Admission

How to Apply

In order to measure a student’s qualifications, our admissions committees review school transcripts, teacher recommendations, results from standardized testing and current faculty comments from personal interviews and shadow days. All candidates must file an application with the Admissions Office including the $75.00 application fee.
Pre-K Program

(must be three years old by September 1 of the entry year)
  1. Submit Teacher Recommendation Forms (if available)
  2. Interview for parents and child with the Head of Lower School.

Kindergarten - 5th Grade

(Kindergarten candidates must be five years old by September 1 of entry year)
  1. Submit Teacher Recommendation Form
  2. Submit Transcript Material, including any Standardized Testing
  3. Student visits for daylong interaction in the classroom
  4. Admission Test/Interview with Head of Lower School

6th Grade - 8th Grade
  1. Submit Teacher Recommendation Forms (Math and English)
  2. Submit Transcript Material, including Standardized Testing
  3. Student visits for daylong interaction in the classroom
  4. Admission Test/Interview with Head of Middle School

9th Grade - 12th Grade

  1. Submit 3 Teacher Recommendation Forms (Math, English, and Applicant’s Choice)
  2. Submit Transcript Material, including Standardized Testing
  3. Student visits for daylong interaction in the classroom
  4. Take ISEE Admissions Test. To register online: ISEE Online Registration
  5. Interview with Head of Upper School

Admission FAQ's

List of 10 frequently asked questions.

  • Q: When will I know if my child has been accepted to The Salisbury School?

    The admission committee, comprised of faculty and administrators, reviews each application carefully. The committee will return an admission decision within two weeks of receiving a completed application. No decision will be made on incomplete applications.
  • Q: What testing is required for the application?

    Lower and Middle School applicants will take The Salisbury School’s admission test on the day that they come to school for their daylong visit.

    Upper School candidates will sit for the Independent School Entrance Examination (ISEE). This three-hour standardized test from the Educational Records Bureau is offered four times during the school year.  We also do on site testing for students who make application to The Salisbury School at other times of the year.  
  • Q: Do students wear uniforms?

    No, The Salisbury School students do not wear uniforms. However, the school does have a dress code. The dress code is designed to allow individual expression within reasonable limits. Students are expected to wear clothing that is neat, clean, and modest.
  • Q: What kinds of colleges do graduates attend?

    The Salisbury School is proud of its outstanding tradition of college placement. 100% of graduates are accepted to four-year colleges and universities. Below is a partial list of schools our graduates attend.

    • American University
    • Arizona State University
    • Goucher College
    • High Point University
    • Hofstra University
    • James Madison University
    • Loyola University of Maryland
    • New England Conservatory
    • New York University
    • Pennsylvania State University Beaver
    • Pratt Institute
    • Salisbury University
    • The George Washington University
    • Towson University
    • University of Dayton
    • University of Maryland College Park
    • University of Michigan
    • University of Washington Seattle
    • Washington College
    • Xavier University of Louisiana
  • Q: Do your graduates receive scholarships to attend college?

    Yes. Many of our graduates earn generous merit scholarships and tuition grants for college. The class of 2016 averaged nearly $40,000 per student in grants and awards. Many of our students have also been honored with full tuition scholarships.
  • Q: What sports and extracurricular activities do you offer?

    The Salisbury School believes that a well-educated individual has a variety of interests including 17 competitive sports teams and activities in the fine and performing arts. To that end, students have a wide array of extra-curricular activities from which to choose. We invite you to explore the webpages of our athletics and arts departments to learn more.
  • Q: Do you offer financial aid?

    Yes. The Salisbury School offers financial aid to qualified families in order to make our program available to students of all backgrounds. We are committed to the fair and confidential administration of financial aid. Please visit the financial aid section of this website to learn how to apply. Pre-K classes do not qualify for financial aid awards.
  • Q: Are you a religious school?

    The Salisbury School is an independent, non-sectarian school committed to a diversity of beliefs and backgrounds.
  • Q: When does the school day begin and end?

    The school day begins promptly each day at 8:15 and ends at 3:00 for students in grades K-12. (Upper School students may have extracurricular or athletic activities until 5:30)

    Pre-Kindergarten students are dismissed each day at 11:45.

    Our Extended Day program is available for Pre-Kindergarten through 8th Grade each afternoon until 5:30.
  • Q: Do you offer bus transportation?

    We do not offer bus transportation locally, although buses are available to students traveling from the Cambridge, MD, Ocean City, MD, Delaware Beaches, and Seaford, DE, areas. Please contact the Business Office (ext. 181) for information on bus schedules and fees.