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Admission Process

Application Deadline

2017-2018 Enrollment

Applications are still being accepted for limited spaces for the 2017-2018 school year. Apply now or contact Director of Admission Katharine Durham at admission@rossmanschool.orgor 314.434.5877, ext. 203, for more information.

2018-2019 Enrollment

Applications for 2018-2019 enrollment are due Friday, February 2, 2018. Sibling applications are due Monday, November 27, 2017.

If you wish to apply after February 2, 2018, please contact Director of Admission Katharine Durham at or 314.434.5877, ext. 203. Applications received after the deadline will be processed and decisions rendered based on space availability.


A goal of Rossman School is to prepare children academically, socially and emotionally to succeed in an independent secondary school. Rossman’s accelerated educational program makes it important to give consideration to each child’s capabilities and challenges. An applicant must have the aptitude to meet the requirements of Rossman’s academic program. Standards for each grade level must be met to ensure a child’s placement. If qualified, siblings and legacies are given preferential placement at the Junior Kindergarten level.

Rossman School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available at the school. Rossman does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of our educational policies, admissions policies, tuition assistance program, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

Steps to Apply

1)  Visit

Request a personal tour with our Director of Admission, Katharine Durham.

2)  Submit an Application by February 2

The school must receive the following for each applicant before an admission decision can be made:

  • Online Application
  • Signed Release Form giving Rossman permission to obtain school records, health forms and a teacher recommendation from the applicant’s present school (page 2 of Online Application)
  • Photo of your child (optional)
  • Non-refundable application and evaluation fee paid by cash or check only ($110)
    • Early Application Fee ($80): Save $30 when you apply between September 1, 2017 and November 30, 2017.

3)  Apply for Tuition Assistance by February 15

Learn more about tuition assistance here. Although the fifteenth of February is the preferred date for having a completed tuition assistance application on file in the Business Office, applications are accepted throughout the admissions season.

4)  Schedule an Evaluation

The admission evaluation process is designed to ensure thoughtful consideration of each applicant and a comfortable match between a child and his or her family and the school.

Our Junior and Senior Kindergarten evaluations are a combination of an individual Gesell Developmental Observation Assessment and observation of children in small playgroups at Rossman. The Gesell does not measure I.Q. or academic skills. Because the Gesell provides a qualitative evaluation rather than a numerical score, the teachers administrating the assessment have received special training to interpret a child’s responses. Aside from the evaluation day, it is possible that a member of the Admission Committee will visit your preschool to observe your child in the familiar setting of his or her own classroom.

Rossman often has a few openings in the first through sixth grades. Children in these grades are evaluated through a series of grade appropriate tests. First through sixth grade applicants are invited to spend a school day at Rossman.

After submitting your child’s application, contact Director of Admission Katharine Durham at or 314-434-5877, ext. 203, to schedule an evaluation.

Key Admission Dates

  • Wednesday, September 20, 2017   |   8:30-10:30 a.m.: 
    School Day Open House for Prospective Families
  • Wednesday, October 25, 2017   |   8:30-10:30 a.m.: 
    School Day Open House for Prospective Families
  • Wednesday, November 8, 2017   |   9-10 a.m.: 
    Junior Kindergarten Observation Morning
  • Monday, November 27, 2017:
    Sibling Applications Due for Fall 2018 Admission
  • Wednesday, November 29, 2017   |   8:30-10:30 a.m.: 
    School Day Open House for Prospective Families
  • Saturday, December 2, 2017   |   9-11:30 a.m.: 
    Open House with Special Kid-Friendly Program
  • Monday, December 4 - Friday, December 8, 2017:
    Individual Assessments for Siblings and Legacies Applying for JK and SK
  • January-February 2018: 
    Evaluations for Grade 1 through 6 Applicants (Evaluations are completed during a full day visit to Rossman. Please contact the Admission Office to schedule your child’s visit/evaluation.)
  • Wednesday, January 24, 2018   |   8:30-10:30 a.m.: 
    School Day Open House for Prospective Families
  • Friday, February 2, 2018:
    Priority Application Deadline for Fall 2018 Admission
  • Monday, February 5, 2018 - Wednesday, February 7, 2018: 
    Individual Assessments for JK and SK Applicants (Please contact the Admission Office to schedule your child’s assessment.)
  • Wednesday, February 15, 2018
    Preferred Date for Tuition Assistance Applications
  • Friday, March 16, 2018:
    Admission and Financial Aid Decisions Are Mailed to Families
  • Friday, April 6, 2018:
    Signed Enrollment Agreement and Deposit Due for Accepted Families

Surviving the Admission Process

Please try to relax. We understand that the application process can be stressful for your family, but do know that everything works out in the end. We thank you for your interest in Rossman School, and we look forward to your visit!



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