Wooster School admits students of any race, color, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, or ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the School.

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Admission FAQ's

When should I begin the admission process?

The admission cycle begins in the fall for a February notification date. You may begin the admission process at any time, though after the February 1 application deadline, we begin rolling admissions for all applications. Financial Aid applications are accepted as early as October 24.

We hold All-School Open Houses in October and December. During the months of November through May, division specific programs for prospective students, such as Welcome Wednesdays and Take-A-Peek Tuesday are held. Please visit the Open House page to RSVP for an upcoming Admission event.

However, if you missed an Open House or are unable to attend, please call the school to set up a tour. Our phone number is 203-830-3916.

Can I apply online?

All of our Applications for Admission are online. Please visit How to Apply to be directed through the application process.

Is there a deadline for applying to Wooster School?

We do expect to receive a significant number of applications by February 1 of the year of entry. We may have some grades where accepted students may need to go into a waiting pool if the application for admission is not processed before February 1.

Is a visit to the School required for prospective families?

Yes. There is both a parent and student interview component to the visit. Please visit How to Apply to be directed through the application process.

When should I apply for variable tuition?

We begin accepting variable tuition applications on October 24 of the year prior to entry (for example October 24, 2018 for school year 2019-20). We require that students who receive a late February admission decision to complete and submit their variable tuition form by February 1, 2018. Click here for Variable Tuition Information.

What should I expect during a parent visit?

Parents should expect to have their specific questions answered. During our meetings a walking tour of the school is included, a time to ask questions, and most importantly a time to talk about your child. As part of the Application process, there are several questions that you will answer directly about your child.

What should I expect during a student visit to Grade 3 through Grade 5?

Students will visit the grade they are currently in and will be asked to participate. Additionally, there will be some time when a teacher or a member of the admission team will work one-on-one with a child. There is no special preparation needed, but do let your child know that there will be class time, some time with a teacher, and, of course, lunch and recess!

What should I expect for a student visit to Grade 6 through Grade 11?

Students applying to 6th or 9th grade, who are currently either 5th or 8th graders, will visit the grade to which they are applying. Students in other grades will visit at their current grade level. After students are offered admission, students who attend a re-visit day can visit at their grade-level.

What will my child do for lunch on the day of his/her visit?

Lunch is a very important part of the school day. All students in each academic division eat lunch together in our Dining Room; Lower School visiting students will do the same. Each table has a faculty member or, in the case of the Upper School, a senior leader and faculty member. We sit at tables of about 10 faculty and students, and there are a variety of lunch options. Lunch is included in the school tuition. If your student has any allergies, please let us know in advance.

When are admission decisions made?

The first admission notification date for the next school year is in February 2019. We make decisions on a rolling basis after the February 1 application deadline. Visit our Dates & Deadlines page for more information.

Does applying for variable tuition affect my child’s chances of admission?

Wooster School admits students on the applicant’s admission materials and not on the family’s economic circumstances. There are instances when students are offered admission, but the school is not able to offer variable tuition to support the student’s attendance at Wooster.

Are there extra fees beyond the cost of tuition?

Tuition includes lunch and some school materials beyond the cost of tuition. There will be textbook charges that can approach $500 for the Middle and Upper School. We will provide a textbook list around July 1 for the upcoming school year.

Students of all ages may take private instrumental or voice lessons during a free period, recess, or after school, for an additional fee. In addition, personal sports gear will be an expense for which the family will be responsible for.

In grades 8-12, there is an additional fee incurred if your student participates in football, ice hockey, or golf. Experience in these sports is required in order to participate.

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