Admissions

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 parents 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.
 

The Process

List of 4 items.

  • STEP 1: SCHEDULE A VIRTUAL VISIT

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, admissions tours and events will be held virtually for the safety of all constituents.

    Our virtual Community Open House is on Saturday, December 5 at 10:00 a.m. All are welcome to participate in this virtual event. RSVP is required. 

    Parents of prospective candidates for the 2021-2022 school year may schedule a private virtual meet-up with our admissions office beginning in September. To schedule a virtual meet-up, please complete our inquiry form or access the scheduler located on your child's online admissions checklist.
  • STEP 2: SUBMIT AN APPLICATION

    An online application for the 2021-2022 school year may be submitted as of September 14, 2020. 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, 2021. There is a non-refundable application fee of $100.00 payable online at the time the application is submitted.
  • STEP 3: ASSESSMENT AND ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

    UPDATE: Due to COVID-19, candidates for admissions to grades K-8 for the 2021-22 school year will participate in a virtual admissions 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 virtual kindergarten assessment to take place by appointment between January 15 and February 5. 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, 2021.

    GRADES ONE THROUGH FOUR 
    First grade applicants are required to take the Harbor Day School virtual 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 virtual first grade assessment to take place by appointment between January 15 and February 5. 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 At-Home online exam by January 30, 2021. Parents/Guardians of second through fourth grade applicants will receive an email with a link to register for the Harbor Day School administered ISEE At-Home test event on January 30. Applicants who have registered to take the ISEE At-Home online exam at another test event should add Harbor Day School as a score recipient using our school code 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 virtual student interview and to submit the online teacher recommendation form.

    GRADES FIVE THROUGH EIGHT
    Fifth through eighth grade applicants are required to take the ISEE by February 6, 2021, and must register online at www.iseetest.org. Fifth through eighth grade applicants may register to take the ISEE at any ISEE test location or online. 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. 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, 2021. Upon review of all sixth grade applicants by the admissions committee, sixth grade applicants who appear to be qualified will be invited to participate in a virtual student interview to take place by appointment between January 11 and February 12, 2021. For fifth, seventh, and eighth grade applicants, 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 virtual student interview and to submit the online teacher recommendation forms. 
  • STEP 4: DECISIONS

    Decisions are posted online in early March.

Admissions Timeline

APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE FOR SUBMISSION FOR THE 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR
September 14, 2020 

VIRTUAL MEET-UP
Available by appointment during school hours after completion of the online inquiry form or application

VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE
December 5, 2020 - 10:00 AM

APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR THE 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR
Grades K-8: January 18, 2021, but can be submitted as early as September 14

TEACHER RECOMMENDATION FORM DEADLINE
Grades K and 6: January 18, 2021
Grades 1-5, 7-8: Upon request after testing

VIRTUAL 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 virtual student interview between January 11 and February 12

VIRTUAL ADMISSIONS TESTING
Kindergarten and Grade 1: January 15 - February 5, 2021, by appointment
Grades 2-4: January 30, 2021 (ISEE At-Home)
Grades 5-8: February 6, 2021 (ISEE)

FINANCIAL AID APPLICATION DEADLINE
February 1, 2021

ADMISSIONS STATUS POSTED
Grades K-8: Early March 

Harbor Day School

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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.