Admissions Decisions The Bay School faculty makes all admissions decisions, taking a primary role in evaluating applications and considering applicants’ motivation and learning style in relationship to the school’s pedagogy.
Only complete applications (interview, application, fee, school records, and child visit) are considered. Decisions for Early Childhood are based on school readiness and social behavior. Decisions for the grade school are based on the child’s past educational experience, academic abilities and potential, and classroom and social behavior. Common evaluation criteria include the applicant’s “fit” in the social balance of the classroom and the family’s support for the school’s philosophy.
The Bay School conducts three rounds of admissions followed by rolling admissions. Note that these admissions rounds are different from the Financial Aid rounds.
First Round: Applications completed by March 1st with decisions made by the end of March.
Second Round: Applications completed after March 1st but by April 1st with decisions made by the end of April.
Third Round: Applications completed after April 1st but by May 1st with decisions made by the end of May.
Rolling Admissions: Applications completed in June while school is in session will be decided on within two weeks of the child’s visit. Applications submitted during the summer are considered by the School Director and the class teacher with decisions made within two days.
Waiting Pool Status Children who are accepted but cannot be admitted due to lack of space will be placed in a class waiting pool. Spaces do open up over the summer as families change their plans or move from the area.
Decisions to offer a place are not based on a first-come, first-served basis. Should a place open in a class with a waiting pool, the Director and the faculty or class teacher will consider the pool using a variety of criteria including an accepted applicant’s past enrollment, sibling enrollment, and the social balance of the class, to name a few. If we decide to offer an open spot to your child, we will notify you immediately. Students who remain in the waiting pool through the end of the school year must update their applications for consideration the following school year.
All applicant families are encouraged to contact the school at any time to check on the status of a child’s application.
Sibling ApplicationsSiblings of currently enrolled Bay School students and Bay School alumni must complete applications and will follow the admissions process guidelines. The application fee is waived.
Enrollment Deadline Families whose child(ren) have been admitted and plan to enroll must submit a Bay School Enrollment Contract (included with your acceptance letter) along with a deposit for each enrolling child within 30 days of notification of admittance in order to secure a place. Families admitted after June 1st should enroll within 10 business days from notification.
Conditions of EnrollmentEach newly enrolled student is considered on “conditional enrollment” for the first six weeks of attendance. During this time, the student will have the opportunity to become familiar with the school and the teachers will be able to observe the student’s needs and abilities. At the end of the first six weeks, either the parents or the school may terminate the enrollment contract, based on the terms stated in our Tuition Agreement and Enrollment Contract.