UCDS College for School Culture


The admissions process

The UCDS College for School Culture uses the Ravenna Solutions Online Application System. Once you’ve created an account in the Ravenna system, you will gain access to the application itself. Each of these application steps is detailed inside Ravenna. You can also use Ravenna to track the progress of your application:

  • Submit application form
  • Pay $50 application fee
  • Complete and submit essay form
  • Email your Curriculum Vitae (CV) or resume
  • Submit 2 recommendation forms (1 professional reference, 1 personal reference)
  • Email transcripts
  • Schedule an interview

The UCDS College for School Culture is accepting applications for fall of 2023 enrollment. Applicants will be considered on a rolling, space-available basis. We are currently reviewing applications as they are received.

Make a personal connection

Contact us and we will be happy to answer your questions.  We are small by design so feel free to send us an email or call us.


How do we make decisions?

We use the admissions process to help us get to know you better and understand your vision for education. Our admission committee reviews applications to create a generative cohort. Here are some qualities that successful candidates express in their application:

  • A passion for students and learning
  • A curiosity and drive for lifelong learning
  • A commitment to pursuing a career as an educational leader
  • Their unique background and point-of-view
  • Core values that resonate with collaboration, reflection, inquiry, and innovation

Admissions requirements

To be admitted to the UCDS College for School Culture, an individual must submit all required application materials detailed in the admissions process above. Applicants must also have earned a bachelor’s degree from an institution accredited by an association recognized by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, be a US citizen or permanent resident, and be proficient in the English language. Applicants whose native language is not English may demonstrate proficiency through the application process.

Diversity matters

Living in a diverse world presents challenges and joys. We believe each of us is entitled to an equitable and safe environment, which promotes acceptance and appreciation of ourselves as well as others. Our school is a community that strives to lead by example in respecting and affirming the unique qualities of each person. We actively seek individuals from a wide spectrum of backgrounds. The UCDS College for School Culture recognizes that different backgrounds and perspectives can sometimes create tension, but also stimulate growth and new possibilities; we encourage courageous conversation to challenge assumptions and foster greater understanding among people. We value what each of us contributes to the whole and envision our school as a mosaic that reflects the broader community.

Visit us!

For over 100 years, UCDS has been a vibrant educational community with a focus on individualized curriculum and supporting each child’s social and emotional development. The multi-age classrooms are innovative learning environments where students and faculty are engaged, challenged, and encouraged. We welcome you to visit campus and experience our community when students and faculty are working together. You’ll have time in classrooms as well as the opportunity to speak with members of the UCDS College for School Culture faculty.

Equal Opportunity and Accommodations for Students
The UCDS College for School Culture is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and equal opportunity for all students, employees and qualified applicants. UCDS does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, creed, political ideology, color, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, genetic information, national origin, ancestry, presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, HIV or Hepatitis C, marital status, familial status, parental status, honorably discharged veteran or military status, application for military service, use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability, or any other status protected by applicable law. The UCDS College for School Culture will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities, in accordance with applicable law. Applicants or students who believe they need an accommodation should contact the Student Services Director, Erica Swanson, by email at ericas@ucds.org or by phone at 206-547-8237.