List of 7 items.

  • Submit Application

    Beginning in September - Rolling
  • Schedule Visit/Shadow Days

    Beginning in October - Rolling
  • Submit Financial Aid Applications

    October 1 - December 15
  • Register for Testing

    Testing Schedule for Middle and 

    Upper School applicants
    (Assessments for Lower School 
    occur on visit day.)
  • All Application Materials Due for First Round Offers

    Due by January 5, 2024 for Middle and Upper Schools
    Due by January 19, 2024 for Preschool and Lower School
  • First Round Offers of Admission & Financial Aid Notification

    January 19, 2024 for applicants to Middle and Upper Schools
    February 3, 2024 for applicants to Preschool and Lower School
  • Rolling Admission

    Applications will continue
    to be accepted and reviewed
    on an on-going basis as
    availability permits.

Steps in the Application Process

List of 5 items.

  • Complete Our Online Application

    CLICK HERE  to access our online application (an application fee of $50.00 can be paid electronically). Those applying to middle and upper schools are also asked to complete a student questionnaire and provide a graded writing sample.
  • Applicant Visit

    After applying, students have a more in-depth visit so they can get to know us better, and we can get to know them better. The format of the visit varies based on grade level:

    Preschool and Pre-kindergarten applicants are invited to visit campus to participate in an early-years playgroup. The purpose of the visit is for young children to engage with teachers and peers while exploring classroom materials and participating in age-appropriate activities. Playgroups will be held on the following dates during the 23/24 school year:
    October 26, November 16, December 7, January 11, February 15, March 28, April 25, May 16
    Please register by completing our Playgroup Registration Form, or by contacting Julia Forester at
    Kindergarten applicants are invited to join us on campus for a morning visit with peers. During their time on campus, students will engage in classroom activities including specials, classroom activities, and free play. Applicants may complete their age-appropriate academic assessment on the same day as their visit, or they may return to campus to complete the assessment on another day. 

    1st - 5th grade applicants are invited to join us on campus for a full-day classroom visit. During their day, students will engage in classroom activities alongside their peers including academic lessons, specials, lunch, and recess. Applicants will complete age-appropriate assessments on the same day as their visit, or they may return to campus to complete the assessments on another day. 

    6th - 12th grade applicants are invited to Shadow for a Day as soon as the first Monday in October. During the application process, students will have an opportunity to schedule a family meeting with a member of the admissions staff or a representative from the appropriate division.

    Schedule a Lower School Visit
    To schedule a lower school visit and age-appropriate admissions assessments, please contact Julia Forester at

    Schedule a Middle or Upper School Shadow Day 
    MS Shadow Day Request (for applicants to 6-8)
    US Shadow Day Request (for applicants to 9-12)
  • Records and Recommendations

    The release of information and recommendation forms  are available to you in your Applicant Checklist in electronic format. This will enable you to send them to your child’s school and teacher(s) electronically. We request that parents manage this step so that they may retain complete control as to when a child’s current school and teacher(s) are made aware that a child may be changing schools.

    In addition, links to these forms are provided below if you prefer to print them:

  • Testing (Grades 6-12)

    For students applying to grades 6-12
    Group admission testing will be offered for applicants applying to Wilmington Friends, Sanford School, Tatnall School and Tower Hill School. All four schools will be administering and accepting the ISEE for applicants to grades 6 through 12.  Applicants to one or more of these schools may take the admission test at any of the test sites; please see the ISEE website to register for testing dates below.  If you wish to be considered for the first-round of admissions decisions should register for the December or January test dates. Applicants who have completed the ERB CTP IV, the SSAT, or the ISEE within the calendar year may be able to submit those scores in lieu of additional testing. Parents should check with the school(s) to which they are applying to confirm test requirements.
    Applicants for the 2023-2024 school year may select from the following test dates:
    November 12, 2022 • Tower Hill School • register before October 22, 2022
    December 3, 2022 • The Tatnall School • register before November 12, 2022
    January 7, 2023 • Wilmington Friends School • register before December 17, 2022
    February 4, 2023 • Sanford School • register before January 14, 2023
    March 4, 2023 • The Independence School • register before February 11, 2023

    The ISEE Code for Wilmington Friends School is: 080160
    Register your child for the ISEE online at
  • Admissions Offers Sent

    1/20/23, Middle and Upper School
    2/3/23, Preschool and Lower School
    Rolling notifications if an application is completed after the first notification date.
Important Note: We will ask you to reach out to our child's current school and have them complete Recommendation and Information Release forms. Your school will return them directly to Wilmington Friends School from each student's school and teacher(s). Forms can be sent via email or fax.
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Statement of Nondiscrimination as to Student Enrollment
Wilmington Friends School admits students of any race, color, gender, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students of these schools. Wilmington Friends School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, national and ethnic origin in administration of their educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school administered programs.