Upper School

Learn more about the Upper School program

Are you applying to the Palma Scholars Program? Please see the program webpage for more information.

Please note the application deadline to apply for 2019-20 has passed. We will begin the application process for 2020-21 September 3, 2019.

Campus Tour

We encourage you to visit campus early in your exploration process. Students are welcome to attend. Tours are highly recommended but not required.

Tours are available September through early February.

Student Visit

Students do not need to have a submitted application in order to visit.

Visits for all students include attending classes with your host.

Applicants to grade 9 will participate in group assessment activities, and applicants to grades 10-12 will have an informal one-on-one interview with a faculty member.

Visits are available on select days October through February.

Pre-visit Questionnaire

This short form will tell us a little bit about your child's interests and should be submitted at least seven days prior to the student visit so we can find a compatible host.

Admission Testing

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.

Character Skills Snapshot

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.

Application Forms

The online application includes a series of questions for the student as well as the parents/guardians. 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.

Teacher Evaluations

Send the online evaluation form to your child's current math & English teachers. Please do not send these requests until after November 1; this will allow the teachers time to get to know your child. You should have the teacher's full name and email available when you are ready to send each evaluation.

School Records

Print, sign, and submit a records request form to your child's current school.

Take the First Step

Key Dates

Dec 20, 2018: Reduced Fee ($50) application deadline

Jan 8, 2019: Palma Scholars Program application deadline

Feb 4, 2019: Regular Fee ($75) application deadline

Feb 8, 2019: Financial Assistance application deadline

Mar 8, 2019: Admission & Financial Assistance decisions delivered via email

Mar 20, 2019: Signed enrollment agreements & deposits due

Fee Waivers

To request an application fee or SSAT fee waiver, please complete the fee waiver request form

Request Waiver

Please Note

There are additional application materials and earlier deadlines for those applying to the Palma Scholars Program.

Quick Facts

Approximately 75 students in each grade

15 students on average in each class

Faculty advisor for each student all four years

7 day rotating schedule, 5 classes per day, with time for breaks, lunch, advisory groups, assemblies, and co-curricular meetings

Graduates attend a wide variety of colleges including Ivy League schools, liberal arts colleges, state universities, and specialty programs

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