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2023-24 Admissions Process for North Star Academy to Launch in November

2023-24 Admissions Process for North Star Academy to Launch in November


North Star Academy (NSA) welcomes applicants for the 2023-24 school year starting in November of 2022. NSA is Redwood City School District’s (RCSD) school that houses the District’s Accelerated Learning specialized program. Families of students who live within the RCSD attendance zone and are interested in their child attending the school, are invited to take note of the following key dates:

School Information:

  • Monday, November 14: Information Night in español. 

  • Tuesday, November 15: Information Night in English. 

The exact time and location or link will be posted on the school’s website closer to the date. 

Testing for RCSD 2nd Graders:

The admissions process for NSA starts every fall with students participating in the Cognitive Abilities Test™ (CogAT®), which is the assessment RCSD uses in the NSA admissions process. 

In late November and early December, RCSD 2nd grade students will participate in the CogAT at their current school during the school day. Since the 2021-22 school year, the test is being administered to all 2nd graders at all RCSD schools in an effort to be equitable and inclusive and ensure that all 2nd grade students enrolled in RCSD are aware of North Star Academy. 

The CogAT assessment program measures how students think and helps them expand their thinking. The CogAT testing window for all RCSD 2nd graders is scheduled for Tuesday, November 29 through Friday, December 9. RCSD schools will administer the CogAT assessment to RCSD 2nd graders on the following dates:

  • Adelante Selby Spanish Immersion School: Friday, December 9 

  • Clifford School: Tuesday, November 29 

  • Garfield School: Friday, December 2 

  • Henry Ford School: Thursday, December 1

  • Hoover School: Wednesday, November 30

  • Orion Alternative School: Monday, December 5

  • Roosevelt School: Wednesday, December 7 

  • Roy Cloud School: Tuesday, December 6

  • Taft School: Thursday, December 8

Current RCSD 2nd grade students do not need to register for the assessment as testing will take place at their current school.

Testing for Non RCSD 2nd Graders and all 3rd-7th Graders:

CogAT testing for 2nd graders who don’t attend RCSD schools, but live within the RCSD attendance zone, as well as all 3rd-7th graders (including RCSD 3rd-7th graders) will take place at North Star Academy on the following dates and times:

  • Saturday December 3, 9 am, 11 am, and 1 pm.

  • Thursday December 8, 3 pm.

  • Saturday December 10, 9 am., and 11 am.

Families who plan to have their student participate in testing on any of these dates for non RCSD 2nd graders and all 3rd-7th graders need to register. The testing registration window will open on November 28. 

CogAT Assessment Results:

CogAT assessment results will be mailed to all test takers via the United States Postal Service starting on Friday, December 16. 

Application and Placement Acceptance:

Once families receive their child’s CogAT assessment results, they will be able to determine if they would like to apply for the 2023-24 school year.

  • Online Applications Open: Tuesday, January 3, 9 am.

  • Online Applications Close: Friday, January 13, 3 pm. All applications are placed in a random computerized lottery. 

  • Parent Notifications Sent via the U.S. Postal Service: Wednesday, January 25

  • Deadline to Confirm Placement: Wednesday, February 2. Should the school not be notified that the family is accepting their child’s placement for 2023-24, the seat will be offered to the next student on the waiting list. 

Interested applicants are encouraged to visit the school’s website as information will continue to be available closer to the date.