The Bay School faculty takes a primary role in evaluating applications and considering applicants’ motivation and learning style in relationship to the school’s pedagogy. Along with the Head of School, the faculty make admissions decisions.
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. The school will also consider the family’s support for the school’s philosophy.
The Bay School allows all current families to re-enroll for the following year during the month of February. Beginning in March and throughout the month, new student admissions are considered and new students are accepted where there is space available for the following year.
Rolling Admissions: Applications completed during the year, for the current year while school is in session, will be decided on a rolling admission basis where there is space available. Applications submitted during the summer are considered by the Head of School and the class teacher with decisions made as timely as possible.
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.
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.
Siblings 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.
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 10 days of notification of admittance in order to secure a place.
Conditions of Enrollment
Each 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.