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The Admissions Process

At Ravenscroft, our academic program is both broad and deep, offering remarkable range and opportunities for our students. We foster artistic, athletic, and intellectual inquiry built on hands-on experimentation and active practice with a global perspective. We cultivate the development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills, competencies that are the heart of an exceptional education and a successful life and career.

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Admissions Process Overview

Admissions Timeline

September 1, 2019: Accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year

September 1, 2019: 2020-21 financial aid application available online at

October - Spring: Tour and Information Sessions and student visits

January 3, 2020: PreK-K deadline for all application materials, including financial aid applications, for first consideration candidates.

February 1, 2020: Grades 1 - 12 deadline for all application materials, including financial aid applications, for first consideration candidates.

February 14, 2020: PreK-K first consideration enrollment notifications.

March 6, 2020: PreK-K deadline to enroll.

March 6, 2020: Grades 1 -12 first consideration enrollment notifications.

March 20, 2020: Grades 1 - 12 deadline to enroll.

March - August: Rolling admissions - applications are still accepted after the First Consideration deadlines, and those that are received will be reviewed based on space availability. Once an application for admissions is complete, families will be notified of admission decisions through the online Admissions Portal within two weeks.

Factors for Admission

Ravenscroft is committed to making an appropriate match between the student and the school that is in keeping with our mission, vision, and values. All candidates are reviewed and assessed by considering the following factors:

  • Developmental readiness, or level of academic achievement, of the candidate
  • Evidence of the candidate's potential for success in our college-preparatory program
  • Evaluation of the candidate's interpersonal skills and ability to adjust to the Ravenscroft community
  • Evidence of parental cooperation and support

Complete the Application Checklist

All checklist items must be complete and the application fee paid for our Admissions team to consider your child's candidacy for admission. Start an application now.

Student Visit

All candidates for admission will have an on campus visit. The nature of the visit varies by grade and are scheduled by the Admissions Office.

Students applying to PreK and Kindergarten
Group visits on: Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019 or Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020
Smaller group visits will also be arranged.

Students applying to Grades 1-12
Visitors will spend the day and shadow a student in their current grade*.
*Students applying to sixth grade will spend part of their day in both fifth and sixth grades. Students applying to ninth grade will spend the day with a current ninth grade student.

Student Screening/Assessment and Testing

All candidates for admission will have an assessment that varies according to the grade.  

Students applying to PreK- Grade 3
Candidates for admission are administered a combination of grade-appropriate assessment tools, and the screening is conducted during the student visit.

Students applying to Grades 4 -12
Candidates for admission are required to take the ISEE* (Independent School Entrance Exam) which can be administered at Ravenscroft or another testing site. 

ISEE Registration: Click Here
Ravenscroft's ISEE School Code: 343233

The SSAT or ERB/CTP 5 are acceptable alternatives to ISEE. For Upper School applicants, the PSAT, SAT, PreACT and ACT are also accepted.

*Candidates must complete the required testing by February to be in the first round of admission consideration OR submit scores taken within the last 12 months.

Testing Schedule for Grades 4 - 12

Saturday, November 16, 2019
Inclement Weather Date; November 23, 2019

Saturday, December 7, 2019
Inclement Weather Date: December 14, 2019

Saturday, January 18, 2020
Inclement Weather Date: January 25, 2020

Saturday, February 1, 2020
Inclement Weather Date: February 8, 2020

Saturday, February 15, 2020
Middle & Upper School Candidates Only
Inclement Weather Date: February 29, 2020

Saturday, March 7, 2020
Inclement Weather Date: March 14, 2020

Teacher Observation Form or Teacher Recommendation Form(s)

All candidates for admission must request that their current teacher(s) complete a form providing us with information. The appropriate forms are noted below.

*All forms are available in the admissions portal.

Students applying to PreK-second grade
Provide the teacher observation form to their current teacher

Students applying to third-fifth grade
Provide two teacher recommendation forms to current teacher(s)

Students applying to sixth-twelfth grade
Provide recommendation forms from their current English and math teachers

Submit School Records Release Form

This should be completed by the current school. Parents may also provide the Admissions Office with a complete copy of their child’s report cards for current and prior school years.

Apply for Financial Aid online via (This step is optional.)

If a family is applying for financial aid, the application process is separate from the admissions process, but the deadline is the same.  Parents must complete the TADS application and upload all required documents so their application is in a “Good” status by the deadline in order to be considered for financial aid.

Application and Financial Aid Deadlines

*To be considered for the first notification dates below, please complete all application checklist items, including payment of the application fee.

If you are also applying for financial aid, please ensure your TADS application is in good standing by the application deadlines.

Friday, January 3, 2020
PreK and Kindergarten

Saturday, February 1, 2020
Grades 1 - 12

Enrollment Notifications

Friday, February 14, 2020
PreK and Kindergarten
Deadline to Enroll
Friday, March 6, 2020

Saturday, February 1, 2020
Grades 1 - 12
Deadline to Enroll
Friday, March 20, 2020

*Ravenscroft accepts applications after these dates with offers of enrollment made on a space-available basis.