Admissions Process

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Welcome to Waverly!

We hope you take a 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 life experiences.

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, which is 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 key.

Last, please don’t forget: The Waverly School is the inno­v­a­tive leader in progres­sive educa­tion. As the region’s first school to offer Preschool ‑12 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 Admissions

Attend a Tour & Open House

Tours for parents and guardians are held by divi­sion — preschool & elemen­tary school (PS — 6th) and middle school & high school (7th — 12th) — at the start of the school day. Tours include time with the head of school to learn about our program, a visit to class­rooms, and an oppor­tu­nity to ask ques­tions of current Waverly parents. Sign up here to attend a tour!

*Due to COVID-19, in-person tours will be capped at 5 fami­lies and each guest must present proof of vacci­na­tion or a nega­tive COVID test from within 2 days of arrival.*

All in-person tours are sched­uled from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

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 in Novem­ber (virtual) and January (in-person).

Dead­line: February 1

Apply online by Febru­ary 1! This is also the dead­line for flex­i­ble tuition.

Student Visit

We will host student visi­tors begin­ning January 2022.

For students apply­ing after the appli­ca­tion dead­line, please sched­ule a visit directly with the admis­sions office: admissions@​thewaverlyschool.​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. (7th-12th grade appli­cants need two teacher recom­men­da­tions.) Teacher recom­men­da­tions must be submit­ted in sealed letter­head envelopes 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 3rd grade and above). Tran­scripts must be submit­ted in sealed letter­head envelopes from the appro­pri­ate school. Down­load a tran­script request form (PDF).

Admis­sions Notification

Deci­sion letters will be sent March 4th for first round applicants.

Non-Discrim­i­na­tion Policy

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.

Inter­na­tional Students

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: 2021 – 2022

Satur­day, Novem­ber 13, 2021 and Satur­day, January 22, 2022
The Waverly School open houses: prospec­tive appli­cants and their parents/​guardians are invited to learn about classes and meet faculty members. Our Novem­ber open house will be virtual and the January open house will be held in person.

Satur­day, January 29, 2022
Farm open house.

Tuesday, Febru­ary 1, 2022
Appli­ca­tions due for new students; flex­i­ble tuition appli­ca­tions due for new and returning students.

Friday, March 11, 2022
Admis­sions noti­fi­ca­tions are sent to families.