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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!

Register for a Virtual Tour
While we would love to invite you to tour our beautiful school in-person, due to COVID-19, Fessenden’s campus is only currently open to students, faculty, and essential staff. However,  starting October 1 and continuing through the end of January, we will be offering weekly virtual tours for families who would like to learn more about Fessenden. Please visit fessenden.org/virtual to register for the grade-specific tour of your choice. 

Candidate Age Requirements
  • Students starting Pre-Kindergarten should be four years old by September 1 of the entering year. 
  • Students starting Kindergarten should be five years old by September 1 of the entering year.
 
Please complete an Inquiry Form to receive a customized Admissions Packet. Or, Apply Now if you are ready to begin your application process.

Grade-Specific Guidelines

List of 4 items.

  • Pre-K

    Students entering Pre-Kindergarten should be 4 years old by September 1.

    Fessenden’s Pre-K program recognizes each boy’s unique learning style and developmental stage. The following offerings are available. (Note that parents do not need to select an option until their child receives an offer of admission.)
    > Full-Day Pre-K Option
    > Blended Pre-K Option (two full days, three half days)
    > Half-Day Pre-K Option

    1. Start your online application process by creating a Ravenna account. 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.
    2. Register for a virtual tour at fessenden.org/virtual. Pre-K/K virtual tours are offered weekly, from October 1 through the end of January, and are a required part of the application process.
    3. Pre-Kindergarten candidates are normally required to attend a small group visit day in December or January with approximately eight other boys. In the event that COVID-19 restrictions prohibit on-campus visits during that time, we will update you on the alternative to this step. 
    4. Complete our online application and parent questionnaire with $50 application fee through your Ravenna account (required and due by February 1).
    5. Submit Transcript Release Form - available on Ravenna - to current school so they can forward school transcripts or progress reports (required and due by February 1).
    6. After December 1, provide your son's current teacher with the electronic student evaluation form available on Ravenna (required and due by February 1).
    7. To be considered for financial assistance, please submit your application and supporting documentation by February 1.
    Once all of the above steps are taken, the candidate’s application is considered complete. The Admissions Committee will begin to review completed applications on February 1, and a decision will be sent to parents 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.
  • Kindergarten

    Students entering Kindergarten should be 5 years old by September 1.

    1. Start your online application process by creating a Ravenna account. 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.
    2. Register for a virtual tour at fessenden.org/virtual. Pre-K/K virtual tours are offered weekly, from October 1 through the end of January, and are a required part of the application process.
    3. Kindergarten candidates are normally required to attend a small group visit day in December or January with approximately eight other boys. In the event that COVID-19 restrictions prohibit on-campus visits during that time, we will update you on the alternative to this step. 
    4. Complete our online application and parent questionnaire with $50 application fee on Ravenna (required and due by February 1).
    5. Submit Transcript Release Form - available on Ravenna - to current school so they can forward school transcripts or progress reports (required and due by February 1).
    6. After December 1, provide your son's current teacher with the student evaluation form - available on Ravenna - (required and due by February 1).
    7. To be considered for financial assistance, please submit your application and supporting documentation by February 1.
    Once all of the above steps are taken, the candidate’s application is considered complete. The Admissions Committee will begin to review completed applications on February 1, and a decision will be sent to parents 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 1-3

    Grades 1-3 are not typical entry points for Fessenden. However, there are occasional openings so we encourage you to begin the admissions process.

    1. Start your online application process by creating a Ravenna account. 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.
    2. Register for a virtual tour at fessenden.org/virtual. Virtual tours are offered weekly, from October 1 through the end of January, and are a required part of the application process.
    3. In December or January, candidates are normally required to schedule a campus during which they will visit a classroom and experience a typical day in the life of a Fessenden student. In the event that COVID-19 restrictions prohibit on-campus visits during that time, we will update you on the alternative to this step. 
    4. Complete our online application and parent questionnaire with $50 application fee on Ravenna (required and due by February 1).
    5. Submit Transcript Release Form - available on Ravenna - to current school so they can forward school transcripts or progress reports (required and due by February 1).
    6. After December 1, provide your son's current teacher with the appropriate student evaluation form (Grade 1 evaluation form or Grades 2-5 evaluation form - available on Ravenna)- required and due by February 1.
    7. To be considered for financial assistance, please submit your application and supporting documentation by February 1.
    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 parents 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.
  • Grade 4

    1. Start your online application process by creating a Ravenna account. 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.
    2. Register for a virtual tour at fessenden.org/virtual. Virtual tours are offered weekly, from October 1 through the end of January, and are a required part of the application process.
    3. 4th Grade candidates are normally required to participate in a group visit day in December or January with approximately ten other boys. In the event that COVID-19 restrictions prohibit on-campus visits during that time, we will update you on the alternative to this step. 
    4. Complete our online application and parent questionnaire with $50 application fee on Ravenna (required and due by February 1).
    5. Submit Transcript Release Form - available on Ravenna - to current school so they can forward school transcripts or progress reports (required and due by February 1).
    6. After December 1, provide your son's current teacher with the appropriate student evaluation form (Grade 1 evaluation form or Grades 2-5 evaluation form - available on Ravenna)- required and due by February 1.
    7. To be considered for financial assistance, please submit your application and supporting documentation by February 1.
    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 parents 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.
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