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Applying to Birches School
We are accepting applications for Kindergarten through 8th Grade and have space for a few mid-year transfers for qualified students. We seek curious, motivated students who will thrive in our inquiry-based, collaborative learning environment. The admission process is designed to ensure that the applicant will both thrive at Birches and contribute to our classrooms.
Admission to Birches School is based on the written application, previous teachers’ assessments, and interviews with the prospective student and parents. We are a warm, community-minded school seeking curious students at all grade levels. We seek diverse and gender-balanced classrooms.
To apply for admission, please follow these steps:
1. Complete the Application Form.
2. Provide the Teacher Evaluation Form(s) to the applicant’s current teacher(s). The child’s teacher should send the form directly to Birches School.
3. Submit the Application Fee of $50 payable by personal check or online via credit card.
4. For applicants to grades 1-8: Once we receive the items listed above, we will be in touch to schedule a visit day for the applicant. The visit day will allow the applicant to spend the full day at Birches with their grade-level peers. We ask that parents/guardians remain after drop-off or arrive early for pick-up on the visit day to attend a brief meeting with the Head of School and/or other Birches staff members.
For Kindergarten applicants: We require that Kindergarten applicants attend the Kindergarten Admissions Playdate (Jan. 23, 2019 with snowdate on Feb. 6, 2019) from 1:00 - 2:15pm. During this time, parents/guardians will have the opportunity to ask questions and hear more about Birches.
KEY DATES FOR 2018-2019 admissions season
Financial Aid Application Due: Monday, January 21, 2019 (Note: Supporting tax documents can be submitted up until February 4, 2019)
Kindergarten Playdate (required for Kindergarten applicants and their parents/guardians): Wed. Jan. 23, 2019 1:00 - 2:15 pm (Snow Date is Feb. 6, 2019 1:00 - 2:15 pm)
Admissions and Financial Aid Decisions Mailed: Friday, March 8, 2019*
Family Reply Date for Acceptance of Enrollment Contract: April 10, 2019
*Birches School adheres to notification dates established by area independent schools.
Birches School application FORM for 2019-2020
Click here to apply online.
Click Here to Pay the Application Fee online.
Click here to download an application form to mail.
TEACHER EVALUATION FORMS:
ENTERING Kindergarten & First Grade
ENTERING 2nd - 5th Grade
ENTERING 6th - 8th, MATH EVALUATION
entering 6th - 8th, english evaluation
Financial Aid Details:
A financial aid program has been established and funded. Parental need will be established through the professional organization SSS (School and Student Services) of NAIS (National Association of Independent Schools). Those wishing to apply should do so on-line by clicking here. You will be asked to include the SSS "School Code" for Birches, which is: 192607. Click here to download a document that describes the process and provides additional resources for applying for financial aid at Birches School. Please note that to date our Financial Aid for the 2019-2020 school year has been allocated. We encourage families to apply for financial aid in the event that additional funds become available.