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Application Process

Thank you for your interest in Bryn Mawr! We are excited to have the opportunity to introduce you to our school, and to get to know you and your family.

Click the tabs below to view the application steps for your child's entering grade.

Pre-Kindergarten

Applicants for 2022-23 entry must be three years old by September 1, 2021, to begin the Lower School admissions and assessment process for Pre-Kindergarten. For more information about the Lower School Pre-K program as well as our Little School option, please click here.

Step 1

Action: Attend a virtual or in-person visit experience
Due Date
Register online or call 410-323-8800; can be completed prior to application

Step 2

Action: Complete application and pay $60 fee. Application fee waivers are available for siblings of currently enrolled students and daughters of alumnae. Please contact us to obtain your code.
Due Date: December 15, 2021; Rolling after Dec. 15 (on a space available basis)
Form
Application

Step 4

Action: Attend individual Parent Information Session (virtual or in-person)
Due Date: Scheduled upon receipt of application

Step 5

Action: Attend Applicant Observation Session
Due Date: Scheduled upon receipt of application
Forms: See testing requirements below

Step 6

Action: Submit Common Referral Form
Due Date: Jan. 15, 2022 (sent directly from current pre-school)
FormsCommon Referral Form - PDF (150K)

Kindergarten

Applicants must be four years old by September 1, 2021, to begin the Lower School admissions and assessment process for Kindergarten entry 2022-23.

Step 1

Action: Attend a virtual or in-person visit experience
Due Date
Register online or call 410-323-1310; can be completed prior to application

Step 2

Action: Complete application and pay $60 fee. Application fee waivers are available for siblings of currently enrolled students and daughters of alumnae. Please contact us to obtain your code.
Due Date: December 15, 2021; Rolling after Dec. 15 (on a space available basis)
Form
Application

Step 3

Action: Attend Individual student assessment
Due Date: Scheduled upon receipt of application
Forms: See testing requirements below

Step 4

Action: Attend individual Parent Information Session
Due Date: Scheduled upon receipt of application, often during student's testing

Step 5

Action: Attend Kindergarten Group Observation
Due Date: Scheduled upon receipt of application
Form: See testing requirements below

Step 6

Action:  Submit Common Referral Form
Due Date: Jan. 15, 2022 (sent directly from current school)
FormsCommon Referral Form - PDF (150K)

Grade 1


Step 1

Action: Attend a virtual or in-person visit experience
Due Date
Register online or call 410-323-1310; can be completed prior to application

Step 2

Action: Complete application and pay $60 fee. Application fee waivers are available for siblings of currently enrolled students and daughters of alumnae. Please contact us to obtain your code.
Due Date: December 15, 2021; Rolling after Dec. 15 (on a space available basis)
Form
Application

Step 3

Action: Attend Individual student assessment
Due Date: Scheduled upon receipt of application
Forms: See testing requirements below

Step 4

Action: Attend individual Parent Information Session
Due Date: Scheduled upon receipt of application, often during student's testing

Step 5

Action: Submit School transcripts
Due Date: Jan. 5, 2022 (sent directly from current school)
Form: Transcript Release Form - PDF (150K)

Step 6

Action:  Submit Common Referral Form
Due Date: Jan. 15, 2022 (sent directly from current school)
FormsCommon Referral Form - PDF (150K)

Testing Requirements

List of 5 items.

  • Pre-Kindergarten

    Bryn Mawr uses a combination of testing instruments that helps the Admission Committee measure developmental and academic readiness. Students are tested individually in the mornings during the months of October, November, December and January. Students will also attend a group assessment in January.

    Date: October - January
    Time: Mornings - time scheduled upon receipt of application; Group Assessment on Saturday, January 11, 2022.
    Tests: Pre-K Assessment and Group Assessments
    Location: The Bryn Mawr School - Get Directions
  • Kindergarten

    Bryn Mawr uses a combination of testing instruments that helps the Admission Committee measure developmental and academic readiness. Students are tested individually in the mornings during the months of October, November, December and January. Students will also attend a group assessment in December or January.

    Date: October- January
    Time: Mornings - time scheduled upon receipt of application; Group Assessment on Friday, Dec. 3, 2021 or Friday, Jan. 7, 2022
    Tests: Kindergarten Individual and Group Assessments
    Location: The Bryn Mawr School - Get Directions
  • Grade 1

    Bryn Mawr uses a combination of testing instruments that helps the Admission Committee measure developmental and academic readiness. Students are tested individually in the mornings during the months of October, November, December and January. 

    Date: October- January
    Time: Mornings - time scheduled upon receipt of application
    Tests: Grade 1 individual assessment
    Location: The Bryn Mawr School - Get Directions
  • Grades 2-5

    Bryn Mawr offers group testing for students applying for grades 2 - 5.

    Date: Saturday, January 8, 2022
    Time: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Tests: Otis-Lennon School Ability Test - Stanford Achievement Test
    Location: Admission Cottage Get Directions

    • We will be happy to share the results of this testing with other schools.
    • If the Bryn Mawr date is inconvenient for you, you may sign up for testing at another school. Please ask them to send your daughter's testing results to the Bryn Mawr Admission Office.
    • If your daughter does plan to test at Bryn Mawr, please make sure to register in your Parent Portal.
  • Grades 6-12

    The ISEE exam is required for applicants to grades 6-12. Bryn Mawr offers two in-person dates for ISEE testing. Alternatively, applicants to grades 9-12 may also take the SSAT.

    Date: Saturday, November 20, 2021
    Time: 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    TestsIndependent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) Register Now
    Location: Centennial Hall - Get Directions

    Date: Saturday, December 11, 2021
    Time: 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    Tests: Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) Register Now
    Location: Centennial Hall - Get Directions

    • If the Bryn Mawr dates are inconvenient for you, you may sign up for testing at another school, a Prometric center, or ISEE at Home. Please be sure to add Bryn Mawr's ISEE school code 210050 for us to receive the scores.
    • Please indicate on the ISEE or SSAT registration that they should send your daughter's testing results to the Bryn Mawr Admission Office. Results must be received by Jan. 22, 2022.