Admissions Process

New Horizon Irvine enrolls a diverse student body, welcoming students of all races, religions, national or ethnic origins, and socioeconomic status. Our main consideration is to ensure that any student admitted is capable of handling a strong academic curriculum successfully and happily. We look for families whose goals for their children are compatible with the school’s goals, and who welcome the challenging environment of our school.

New Horizon seeks students with the potential to benefit from and to succeed in the school’s unique academic and enrichment programs. Those students who benefit most from the school are the intellectually inquisitive, strongly motivated, and those highly committed to the challenges and opportunities the school offers.

The primary goal throughout the admissions process is to provide information about the school while learning as much as possible about the prospective student. The School considers the benefit of both the applicant as an individual as well as the New Horizon community as a whole.

1. Parents meet with Program Director and tour the School.

The Preschool and/or Elementary Director will introduce the School to parents and inform them of the mission and vision of the School. Parents will learn more about our program and the curriculum taught at the School. This will be an opportunity for parents to ask questions and discuss anything with the Program Director and/or School Head. The tour will provide parents a glimpse of School environment and learning experience.

If you’re interested in scheduling a meeting and tour of the school, please visit our Request A Tour page.

2. Completion of the Application for Admissions. There is a process fee of $150.

If interested, parents will be asked to complete a short application for admissions and return it to the adminstrative staff for processing. The processing fee of $150 is included in order to cover the cost of the potential student’s assessment and admissions test in the following step.

3. Potential student takes a grade-appropriate admissions test and experiences a two-day visit in a classroom.

The Program Director administers an age-appropriate admissions test with each potential student. Kindergarten age students are assessed based on general knowledge, ability to follow instructions, number concept, auditory skills, paper-pencil skills, language concepts, visual skills, and the gross motor skills. All potential students (Kindergarten – 8th grade) are assessed in Language Arts and Mathematics based on their grade level.

During the two-day visit, the potential student takes the admissions tests, and they also visit and experience the classroom. Throughout the visit, the potential student participates in classroom and School activities to assess whether or not the potential student and School are a suitable match.

4. Parents provide a copy of the past two years report cards if applicable.

5. Parents receive notification of decision regarding admission.

Students are selected from qualified applicants on the following basis:

  • Scores on placement test or similar evaluation
  • Transcript of grades and test scores
  • Citizenship as demonstrated by previous school records
  • Interview by the Program Director

The Program Director and/or School Head will make the decision after screening the qualified applicants and considering space availability.

If all other factors are equal, an applicant with a siblings already enrolled will be accepted over other candidates. However, this policy does not guarantee automatic admission.

6. Parents complete enrollment process and submit payment fees.

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New Horizon admits students of any race, color, nationality and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students of the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, nationality and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs