Apply to Shady Hill

We encourage families to begin the admission process in the fall before the desired year of entry. An early start to the process helps assure optimum flexibility for necessary appointments. Please scroll down this page to view all components of the application process. 

Students applying for Beginners Fall 2019 enrollment must by 4 years old by September 1, 2019 (DOB 9/1/2014 - 8/31/2015).

Deadlines for Fall 2019 Enrollment are as follows:

Applying To Application & Fee Student Assessment Supporting Information
Beginners & Kindergarten December 15 January 5
January 12
January 18
January 19
January 15
Grades 1 & higher January 7 January 28 January 15

Shady Hill abides by common notification dates with area independent schools. The Admission Office mails decision letters on March 10. Admission Offers must be must accepted or declined by April 10.
Our admission process is designed to be a process of mutual discovery: we want you to learn what sets our program apart and we want to know about you! Click through the sections below to learn about the components of completing an application.

Steps to Apply to Shady Hill

List of 7 items.

  • OPEN HOUSE (optional)

    Attend one of our two Open Houses which feature program overviews, classroom visits, and informal conversations with Shady Hill faculty and parents. Attendance at an Open House is not required but provides an important opportunity to learn about our programs. Parents and children are welcome to attend.

    Our 2018 Lower School Open House (Beginners through Grade 4) is Sunday, October 21 from 2:00 - 4:00 PM. Our 2018 Middle School Open House (Grade 5 through Grade 8) is Thursday, November 15 from 7:00 - 9:00 PM. 
  • PARENT VISIT (required)

    Parent Visits are scheduled from mid-October through the application deadlines. Please consult our Tour Schedule (click for link) for possible dates and call the Admission Office at 617-520-5200 to schedule a visit. Given the limited number of appointment times available, we are only able to schedule one visit per family. Families applying for multiple children do not need to schedule separate visits. During your visit, which will last about two and a half hours, you will tour the campus with a parent volunteer, attend a short information session on the Shady Hill curriculum, and meet personally with a member of our admission team.
  • APPLICATION (required)

    All application materials are available on the right hand side of this page (you may need to scroll up).  Complete the electronic application* (preferred) or fill out and return the PDF version with the $50 non-refundable fee by the following deadlines: 

    Beginners and Kindergarten: December 15
    Grades 1-7: January 4

    *$50 application fee paid electronically with online application. Please contact our office (617-520-5200 or to request an application fee waiver.
  • SUPPORTING INFORMATION (required) - see sidebar

    Sign the Student Record Release Form (scroll up and to the right on this page) and give it to your child’s current school so they may forward us a copy of your child’s complete school records. Also, give the appropriate grade-specific AISNE Student Evaluation Form to your child’s current teacher after December 1 and ask that it be sent directly to us by January 15. It is helpful to provide teachers with a stamped, addressed envelope.
  • STUDENT VISIT (required)

    Beginners and Kindergarten Applicants: Upon receipt of your application, the Admission Office will contact you to schedule a one-hour small group visit in January. 

    Please note the following visit dates scheduled for January 2019:
    Saturday, January 5
    Saturday, January 12
    Friday, January 18
    Saturday, January 19

    We ask that you hold availability for each of these dates until we receive your application and schedule your visit. If special circumstances prevent you from attending on a specific day, please let us know. Applications received prior to the deadline have some flexibility in scheduling. 

    Applicants to Grades 1-7: Applicants attend Admissions Day on the morning of Monday, January 28, 2019, with the following schedule:
    Applicants to Grades 1-4: Arrive 9:00 AM, Dismiss 11:30 AM
    Applicants to Grade 5: Arrive 8:00 AM, Dismiss 11:30 AM
    Applicants to Grades 6 & 7: Arrive 8:00 AM, Dismiss 12:30 PM

    In case of extreme weather, our back-up Admissions Day for Grades 1-7 is Wednesday, January 30, 2018.

    ISEE or SSAT (required)
    Students applying to Grades 6 and 7 must take one standardized test: either the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) or Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT).  
    • Registration information for the ISEE can be found at (our school code is #222616)
    • Registration information for the SSAT can be found at (our school code is #7306)

    (required) - This short, handwritten piece allows us to get to know our oldest applicants better.

    Note: if your child is applying to grades 6 and higher, you will see that the AISNE forms are separated in two: Math and English. If your child has the same teacher for both of these subjects, please have the classroom teacher fill out both forms as they ask for specific curricular information.

    Applicants to Grades 6 and 7 are invited to spend a morning with us at a mutually convenient time. Because we understand that it may be difficult for students to take time away from school, this visit is not required. 

    Shady Hill is committed to socioeconomic diversity and encourages any family who may be stretched by tuition to apply for need-based assistance. The Financial Aid application is considered separate from the Admission Application and must be submitted by February 1.

    Click here to see a description of how to apply for financial aid.
The School admits qualified students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, religion, disability, gender identity or sexual orientation to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the School. The School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, religion, disability, gender identity or sexual orientation, or any other status protected by applicable law in the administration of its educational, admissions, financial aid, athletic and other policies and programs.
Applying for Fall 2019

The application deadlines for the 2019-2020 school year have passed. However, we always welcome conversations regarding unexpected openings. Please contact Katrina Morris, Admission Assistant, at 617-520-5200 for more information.

Student Record Release (required for all applicants)

Grade-Specific Forms

Note: Forms marked with an asterisk (*) can be submitted electronically. Please email completed forms as PDF files to and indicate "candidate materials" in the subject line. Teacher evaluations and report cards must come directly from the school or teacher. 
617.520.5260        178 Coolidge Hill    Cambridge MA 02138