Admissions Process

Our admissions process is designed to be a comfortable experience during which you learn about Foote School's philosophy, curriculum and culture, and the Admissions Team learns about your child and family.

Admissions Timeline

First Steps

To Begin

  • Request information online
  • Sign up for a Parent Tour
  • Join us for other Admissions events

Apply

October—January

  • Fill out an online application
  • Submit all supporting application materials
  • Schedule your parent interview and child's classroom visit
  • Completed applications are due by February 1
  • Apply for Financial Aid (if applicable)—due by February 15

Notification

March & April

  • Middle School (Grades 6-9) notification by March 1
  • Lower School (Grades K-5) notification by March 10
  • Enrollment contracts due back by April 10

Admissions Process By Grade

Kindergarten

1. Request Information

2. Visit

    • Parent Tour (strongly recommended; other events optional)
    • Open House - Dec. 8
    • Conversation with Head of School - Nov., 14, Dec. 12 & Jan. 24
    • Parent Programs - Nov. 7 & Jan. 8
    • Evening Parent Gathering - Jan. 10

3. Apply Online

Create an account (email and password) to access the Admissions Portal where you will have access to the application and all forms and calendars. Application fee is $30. Applications must be submitted before attending a Parent Interview or Student Visit.

4. Schedule Parent Interview

This 30-minute interview is an opportunity for us to learn more about your child and family and for you to ask questions and learn more about Foote. To schedule this appointment with a member of the Admissions Office, log in to the Admissions Portal to access the parent interview calendar. *If you are applying to Foote for more than one child, you only need to make one interview appointment.

5. Student Visit

Your child will visit a Kindergarten classroom with other applicants on a Saturday morning in January for small-group play, as well as a short individual developmental assessment with a member of the Kindergarten admissions team. Meanwhile, parents will meet with Foote parents and students in the library to learn more about Foote and ask questions. The first available visits take place on Saturday January 12 or Saturday, January 26 from 9:00 to 10:15 a.m., or 10:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. A member of the Admissions Office will contact you in the late fall to schedule the 75-minute visit.

6. Request School Forms (after December 1)

Teacher Recommendation: Ask your child's current classroom teacher to complete the teacher recommendation form. This form is available to print or email to the teacher in the Admissions Portal.

School Report: Ask your child's current school to send us the report card or conference notes, if available. Please notify us if your child's school does not provide a written report.

7. Apply for Financial Aid, if applicable

Grade 1

1. Request Information

2. Visit

    • Parent Tour (strongly recommended; other events optional)
    • Open House - Dec. 8
    • Conversation with Head of School - Nov., 14, Dec. 12 & Jan. 24
    • Parent Programs - Nov. 7 & Jan. 8
    • Evening Parent Gathering - Jan. 10

3. Apply Online

Create an account (email and password) to access the Admissions Portal where you will have access to the application and all forms and calendars. Application fee is $30. Applications must be submitted before attending a Parent Interview or Student Visit.

4. Schedule Parent Interview

This 30-minute interview is an opportunity for us to learn more about your child and family and for you to ask questions and learn more about Foote. To schedule this appointment with a member of the Admissions Office, log in to the Admissions Portal to access the parent interview calendar. *If you are applying to Foote for more than one child, you only need to make one interview appointment.

5. Schedule Student Visit

Your child will visit in a Kindergarten classroom with other applicants for a morning meeting, group activity and developmental assessment with a member of the Admissions team. Meanwhile, parents will meet with Foote parents and students in the Main Building to learn more about Foote and ask questions To schedule your child's visit, log in to the Admissions Portal to access the Grade 1 student visit calendar. These visits take place Monday, February 4 or Wednesday, February 6, from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m.

6. Request School Forms (after December 1)

Teacher Recommendation: Ask your child's current classroom teacher to complete the teacher recommendation form. This form is available to print or email to the teacher in the Admissions Portal.

Records Release Form: Provide this form to your child's current school. They need to send us your child's report card from the current and previous school years. This form is available to print in the Admissions Portal.

7. Apply for Financial Aid, if applicable

Grades 2 & 3

1. Request Information

2. Visit

    • Parent Tour (strongly recommended; other events optional)
    • Open House - Dec. 8
    • Conversation with Head of School - Nov., 14, Dec. 12 & Jan. 24
    • Parent Programs - Nov. 7 & Jan. 8
    • Evening Parent Gathering - Jan. 10

3. Apply Online

Create an account (email and password) to access the Admissions Portal where you will have access to the application and all forms and calendars. Application fee is $30. Applications must be submitted before attending a Parent Interview or Classroom Visit.

4. Schedule Parent Interview

This 30-minute interview is an opportunity for us to learn more about your child and family and for you to ask questions and learn more about Foote. To schedule this appointment with a member of the Admissions Office, log in to the Admissions Portal to access the parent interview calendar. *If possible, we recommend that you schedule your parent interview for the same day as your child's classroom visit. Please note: If you are applying to Foote for more than one child, you only need to make one interview appointment.

5. Schedule Student Visits

Classroom Visit: Your child will visit in a classroom with their peer group (a Grade 1 classroom for Grade 2 applicants, or a Grade 2 classroom for Grade 3 applicants). A Foote buddy and the classroom teacher will support your child as they transition into the classroom and participate in morning activities. After we get your child settled in class, you are welcome to leave campus and return at pick-up, or stay in our library if you prefer. Classroom visits run from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. from November 12 through February 1. To schedule your child's visit, log into the Admissions Portal to access the Grades 2 & 3 classroom visit calendar.

Assessment Visit: Your child will visit in a classroom with other applicants for a group activity and academic assessment with a member of the Admissions team. Meanwhile, prospective parents will meet with Foote parents and students in the Main Building to learn more about Foote and ask questions. To schedule this appointment, log in to the Admissions Portal to access the Grades 2 & 3 assessment visit calendar. These visits take place on Tuesday, January 8 or Tuesday, February 5, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

6. Request School Forms (after December 1)

Teacher Recommendation: Ask your child's current classroom teacher to complete the teacher recommendation form. This form is available to print or email to the teacher in the Admissions Portal.

Records Release Form: Provide this form to your child's current school. They need to send us your child's report card from the current and previous school years. This form is available to print in the Admissions Portal.

7. Apply for Financial Aid, if applicable

Grades 4-6

1. Request Information

2. Visit

    • Parent Tour (strongly recommended; other events optional)
    • Middle School Open House (Grades 6-8) - Nov. 4
    • Conversation with Head of School - Nov., 14, Dec. 12 & Jan. 24
    • Evening Parent Gathering - Jan. 10

3. Apply Online

Create an account (email and password) to access the Admissions Portal where you will have access to the application and all forms and calendars. Application fee is $30. Applications must be submitted before attending a Parent Interview or Classroom Visit.

4. Schedule Parent Interview

This 30-minute interview is an opportunity for us to learn more about your child and family and for you to ask questions and learn more about Foote. To schedule this appointment with a member of the Admissions Office, log in to the Admissions Portal to access the parent interview calendar. *If possible, we recommend that you schedule your parent interview for the same day as your child's classroom visit. Please note: If you are applying to Foote for more than one child, you only need to make one interview appointment.

5. Schedule Student Visits

Classroom Visit: Your child will visit in a classroom with their peer group (a Grade 3 classroom for Grade 4 applicants, etc.) A Foote host and the classroom teacher will support your child as they transition into the classroom and participate in morning activities. After your child heads off to class with the Foote host, you are welcome to leave campus and return at pick-up or stay in in our library. Classroom visits run from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. from November 12 through February 1. To schedule your child's visit, log into the Admissions Portal to access the Grades 4–6 classroom visit calendar.

Assessment Visit: Your child will visit in a classroom with other applicants for a group activity and academic assessment with a member of the Admissions team. Meanwhile, prospective parents will meet with Foote parents and students in the Main Building to learn more about Foote and ask questions. To schedule this appointment, log in to the Admissions Portal to access the Grades 4–6 assessment visit calendar. These visits take place on Monday, December 10; Monday, January 7; or Monday, January 28, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

6. Student Statement

The Student Statement provides an opportunity for your child to share more about themselves. To access this form, log in to the Admissions Portal.

7. Request School Forms (after December 1)

Teacher Recommendation: Ask your child's current classroom teacher to complete the teacher recommendation form. This form is available to print or email to the teacher in the Admissions Portal.

Records Release Form: Provide this form to your child's current school. They need to send us your child's report card from the current and previous school years. This form is available to print in the Admissions Portal.

8. Apply for Financial Aid, if applicable

Grades 7 & 8

1. Request Information

2. Visit

    • Parent Tour (strongly recommended; other events optional)
    • Open House - Nov. 4
    • Conversation with Head of School - Nov., 14, Dec. 12 & Jan. 24
    • Evening Parent Gathering - Jan. 10

3. Apply Online

Create an account (email and password) to access the Admissions Portal where you will have access to the application and all forms and calendars. Application fee is $30. Applications must be submitted before attending a Parent Interview or Classroom Visit.

4. Schedule Parent Interview

This 30-minute interview is an opportunity for us to learn more about your child and family and for you to ask questions and learn more about Foote. To schedule this appointment with a member of the Admissions Office, log in to the Admissions Portal to access the parent interview calendar. *If possible, we recommend that you schedule your parent interview for the same day as your child's classroom visit. Please note: If you are applying to Foote for more than one child, you only need to make one interview appointment.

5. Schedule Student Visit

Classroom Visit: Your child will visit in a classroom with their peer group (a Grade 6 classroom for Grade 7 applicants; a Grade 7 classroom for Grade 8 applicants). A Foote host and the faculty advisor will support your child as they participate in morning classes. After your child heads off to class with the Foote host, you are welcome to leave campus and return at pick-up or stay in our library. Classroom visits run from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. from November 12 through February 1. To schedule your child's visit, log into the Admissions Portal to access the Grades 7 & 8 classroom visit calendar.

6. Schedule Assessment

ISEE/SSAT: Applicants should either sign up to take the ISEE (Code 071033) or the Middle Level test for the SSAT (Code 3184) and submit scores to Foote by February 1.

7. Student Statement

The Student Statement provides an opportunity for your child to share more about themselves. To access this form, log into the Admissions Portal.

8. Request School Forms (after December 1)

Teacher Recommendations for English and Math: Ask your child's current English and Math teachers to complete these forms. They are available to print or email to the teachers in the Admissions Portal.

Records Release Form: Provide this form to your child's current school. They need to send us your child's report card from the current and previous school years. This form is available to print in the Admissions Portal.

9. Apply for Financial Aid, if applicable

Browse our Viewbook

Click below to download our admissions viewbook, or email admissions@footeschool.org to request a copy by mail.

The Foote School does not discriminate on the basis of sex, religion, race, color, national and ethnic origin, or sexual orientation in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, financial aid, and other school-administered programs. The Foote School adheres to the Principles of Good Practice set forth by the National Association of Independent Schools.

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Contact Us

Rachelle Byron, Director of Admissions and Outreach
Phone: 203-777-3464
Email: rbyron@footeschool.org

Kelly Small, Associate Director of Admissions & Director of Financial Aid
Phone: 203-777-3464
Email: ksmall@footeschool.org