Bryn Mawr offers two distinctive Pre-Kindergarten options. Our new Lower School Pre-Kindergarten is for families interested in an early start to their daughter's Lower School experience. To further explore the options for your child, please visit our Pre-Kindergarten webpage.
Bryn Mawr’s Fall Visiting Days are a great opportunity for you to see Bryn Mawr during a real school day and to meet and speak with the director of the academic division to which your daughter will apply. Visitors enjoy a campus tour, classroom visits, hearing from our students and seeing firsthand the value and power of a girls' education. There is also plenty of time to get your questions about applications and financial aid answered.
Fall Visiting Days are designed for prospective parents and guardians. Prospective students to grades 6–12 are invited to attend the Middle and Upper School Fall Visiting Days with their parents or guardians. After receipt of an application, all applicants to grades 2-12 will have an opportunity to attend classes with a Bryn Mawr hostess on their "shadow day."
The Little School offers their own individual tours, which are separate from the PK-12 Visiting Days. You can register by calling the Little School directly at 410-323-8826 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
A student's Shadow Day will be scheduled upon receipt of her application and the application fee. For applicants to grades 6-12, the required student essay and student questionnaire may be submitted after the shadow day, prior to the application deadline.
While applicants to kindergarten and first grade do not have a "shadow" visit, they will be invited to campus in January for a play day which also serves as an informal observation. Lower School accepted students and their families will also be invited to attend an event in March when they will have the opportunity to spend time in the classroom, meet the teachers and other new girls, and see the Lower School campus. Check the Visit Bryn Mawr page for this year's date.
A typical day at Bryn Mawr is active; she will move around campus and spend time both indoors and out-of-doors. We suggest that she wear comfortable school clothing, sneakers or other comfortable shoes, and bring outerwear appropriate to the weather.
If your daughter is shadowing in grades 2-5, you should plan to arrive at the Admission Office by 8:30 a.m. Students shadowing in grades 6-12 will be greeted at the Admission Cottage at 7:45 a.m.; parents can park right in front of the building. Her hostess will meet her in the Admission Cottage. Then she will be off for the morning, attending classes with her hostess.
If your daughter has a friend in her grade at Bryn Mawr, please let us know. We will do our best to accomodate your request. Sometimes visiting girls like to shadow with someone they already know, but others prefer to be paired with someone new. We keep your daughter's interests in mind when assigning hostesses, as well as the schedules of our students. If everything works out, we will assign her friend to be her escort. If not, she will be matched with another hostess. In either case, we think she will have a great morning.
Absolutely! We can't tell you what the girls will be studying on a particular day, but if your daughter feels comfortable participating in the discussion, please tell her to join the conversation. If she would rather sit quietly and listen, that's OK too. Our teachers and students are very excited to have your daughter visiting Bryn Mawr!
Not on her shadow day! However, girls applying to grades 2-4 do take an entrance test. You can check the dates for this year on the Application Process page. The registration form for this test is in the application packet. If this date is inconvenient, the test is given at other AIMS schools on different days. Please request that they send your scores to Bryn Mawr. If your daughter is applying to grades 5-12, she will need to take the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE). You can register for it online at www.iseetest.org. Check the Application Process page to see when we are offering it at Bryn Mawr.
Not a problem! If she has other things she want to discuss, or questions she forgot to ask while she was on campus, just give us a call at 410-323-8800. For the most part, Ms. Canestraro (ext. 1330) works with Middle School applicants and Ms. Jackson (ext. 1237) works with Upper School applicants, but anyone in the Admission Office would be happy to talk with you or your daughter.
Even if you live far away, getting to Bryn Mawr doesn't have to be hard! Bryn Mawr partners with Kangaroo Coach, an independent transportation contractor, to provide motor coach service to and from school. With nearby morning pickup and evening drop off locations, Kanagroo Coach offers safe and convenient daily transportation options for families. The service currently provides transportation for Bryn Mawr students living in Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Harford, and Howard Counties. For more information about routes, and fees, please visit the Kangaroo Coach website: http://www.kangaroocoach.com/school_transportation.php#brynmawr
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