Geffen Academy at UCLA will be accepting applications for Grades 6-10 for the 2018-19 academic year, with a priority deadline of November 17, 2018. We seek students from diverse backgrounds who are prepared and motivated to take advantage of the unique resources and challenges at the school.

Our Admissions Process

In making admissions decisions, Geffen Academy will consider the academic and personal qualities of each applicant and the ways in which s/he will thrive in and contribute to the diversity and life of the school. Students are admitted based on a holistic review of their application—an evaluation of several factors including potential impact and tone-setting for a pioneering class, previous academic work, school reports, essays, on-campus assessments, recommendations and personal interview. Geffen Academy has a test-variable policy. This means that we require you to submit standardized test results but do not require any particular test. We seek to make the process simple for students and parents – and get a full picture of all applicants’ strengths.

The diversity of our student body will be essential to campus culture. Geffen Academy at UCLA welcomes students of any race, color, ethnicity, national origin, immigration status, citizenship, gender identification, gender expression, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion and economic background. Creating a sense of community is highly valued at Geffen Academy, which is why we are providing an inclusive admissions process for families all across Los Angeles as well as for UCLA faculty and staff as part of their recruitment and retention. If you would like more information about our admissions process, please contact the Admissions Team at (310) 794-7181 or

Admissions Staff

  • Simon Pae


    Admissions Coordinator

    Prior to joining Geffen Academy, Simon spent 3 years providing career consulting services to international college students from East Asia. He also recruited S. Korean college students for their J-1 internship/trainee program in the U.S and was expertized on J-1 visa processing. Simon graduated from Fordham Gabelli School of Business in New York with an […]

  • John Lee


    Associate Director of Admissions

    John is joining the Geffen Academy as his first step into the secondary school world after 10+ years of experience in higher education. He was most recently the Associate Director of Admissions and Recruiting at the Drucker School of Management at the Claremont Graduate University. Prior to CGU, John has experiences at UCLA’s Department of […]

  • Keishia Gu

    Director of Admissions and Enrollment

    Keishia spent the past 13 years helping Los Angeles students prepare for independent school placement as the executive director of Independent School Alliance for Minority Affairs…

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