Upper School Admissions Process

Visiting the School before Applying

Upper School Information Sessions will be held on September 21, October 12, October 26, November 16, and December 7 for those interested in applying for 9th grade. During these sessions, Upper School administrators and students will lead discussions on the academic and extracurricular programs in the Upper School. There will also be information on the admissions process and a tour of the campus. Please note that these sessions are optional.  Parents/guardians and children are welcome to attend. 

Our Upper School Open House will be held on Sunday, November 6, 2016 from 1:00 - 3:00 pm. Click on the "Visit Sidwell Friends" tab to register for an Information Session and/or the Open House. 

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
  • Two Teacher Evaluations (English and Math)
  • School Transcripts
  • An Applicant Questionnaire
  • Parent Statement

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

Part II, Supporting Documents (teacher recommendation, 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
The application fee is $75.00 and can be paid online by credit card.  If the application fee creates a financial hardship for your family, a limited number of waivers are available.  Please call the Admissions Office to discuss the possibility of a fee waiver.

Student Interview and Tour 
9th Grade Applicants: Once you submit Part I, you will be able to sign-up for an interview for you and your child.  Select a tour and interview appointment from the dates listed.  The interview, conducted by a member of the Admissions Committee, is not a required component of the application process.  These visits are held during the school day between September and January and last about 60 minutes.  We cannot guarantee an interview if your child's application is not received by December 1, 2016.

10th and 11th Grade Applicants: Space for these grades is determined during the winter and is based on total enrollment of the Upper School and attrition. Tours and interviews will be scheduled if space is available. 

Sidwell Friends School does not accept applications for 12th grade.


All Upper School applicants need to take either the Secondary School Admissions Test (SSAT) or the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) in October, November, December, or January.

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

Teacher Evaluation
Two Teacher Evaluations are required.  These confidential forms should be completed by your child’s current Math and English teachers. 

School Transcript
Transcripts for the first grading period of the current school year and a completed 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.

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