RVA serves the needs of gifted, profoundly gifted, and highly-motivated students beginning at Kinder, all the way through 8th grade, open to qualified children of any race, color, nationality, or religion.
Our admissions process is designed to help both families and the school learn as much as possible about applicants in order to make a strong, informed decision on behalf of each child.
The admissions process should also give families ample time and opportunity to learn about RVA’s curriculum and programs, to complete application requirements and to consider admissions decisions.
- Arrange a visit to RVA – attend an event or schedule a visit by calling 858.564.9622
- DOWNLOAD the RVA Student Application: 4th – 8th grade K – 3rd grade
- Prepare for and attend an interview at RVA
Tips Before You Visit
- Consider what aspects of schooling are of most concern to you. Write that down and bring it along on your visit at RVA so you’ll be sure to learn all you’re wanting to know.
- Consider your child. Are there any issues or questions you want to discuss that relate to your child particularly, apart from what could be relevant for any student? Write that down, too, and bring it.
- Talk with your child about attending a school that is academically challenging. Does he or she have any concerns that should be addressed before visiting RVA, or during the visit? By the end of your visit, make sure that your student feels he or she’s gotten all the answers.
Application Submission & Interview
- Gather all the materials listed on the Application Form/Check Off List. Make copies of it all and keep one copy. Bring the materials with your application to the interview.
- Application (Do you have the TEACHERS’ PHONE NUMBERS?)
- Student essays
- Copy of latest grade card
- Copy of GATE identification letter (if you have one)
- Photograph of applicant
- Make an appointment for an interview and bring all application materials above. Interviews typically last 20-30 minutes, and parents are welcome to attend.
(NOTE: A good portion of most private school application forms is dedicated to concise essays by or about your student. This task can sometimes be daunting for both parent and student. A strategy to help focus more on your student’s accomplishments and less of the actual task of “writing,” is to first compile his/her “resume.” Start by listing every accomplishment, special talent and extraordinary moment your student has experienced. The excitement generated from remembering and chronicling these events will help you view your child through his/her experiences and deeds instead of the unconditional love of a parent. This revised focus will aid in crafting a clear message you would like to communicate to the RVA staff.)