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Winter open house

Experience Birches’ innovative curriculum, speak with faculty and students, tour classrooms and our beautiful new campus! Children are always welcome to attend.

Saturday, January 11, 2020 | 1:00pm-3:00pm

To register for the Winter Open House, please click HERE.


We are happy to announce that we will be adding a morning bus service from Cambridge, with a stop in Arlington. The bus will pick up from 183 Mt. Auburn Street in Cambridge, stopping at the corner Pleasant Street and the on-ramp to Rt. 2 West in Arlington, and then bringing students to school by 8:10am. Please contact cecily@birchesschool.org for more information. There is a sibling discount for the the bus.

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. More information on dates and deadlines is available here.

  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. Visit Days:

    • 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 a Kindergarten Admissions Playdate (about one hour in length). During this time, parents/guardians will have the opportunity to ask questions and hear more about Birches and prospective students will spend some time in the classroom with teachers and other students. Please save the date for the afternoon of January 29 (Snow date February 12) for the kindergarten playdate.

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.


Tuition Support Details:
A tuition support 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. The deadline to apply for tuition support for the 2020-2021 school year is Monday January 20, 2020. Please click here for more information.

Tuition for school year 2019-2020: $20,895