Admission FAQs

When is the application due?

The application form is due in our office by January 10, 2020, for admission the following fall. It is highly recommended that you begin the application process as early as October, and complete your application form as early as possible. Although the majority of our openings are filled by candidates who follow this traditional admissions calendar, we invite families to inquire for entrance to all grades throughout the spring and summer.

When do most students come to Park?

We enroll students for two sections of PreK, and grow to four sections of Kindergarten. There are four sections in Grade 1–5 and we welcome new students to apply as openings become available. We can admit more students in Grades 6–8.

Do you offer an open house?

Park's Fall Open House is Sunday, November 3, 2019, from 12–3 p.m.
It’s a wonderful opportunity to engage in informative discussions with current parents, faculty, and our older students about the Park School community while touring the School. Older children are welcome to attend, especially potential applicants to our Upper Division. Given the number of visitors, however, the Open House can be overwhelming for younger children, especially those entering PreK and Kindergarten. Please don't feel obligated to bring them. There is no need to RSVP to this event.

Park's Spring Open House is Wednesday, May 6, 2020, from 8–10 a.m.
Considering Park for your family? Curious about the independent school admission process? Parents, please join us for a tour of the School followed by an information session with Park’s Admission Office to learn about the application process for next fall. RSVP required.

Is there a birthday cut-off date for PreKindergarten and Kindergarten?

Yes. Generally, children must be four years old by September 1 in order to enter PreK, and 5 years old by September 1 in order to enter Kindergarten. Additionally, all children must be toilet-trained.

Do applicants to PreKindergarten and Kindergarten require prior school experience?

Yes. All applicants to PreK and Kindergarten must be in a preschool or pre-kindergarten program at the time of application.

We recognize that our school building is a very large and our youngest students must transition to different locations during the day. It has been our experience that children with previous school experience have an easier time going from one activity to the next.

What is Park's tuition? Are there hidden costs?

Tuition ranges from $30,429 for PreKindergarten to $46,000 for Grade 8.

Our tuition includes all expenses for technology, textbooks, athletics, field trips, recess refreshments, and lunch for Grades 1–8. In March, all of our eighth graders participate in a trip to either China, France, Italy, or Spain as a capstone experience—this is also included in the tuition.

Does Park provide financial assistance?

Yes! Park has a generous financial assistance budget and is committed to being an economically diverse community. We offer financial aid to those who need it, and encourage you to consider Park whether or not you can afford the entire tuition. Approximately 23 percent of our students receive some financial assistance.

Families who receive financial aid can also qualify for supplemental assistance for costs not included in tuition, such as the after-school program, academic support, transportation, and optional summer trips for Grades 7 and 8.

Please click here for more information on the financial assistance application process.

Does Park offer I-20 visas to international students?

No. The Park School does not offer I-20 visas, but does welcome applications from families who have relocated internationally and currently hold visas.

Does the School enroll an equal number of boys and girls?

As a coed school, our goal is to enroll an equal number of boys and girls.

Do students come from a limited number of schools?

No. Park receives applicants from a wide array of schools throughout the Boston metropolitan area. The families at Park represent over 30 different cities, towns, and communities.

If my child is placed in a waiting pool, and no openings become available, do we have to reapply?

Yes, if your child has been placed in our wait pool for a particular academic year, he or she must reapply in any subsequent year, as critical information such as teacher recommendations and test scores must be updated.