Geffen Academy at UCLA’s first students will be admitted for the 2017-18 academic year. We will enroll students in grades 6, 7 and 9 in the inaugural year and grow to full enrollment of approximately 620 students over 4 years. 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

  • 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…

  • Miriam Margolis

    Admissions Coordinator

    Miriam was the development and admissions coordinator for Independent School Alliance for Minority Affairs in Los Angeles.

  • Jessica McKay


    Associate Director of Admissions

    Most recently, Jessica spent six years working at the Center for Early Education as a 5th Grade Language Arts Teacher, a Faculty Representative on the Admissions Interviewing Committee…

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