Admission

Applying to Harbor Day

Harbor Day School seeks students who are intellectually capable, who show an enthusiasm for learning, and who exhibit character that would contribute to the well being of the school community. We seek families who will partner with the school to achieve its mission.

Harbor Day School will accept qualified students without regard to race, creed, color, gender, religion, or national origin in any grade where vacancies are available.

Admission to Harbor Day School is based on several factors including performance on report cards and entrance tests, teacher recommendations, and a half-day classroom visit. Qualified siblings of currently enrolled Harbor Day School students will receive priority acceptance, with the understanding that Harbor Day School may not be the appropriate school for all sibling applicants. Children of alumni are given preference over non-sibling applicants when all other factors are equal.
 

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The Process

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  • STEP 1: SUBMIT AN APPLICATION

    An online application for the 2022-2023 school year may be submitted as of September 1, 2021. No applications will be processed earlier than one year prior to the entrance year. We request that all applications for grades kindergarten through eight be submitted by January 18, 2022. There is a non-refundable application fee of $100.00 payable online at the time the application is submitted.
  • STEP 2: SCHEDULE A VISIT

    Parents/Guardians of applicants for the 2022-2023 school year are asked to schedule a parent/guardian meeting with the Director of Admission. Please access the scheduler located on your child's online admission checklist.

    Prospective families for the 2022-2023 school year are invited to join us for our annual Open House on Saturday, January 8, 2022, beginning at 9:00 a.m. Registration is required. We are excited to welcome you in our new building!

    As a COVID precautionary measure, registration is limited to prospective families for the 2022-2023 school year. Prospective families for future years are asked to complete our online inquiry form to receive an invitation to our Future Families Preview in the spring. 
  • STEP 3: ASSESSMENT AND ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

    Candidates for admission to grades K-8 for the 2022-23 school year will participate in an admission assessment.

    KINDERGARTEN 

    Kindergarten screening is required for all applicants. Kindergarten applicant parents/guardians will receive an email with a link to register their child for the Harbor Day School kindergarten assessment on February 11 (siblings only), 12, 18, or 19. The kindergarten assessment fee of $150.00 is due at registration.

    Kindergarten applicants must be five years old on or before September 1 of the year the child is enrolled. The required online teacher recommendation form must be submitted by the applicant’s current teacher by January 18, 2022.

    GRADES ONE THROUGH FOUR 
    First grade applicants are required to take the Harbor Day School first grade assessment. Parents/Guardians of first grade applicants will receive an email with a link to register their child for the Harbor Day School first grade assessment that will be held on February 5, 2022. The first grade assessment fee of $150.00 is due at registration.

    Second through fourth grade applicants are required to take the primary level ISEE by February 5, 2022, and must register online at www.iseetest.org. Applicants may register to take the ISEE at any ISEE test location. Please list Harbor Day School as a score recipient. Our school code number is 054016

    First through fourth grade applicants are required to submit their most recent report card with their online application. First through fourth grade applicants will be notified of their admission status in early March. If an opening occurs, the entire list of qualified candidates will be reviewed, and a select group of candidates may be requested to participate in a student interview and to submit the online teacher recommendation form.

    GRADES FIVE THROUGH EIGHT
    Fifth through eighth grade applicants must take the ISEE by February 5, 2022, and register online at www.iseetest.org. Applicants may register to take the ISEE at any ISEE test location. Please list Harbor Day School as a score recipient. Our school code number is 054016

    Fifth through eighth grade applicants are required to submit their previous year and most recent report card with their application. In addition to the report card copies, fifth through eighth grade applicants are asked to submit a writing sample that has been graded by the candidate's current English or history teacher. The writing sample must include the assigned grade or teacher comments. For sixth grade applicants, an online teacher recommendation form completed by the applicant’s current English and math teachers must be received by January 18, 2022. Upon review of all sixth grade applicants by the admission committee, sixth grade applicants who appear to be qualified will be invited to participate in a student interview to take place by appointment between January 10 and February 11, 2022. For fifth, seventh, and eighth grade applicants, if an opening occurs, the entire list of qualified candidates will be reviewed by the admission committee, and a select group of candidates may be requested to participate in a student interview and submit the online teacher recommendation forms. 
  • STEP 4: DECISIONS

    Decisions are posted online in early March.

Admission Timeline for the 2022-2023 School Year

APPLICATION DEADLINE
The online application may be submitted between September 1, 2021 and January 18, 2022.

PARENT/GUARDIAN MEETING
Applicant families may schedule a parent/guardian meeting with the Director of Admission and Enrollment after submitting the online application. 

OPEN HOUSE
January 8, 2022 - 9:00AM

APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR THE 2022-2023 SCHOOL YEAR
Grades K-8: January 18, 2022, but can be submitted as early as September 1

TEACHER RECOMMENDATION FORM DEADLINE
Grades K and 6: January 18, 2022
Grades 1-5, 7-8: Upon request after testing

STUDENT INTERVIEW
Kindergarten: Does not apply
Grades 1-5, 7-8: Upon request after testing
Grade 6: If eligible, applicants will be invited to schedule a student interview between January 10 and February 11

ADMISSION TESTING
Kindergarten: February 11 (siblings only) 12, 18, 19 
Grades 1-8: February 5, 2022 

FINANCIAL AID APPLICATION DEADLINE
February 1, 2022

ADMISSION STATUS POSTED
March 4, 2022

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Harbor Day School is a co-educational private independent K-8 school established in 1952.
Harbor Day School does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, or other programs administered by the School.