Admissions

Welcome to Mayfield!

Discover Mayfield! Where your gifts come alive!

Welcome! So glad you found us.

You made it! We welcome you to our beautiful school and are cheering for you during your important high school selection journey. Please know we are here to help you every step of the way. When Head of School Kate Morin introduces girls and their families to Mayfield, her message is clear and simple. “Mayfield is a place of joy and love,” she says.

In this spirit, the most important thing for you to know is that the person you are today is your gift to Mayfield. And who you will become at Mayfield will be your gift to the world. So take a breath, smile at your application and tell us about yourself because YOU are important to us.

These girls were once in your shoes. Here's their best advice.

This is a No-Stress Zone!

We think our students have the best advice when it comes to applying to Mayfield. Plus, they can fill you in on what to expect once you walk through the gates of 500 Bellefontaine as a Mayfield student.
    • Really, be yourself!

      The community here makes you feel at home. Everyone cares.

    • No boys? No worries!

      It's like going to a friend's house every day, with learning involved.

    • Discoveries await!

      You will be so much more open to trying new things.

    • Is high school hard?

      Reach beyond your expectations because we are here to help.

    • Will I make friends?

      You immediately feel welcomed by everyone. It's such a warm place.

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We are a joyful place of acceptance and love 

Girls thrive at Mayfield, where excellence in education is the norm. Check out our classes and programs and you’ll see how students’ gifts come alive!

List of 10 frequently asked questions.

  • Q: When can I apply to Mayfield Senior School?

    Applications for students entering 9th grade in the 2019-20 school year are now open. (Transfer students entering in 10th and 11th grade can apply online beginning March 2019. Please submit an inquiry form to be notified when applications open.)
  • Q: Who is the typical Mayfield Senior School student?

    Mayfield students come to us from 65 different Catholic, independent, and public schools and represent many different racial, ethnic, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Our students hail from all over Los Angeles County, but most come from the Pasadena/San Gabriel Valley area. Our current student body represents almost 30 local communities, including Pasadena, Altadena, Glendale, Arcadia, San Marino, Monrovia, San Gabriel, South Pasadena, La Canada, Los Angeles, Sierra Madre, Alhambra, Downey, Burbank, Montebello, Toluca Lake, La Crescenta, Temple City, Tujunga, Bell, Bradbury, El Monte, Huntington Park, Monterey Park, Whittier, Rosemead, Studio City, Valley Center, Maywood, and North Hollywood. 

    Most incoming freshmen know only a few other students before they enroll, so the atmosphere on campus is very friendly. Students are eager to get to know each other!
  • Q: What do you look for when admitting students?

    Mayfield Senior School admits the best-qualified applicants. We seek students who possess character, scholarship, curiosity and love of learning. In addition, Mayfield expects to enroll students who value integrity, loyalty and service. In evaluating applicants, the Admissions Committee creates a context for each student, and tries to assess the student’s ability and eagerness to benefit from and contribute to Mayfield. The following are criteria that the Admissions Committee considers when making its decisions:

    • Application, including student essay
    • Interview
    • Admissions testing (ISEE)
    • Transcript, emphasis placed on 7th and 8th grades
    • Recommendations (academic and personal)
  • Q: Where do Mayfield Senior School graduates attend college?

    100% of our students are accepted to college. Our graduates enroll at small liberal arts colleges, large research universities, and public and private institutions in the West, South, Midwest and on the East Coast. Graduates of the Classes of 2015–2018 are currently attending 116 colleges and universities across the country and around the world. See the Class of 2018 Matriculation List.
  • Q: What are the advantages of attending an all-girls school?

    Studies have shown that students at single-sex high schools outperform their peers in a co-ed environment in all areas: academics, leadership, community participation, and personal development. Learn more about the benefits of attending an all-girls school.
  • Q: Is financial or merit aid available?

    Yes. Approximately 30% of the student body receives tuition assistance. Mayfield Senior School offers both need-based and merit-based financial aid.
  • Q: Will applying for financial aid affect my chances for admission?

    No. It is important to note that applying for financial aid has no bearing upon the Admission Committee's decision and assessment of an applicant's potential as a Mayfield student. Decisions regarding financial aid are made after admission is determined.
  • Q: When can I visit the Mayfield campus?

    Campus visits for 8th-grade students take place in October and November on selected dates. View the calendar and register online for your campus tour! We also host an Open House for the entire family on the first Sunday in December from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Q: What sports does Mayfield Senior School offer?

    We field competitive teams in the following sports:

    • Badminton
    • Basketball
    • Cross Country
    • Golf
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Swimming & Diving
    • Tennis
    • Track & Field
    • Volleyball
    • Water Polo

    Students also compete in equestrian competitions under the Mayfield banner. Learn more about Cubs athletics!
  • Q: How does Mayfield stay committed to its traditions while looking to the future?

    Mayfield Senior School is committed to the spiritual formation of young women and the development of their intellectual curiosity, self-awareness, and leadership skills to serve others. We believe in preserving the integrity of our mission and ensuring that a Mayfield education will be available for future generations.
     
    Our 2020 Strategic Vision is designed to promote a Catholic education for young women that nurtures their gifts and inspires them to lead lives of “Actions Not Words.”  This seven-year strategic plan is focused on three primary strategic initiatives for institutional development:
    » Program: A Vision For Learning
    Program focuses on our core educational mission in the areas of spiritual, intellectual, emotional, physical and leadership development.
    » Community: Building On Faith
    Community addresses the greater Mayfield Senior School community and seeks to foster diversity, connectivity, global awareness and Holy Child Schools Network involvement.
    » Stewardship: Securing Our Future
    Stewardship is focused on promoting community participation, advancing programs which meet "the wants of the age" and securing the necessary funding.
Mayfield Senior School admits students of any race, color, religion, and national or ethnic origin. Mayfield Senior School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, financial aid and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.
Established in 1931, Mayfield Senior School in Pasadena, CA is a Catholic, independent, college preparatory school for young women grades 9-12. Noted for its rigorous academic program, which includes 21 Advanced Placement and Honors courses, Mayfield’s curriculum is underscored by a philosophy of educating the “whole child,” which also encourages commitment to and excellence in the arts, athletics, community service and spiritual growth. The nurturing environment at Mayfield Senior School allows each student to flourish in an atmosphere of personal attention.