How To Apply

Thank you for your interest in applying to The Hill School! Please be sure to read through the information on this page, which will answer questions you many have regarding the application process and timeline. All completed applications are due by January 31. Applications received after that date will be considered as space permits. If you have any questions as you complete the admission process, please do not hesitate to contact The Hill School Admission Office at or 610-705-1252.

1. Complete your application using our online application form, Gateway to Prep Schools, or the Standard Application Online (SAO)

Please complete only ONE of these application processes by clicking on the buttons below. Applicants who use our online application will create a Hill online account which will enable them to track the status of the application and receive an admission decision. Applicants who submit an application through Gateway or SAO will be sent an email with a link to their Hill online account which will enable them to track the status of the application and receive an admission decision.

2. Take the SSAT (Secondary School Admission Test), ISEE, PSAT, or SAT or ACT, as an Admission Test

 Applicants must take the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT). Please make sure that test scores are sent directly to The Hill School. Our school code is 3898. Please register for the October, November, December, or January test dates, as it takes approximately three weeks to receive the results. Permission may be granted for students to submit a February test date. Applicants may register online for the SSAT here.

3. Required Interview with an Admission Officer

We encourage all applicants to visit The Hill School either before or after submitting application materials. You may schedule a visit at your convenience by completing our online interview request form or calling the Admission Office at 610-705-1252.

Application Timeline

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 form (11th grade) or sixth form (12th grade) 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 10.

Receiving Notification of Admission Decisions After March 10:The Ten Schools listed below will mail admission decision letters on March 10, 2020. The letter will be your official notification of the decision. By agreement the Ten Schools will not fax, email, 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 email to learn of your decision. *Agreed to by the directors of admission 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 S

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 and the previous year's tax returns are due January 15. Applications for aid received after that date will be considered only if aid funds remain available. Please complete these 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 enrollment management.