How to Apply

Thank you for your interest in applying to Sidwell Friends School.

Our expansion grades are PK, K, 3, 4, 6, 7, and 9. The School uses a web-based application called Ravenna for the admissions process. The online application includes student information, family information, and a $75 application fee. Please submit your online application by December 15, 2017.

Supporting documents are due by January 15, 2018. Specific documents required for each grade are listed on the application and may include the following:

  • Teacher recommendations
  • Test results (SSAT, ISEE, WISC, WPPSI)
  • Transcripts from current and previous school year
  • Parent statement
  • Applicant questionnaire

We accept applications to non-expansion grades (1, 2, 5, 8, 10, 11), but we do not know whether space will be available in those grades until spring. Therefore, our application deadlines are later for these grades. We do not accept applications for 12th grade.

Lower School

Take a Lower School Tour (September–December)

Information sessions and tours are offered several mornings a week, September through December. Events are for parents and guardians only. Information sessions and tours last approximately 90 minutes.

A Lower School Open House will be offered on a weekend this fall.

Submit Online Application (Due December 15)

The online application includes student information, family information, and a $75 application fee. Please submit your online application by December 15.

Sign up for a Parent Meeting (September–mid-January)

Parent meetings are offered from September through mid-January and are strongly suggested but not required. Meeting times fill up quickly as the application deadline approaches, so please register as soon as you submit the application.

Parent meetings for 1st and 2nd grade applicants will be scheduled if space becomes available in those grades.

Register for a Group Visit (October–mid-January)

Children applying to Lower School expansion grades are invited to spend some time at the school in a small-group setting.

Prekindergarten (PK) and kindergarten (K) group visits take place from October through mid-January. These events fill up quickly as the admissions deadline approaches, so please register for a group visit through Ravenna as soon as you submit your application.

Group visits for 3rd and 4th grade applicants will take place on Saturday, January 6, 2018 (tentative).

  • 3rd grade: 9:00–11:30 a.m.
  • 4th grade: 1:00–3:30 p.m.

Please register for the event through Ravenna.

Group visits for 1st and 2nd grade applicants will be scheduled if space becomes available in those grades.

Submit Teacher Recommendations (Due January 15)

Applicants to PK, K, and 1st grade must submit one recommendation from their current teacher.

Applicants to grades 2–4 should submit two teacher recommendations, one from the child’s current homeroom teacher and one from a specials teacher or the previous year’s homeroom teacher.

Request School Records (Due January 15)

Applicants for PK–grade 4 should submit a report card or progress report if the child receives one from his or her current school.

Complete Testing (Due January 15)

All applicants are required to have one of the following individual tests administered by an educational diagnostician:

PK–1st grade (if younger than age 6): WPPSI-IV

1st–4th grades (older than age 6 years): WISC-V

These test administrators are available in our area, but you are not required to use a testing site on this list. You should arrange an appointment for your child with a tester as early in the process as possible and request that the test results be sent directly to Sidwell Friends School by January 15.

Middle School

Take a Middle School Tour (September–December)

Information sessions and tours are offered several mornings a week, September through December. Events are for parents/guardians and their children. Information sessions and tours last approximately 2 hours.

A Middle School Open House will be offered on a weekend this fall.

Submit Online Application (Due December 15)

The online application includes student information, family information, and a $75 application fee. Please submit your online application by December 15.

Schedule a Student Interview and Parent Meeting (September–November)

Student interviews and parent meetings are strongly suggested for applicants to 6th and 7th grade. Please register for an interview through Ravenna as soon as you submit your child’s application since these appointments fill up quickly. We cannot guarantee an interview and parent meeting appointment for applications received after December 1.

Student interviews and parent meetings for 5th and 8th grade applicants will be scheduled if space becomes available in those grades.

Submit Teacher Recommendations (Due January 15)

We require recommendations from the student’s English teacher and math teacher. If the student applying for Middle School has one homeroom teacher who teaches both subjects, please ask that teacher to submit the recommendations for each subject separately.

Request Transcript (Due January 15)

Applicants to grades 5–8 should submit transcripts from the first half of the current school year and the full previous school year. Please submit the transcript release form to your child’s school authorizing it to send transcripts directly to Sidwell Friends School. We recommend that you request the transcripts in early January so that the most up-to-date grading period will be included with your child’s application.

Complete Testing (Due January 15)

Applicants for 5th–8th grades must take either the Secondary School Admissions Test (SSAT) or the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE). However, if your child is applying to 5th grade and is taking the WISC-V for another school application, we will accept that test in lieu of the SSAT or ISEE. These WISC-V test administrators are available in our area, but you are not required to use a testing site on this list.

To schedule the SSAT or the ISEE, visit www.ssat.org or www.erblearn.org/parents as early in the process as possible. Please make sure that Sidwell Friends will receive the test results by January 15. Use our school code (7366 SSAT or 090200 ISEE) to have the results sent directly to Sidwell Friends.

Upper School

Take an Upper School Tour (September–December)

Information sessions and tours are offered several mornings a week, September through December. Events are for parents/guardians and their children. Information sessions and tours last approximately 2 hours.

An Upper School Open House will be offered on a weekend this fall.

Submit Online Application (Due December 15)

The online application includes student information, family information, and a $75 application fee. Please submit your online application by December 15.

Schedule a Student Interview and Parent Meeting (September–November)

Student interviews and parent meetings are strongly suggested for applicants to 9th grade. Please register for an interview through Ravenna as soon as you submit your child’s application since these appointments fill up quickly. We cannot guarantee an interview and parent meeting appointment for applications received after December 1.

Student interviews and parent meetings for 10th and 11th grade applicants will be scheduled if space becomes available in those grades. No students are admitted in 12th grade.

Submit Teacher Recommendations (Due January 15)

We require recommendations from the student’s English teacher and math teacher.

Complete Testing (Due January 15)

Applicants for 9th–11th grades must take either the Secondary School Admissions Test (SSAT) or the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE). However, if your child is applying to 11th grade and has already taken the PSAT, we will accept that test in lieu of the SSAT or ISEE.

To schedule the SSAT or the ISEE, visit www.ssat.org or www.erblearn.org/parents as early in the process as possible. Please make sure that Sidwell Friends will receive the test results by January 15. Use our school code (7366 SSAT or 090200 ISEE) to have the results sent directly to Sidwell Friends.

Request Transcript (Due January 15)

Applicants to grades 9–11 should submit transcripts from the first half of the current school year and the full previous school year. Please submit the transcript release form to your child’s school authorizing it to send transcripts directly to Sidwell Friends School. We recommend that you request the transcripts in early January so that the most up-to-date grading period will be included with your child’s application.

Lower School Admissions

Samantha Caruth

Assistant Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, Lower School

Middle/Upper School Admissions

Diana Lazarus

Class of '85
Assistant Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, Middle/Upper School

Out-of-Town Applicants

We enjoy working with families living in other areas of the United States and other countries and understand that your circumstances may present some challenges as you go through the admissions process. Please inform us of your intention to apply as soon as possible so that we can be of greatest help to your family throughout the admissions process. Sidwell Friends is authorized to provide form I-20 to international students seeking an F-1 visa who apply and are accepted to grades 9–11.

Lower School

The joy of inquiry and exploration is instilled in our youngest learners.

Middle School

Growth and discovery take place in a supportive learning environment.

Upper School

Students are empowered to pursue their interests, both in and out of the classroom.