Application Process

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.

A parent tour of our campus is required because we want to get to know your family and give you the opportunity to get to know Crane. We recommended that you do not bring your child along on the tour so you can talk candidly about your child. In some cases due to traveling from out of the area or scheduling restrictions, parents may need to bring their child and/or not yet school age child on the tour and we are happy to accommodate that scenario.

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

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

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

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

Applying to Fourth-Eighth Grades: Students are required 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.

Applications for the 2017-2018 school year will be available on October 1, 2016. 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 1, 2017 (Applications will be accepted after the priority deadline on a rolling basis and as space permits.)

Additional documents are required with the application:

If you have any questions about the application requirements or deadline 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 Developmental Assessment and Group Observation. Developmental Assessments are scheduled on weekdays beginning in January. The Group Observations are on Saturday, January 21 and Saturday, February 11. Reservations are required.

Applicants to First Grade: Contact the Admission Office to reserve your child’s space for the Admission Assessment on Wednesday, February 8 at 3:30pm.

Applicants to Second-Fifth Grades: Contact the Admission Office to reserve you child’s space for the Admission Assessment Day on Saturday, February 11 from 8-9:30am.

Applicants to Sixth-Eighth Grades: Register your child for the ISEE exam at Note: $105 testing fee payable to ERB. Your child may take the test at Crane on Saturday, February 4 or at any location listed on the ISEE website between January 1 and February 28. Crane’s school code is 054012.

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


Admission decisions are mailed on March 10, 2017.

For admitted students: a signed enrollment agreement and non-refundable reservation fee are due on March 24, 2017