Upper School Admissions Process

Visiting the School before Applying

Upper School Information Sessions will be held on Wednesday mornings for parents interested in the 9th grade for their child. 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. 

Students are invited to attend the Upper School Open House on Sunday, November 8 from 1:00 - 3:00pm. OUR ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED, BUT PLEASE JOIN US ON SUNDAY AND REGISTER AT THE EVENT.

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, 2015

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, 2016.

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.  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, 2015.

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