Start Your Journey.
The best way to get a feel for Park is to visit. That’s what our admission process is all about. Our admission team is your partner to help you find the best fit for your child’s early childhood, elementary, and middle school education.
1. Create Your Account
When your explorations encourage you to get to know Park better, your next step is to create an account in our inquiry and application system, Ravenna. Once your account is established, you may schedule tours, submit application and recommendation materials, track the submission of test results and otherwise keep tabs on your progress. We will contact you if we find anything is missing.
2. Schedule Your Virtual Tour and Interview
Throughout the admissions process, you and your family will have many opportunities to learn about Park, and to help us get to know you. Your interview with one of Park’s admission officers will provide a chance for you to help us get to know you and your child. A virtual tour and interview are required of applying families, even if you attend an Open House. Over the course of the application and decision process, you will also have opportunities to talk with current families and students about their experience, and to get to know the Park community more personally. Virtual tours begin in early October.
3. Begin Your Application
Your application helps us get to know you and to appreciate what you bring to the Park community. Your Ravenna account will help you complete and submit all your materials, including your application.
Recognizing that the application process can be stressful and time-consuming, Park has joined with a number of area schools to standardize the questions families are asked to create a shared parent statement. If you are applying to more than one school in this group, the answers you write for your Park application can be used in applications to any of these other schools as well.
The parent statement helps us understand each child from the parent/guardian perspective, and also understand the ways in which your family’s commitment to education mirrors the values we embrace.
The Ravenna platform also helps you send requests for teacher recommendations and school reports, which must come directly from your child’s school.
4. Complete Standardized Testing
Applicants for Grades 6–8 should take the Independent School Entrance Examination (ISEE) or the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) in November, December, or January. (We prefer the ISEE, but the SSAT is acceptable.) You can learn more about the ISEE at www.iseetest.org.
If a student is not able to provide us with ISEE scores, we ask for a copy of a written and corrected English assignment showing teacher comments. For younger children, we ask the child’s school to send any standardized test results along with the teacher’s report.
Note: if your family is not able to utilize home-based standardized testing during the pandemic, please contact the Admission Office to discuss alternative assessments.
Scores are due to Park on Friday, January 27.
5. Your Child’s Assessment for Park
To ensure the health and safety of applicants, all admission assessments of students will be held remotely this year. We do want to get to know our applicants and have them feel as comfortable as possible during their assessments. During the month of January, students applying to Grades 1-8 will meet with a member of the admission team, a teacher and/or the division head. For further information about the assessment process at each grade level, please visit our website. Please note, if your child’s visit is scheduled before the January application deadline, we must have your completed application on file in advance of the assessment.
PreKindergarten & Kindergarten Applicants: This year, Park, in partnership with 15 other local independent schools, will utilize the Boston Area Virtual Evaluation (BAVE), a video assessment tool for young children. Families are asked to video their children doing specific tasks and then to upload these videos to any of the participating schools to which they are applying. We may ask to also meet virtually with your child for an additional five minutes. BAVE Assessment Directions.
Lower Division Applicants: Applicants for Grades 1–4 will participate in a range of activities with Park’s teachers remotely.
Upper Division Applicants: Students will be tested in math, English, and the modern or classical language they have been studying, if applicable, again, on a remote basis.
6. Complete Your Park Application
All application materials must be submitted through our Ravenna account by January 6 for Lower Division and January 15 for Upper Division. The application requires payment of the non-refundable application fee, for which qualifying families may receive fee waivers on request by contacting the Admission Office.
In joining Park, you become part of a vibrant community of students, teachers, and families who believe in supporting each other as we grow as individuals, scholars, and leaders.
We look forward to getting to know you!
Admission Deadlines 2022-23
|Admission Tours & Interviews Begin||
|Lower Division Application and $60 Fee||
|Upper Division Application and $60 Fee||
Applicants to Grades 6-8:
|Applicants for Financial Aid:
Parents' Financial Statement (PFS) and accompanying documents due to SSS
|The Park School sends admission results||