Welcome to Waverly!
We hope you look through our website and learn more about our warm and caring community that fosters individual growth as a part of the progressive education model. At Waverly, we believe that students learn best when they are actively involved in their education, when they become responsible for their growth as students, when they are encouraged to work to their highest level, and when their learning is based on community-based experiences. We also know that while cognitive development is essential, social and emotional development is just as key. Therefore, we take pride in demonstrating that students who attend The Waverly School will be seen, their voices will be heard, and they will know they are valued.
It is an honor to guide families through the admissions process and share the foundational experience and excellent education at The Waverly School. We often speak to cultivating curious, resourceful, confident learners, all made possible by our talented and student-centered faculty and staff. When educators know and understand the students they teach, it allows us to connect and challenge them to achieve in ways they never thought possible. Love of learning and not reciting information is vital.
Last, please don’t forget: The Waverly School is an innovative leader in progressive education. As the region’s first school to offer Preschool through 12th-grade education, teach outdoor education utilizing a farm, provide detailed student narratives and assessments instead of generalized grades, use test-free admissions, and move away from traditional uniforms.
We can not wait to learn more about your family.
Come “Ride The Wave” with us!
Marsille I. Reed
Director of Enrollment Management
Attend a Tour & Open House
Tours for parents and guardians are held in both our Lower and Upper School — Preschool & Elementary School (Lower: PS — 6th) and Middle School (Upper: 7th — 8th) & High School (Upper: 9th — 12th) — at the start of the school day. Tours include time with our Head of School, Director of Enrollment Management, and Division Directors to learn about our program, visits to classrooms, and an opportunity to ask questions of current Waverly students and faculty.
All in-person tours are scheduled from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. for parents/guardians/grandparents only.
The Waverly School Open House
We strongly encourage families to attend an Open House. The Open House is the student’s first opportunity to visit Waverly and to hear from the teachers directly about their classes. Open houses will be held at The Waverly School Farm in October and on our Lower and Upper Campus in November and January.
We will host student visitors beginning in December 2023.
For students applying after the application deadline, please schedule a visit directly with the admissions office: firstname.lastname@example.org.
No Tests Required
The Waverly School’s admissions process does not include formal testing, such as the ISEE. Our goal, instead, is to assess each student’s individual skill set to ensure that all students fall within an appropriate range of learning levels in any one class. We pay very careful attention to information provided in prospective students’ applications, including transcripts and teacher recommendations.
Teacher Recommendation Forms
Complete the top portion of the form and deliver it to the applicant’s current teacher. (2nd-12th-grade applicants need two teacher recommendations.) Teacher recommendations must be submitted via your admissions portal or in a sealed letterhead envelope from the appropriate school [helpful tip: provide addressed and stamped envelopes to your child’s teachers along with the recommendation form(s)]. Download a teacher recommendation form (PDF):
Complete the Transcript Release Form and submit it to the applicant’s current school (required for 1st grade and above). Transcripts must be submitted via your admissions portal or in sealed letterhead envelopes from the appropriate school. Download a transcript request form (PDF).
Notification letters for Admissions and Flexible Tuition decisions for the 2024 – 25 school year will be announced on Friday, March 8, 2024. Decisions are released by email at 5 p.m.
Waverly fosters an environment in which individual differences of race, ethnicity, biological sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic circumstance, national origin, immigration status, ability and disability, physical characteristics, religious belief, and all aspects of identity are acknowledged and celebrated.
At this time, The Waverly School is not able to offer, process, or assist in the procurement of student visas (I‑20). Applicants must be able to provide proof of visa or other documentation demonstrating ability to attend non-public school in the United States before an application can be processed.
Important Dates: 2023 – 2024
Saturday, October 14, 2023
Farm Open House.
Saturday, November 11, 2023, and Saturday, January 13, 2024
The Waverly School Open Houses: prospective applicants and their parents/guardians are invited to learn about classes and meet faculty members.
Monday, January 15, 2024
Applications are due for new families.
Thursday, February 1, 2024
Flexible Tuition applications are due for new and returning students. Supplemental application documents due.
Friday, March 8, 2024
Admissions notifications are sent to families.