Admissions

Testing Dates

How to Apply

List of 7 items.

  • HOW TO APPLY TO FRIENDS

  • 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 PreKindergarten applicants are invited to visit campus twice. Applicants will be invited to visit campus during a school day for a 45-minute classroom visit. The purpose of these visits is for young children to engage with peers and faculty while exploring classroom materials and participating in age-appropriate teacher-led activities. Applicants should also attend either a Saturday playgroup on one of the dates below or a Learning Lab session offered on most Thursday mornings at 9:15 and 10:30. Saturday playgroup dates are scheduled for 12/3, 1/14, and 2/25. 
     
    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-grade - 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. 
     
     


    Sixth through twelfth-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 jforester@wilmingtonfriends.org

    Schedule a Middle or Upper Virtual Shadow Day 
  • 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.
  • 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 www.iseetest.org.
  • 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.

For students applying to grades 6-12
 
Group admission testing will be offered for applicants applying to Wilmington Friends, Sanford, Tatnall and Tower Hill. 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.  Applicants wishing 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 www.iseetest.org.

* If a test session is canceled due to inclement weather, students should take the test on the next available test date.