How to Apply
The process for admission begins in September and runs through January. The deadline for submitting applications for the next school year is January 31. Applications submitted after the January 31 deadline will be processed on a rolling admission basis so long as there are openings.
Parents are invited to tour the school with a parent guide or with the admission director. If you have a parent-led tour, the admission director will meet with you following the tour to answer any additional questions and to learn more about your child. Tours are scheduled on weekdays while school is in session.
Open Houses are scheduled on weekdays and weekends during the fall and winter. Please check our website for dates. These informal events will allow you to speak directly with our talented faculty about our program, tour our campus with a current student and parent who will share their unique experience at GUS, and learn more about the value of a GUS education. During a weekday Open House, parents will have the opportunity to observe classes in session. During our Sunday Open House, students may attend workshops taught by Glen Urquhart teachers and experience the project-based learning that we do every day. Tours of the campus and an opportunity to talk with GUS teachers, parents, and students will also be a part of the afternoon.
If you attend an Open House, we ask that you make an appointment for an interview with the admission director, which allows us the opportunity to learn more about your child and offers parents the opportunity to learn more about Glen Urquhart.
Upon receipt of your application and a nonrefundable $50 application fee, we will open an admission file for your child. (If the application fee presents a financial hardship, please send a written request for a waiver.)
Glen Urquhart School has a strong financial aid program. Families may apply for financial aid on the NAIS (National Association of Independent Schools) web site through School and Student Services (sssbynais.org/parents/?src=topband). All applications are made online, and the deadline is February 28. Please click here for more information on financial aid.
All required admission forms are posted on the website. They can be viewed and downloaded after registering and applying online here. Please contact Leslie Marchesseault, at email@example.com, if you have mailed in your application rather than applied online, or if you would like to have the forms emailed to you directly. The forms that must be completed are due to the school by January 31 and are as follows:
- Student Evaluation Form–completed by the child’s current teacher
- Transcript Release–signed permission form delivered to the school for permanent records to be sent to Glen Urquhart
- Parent Questionnaire–completed by parents and returned to GUS
- Permission to Contact Current Teacher/Visit School–signed by parent and returned to GUS allowing us to contact your child’s current teacher
- K/1 Play Group Screening–Admission Office will contact families to attend one of the scheduled play group screenings.
- Grades two through five Visit Day–Admission Office will contact families to attend one of the scheduled visit days
- Grades six, seven, and eight Visit Day and Testing Day–Admission Office will contact families to attend one of the scheduled visit days and one of the scheduled testing days. (Applicants are able to submit ISEE scores in lieu of Glen Urquhart testing.)
KINDERGARTEN AND FIRST GRADE
Candidates for kindergarten should be five by September 1 of the year he/she will enroll. Families with children applying for kindergarten or first grade will join us for a two-hour play group in January or February. Once we receive your application, we will contact you to schedule a screening play group. Children spend time with other applicants in the kindergarten classroom and will be involved in an informal gamelike screening process geared to assess developmental readiness for either the kindergarten or first grade. The screening includes subsets on speech and articulation, fine and gross motor control, and cognitive work with numbers and letters. While the play group meets, parents will chat with the head of school and director of lower school.
GRADES 2 THROUGH 5
We invite students applying to second through fifth grade to visit the school for a day in January or February. Students will visit in the grade in which they are currently enrolled. Once we receive your application, we will contact you to schedule a visit. The day visit offers each student the opportunity to learn more about Glen Urquhart and allows us to learn about your child, both personally and academically. During the visit, students will participate in the activities of the day and also work individually with teachers to demonstrate their skills in math, writing, and reading. The children’s visit will be from 8:10 to 2:45.
In addition to sixth grade, the fifth grade is now an entry year at Glen Urquhart. Students are taught in groups of fifteen or smaller, and co-teachers work as a team. The larger class broadens the experience for the students, a good step before they move to the departmentalized upper school.
GRADES 6 THROUGH 8
We invite students applying to sixth through eighth grades to visit the school for a day in January or February. Once we receive your application, we will contact you to schedule a visit. The visit offers each student the opportunity to learn more about Glen Urquhart and allows us to learn about your child. Students will visit the grade in which they are currently enrolled.
Students will spend approximately three hours at the school, completing assessments in reading, writing, math, and language arts. The assessments are designed by our faculty to evaluate the student’s skill and academic level and their ability to be successful at Glen Urquhart School. Students can be assessed in two ways. They can take the ISEE at any of the local test sites, or students may take the Glen Urquhart assessment on our campus. The Glen Urquhart assessments are designed by our faculty to evaluate the student’s skill and academic level and their ability to be successful at Glen Urquhart School. Glen Urquhart assessments are offered in January and February. If you choose to have your child take the ISEE, you can register online at www.erblearn.org.
In the process of building a class, the admission committee looks at the applicant using the following criteria: academic abilities, skill levels, maturity, classroom personality, and social skills. The overall composition of the class may determine the appropriateness of each applicant, even sibling applicants. Effort is made to keep a balance of boys and girls in each class.
Qualified sibling candidates are given priority. Glen Urquhart School strives to be a family school where children can find success. In the majority of cases this is possible, but sibling priority does not ensure admission for every member of a family.
Glen Urquhart will mail admission decisions on March 10. Where appropriate, financial aid decisions will be included in that mailing. Families must submit a signed enrollment contract and deposit to Glen Urquhart by April 10 to reserve a place for the fall.