Admission Application Procedures

We sincerely appreciate your interest in Parker as an educational option for your child. Our admission process is designed to provide students and families with opportunities to learn about Parker, understand our educational philosophy and get to know our inclusive community. We look forward to getting to know your family throughout the admission and financial assistance process.

List of 6 items.

  • How to Apply

    Our application and tour season for fall 2020–21 consideration begins in early September 2019. 

    The first step in our process is to create a profile in Ravenna and submit an application for admission.
  • When to Apply

    We accept applications for every grade level, JK–12. Our primary entry points (where we admit the most children) are Junior Kindergarten (our entry grade level), 6th grade (the first year of the Middle School) and 9th grade (the first year of the Upper School). We do accept applications at all grade levels and consider them on a space available basis.

    Our application process runs a year in advance, so you need to apply between September and December of the year before you want your child to enroll. Each child applying for admission to JK must be four years old on or before September 1 of the year of entry. 

    For example, if your child was born between:
    • 9/2/15 and 9/1/16, apply for the 2020–21 school year in the fall of 2019
    • 9/2/16 and 9/1/17, apply for the 2021–22 school year in the fall of 2020
    • 9/2/17 and 9/1/18, apply for the 2022–23 school year in the fall of 2021
  • Important Deadlines

    Affiliated Application for Admission
    (siblings and children of faculty, staff and alumni):
    Tuesday, October 15, 2019

    Affiliated Application for Financial Aid
    (siblings and children of faculty, staff and alumni):
    Friday, November 15, 2019

    General Application for Admission
    Sunday, December 1, 2019

    General Application for Financial Aid
    Sunday, December 15, 2019
  • Parent Meeting

    The parent meeting, which lasts about 45 minutes, is an informal conversation between the parents/guardians and an Admission Director. The purpose of the meeting is to learn more about your family and the things you are looking for in a school. Please come prepared to talk about your favorite subject—your child! We also encourage you to ask any questions that you have about Parker at this time.

    After you have submitted your application for admission, please schedule your parent meeting here.

    Parent meetings are updated every other year. If you had one last year, you will not need another this year.
  • Student Visit Day

    A Play Group is our way of getting to know new applicants to JK–1st grade. We invite about 10 applicants at a time to come to Parker in the afternoon for an hour to participate in activities in our classroom and interact with our classroom teachers. When possible, we will invite your child to attend a Play Group on the same date as other applicants who are enrolled in his/her preschool. Applicants to JK, SK and 1st Grade will be invited to attend a student playgroup assessment, which takes place sometime between December and February. Invitations and additional details will be emailed to applicant families prior to their visit date.

    The Student Visit/Shadow Day is a “research” day for the student. This is a great opportunity to explore the experience of a being Parker student, observe and participate in classes, talk with teachers, sample the cafeteria fare, meet new friends, perhaps say hello to old friends and ask questions.

    Applicants to Grades 2–5 will be invited to complete a Student Visit/Shadow Day. Invitations and additional details will be emailed to applicant families on a rolling basis, as we become aware of enrollment opportunities.
    Applicants to Grades 6–8: Please self-register for a Shadow Visit/Day in Ravenna after submitting an admission application. Confirmation and details regarding your visit will be communicated after you register.

    Applicants to Grade 9: Students may self-register for a Visit/Shadow Day in Ravenna after submitting an admission application. Visit days are scheduled on a first-come-first served basis and may be limited.

    Applicants to Grades 10–12 should call the Admission Office (773.797.5107) to schedule a Visit/Shadow Day. 
  • ISEE Testing

    The ISEE exam is required for students applying to 5th–12th grades. If your child took the test last year, he/she may roll over their scores from the 2019–20 admission season unless the student is applying to a new division (reactivated applicants). Parker seeks information about a student’s academic performance, including strengths and challenges, from several sources and from more than one academic year. The scores on the ISEE exam are just one of these sources that help us better understand each student as a learner. Students may register for the test at

    Grade-specific checklists are available elswhere on this webpage.

Common Questions

List of 2 frequently asked questions.

  • How many spaces are available for new students in each grade?

    You may apply for any grade level at Parker, but it is helpful to understand which grade levels typically have more spaces available.

    Junior Kindergarten:
    As our primary entry grade, 54 spaces are available.

    Senior Kindergarten–5th Grade: Historically, spaces for new students in these grades are created through attrition and few spaces are available.

    6th Grade: This is the primary entry grade for Middle School and as many as 15 new students may join the class.

    7th Grade: Typically this grade, the “middle of the Middle School,” generally has from 2 to 5 new students join the class.

    8th Grade: Historically, spaces for new students in this grade are created through attrition and few spaces are available.

    9th Grade: Like JK and 6th grade, this is an important entry point. Approximately 20 new students join the class.

    10th–12th Grades: Historically, spaces for new students in these grades are created through attrition and few spaces are available.
  • Do you accept international applicants?

    Yes. All international students must adhere to the standard admission requirements and demonstrate a proficiency in English. It is useful to have taken a language proficiency test such as the TOEFL. All international students must reside with a parent or legal guardian while enrolled at Parker and provide documentation. Once a student has been formally accepted and enrolled, the Admission Office is able to assist with issuing an I-20 Form for the family to apply for a F1 student visa.
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