Students are admitted at the end of their seventh-grade year based on a family application, recommendations from both teachers and their schools, and an Academy interview. The students who are admitted are academically supported through their high school graduation.
The process for becoming a Willamette Academy student begins each Spring in each of the Salem-Keizer middle schools. In each school, a Selections Coordinator works with the faculty to identify students in the 7th grade who meet the Academy's Selection Criteria. Within each of the middle schools, such students and their families are invited attend a Family Information Meeting at their school and to fill out application materials, write an essay, and submit academic information for consideration. Additionally, each student must have two teachers complete a recommendation on their behalf. From there, a team of staff at the school must narrow down their pool of candidates to their top choices to forward on to Willamette Academy as nominations for admission. Willamette Academy then reviews nominations, selecting students and families who will be invited to come to the Academy for an interview. In May of each year, Willamette Academy admits approximately 34 seventh graders.