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How to Apply

Admission Steps and Criteria

 Bishop Garcia Diego High School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and/or ethnic origin in the administration of its admission, educational policies, grant aid awards, athletic or other school administered programs.

Applications will not be reviewed for consideration until a completed application, application essay, transcripts, required letters of recommendation and the $50 application fee have been received.  A completed application must be received prior to scheduling the High School Placement Test (HSPT) for incoming 9th grade students. 

Bishop Garcia Diego High School operates on a rolling admissions calendar, however it is important to note that the deadline for priority admission  is February 16, 2017.

Letters of acceptance and financial aid award letters will be mailed, in accordance with the Santa Barbara Independent Schools Consortium practices, on Friday, March 3, 2017.

Step 1 - Online Inquiry Form

Completing an online inquiry will provide you with a username and password for your personalized admission portal, from which you can access and check the status of your online application.

Online Inquiry Form

Step 2 - Schedule a Shadow Day Visit

Come visit us! If you are currently in the 8th grade, we invite you to meet the Bishop Diego family for yourself. This is the best way to experience Bishop. During your "shadow" visit at Bishop, you'll be hosted by a member of the Ambassadors' Team, an exceptional group of young men and women who can tell you all about our academic programs and co-curricular activities. You'll tour the school, have the opportunity to participate in our multimedia arts and technology classes located in the new Gherini Center, meet teachers, and eat lunch with students.

Scheduling a shadow experience is easy!  Select a Shadow Day below, and contact the Admission office, 805-967-1266, ext. 118 or via email.

  • Tuesday, October 18, 2016
  • Thursday, October 20, 2016
  • Friday, November 11, 2016
  • Thursday, January 19, 2017
  • Wednesday, February 15, 2017
  • Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Step 3 - Apply Online

Bishop Diego Online Application

NOTE:  In order to complete the online application, you must pay your application fee via credit card at the time of submission. The application fee is $50.00 for students who are living in the U.S., Canada, or Mexico, or $100.00 for students living in another foreign country. All fees must be drawn from a U.S. bank.  A completed application is required prior to scheduling a High School Placement Test (HSPT) date for incoming 9th grade students.

Step 4 - Testing and Transcripts

Bishop Diego requires official transcripts be sent directly from your school(s). Please note that transcripts should include first quarter or trimester grades.  All incoming freshmen must take the High School Placement Test (HSPT) or submit test scores from ISEE or SSAT with the application.

HSPT Test Dates:
  • Saturday, January 7, 2017
  • Saturday, January 15, 2017
  • Saturday, January 28, 2017

A completed application with payment must be received prior to scheduling a HSPT test date.

International Students


Bishop Diego High School has partnered with The Cambridge Institute of International Education to ensure the best possible international program. The Cambridge Institute’s international student program prepares students for life abroad prior to arriving at Bishop Diego High School and continues to provide international students with on-going support throughout the school year. International students coming from China must work with The Cambridge Institute to apply to Bishop Diego High School.

To submit an application or if you have any questions, please contact our consultants at The Cambridge Institute at bishopdiego@thecambridgeinstitute.org.


Bishop Diego High School is proud to partner with gphomestay for all of our international students’ residential needs. Gphomestay is a residential services and homestay provider that specializes in matching international students with committed, American host families in the Bishop Diego community and providing ongoing, local support to both students and hosts.

Gphomestay is recognized as a CSIET-listed organization.

Click here for a video tour of our school in Chinese.

Important Dates and Deadlines

Application for AdmissionFeb. 16, 2017
Application for Financial AidFeb. 16, 2017
Letters of Acceptance and Financial Award letters
Mar.  3, 2017
Freshman RegistrationApr. 12, 2017

Financial Aid

If you are interested in applying for Financial Aid, please be sure to indicate this on your application.


Bishop Garcia Diego High School  4000 La Colina Rd., Santa Barbara, California 93110 Telephone: 805-967-1266 Fax: 805-964-3178
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