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How to Apply

Thank you for your interest in applying to Fessenden. Our admissions processes and timelines vary slightly by entry grade. For additional application details, please select the entry grade for which you are applying in the Grade-Specific Guidelines section below.

INQUIRY AND APPLICATION TIPS
 
Create a Ravenna Account
Fessenden uses Ravenna, a leading application management system, to collect inquiries and manage our application process. Creating an account allows you to request an admissions packet, complete our online admissions application, track your application status, stay informed about upcoming events, and receive updates from our Admissions Office. Create your Ravenna account today!

Grade-Specific Guidelines

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  • Grades 5-9 Day Students

     
    5-9 DAY KEY APPLICATION STEPS & DATES 

    Please note, we are not accepting Grade 8 or Grade 9 Day applications for the 2022-2023 academic year. 

    1. Create a Ravenna Account and Submit an Inquiry Form
    Establish an account on Ravenna, our online application management system. Once your account is created, complete the Inquiry Form to start the application process.

    2. Parent and Candidate Campus Tour & Interview
    Campus visits begin after October 12th and are a required part of the application process. Visit Ravenna after September 27 to schedule your tour and interview.

    3. Online Application
    The online application and parent statement, available on Ravenna, are due by February 1. 

    4. Testing
    SSAT or ISEE are optional.

    5. Transcripts
    The transcript record release form is available on Ravenna to download, sign, and submit to the candidate’s current school. The school must upload prior and current year transcripts to Ravenna or email them directly to the Admissions Office at admissions@fessenden.org  by February 1.

    6. Teacher Evaluation Form
    After December 1, please provide current teachers with the grade-appropriate student evaluation form available on Ravenna. Evaluations are confidential and the teacher/school must upload the forms to Ravenna or email them directly to the Admissions Office at admissions@fessenden.org  by February 1.

    7. Candidate Assessment Morning
    Candidates for Grades 5 and 6 are required to attend an on-campus Middle School admissions assessment on a Saturday morning in early February. There is no re-visit day requirement for Grades 7 candidates.

    8. Financial Aid Requests
    The deadline for financial aid applications is February 1. For more financial aid details, visit fessenden.org/financialaid

    Once all of the above steps are taken, the candidate’s application is considered complete. The Admissions Committee will review completed applications after February 1, and a decision will be sent to families in writing on March 10.

    Applications completed after February 1 will be considered on a rolling basis based on availability. Please contact Admissions for more information about availability and the second round admissions process. Please note that to be fair to all candidates, applications received after the February 1 deadline will be considered only after initial decisions are made on March 10.

     
  • Grades 5-9 Domestic Boarding Students

    5-9 DOMESTIC BOARDING KEY APPLICATION STEPS & DATES 

      • Domestic boarding applications are considered on a rolling basis. However, if you would like to be considered for financial assistance, applications must be completed by February 1.
      • Both, Five-Day and Seven-Day boarding options are available for domestic boarding candidates.
    1. Create a Ravenna Account and Submit an Inquiry Form
    Establish an account on Ravenna, our online application management system. Once your account is created, complete the Inquiry Form to start the application process.

    2. Parent and Candidate Campus Tour & Interview
    Campus visits begin after October 12th and are a required part of the application process. Visit Ravenna after September 27 to schedule your tour and interview.

    3. Online Application
    Complete the online application and parent statement, available on Ravenna.

    4. Testing
    SSAT or ISEE are optional.

    5. Transcripts
    The transcript record release form is available on Ravenna to download, sign, and submit to the candidate’s current school. The school must upload prior and current year transcripts to Ravenna or email them directly to the Admissions Office at admissions@fessenden.org  by February 1.

    6. Teacher Evaluation Form
    After December 1, please provide current teachers with the grade-appropriate student evaluation form available on Ravenna. Evaluations are confidential and the teacher/school must upload the forms to Ravenna or email them directly to the Admissions Office at admissions@fessenden.org  by February 1.

    7. Candidate Assessment Morning
    Candidates for Grades 5 and 6 are required to attend an on-campus Middle School admissions assessment on a Saturday morning in early February. There is no re-visit day requirement for Grades 7 candidates.

    8. Financial Aid Requests
    The deadline for financial aid applications is February 1. For more financial aid details, visit fessenden.org/financialaid

    Once all of the above steps are taken, the candidate’s application is considered complete. The Admissions Committee will review completed applications and a decision will be sent to families in writing.
  • Grades 5-9 International Boarding Students


    5-9 INTERNATIONAL BOARDING KEY APPLICATION STEPS & DATES 

      • Seven-Day Boarding is the only option for international boarding students.
      • International applications are due December 15, and decisions are communicated on January 15. If you would like to be considered for admission after January 15, please contact our Admissions Office for availability.

    1. Create a Ravenna Account and Submit an Inquiry Form
    Establish an account on Ravenna, our online application management system. Once your account is created, complete the Inquiry Form to start the application process.

    2. Parent and Candidate Campus Tour & Interview
    Campus visits begin after October 12th and are a required part of the application process. Visit Ravenna after September 27 to schedule your tour and interview.

    3. Online Application
    Complete the online application and parent statement, available on Ravenna, by December 15.

    4. Testing
    Candidates are required to submit TOEFL Jr. test results prior to scheduling an interview. SSAT, ISEE, or WISC-V test results are also welcome in addition to TOEFL Jr.

    5. Transcripts
    The transcript record release form is available on Ravenna to download, sign, and submit to the candidate’s current school. The school must upload prior and current year transcripts to Ravenna or email them directly to the Admissions Office at admissions@fessenden.org by December 15.

    6. Teacher Evaluation Form
    Please provide current teachers with the grade-appropriate student evaluation form available on Ravenna. Evaluations are confidential and the teacher/school must upload the forms to Ravenna or email them directly to the Admissions Office at admissions@fessenden.org  by December 15.

    Applications for the first round of international admissions are due December 15 and decisions are made by January 15. If you would like to be considered for the second round of international admissions, please contact our office for deadline information. Also, space availability in Grades 8 and 9 is often limited, so please contact us before starting the application process for those grades.
     

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Nadine Riggs
617-630-2328
nriggs@fessenden.org


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