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How To Apply

Apply to Grade VII

The Steps

List of 7 items.

  • 1. Complete the Online Inquiry Form

    To get started, please provide us with your contact information by completing our Inquiry Form. Once the form is submitted, we can set up your parent visit.
  • 2. Schedule a Parent Visit

    Visiting campus is the best way to learn about Shady Hill! Parent visits are required for all families who plan to apply. 

    Parent Visits consist of a campus tour and an interview. The visit is designed for parents only and lasts about 2.5 hours. 

    Please take a look at the Parent Visit Calendar to get a sense of the dates we have available for visits and then contact the Admission Office by phone or email to schedule your appointment. Before coming to campus, please review our Campus Visit Guidelines. 

    You can reach the Admission Office via email at or by phone at (617) 520-5200.
  • 3. Register for Standardized Test

    All applicants for Grade 7 are required to submit their results from either the ISEE or the SSAT taken during the current school year. These results must be received by Shady Hillby January 15, 2020

    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.
  • 4. Apply Online

    The application deadline for Grade 7 is January 4, 2020. Our application is available for you to complete and submit onlineIf you have any difficulties accessing or completing the online application, please reach out to us at (617) 520-5200.

    Families are responsible for: 

    Part I. Parent/Guardian Questionnaire 
    We ask guardians to provide us with information about their child. 

    Part II: Student Questionnaire 
    We ask students to share information with us in their own words. This gives us a chance to get to know them better as individuals. Students can complete the Student Questionnaire by hand or using a computer. Please send us the completed Student Questionnaire by emailing it to or by postal mail to: Shady Hill School, Admission Office, 178 Coolidge Hill, Cambridge, MA 02138. 

    Part III: Application Fee 
    A non-refundable application fee of $50 is required to submit the application. Fee waivers are available to applicants for whom the application fee poses a financial hardship. Please contact the Admission Office for more information. 
  • 5. Initiate Requests for Evaluations and Reports

    In addition to the application form, we require (1) school reports, (2) an English evaluation, and (3) a Math evaluation.  Each evaluation should be completed by your child’s current teacher in that subject. School reports and evaluations are due by January 15, 2020. 

    School reports consist of documents about your child, such as conference write-ups and progress reports, from the current school year and the past two (2) school years.To obtain these reports, you will need to provide a signed copy of the Student Record Release Form to your child’s school administratorand confirm with them that they will forward to us all such documents. 

    The AISNE Evaluation Forms are confidential documents. You should provide the English Evaluation Form and Math Evaluation Form to your child’s teachers. The completed evaluations must be sent to us directly from your child’s school or teachers. 

    School reports and AISNE evaluations can be sent to our office via email to or through postal mail addressed to Shady Hill School, Admission Office, 178 Coolidge Hill, Cambridge, MA 02138. 
  • 6. Complete the Student Visit

    The Student Visit is an opportunity for us to learn more about your child and for you and your family to learn more about Shady Hill! While you are visiting, you can get a better feel for our campus, classrooms, and curricula. At the same time, your child will engage with our teachers and other children in a fun, relaxed classroom setting. 

    For students applying to Grades 1 and higher, we refer to the day of their visit as “Admissions Day”. On the morning of January 27, 2020, applicants have the campus to themselves! Students will participate in group activities and individual work with a teacher during their visit.

    Participating in Admissions Day is required for all applicants, Grades 1 and higher. If you have concerns about your ability to attend Admissions Day on January 27, 2020, please contact our office at or (617) 520-5200. 

    We also offer a Shadow Visit option to Grade 7 applicants.

    Your child is invited to spend a morning attending classes with our current sixth grade students. We pair visitors with a current student so they can learn more about the school and get a feel for our campus and program! 

    The Shadow Visit is entirely optional. We understand that the application process is time consuming and can lead to students missing several days of school. We offer Shadow Visits so that interested students can get a more in depth classroom experience, but whether a child comes for a visit will have no impact on the admission decision. 

    If your child is interested in visiting Grade 6, please contact us at (617) 520-5200 or so we can arrange a Shadow Visit.
  • 7. Complete the Application Process

    Shady Hill Schools utilizes Student and School Services (SSS) to assess our the needs of families who apply for financial aid. With a $2.9M budget, Shady Hill strives to make the cost of attendance feasible for as many families as possible. Financial aid at Shady Hill is need-based, meaning that families must qualify for aid, as determined by tools used by SSS. If you are applying for financial aid, please complete a financial aid application through School and Student Services by January 31, 2020

What's Next?

After the Student Visit, you can take a deep breath—you’ve completed the application process! The next few months are busy for our office and we will contact you to confirm receipt of all application materials, to alert you if something is missing, or to follow up if we have any questions. Given how busy this time of year is for our office, we ask that you please wait to hear from us rather than reaching out.

Admission and financial aid decisions will be released on March 10.


Please contact the Admission Office by email or by phone (617) 520-5200 with any questions. We look forward to working with you through the application process!
617.520.5260        178 Coolidge Hill    Cambridge MA 02138