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Admissions Process for Pre-Kindergarten (4/5s) through First Grade (6/7s)


Open House

Attendance at an Open House is an important step in the application process. The evening event lasts approximately 2 hours from 6:00-8:00pm with a general overview of the school: a presentation by the Dean of the School for Children; a short film that provides a “fly on the wall” experience of the three academic divisions; as well as a tour of the facility with a parent/student team.

The next Open House is Tuesday, April 17, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Registration opens in February.


Play Date

Visits are scheduled for 1 hour during a weekday

  • Children are in groups of 4-6.
  • Visits are play-based- children engage in a variety of activities, some at their own initiative and others at the interviewer’s request. Activities include:
    • Exploration/play with materials in the room
    • Puzzles
    • Drawing
    • Listening to a story
    • Snack
    • Movement Activity

Parent Visit

Parents tour the school during the child’s visit and schedule an interview at a later date.

1) Parent Classroom Observation (tour):

  • Parents are invited to learn more about the program by experiencing firsthand what takes place in a classroom on any particular day.
  • The visitor coordinator places parents in a classroom in each of the three divisions when possible in order to get a good overview of the educational approach through the years.
  • Every effort is made to visit grade(s) to which families are applying.

2) Parent Interview:

  • Interviews are scheduled as a second visit after the child’s visit and parents' classroom observation (tour)
    • Both parents are encouraged to come to the interview.
    • The interview provides an opportunity to get to know the family better, discuss what they are looking for in a school, and answer any questions they may have about the educational program, classroom visit, Open House, etc.

Financial Aid

If you are planning to apply for a Financial Aid award, please indicate so on the application and complete the Financial Aid forms using TADS. Applications for the 2018-2019 school year will be available on November 1st. All Financial Aid applications must be submitted by January 1st. There is no Financial Aid in the 3/4s.

*Formal admissions testing is not required for applicants applying for the 4/5s-6/7s