Admissions Process at Village School

Village School includes grades 5-8. Rising 5th grade classes are formed in the fall and early winter of each year. Applications from interested 4th graders are accepted until late January. Admissions decisions are made in late February and communicated in early March.

Applications for other grades are taken when and if there are openings. Openings for an academic year are usually known in early April of the previous year. Families of interested applicants for 6th, 7th, and 8th grades should leave their name with Village School staff. You will be contacted if an opening occurs, and applications will be accepted for the opening(s).

The admissions process usually begins with one or both parents visiting during a school day to meet teachers and see school in session, sometimes sitting in on a class. Alternatively, prospective parents and students can visit during our annual Open House, held one Saturday in early November.

Interested 4th grade students are asked to spend part of a day at Village School, usually 8:00am-3:15pm, shadowing a current 5th grader. This can occur before or after an application is submitted, but should occur before the end of the application acceptance period in late January.

The application consists of five parts:

1. Village School Application completed by the student’s parents

2. Applicant Questionnaire completed by the prospective student

3. Teacher Recommendation completed by a teacher who knows the applicant well and mailed directly to Village School–this can be her third or fourth grade, gifted, or other academic teacher

4. Records Release of Academic Records to be given to the applicant’s current school administration

5. $175 application fee which covers the cost of the required testing

After the Application and Applicant Questionnaire are returned to Village School along with $175 for the testing fee, the remainder of the application process can be completed.

All applicants take the Woodcock-Johnson Skills assessment test. This is a one-on-one untimed test administered by an independent educational psychologist. The psychologist will contact you directly and schedule the test at her office.

The final step in the process is a parent interview with Eliza O’Connell, Head of School; at the same time the prospective student meets with a member of our faculty. These interviews usually occur during after-school hours.


Tuition for 2017-2018 is $14,640. In addition to tuition, there is an annual $1,000 book and activity fee. While the Village School scholarship fund is limited, we make every effort to provide financial aid to those who qualify. Please contact the school for additional information on scholarship funds.