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. 

During the 2020–21 school year, admission procedures are subject to change based on health and safety requirements due to COVID-19. We appreciate your flexibility!

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  • How to Apply

    Our application and tour season for fall 2021–22 consideration begins in early September 2020. 

    The first step in our process is to create a profile in Ravenna and submit an application for admission. There is no fee to apply.
  • 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:
    • 9/2/16 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
    • 9/2/18 and 9/1/19, apply for the 2023–24 school year in the fall of 2022
    • 9/2/19 and 9/1/20, apply for the 2024–25 school year in the fall of 2023
  • Important Deadlines

    Affiliated Application for Admission
    (siblings and children of faculty, staff and alumni):
    Thursday, October 15, 2020

    Affiliated Application for Financial Assistance
    (siblings and children of faculty, staff and alumni):
    Sunday, November 15, 2020

    General Application for Admission
    Tuesday, December 1, 2020

    General Application for Financial Assistance
    Tuesday, December 15, 2020
     
  • 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.

    Please schedule your virtual Zoom parent meeting here. If you prefer a phone call parent meeting, please email us at admission@fwparker.org.

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

    In lieu of in-person student visits: JK–1st Grade applicants will submit short videos reflecting various grade-appropriate skills (all applicants). 2nd–5th Grade applicants will be invited to virtually meet with a faculty member and complete a short assessment packet (on a rolling basis, as attrition necessitates). More information about these processes will be communicated to applicants after the application deadline of Tuesday, December 1 (Thursday, October 15 for affiliated). Please refer to your Ravenna account for more details.

    In lieu of an in-person student visit, students applying to Middle and Upper School will be able to schedule a virtual meeting with a faculty member. This informal conversation will allow students to learn more about Parker, ask any questions they may have and engage with one of our dynamic and inspiring faculty members. Priority will be given to students applying to 6th and 9th grades. More information can be found in your Ravenna account.
  • ISEE Testing

    The ISEE exam is required for students applying to 6th–12th grades. If your child took the test last year, he/she may roll over their scores from the 2020–21 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 iseetest.org.

    Students may now register for the ISEE At Home via ProProctor in the Admission Registration System. To select this option, families should simply choose the ProProctor at-home option where prompted during the registration process.

    Grade-specific checklists are available elsewhere on this webpage.
  • International Applications

    Parker accepts international applications for every grade level, JK–12. 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.
     

Common Question

List of 1 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, typically 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.
     
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