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Admissions Questions

When does the Admissions season begin?

The admissions season begins October 1, 2023, for Fall 2024 enrollment. Parents are encouraged to connect with us. 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 2024/25 in all grades is $125. For 9th-11th grade applicants, there is a fee for the ISEE test which ranges from $140 -$200. There is no test fee for Kindergarten-8th grade applicants.

What are the admissions criteria?

Spiritual Commitment

One parent or guardian must be a professing believer in Jesus Christ, agree with the school’s Statement of Faith, and provide a written Christian testimony. It is preferred that both parents provide written faith testimonies. Students (and at least one parent) must regularly attend and be actively involved in a Christ-centered church as indicated by the Pastor Recommendation form. Parents must sign the Parent Commitment form, which indicates their support and compliance with the philosophy, Statement of Faith, spiritual goals, policies, practices, and objectives of Santa Fe Christian Schools. Upper School students must be professing Christians.

Academic Standards

Upper School (Grades 9-12) transcripts must show a cumulative and current GPA of 2.7 (B-) or above in academic courses. Middle School (Grades 6-8) and Lower School (Grades K-5) report cards must show at grade level or above performance across all subjects.

Entrance test scores must be average or above.

Teacher evaluations and report cards must show that the student is an independent learner and has the ability to be successful in a traditional classroom environment.

Final report cards must show a consistent effort with no drop in academic or behavioral performance.

The school does not accept incoming seniors second semester.

Behavioral Standards

Students and parents must be in good standing with current school.

Teacher evaluations and report card behavioral marks must be favorable.

Students and parents must not have exhibited behavior that is disruptive to the school or community.

Students and parents must exhibit behavior, both in and out of school, that is consistent with SFC’s Christian values.

Students with prior drug, alcohol, or other similar issues must have successfully completed (including being 100% drug and alcohol free) a full semester in a regular school program prior to being admitted to SFC. Specifically, this means that SFC will not accept students directly from residential treatment programs or expulsion from other schools.

Financial Responsibilities

Families who previously withdrew from SFC and did not fulfill their tuition contract must clear all financial obligations before an admissions application will be accepted.

All financial obligations to SFC must be kept current.

If the student is transferring from another private school, a note on school letterhead may be required stating that financial obligations have been cleared.

Note: 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 SFC admissions criteria at this time, the admissions process is stopped. Out of respect for the applicant, an Admissions Officer will notify the parents that the process has been stopped. Applicants are welcome to re-apply when criteria are met.

Is there a deadline for completing the admissions process?

Yes. The deadline for first-round admission applications is February 1, 2024. Applications received after these deadlines will be considered on a space available basis.

What are the immunization requirements?
Immunizations must be current and in alignment with the State of California required immunizations.
How much weight does the Admissions Committee give to test scores?

The Admissions 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.

When will families receive the admissions decision?

Applicants will be notified in early to mid March.

How do you define your Admissions decisions?

Accept: The student and parent(s) are deemed a qualified mission-match for SFC 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 SFC 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 SFC 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). SFC 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, SFC will refund the tuition deposit.

Deny: When a student (and/or parent) is deemed not a mission-match for SFC, a denial letter is delivered through the admissions portal. 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. 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 SFC admissions criteria at this time, the admission process is stopped. Out of respect for the applicant, the Admissions Department will notify the parents that the process has been stopped. Applicants are welcome to reapply when criteria is met.

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.

General Questions

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 currently attending.

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 uniforms?

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?

We do not accept international student applications at this time.

Do you offer an after school care program?

Yes, we offer After Care which is available every day that school is in session (a few exceptions may apply). Fees are assessed hourly.

Tuition Assistance Questions

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. For more information about tuition assistance, please contact the Finance Office at or apply here.

Does SFC offer any scholarships?

Santa Fe Christian Schools is pleased to offer a four-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.

Policy Questions

What if circumstances occur that result in our family’s inability to attend SFC after I’ve committed and signed the contract and paid the fee and deposit?

As soon as you are able, let the Admissions Director know of your inability to attend SFC. The fee and deposit are not refundable. Depending on the timeline (outlined in the contract) and the date (determined by the date the school’s Registrar receives written notification of intent to withdraw) the following is the amount due to the school:

  • On or before May 1: $2,000 enrollment fee and deposit
  • May 1 to 30 days prior to the first day of school: $2,000 enrollment fee and deposit plus an additional $2,000 withdrawal fee.
  • 30 days prior to the first day of school through November 15: 100% of remaining semester tuition plus $1,500 tuition deposit
  • After November 15: 100% of all remaining tuition owed (both semesters)

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