MAD Academy Applications For 2017-2018 School Year

The application window is now closed. Any late submissions will be considered for the wait list only if room becomes available.


Click here to fill out a MAD Letter of Recommendation

Deadline: January 31st, 2017
Fecha de fin de plazo: 31 de enero 2017

Required Information | Have prepared before you begin

  1. Contact Information
    • Physical + Mailing Address, Phone Numbers, Emails. (both students and parents)
  2. Short Essay Responses (200 word maximum, each)
    1. Describe one of your most significant experiences and how it has affected your life.
    2. Please describe your college or career plans and how you plan to achieve them.

Required Supplemental Information

Parents of applicants who are not currently enrolled at Santa Barbara High School are required to include a transcript from their child’s current school with this application. This can be scanned and sent via email to

Please provide three letters of recommendation. At least two recommendations should be from current teachers. Please use the forms provided. These forms can be submitted at

Group Interviews in the MAD Academy are mandatory following the Student Application. MAD Admissions will be emailing all applicants with the Group Interview dates. Students along with their parent/guardian are required to attend.

Intradistrict Transfers. If you live outside of the Santa Barbara High School attendance area, please make sure that you apply for an intradistrict transfer by the deadline of January 31st, 2017. For more information about the intradistrict transfer process, click here:

Once the application is started, information cannot be saved or revisited at a later time. Please have all required information prepared.