Application Process

Thank you for your interest in Park Day School! Whether you want to learn more about the school through parent tours and open houses, or are ready to dive into the application itself, we are here to support you throughout the process. We look forward to getting to know your family!

Step 1 – Request Information
Submit an online inquiry to let us know you are interested in learning more about Park Day School. We will mail you an admission packet and you will begin to hear from us about upcoming admission events.


Step 2 – Visit Our Campus 
 
Parent/Guardian Tours 
We have limited availability for the 2017-18 school year. Sign up to tour campus if you are interested in learning more. If you are inquiring about the 2018-19 school year, tours take place October through early January. Tours are conducted in small groups led by experienced Park Day administrators. In addition to seeing classes in action, there is a Q&A session. Tours begin in the Magnolia building on the southeast corner of campus. Street parking fills up fast, so allow for time. 
Open Houses 
Open Houses take place in October, November and December. In early January we have "free play" on the yard for students entering Kindergarten, first and second grade. Contact admissions@parkdayschool.org if you are interested in learning more about Park Day School after our January 20, 2017 application deadline has passed.
 
Parent Association Admission Events
Sign up here for a House Party or Parent Mixer. The Park Day School Parent Association hosts events at the homes of current Park Day School families for prospective parents. We also hold an on-campus campus mixer on Saturday, January 28 where prospective parents can talk with staff, teachers, board members and current parents.
 

Step 3 – Complete the online application

Apply now! Applications are due by January 20, 2017. Current Park Day School families with sibling applicants, and faculty or staff with children applying to school should return the completed application by November 30, 2016We require a complete application (including school forms) before scheduling your child’s visit and learning assessment. All sections of the application can be accessed through the application portal and are also downloadable below.

Application Requirements:
 
Step 4 -- Confirm Teacher Recommendations & Transcripts
Your child’s current teachers/school may need a gentle reminder to complete and send in the recommendation form (all applicants) and transcript (1-8 applicants) by the January 20, 2017 deadline. Sign in to review your child’s application status prior to the deadline and confirm that your child’s forms have been received by Park Day. If not, please  follow-up with your child’s current teachers/school.
 
 
Step 5 -- Student Visit
Visiting and Assessment Days
 Upon receipt of your complete application (including school forms), Park Day School will contact you to schedule your child’s visit. Assessments help us observe students in a group setting and are only one aspect of our admission process. We know that being in a new place, surrounded by new people can be challenging for some. Our teachers and learning specialists are expertly trained to facilitate these visits.
  • Kindergarten Applicants: 90 minute group visit & assessment. Once we receive your application and teacher recommendation form, we will be in touch about your visit day. Due to volume of applicants, dates are assigned. We urge you to submit your application early if you have scheduling concerns.  At least one parent should plan to stay on campus during your child’s assessment. During that time, you will participate in in a learning activity and conversation.

Saturday, Jan 21, 2017 (applications including teacher recs must be received by January 10)
Saturday, Feb 4, 2017
Friday, Feb 10, 2017 
  • 1st Grade Applicants: 90 minute group visit & assessment on Wednesday, Feb 15, 3 pm.  At least one parent should plan to stay on campus during your child’s assessment. During that time, you will participate in a learning activity and conversation.

  • 2nd Grade Applicants: 90 minute group visit & assessment on Tuesday, Feb 7, 3:30 pm.  At least one parent should plan to stay on campus during your child’s assessment. During that time, you will participate in a learning activity and conversation.  

  • 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade Applicants: Individual all-day visits and assessments take place in January and February. The Admissions office will contact you to schedule your child’s visit.

  • 6th Grade Applicants

    • Saturday, March 4th, 9 am to 12 pm. Required group assessment in math, writing, and reading comprehension. The visit also includes time for drama games and other social activities.
    • Shadow visits take place November-February, and are an opportunity for students to spend time at Park Day School visiting current classes. The Admissions office will contact you to schedule your child’s visit once your application is received. 
  • 7th & 8th Grade Applicants: Individual visits scheduled in January and February. The Admissions office will contact you to schedule your child’s visit once your application is received. If you would like your child to visit before your family commits to an application, please email admissions@parkdayschool.org.

Step 6 -- Admission Decisions Notification
Park Day will send admission decisions on Friday, March 17, 2017. Tuition information for the 2017-18 school year will be included in the acceptance packets. Families who have applied for financial assistance will be notified of any financial assistance allocation at the same time they receive their offer of admission.

Step 7 -- Enroll in Park Day School
To enroll, families must return their signed enrollment contract and the required deposit no later than 9:00 AM on Friday March 24, 2017. We know that choosing a school is a monumental decision, and are here to support you every step of the way.

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