Wilmington Friends School Admissions Procedures
Applying for admission to Wilmington Friends School consists of the following steps, which include: the application; a parent visit; a student visit and interview; transcripts; teacher recommendations; and admissions testing.
* While we are limiting the number of guests we can invite to campus, due to on-going concerns about the spread of COVID-19, all applicant and parent visits will be virtual.
Students applying file an online application through our website; there is an application fee of $50.00, which 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.
Visiting Friends School
The family visit, which generally includes a tour and casual introductions to some faculty and staff, will occur as a virtual visit during the fall of 2020. This will be an opportunity for you to talk with the admissions staff and a representative from the appropriate division(s) about Friends School, our curriculum, policies, and philosophy. This visit also allows for the opportunity to ask specific questions and convey specific goals for your child's education.
Preschool (Age 2 1/2 years)
Students who have made application to our preschool will participate in a virtual visit with their families. All applicants whose materials are fully processed before the end of January will be notified of an admissions decision on February 5, 2021.
Pre-kindergarten through Kindergarten
Students who have made application to pre-kindergarten and kindergarten will be invited to visit Friends, virtually. The virtual visit will consist of age-appropriate, interactive activities through a shared screen with admissions staff, and lower school faculty. Testing to be used as evaluative measures.* All applicants whose materials are fully processed before the end of January will be notified of an admissions decision on February 5, 2021.
First through Fifth Grade
Applicants and their families who are applying for first and second grade will have an opportunity to participate in a family visit with an admissions representative and lower school faculty. Students applying to third through fifth grade will be invited to join their peers at Friends during a virtual class meeting. Age-appropriate math and language arts testing will be administered through a shared screen during a separate virtual visit. All applicants whose materials are fully processed before the end of January will be notified of an admissions decision on February 5, 2021.
Sixth through Twelfth Grade
Students applying to sixth through twelfth grades are invited to learn more about the division to which they are applying through virtual classroom visits and informal “Hangouts with Friends” sessions, hosted by a faculty member and current Friends School students. During the application process, students applying to sixth through twelfth grades will have an opportunity to schedule a family meeting with a representative from the appropriate division. Applicants to sixth through twelfth grades complete the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE). Group testing dates are available for these grades; registrants must apply online at www.iseetest.org. All applicants to grades five through twelve whose materials are fully processed by mid-January will be notified of an admissions decision on January 15, 2021.
Records and Recommendations
The release of information form and recommendation forms will be sent to you via email when you apply. 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.
Recommendation and Information Release forms are forwarded BY YOU to your child's current school and are then returned directly to Wilmington Friends School by each student's school and teacher(s). Forms can be sent via email or facsimile.
All applicants, who have not completed the admissions process by the designated dates above will be notified on a rolling basis when a file is complete.