Prospective students must submit a completed application form, along with school transcripts and recommendations from an English and mathematics teacher, as well as a school counselor. Applicants also must take the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) or the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE). The Admission Office can provide information on both tests. As an alternative, applicants for the fifth (11th grade) or sixth (12th grade) forms can submit PSAT or SAT scores.
First-round admission decision: The application is due January 31. Letters reporting first-round decisions will be mailed no later than March 9.
Receiving notification of admission decisions after March 9: The Ten Schools listed below will mail admission decision letters on March 9, 2013. The letter will be your official notification of the decision. By agreement the Ten Schools will not fax, e-mail, or give decisions on the telephone at that time. However, if you have not received your admission decision letter by March 15, you are invited to call, fax, or e-mail to learn of your decision. Agreed to by the admission directors at: Choate Rosemary Hall, Deerfield Academy, The Hill School, Hotchkiss School, Lawrenceville School, Loomis Chaffee School, Phillips Academy, Phillips Exeter Academy, St. Paul's School, and Taft School.
Late admission decision: Completed applications received after January 31 are considered on a space-available basis. Admission decisions will be announced on a rolling basis.
Consideration of financial aid: First consideration is given to applicants who submit a School and Student Service (SSS) financial aid application and tax returns as early as possible. PFS forms are due December 15. Tax returns are due by January 31. Applications for aid received after that date will be considered only if aid funds remain available. The Admission Office can provide the SSS forms, or families can complete the forms online at the SSS website.
Boarding/day status: When deciding whether to apply as a boarding or day candidate, please note that once enrolled, students may change their boarding/day status only with the approval of the assistant headmaster for admission and external affairs.