Lower Grades (Preschool to Grade 5) are fully enrolled at this time. For some grades, applications for waitlist status will be considered on a case-by-case basis through August 15, 2020.  Please email admissions@clairbourn.org to check on availability before applying.
Middle School (Grades 6, 7, and 8) may have a few limited spots remaining, and applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis through August 15, 2020. Please email admissions@clairbourn.org before applying.
Applications for the 2021-2022 school year will be accepted starting September 1, 2020.

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. 
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

    Qualified applicants will have exceptional grades, outstanding citizenship, teacher recommendations, and ISEE test scores, along with extracurricular or community service activities. (The ISEE test is administered at Clairbourn.)
  • ISEE Testing

    Please note that after applying for a merit scholarship, there is an additonal application to Clairbourn that can be sent in later. This main school application requires ISEE test scores. Clairbourn administers the ISEE test (the Independent School Entrance Examination) on campus. Arrangements can be made with the Admissions Office. You may also visit the ERB (Educational Records Bureau) website and sign up for ISEE testing.

    Fee waivers may be possible through ERB.

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 kpaciorek@clairbourn.org.

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  • Karen Paciorek

    Director of Enrollment Management
    Director of Early Childhood Education
    626 286-3108 x125

Come Visit Us!

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)