The Application Process
Thank you for your interest in applying to Tower School. We seek to enroll students who are prepared to be successful academically and contribute positively to the Tower community.
Each student who applies to Tower School receives a thorough evaluation by the Admission Committee. The Admission Office is committed to helping families by providing assistance during each step of the admission process, offering quick responses to your questions and online applications.
Step 1: Visit Tower
We welcome you to tour our school, meet our teachers and visit classrooms. Discover why our culture of innovation makes us a nationwide leader in educational technology, how our Singapore Math program prepares students with a solid understanding of mathematics, and how developing character and confidence as elementary and middle school students, prepares children for life.
Step 2: Complete an Application and Parent Questionnaire
We recommend submitting a completed application as soon as possible, but preferably by January 15. All additional forms are due by February 1. You may access the online application through our Admission Portal; a $45 application fee applies.
Step 3: Complete the Record Request and AISNE Evaluation Forms
Created by the Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE), these standard evaluation forms are used by many Independent Schools. Evaluations are confidential and should be returned directly to the Admissions Office by your child’s teacher(s).
Step 4: Schedule Appointments
Our Admission Director will work with you to schedule the parent interview, classroom visit (for applicants to grades Pre-Kindergarten-Grade 1), or Full Day Visit (for applicants to Grade 2 and above). Additionally, students applying to Grade 5 and above are required to take the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE).
In addition to the cognitive testing process and the school readiness assessment, prospective Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students are invited to visit and participate in classroom activities during the morning on Friday, February 1st. The admission office will confirm your appointment time slot approximately two weeks before the event.
- Grade 1
Prospective students applying to Grade 1 will meet with the Admissions Director individually for an assessment screening. They will also visit with the Kindergarten teachers and students, on January 31st, as they are guided through activities that assess readiness for our Grade 1 program. We will work with you to schedule your appointment.
- Grades 2-8
Students applying for Grades 2-8 are invited to spend a full day in a Tower School classroom. During this day visit, applicants will interact with current students and teachers at their current grade level. Teachers and/or the Director of Admission will also administer assessments in Reading, Math, and Writing to determine readiness for the next grade level. Students will meet with the appropriate Division Head for a conversation, and students applying to Grades 6-8 will also participate in a Student Interview. Full Day visits are scheduled in November, January and February.
Applicants to Grades 5-8 are required to take the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE). This exam is offered at Tower School and at a number of other locations. Please register online at ISEE Registration. To ensure that Tower receives your child’s scores, you will need to enter Tower’s school code, 222644, when registering. Please note that the deadline to register is three weeks prior to the testing date.
Step 5: Receive Admission Decision
Completed applications received by February 1 will be notified of the admission decision on March 10.
The majority of available seats are filled during the traditional admission calendar, however, we welcome all inquiries throughout the spring and summer.
We have witnessed our son grow tremendously in his Kindergarten year. He has developed the confidence to be academically curious, to make new friends and to be part of the larger Tower community. It is a testament to his teachers that he has found that confidence and had such a successful first year at Tower.
- Alison Spring
We have sent three children to Tower. When our oldest went to boarding school, he called us in the first weeks and said, 'Thank you for sending me to Tower. I am more than prepared to do this work.' That says it all!
- Becky McKernan