Please complete the following steps to apply to the Palma Scholars Program.
We encourage you to visit campus early in your exploration process. Families have the opportunity to attend an individual, personalized tour and students are welcome to join. Group tours are offered as an alternative to an individual tour and take place on the morning of the student visit; tours begin directly following the information session. Tours are highly recommended but not required. Current Upper School students and admission team members lead tours.
Please tour by the application deadline.
Students do not need to have a submitted application in order to visit.
Visits include shadowing a current student, engaging in classroom activities, and participating in an informal interview with a faculty member.
Palma Scholars applicants must visit by January 14, 2019.
Please note that finalists will also be required to participate in a group visit on January 31, 2019.
This short form will tell us a little bit about your child's interests and should be submitted at least seven days prior to their visit so we can find a compatible host.
Students applying for grades 6–12 are required to take an admission test during the current school year. Please visit our Admission Testing page for the SSAT testing schedule, registration information, alternative tests, and more.
Students applying to grades 6-12 have the option of including results from the Character Skills Snapshot in their application. It is a 20-30 minute online assessment that can be taken on a computer with internet access. The assessment is free for those registered to take the SSAT. If you are not registered to take the SSAT the cost is $35. Register online through your SSAT account. Learn more about the Snapshot in this FAQ.
The online application includes a series of questions for the student as well as the parents/guardians, and a Palma Scholars addendum for the student. This is your best opportunity to share information about your family. We also require the student to submit a graded paper from a current class that includes the teacher's comments. All applications will be read by the admission committee.
Send the online evaluation form to your child's current math and English teachers, and current coach-instructor. Please do not send these requests until after November 1; this will allow the evaluators time to get to know your child. You should have the evaluator's full name and email available when you are ready to send each evaluation.
Print, sign, and submit a records request to your child's current school.