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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.
The Admission Office reviews each application to gain a comprehensive understanding of a student’s qualifications and potential. We look for bright students with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and a passion for learning. We want every girl to thrive at Bryn Mawr, and our admission process seeks to make sure that there is a good match between admitted students and our program.
 
Below you will find details about our application process, divided by grade level. Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our admissions team.

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

Pre-Kindergarten

Applicants must be three years old by September 1, 2019, to begin the Lower School admissions and assessment process for Pre-Kindergarten. For more information about the new Lower School Pre-K program as well as our Little School option, please click here.

Step 1

Action: Attend a Fall Visiting Day, Open House, or Campus Tour
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, 2019; Rolling after Dec. 15 (on a space available basis)
Form
Application

Step 4

Action: Attend individual Parent Information Session
Due Date: Scheduled upon receipt of application

Step 5

Action: Attend Group Observation Session
Due Date: December 14, 2019 9:00-10:30am and January 2020 (Scheduled upon receipt of application)

Step 6

Action: Submit Common Referral Form
Due Date: Jan. 15, 2020 (sent directly from current pre-school)
FormsCommon Referral Form - PDF (150K)

K&1

Applicants must be four years old by September 1, 2019, to begin the Lower School admissions and assessment process for Kindergarten.

Step 1

Action: Attend a Fall Visiting Day, Open House, or Campus Tour
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, 2019; Rolling after Dec. 15 (on a space available basis)
Form
Application

Step 3

Action: Individual student testing
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 (First grade applicants only)
Due Date: Jan. 6, 2020 (sent directly from current school)
Form: Transcript Release Form - PDF (150K)

Step 6

Action:  Submit Common Referral Form
Due Date: Jan. 15, 2020 (sent directly from current school)
FormsCommon Referral Form - PDF (150K)

Step 7

Action: Attend Winter Play Date for K-1 applicants.
Due Date: Saturday, January 11, 2020. 10:30am-12pm. Register online this fall.

Testing Requirements

List of 4 items.

  • Pre-Kindergarten

    Bryn Mawr uses a combination of developmentally appropriate testing and observation to measure social-emotional and academic readiness for Pre-Kindergarten. Applicants come for a group assessment which includes time spent one-on-one with one of our testers during a weekend date in December or January.

    Date: December 14, 2019 and January, 2020 (Date TBD)
    Time: Saturday mornings
    Tests: Pre-K Testing
    Location: The Bryn Mawr School - Get Directions
  • Grades K&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: Grades K&1 Testing
    Location: The Bryn Mawr School - Get Directions
  • Grades 2-4

    Bryn Mawr offers one date for group testing for students applying for grades 2 - 4.

    Date: Jan. 11, 2020
    Time: 8:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. (please arrive no later than 8:25 a.m. to register)
    Tests: Otis-Lennon School Ability Test - Stanford Achievement Test
    Location: Admission Cottage Get Directions

    Parents are invited to join Head of School Sue Sadler, and Lower School Director Laurie Vennes for coffee and conversation in the Admission Cottage from 9:00-9:45am.
    • 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 5-12

    The ISEE exam is required for applicants to grades 5-12. Bryn Mawr offers two dates for ISEE testing. Alternatively, applicants to grades 9-12 may also take the SSAT.

    Date: Nov. 16, 2019
    Time: 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    TestsIndependent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) Register Now
    Location: Centennial Hall - Get Directions

    Date: Dec. 14, 2019
    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. 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. 24, 2020.