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A Message from the Director of Admission


We're pleased that you are interested in Shady Hill School. Since our founding in 1915, we have been committed to creating an environment where children are joyful, active learners who become confident, ethical citizens. We honor the individual character of each child, encourage learning through collaboration and value intellectual discipline. In considering students for admission, we seek enthusiastic and inquiring children who demonstrate the intellectual and personal promise necessary to meet the expectations of our program.

Our youngest students, Beginners, are 4 years old on September first. We add students to our community at Beginners (36 students), Kindergarten (8 new students), Grade 3 (6 new students) and Grade 6 (16 new students) — however, families are encouraged to apply for any grade and will be considered for admission as space allows.

Our website is a great window into our School, and I encourage you to spend time exploring it. Be sure to watch our videos while you're here!  As with any school, the best way to learn more is to visit. Throughout the year, there are many opportunities to see our campus.  Thank you for your interest in Shady Hill.  We look forward to working with your family! 

Best wishes,

Cassie Firenze
Director of Admission and Financial Aid
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Open House events, while not required, are opportunities to learn about us. Meet the Head of School, Division Heads, current teachers, parents, and students. 
Lower School (Pre-K through Grade 4)
Admission Open House

Sunday, October 26, 2014
2:00 - 4:00 PM

Middle School (Grades 5-8) Admission Open House
Thursday, November 13, 2014
7:00 PM

Our Open Houses follow structured programs, so please plan to arrive on time.
We welcome your entire family. You do not need to RSVP for an Open House.
Parking for both events is available on Coolidge Avenue.  
Follow signs to the Assembly Hall, where our program will begin.

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Prospective Parent Visit -This is a required piece of the admission process and is scheduled individually. Click on the link to Tour Schedule for scheduling information.

On your scheduled day, your visit will have 3 components:
  • Group tour: Four families at a time tour the campus with a parent guide. In one hour, you will visit classrooms, arts & athletic facilities, and our library.
  • Group Information Session: Meet our Admission Director, learn about our approach to curriculum, the application process, and financial aid.
  • Parent Interview: You will have an individual meeting with one of our Admission Counselors. This is your chance to tell us about your child and to ask any specific questions about our program.
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Student Visit & Assessment - Varies by application grade.
This is a required piece of the admission process.
Applicants to our Beginner & Kindergarten program will join us for small playgroups, scheduled mostly on Saturday mornings in January. Once your application is submitted, we will contact you with a scheduled playgroup date.
Applicants to grades one through eight will be invited to our Admissions Day. Students will work in small groups, divided by grade. There is a healthy mix of classwork, play time, and campus exploration.
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Classroom visit (applicants to grades 6 and 7 only) - Individually scheduled
Students applying to grades 6 or 7 have the option of spending part of a school day with us. These visits are usually scheduled after the parent interview.

For more information about visiting the school, please call the Admission Office at 617-520-5200. 
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Shady Hill School admits students of any race, religion, color, national and ethnic origin, sexual orientation, or disability to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of gender, religion, race, color, national or ethnic origin, sexual ortientation, or disability in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, financial aid, and other school-administered programs.