Upper School Admissions Process

Visiting the School before Applying

Parent Coffees will be held on Wednesday mornings during the fall for families interested in the 9th grade. During these sessions, Upper School administrators and teachers will lead discussions on the academic and extracurricular programs in the Upper School. There will also be information on the admissions process. Please note that these sessions are optional and designed specifically for parents/guardians. Register online for a Parent Coffee.

We hope your child will attend the Saturday Upper School Open House to be held in November.

How to Apply

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

  • Part I, the Application Form
  • Student's School Visit and Interview
  • SSAT or ISEE Testing (WISC-IV or Elementary Level SSAT if applying to fifth grade)
  • 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, 2014. You will receive an email confirming receipt of your application.

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, 2015.

Application Fee
The application fee is $60.00 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: Upon receipt of Part I of the application, you will receive an email from the Admissions Office that will contain a link to our interview calendar.  Select a tour and interview appointment from the dates listed.  This interview, conducted by a member of the Admissions Committee, is a required component of the application process.  A personalized tour with a current SFS student will also be offered.  These visits are held during the school day between September and January and last about 90 minutes.  We cannot guarantee an interview if your child's application is not received by December 1, 2014.

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.

Parent/Guardian Information Sessions for the Upper School (Optional) 

Once we receive an application, we are able to provide a more personalized experience for our applicants.  However, for parents and guardians who wish to learn more about our program prior to submitting an application, we invite you to an overview presentation of the Sidwell curriculum and programs on most Wednesdays throughout the fall.  Click here to register. 

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 and submitted directly to the Admissions Office by the teachers. These forms can now be completed online and emailed to SFS directly by the 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.

Contact Information

Alexander Levey '05
Assistant Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, Upper School
Phone: 202-537-8105
Fax: 202-537-2401