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Frequently Asked Questions

Children need to be four years old by August 1 of the enrolled school year for our Junior Kindergarten and five years old by August 1 of the enrolled school year for our Senior Kindergarten.

Rossman School does not maintain a waiting list. Please contact us in the fall of the year prior to the year when your child would be eligible to enroll to start the admission process.

We encourage every family interested in applying to schedule a personal tour with our Director of Admission, Katharine Durham.

We’ve learned through years of experience that children need to be grouped according to all of the following maturities: cognitive, social, physical, and emotional. Our experience has shown us that young students placed ahead of their chronological peer group frequently find themselves at a disadvantage later in their development in one way or another.

Our academic program recognizes that students acquire academic skills at different rates and in different ways. We’re committed to challenging each child appropriately at all grade levels. We present children with activities and materials that allow a full range of challenges and experiences.

When making the important decision of when to enroll a child in kindergarten, we ask parents to think beyond their daughter or son’s “readiness” for their earliest school years, and consider their child’s development at all ages, including early adolescence and the teen years leading into college, and the quality of the college experience itself.

Our Junior and Senior Kindergarten evaluations are a combination of an individual developmental assessment by teachers and observation of children in small playgroups at Rossman. 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.

  • 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.

Decision letters, enrollment contracts and financial aid decisions will be mailed on March 16. Later applicants are evaluated, if space is available, with individually scheduled appointments.

When there are more qualified applicants than openings available, we establish an unranked waiting pool. When an opening occurs, the admission committee decides which student to offer a space based upon the overall profile of the class and the match between the strengths of the child and the needs of the school.

While Rossman is a family school, we are also committed to making sure Rossman is the right school for each child. If qualified, siblings and legacies are given preferential placement at the Junior Kindergarten level.

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