Middle School Admissions Process

Visiting the School before Applying

Information Sessions and Tours for parents will be held on September 20, October 11, October 25, November 15, and December 6 for families interested in the 6th and 7th grades. During these sessions, Middle School administrators and students will lead discussions on the academic and extracurricular programs in the Middle School. There will also be information on the admissions process. Please note that these sessions are optional. Parents/guardians and children are both welcome and registration is required. 

Our Middle School Open House will be held on Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 1:00pm. Registration is required. You may register for these events by clicking on the "Visit Sidwell Friends" tab.

How to Apply

In order to be considered for admission, Sidwell Friends evaluates the following materials:

  • Part I, the Application Form
  • Student's School Visit and Interview (optional)
  • SSAT or ISEE Testing (SSAT or WISC-V for 5th grade applicants)
  • Two Teacher Evaluations (English and Math)
  • School Transcripts
  • An Applicant Questionnaire for applicants to sixth through eighth grades
  • Parent Statement


Families must submit Part I, the Application Form online by December 15, 2016

Please note: Part II, Supporting Documents(teacher evaluations, school transcript, test results, etc.) do not need to be submitted with the application.  The application itself is sufficient to begin the admission process.  However, all supplementary materials must be received by the Admissions Office by January 15, 2017.

Application Fee
There is a $75 fee to submit an application, which is paid by credit card when applying online. If the application fee creates a financial hardship for your family, please call the Admissions Office to discuss the possibility of a fee waiver.

Student's School Visit and Interview
Sixth and Seventh grade applicants: You will be able to sign-up online for an interview for you and your child once you submit Part I of the application. We cannot guarantee an interview if your child's application is not received by December 1, 2016.

All sixth and seventh grade students accepted to the Middle School will be invited to spend a half day shadowing a current student in March before the enrollment contract deadline.

Fifth and Eighth grade applicants: Spaces for fifth and eighth grades become available only through attrition of our current students. If you are interested in applying to fifth or eighth grade, please be aware that while we will accept applications for these grades, we will only be able to offer interviews to applicants if space becomes available. We will contact you in early spring if we are able to schedule an interview for your child.

Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth grade applicants:  Students need to take either the Secondary School Admissions Test (SSAT) or Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) in October, November, December, or early January.

The Sidwell Friends School code for the SSAT is 7366 and for the ISEE is 090200.  Complete registration and fee information is available on the SSAT and ISEE Web sites.

Fifth grade applicants: Students need to take the SSAT, or the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC-V) by January 15, 2017. A list of testers for the WISC-V can be found here

Teacher Evaluation
Fifth through Eighth grade applicants: Two Teacher Evaluations are required.  These confidential forms should be completed by your child’s current Math and English teachers.  If the same faculty member teaches both of these subjects, please ask the child’s science or social studies teacher to submit the second evaluation. 

School Transcript
Fifth through Eighth grade applicants: Transcripts for the first grading period of the current school year and a complete report from the previous year are required for the applicant.  It is the responsibility of the parent to request that these official records be sent to Sidwell Friends by submitting the Transcript Request Form to their child’s current school. The school will mail the transcript directly to us.

Parent Statement and Applicant Questionnaire
These forms help us to learn more about your child and family.  An Applicant Questionnaire is required for applicants to grades six through eight.

Out of Town Applicants

We look forward to 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.



Contact Information

Diana Lazarus '85
Assistant Director of Admissions, Upper and Middle School
Phone: 202-537-8112
Fax:    202-537-2401