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Admission Process

Admission Process During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The purpose of our admission process is to ensure our applicants will thrive at Rossman, socially, emotionally and academically. Although moving the admission process online during the COVID-19 pandemic, it remains our utmost priority to develop a relationship with our prospective families. The partnership between our parents and Rossman School is critical, as together we uphold the values of kindness, honesty, respect and responsibility in a nurturing community committed to excellence.

The admission process, whether in-person or virtual, assists in helping to establish this partnership. Applying to an independent school can feel overwhelming at times during typical circumstances. Be assured that our desire at Rossman is to support you as we navigate the days ahead. Please see the Steps to Apply below for additional information.

Virtual Meetings

While we encourage each family to see first hand the amazing culture and community at Rossman School through a private tour, at this time Director of Admission Katharine Durham would love to share Rossman’s story with you and answer your questions through a video call. This video call is the first step in our admission process and replaces a typical school tour. To meet virtually with our director of admission, please email her at kdurham@rossmanschool.org. Video calls may be scheduled for anytime 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays.

Application Deadline

2021-2022 Enrollment

Applications for 2021-2022 are now being accepted.

The priority application deadline is Friday, January 29, 2021. Transcripts and referrals will be requested from applicants’ current schools in January (if applicable).

Sibling applications are due Monday, November 30, 2020.

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Qualifications

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.

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Steps to Apply

1)  Submit an Application

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

  • Online Application
  • Non-refundable application and evaluation fee ($110) — Waived through November 1

2)  Apply for Tuition Assistance

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.

3)  Evaluation and Visit

We are continually monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and adjusting our evaluation and visit procedures as the situation evolves. Director of Admission Katharine Durham will discuss evaluations and visit opportunities during your virtual meeting or reach out following receipt of your application.

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Key Admission Dates

  • Wednesday, October 14, 2020   |   8:30 a.m. 
       Recording Available - Virtual Open House for Prospective Families
  • Wednesday, November 18, 2020   |   8:30 a.m.: 
       Virtual Open House for Prospective Families
  • Monday, November 30, 2020:
       Sibling Applications Due for Fall 2021 Admission
  • Wednesday, December 9 - Friday, December 16, 2019:
       Individual Assessments for Siblings and Legacies Applying for JK
  • January-February 2021: 
       Evaluations for Grade 1 through 6 Applicants (Please contact the Admission Office to schedule your child’s weekend in-person evaluation.) 
  • Wednesday, January 13, 2021   |   8:30 a.m.:
     
      Virtual Open House for Prospective Families
  • Friday, January 29, 2021:
       Priority Application Deadline for Fall 2021 Admission
  • February 2021: 
       Individual Assessments and Parent Interviews for JK and SK Applicants (Please contact the Admission Office to schedule your child’s assessment.)
  • Friday, February 15, 2021:
       Preferred Date for Tuition Assistance Applications
  • Friday, March 12, 2021:
       Admission and Financial Aid Decisions Are Mailed to Families
  • Friday, April 2, 2021:
       Enrollment Contracts for New Families are Due

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