Frequently Asked Questions

When do parents typically start the admissions process?

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The admissions process begins in September each year. On occasion, a family with a very young child will choose this time to make an initial visit prior to the year they intend to apply.

Sometimes relocating families will not start the process until closer to summer. Following our notification dates, all applications are considered on a rolling admissions basis. We ask all interested families to consult our admission calendar for our first consideration deadlines and dates. Regardless of the time of year, a family is always welcome to contact us for information or an appointment, and submit an application.

What do you look for in an applicant?

Our objective is to admit well-rounded students who are academically prepared and motivated and would contribute positively to our school’s community.

All completed applications are reviewed by the Admissions Committee to determine whether there is an appropriate match between the student and the School. The Admissions Committee will consider the following factors:

  • The applicant's developmental readiness or level of academic achievement
  • Evidence of applicant's potential for success in the School's college-preparatory program
  • Evaluation of the applicant's personal qualities and ability to adjust to school and community life
  • Evidence of parental cooperation and support

Please click here for more information about the admissions process.

Is there an age cut-off for prekindergarten or kindergarten?

We do not have a cut-off date to enter the prekindergarten or kindergarten program. Please note that when school begins mid-August, our prekindergarten students are between the ages of four and five and our kindergarten students are between the ages of five and six. Please contact us if you have further questions.

What can my child expect during her/his student visit?

Experiencing Ravenscroft in action is critical and required part of your admissions process. By participating in age-appropriate activities in the classroom and on campus, the Student Visit gives both the applicant and the School an opportunity to see whether there is a good fit between them. The Student Visit includes attending classes, having lunch with peers, interacting with teachers, and participating in various grade-level electives.

Applicants will visit in their current grade except those applying to sixth and ninth grades. Current fifth-grade students applying for sixth grade visit in both grades until February. Applicants for sixth grade will have to attend a group visit on either Wednesday, December 7, 2016; Wednesday, January 11, 2017; or Wednesday, February 1, 2017. After February, applicants to sixth grade visit with current sixth graders in the Middle School.

Current eighth-grade students applying for ninth grade will visit with current ninth graders in the Upper School.

In addition, all prekindergarten and kindergarten applicants will have a group visit. Prekindergarten and kindergarten applicants will visit on either Saturday, November 5, 2016 or Saturday, January 7, 2017.

The Admissions Office will contact families to schedule an applicant's group visit day or full-day student visit, which is required for all applicants.

How are admissions decisions communicated?

Admissions decisions are communicated online through the Ravenscroft Online Admissions Portal and sometimes a phone call precedes the online published decision.

2017-2018 Application Deadlines and Notification Dates*


Application Deadline:Admissions Decisions Published Online:Enrollment Deposit Due:
Prekindergarten and KindergartenJanuary 6, 2017February 3, 2017February 17, 2017
1st - 8th GradesFebruary 1, 2017March 3, 2017March 17, 2017
9th - 12th GradesFebruary 1, 2017March 10, 2017March 24, 2017

*We will continue to accept applications after these dates. After the deadlines above, applications are reviewed and offers of enrollment are made on a space-available basis.

Enrollment deposits and contracts are due two weeks after admission notification date.

Is financial assistance available?

The 2017-2018 Financial Assistance Application will be available on October 15th, 2016 via TADS.

Yes. Parents must submit a Parent Financial Application to TADS. This may be completed on-line by going to www.TADS.com. Documentation will be required, and all steps must be completed before a family's application is reviewed.

For prospective families, you must apply for financial aid at the same time you submit your application for admission. If you apply for financial aid at a later date or after the published deadline, you will not be given first consideration and may risk a wait pool situation.

If I apply for financial assistance, will it hurt my child's chances of acceptance?

The 2017-2018 Financial Assistance Application will be available on October 15th, 2016 via TADS.

No. The process for requesting financial assistance is completely separate from the admissions process and all financial assistance information is held in complete confidence.

Please note, prospective families are required to apply to TADS at the same time the admissions application is submitted.

What is a typical class size?

Typically, the average class size in Lower School is 18 - 20 per class. (Exceptions are prekindergarten with 10 - 12 per class and kindergarten with 14 - 16 per class). The average class size in the Middle School and the Upper School is 14 - 16 students.

What are the School's hours?

Prekindergarten - 8 a.m. to noon; Prekindergarten Plus - 8 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Kindergarten - Grade 5 – 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Grades 6 - 12 – 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Where do most Ravenscroft students live in the Triangle area?

The vast majority of students live in Raleigh - both North Raleigh and “inside the beltline”. We also have families who live in Cary, Wake Forest, Durham, Clayton and other surrounding areas.

Do you offer transportation?

We offer the following transportation options. We provide morning and afternoon transportation to/from Cary (two Cary bus locations provided), and morning transportation from Wakefield (north Raleigh) and east Raleigh. There is also a bus that offers morning and afternoon transportation to/from Hayes Barton Baptist Church in Raleigh (near Five Points) and the Brier Creek area.

Please visit the Tuition & Fees page for more information about our transportation options and costs.

How diverse is Ravenscroft?

It is one of Ravenscroft’s strategic initiatives to increase diversity on campus. Currently, 28 percent of the enrolled students are from a diverse background. Read more about diversity and inclusion at Ravenscroft in the "About Us" section of our website.

Is your school safe for my children?

Ravenscroft employs a full-time Director of Protective Services who oversees security and safety. The School also uses the services of off-duty Raleigh police officers and contract security officers. Additionally, the School utilizes the most up-to-date electronic and technology equipment to supplement security measures.

Do you have a dress code?

Yes. The dress code varies a bit with each division, but is intended for students to be comfortable but appropriately dressed. The details of our dress code are published in our Student Handbooks (Lower, Middle, and Upper School).

What foreign languages are taught and at what grade?

Spanish is taught in the Lower School beginning in prekindergarten. The Middle School offers Latin, Mandarin, and Spanish. The Upper School offers French, Greek, Latin, Mandarin, and Spanish.

Also, to graduate from the Ravenscroft Upper School, a student must complete at least 2 years in the same language, but through the 3rd level.

What is the role of community service in your school?

We have a very active community service program in all three divisions and it is at the heart of our Lead From Here initiative. From our earliest years, Ravenscroft has had a commitment to community service as we believe that a student’s character is enhanced and worldview broadened when community service is a part of their educational experience.

In Lower School, community service is facilitated through our Student Council and efforts often include projects such as canned food drives, diaper drives, book drives, and other outreach to communities in need of support during challenging times. Our second graders’ also manage a pencil machine, which donates all proceeds to Heifer International.

All Middle School students participate with their advisory groups in a variety of community service activities each month.

All Upper School students are required to do at least 20 hours of community service each year, and most students contribute many more hours with some students completing thousands of hours over their four years. Upper School students support Wake Relief, Habitat for Humanity, local food banks, walk-a-thons, and participate in many other activities through the Key Club.

What are the opportunities at Ravenscroft for fine arts, sports, and other activities?

There are numerous opportunities for students outside the classroom. We encourage physical activity on campus and our prekindergarten and kindergarten students take Physical Education (PE) each week. We offer regular PE for all grades 1 - 9 and interscholastic sports begin in seventh grade. We have a total of 53 teams in 25 sports at the Middle School, Junior Varsity and Varsity levels. We are very pleased that over 80 percent of our students participate in sports.

We expose our students to the Fine Arts beginning at prekindergarten. Our youngest students have instruction in the visual arts and general music, and we teach violin to all kindergarteners. All of our Lower School students receive Fine Arts instruction in visual arts and music, and can participate in drama. There are many Fine Arts electives offered in Middle and Upper School, and an extensive Private Lessons program is available to students in Lower, Middle, and Upper School. Many students begin their study of and appreciation for the Fine Arts at the age they entered Ravenscroft, and continue this study until graduation.

At all divisions, there is an active student government and other opportunities for leadership as well as numerous clubs and organized events that engage students outside the classroom and in the community.

How do parents get involved in the Ravenscroft community?

There are many ways for parents to become involved in our community and Ravenscroft encourages parental involvement. Parents in the Lower School are welcome to assist in the Winston Library and various capacities within the classroom, as well as participate in field trips and other activities such as Moonlight Math, the Butterfly Garden, and field days.

Another ideal way to get involved is by becoming active in the Parents' Association (PA). All parents are members of the PA. The PA is very active on campus and sponsors and organizes many activities throughout the school year such as Homecoming, Fall Roundup, the Book Fair, faculty and staff luncheons, Community of Concern events, and the auction to name a few. There are also opportunities to be involved with the Athletic Club, Fine Arts Association, and various fundraising events. There is truly something for everyone.

Ravenscroft
7409 Falls of Neuse Road Raleigh NC 27615
(919) 847-0900
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