be accepted by the admissions committee to be eligible.

Do you have a bus service?

Yes. We currently run convenient bus routes to the following areas: Aviara, Carlsbad, Carmel Mountain, Carmel Valley, Del Mar, Encinitas, Fairbanks Ranch, La Costa, Leucadia, Olivenhain, Poway, Rancho Bernardo, Rancho Santa Fe, Santa Luz, Scripps Ranch, UTC and La Jolla.

What is the average class size?

The average classroom size from grades K-12 is 20 students per class.

Do students wear a uniform?

Yes. Santa Fe Christian students wear uniforms provided by Lands’ End as its uniform provider.

What is the minimum age to begin kindergarten?

Children must be 5 years of age by September 1.

Do you accept international students?

No. We do not accept international students at this time.

Is there a preschool?

Yes. We are a Pre-Kindergarten – 12th grade Christian school. Our preschool is located on the Encinitas campus at 845 Santa Fe Drive, Encinitas 92024 Phone: 760-753-4952 Children must be 3 years of age by September 1st. SFC preschool graduates receive priority in the kindergarten admissions process.
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How do you define your Admissions decisions?

Accept: The student and parent(s) are deemed a qualified mission-match for SFCS and acceptance is offered. Parents have one week from the date of the acceptance to complete the enrollment process and submit the required tuition deposit. Acceptance may be revoked if the student’s final report card shows a drop in academic or behavioral performance.

Wait Pool: A student is placed in the “wait pool” when he/she qualifies as a mission-match for SFCS but there is no space available in the grade at that time. Wait pools are not prioritized wait lists. Should space become available in that grade, all candidates in the wait pool will be reviewed again by the Admissions Committee and the “most qualified” candidate will be selected. Decisions will be made within four weeks of official withdrawal date.

Students in the wait pool must submit the required tuition deposit. The purpose of paying a deposit is to ensure that SFCS has a viable pool of candidates for review. Wait pool status remains in effect until the end of the second week of school (Friday, close of business). SFCS does not carry over wait pools from year to year. Once a new school year begins, families can decide if they wish to re-apply. If space does not become available, SFCS will refund the tuition deposit.

Deny: When a student (and/or parent) is deemed not a mission-match for SFCS, a denial letter is mailed to the parent(s) of the applicant. All parent communication is handled by the Admissions department. We are happy to clarify our admissions policies and procedures, however, due to the confidential nature of the admissions process, we are unable to discuss specific qualifications of any applicant, including reasons for denial. In the case of siblings who are not accepted, every effort will be made to contact the families by phone as a courtesy, followed by a letter. The denial decision is for one school year only and students are welcome to re-apply for future grades.

Stopping the Process: If a student's report card, transcript, test scores or other information provided on the application (including but not limited to student and family church attendance) show that the applicant will not meet the SFCS admissions criteria at this time, the admission process is stopped. Out of respect for the applicant, the Admissions Officer will notify the parents that the process has been stopped. Applicants are welcome to reapply when criteria is met.

Priority Consideration: It is the desire of SFCS to keep families together by giving priority consideration to qualified siblings, alumni, current SFCS preschool students, and children of SFCS faculty.

Can we apply without first visiting Santa Fe Christian?

We strongly encourage you to visit our campus and experience the SFC community in person before beginning the application process.

Do you offer After Care Program?

Yes. An After Care program is offered to K-5 grade students and includes homework time, enrichment, snacks, and fun! Monday - Friday, until 5:30 pm. $7/per hour. Kinder Care is offered Monday - Friday, 1:55 - 2:45 pm, no charge. Kindergartners can join the After Care program at 2:45 pm (fees apply).

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