Late applications will be considered according to grade-level availability. Inquiries regarding openings are welcome by contacting: or by submitting this inquiry form.

Opportunity Awaits!

Middle School Merit Scholarship recipients enrich the life of our school. These scholarships are designed to provide opportunities for new middle school students to have access to an amazing education, prepare students to enter the best area high schools, and promote the diversity of our school. 
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Clairbourn seeks outstanding middle school students who have demonstrated academic excellence in their elementary years and outstanding citizenship and service to their community. To that end, Clairbourn is offering a limited number of merit scholarships to new students that meet the following criteria. Interested students are invited to fill out an application for a Merit Scholarship.

Merit Scholarship Application | Apply for Tuition Assistance

Who Can Apply?

Merit Scholarships are open to all newly applying middle school students. 
Students with the highest demonstrated qualifications will be eligible for the highest amount of merit scholarship. Merit Scholarships can be combined with Tuition Assistance based on demonstrated need. 

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  • $2,500 Scholarship

    Trustees' Middle School Merit Scholarship (Tuition Credit)
  • $5,000 Scholarship

    Founder's Middle School Merit Scholarship (Tuition Credit)
  • $7,500 Scholarship

    President's Middle School Merit Scholarship (Tuition Credit)

Eligibility and Requirements

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  • Scholarship Program Start Date

    The Merit Scholarship Program was introduced on July 6 of 2018, and only those applying to Clairbourn after this date may apply for a Merit Scholarship.
  • Grade Levels That Can Apply

    Merit Scholarships are for new students only, applying for grades 6-8.
  • Qualified Applicant Profile

    The Merit Scholarship must accompany a main Clairbourn School application before it will be considered. Qualified Merit Scholarship applicants will have exceptional grades, outstanding citizenship, teacher recommendations, and ISEE test scores, along with extracurricular or community service activities. (While ISEE is currently not required for a general Clairbourn application during COVID-19 restrictions, Clairbourn does require the ISEE for Merit Scholarship eligibility).
  • ISEE Testing

    While ISEE test results are optional for the main Clairbourn application during COVID-19 restrictions, Clairbourn does require the ISEE for Merit Scholarship eligibility.  Please go to the ISEE (Educational Records Bureau) website to register for the ISEE test.  On the ISEE registration form, include the Clairbourn School ISEE code (054099) to have test results sent to Clairbourn.

    Fee waivers for the ISEE test may be available by inquiring with ERB directly.

Additional Information

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  • When are Applications Due?

    Applications for the 2020-2021 school year were due before February 1, 2020.  Late applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 
  • How and When Will I be Notified?

    We will be in touch with Merit Scholarship applicants within 48 hours of submitting a Merit Scholarship Application in order to help applicants through the next steps in the process, which includes filling out a main application to Clairbourn School. Candidates will then receive an official Notice of Acceptance letter from Clairbourn School in early March, and they will also be notified in the same packet of the results of their Merit Scholarship application.
  • Are Scholarship Awards Renewable?

    Scholarships are renewable through 8th grade, provided that all expectations, which originally qualified them for the scholarship, are maintained (citizenship, academic achievement, and service to the community).
  • How is the Scholarship Award Disbursed?

    The awards, for qualified applicants granted scholarships, will take the form of a tuition credit at one of the three Merit Scholarship levels.
  • Can Scholarships Combine with Tuition Assistance?

    Yes! Middle School Merit Scholarships can be combined with Tuition Assistance based on demonstrated need.
  • Have More Questions?

    Please email your questions to our Director of Enrollment Management Karen Paciorek at

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Clairbourn School is a coeducational, private school for students in preschool through middle school (JPK-Grade 8) that has continuously served the greater Pasadena area since 1926. We are known for excellent academics, our welcoming community, our attractive campus, and a strong record of sending graduates to top area high schools.
Private School Education for Preschool, Kindergarten, Elementary School, & Middle School Grades - Serving Families in the Pasadena Area and Surrounding Cities
Clairbourn is a 501(c)3 charitable organization. (K-12 Private Schools)