ELEMENTARY ADMISSION PROCESS
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Serendipity Elementary Admissions Process
Thank you for exploring Serendipity Elementary School
We are delighted that your school search has brought you to us, and look forward to beginning the admissions process with your family. We know that applying to schools can be a confusing and intimidating experience, and we’re here to help. Please feel free to reach out to us at any time throughout the admissions process.
Serendipity Elementary School is proud to partner with Ravenna Solutions in order to provide a more convenient and streamlined admissions process for families. All steps of the admissions process, from tours and community events to application forms and payments are available in one place. Please click the link below to visit Ravenna Solutions, register your child, and begin exploring Serendipity School.
We wish you the very best in your school search and are excited to get
to know your child and your family.
FIVE STEPS: FROM APPLICATION TO ADMISSION
Step 1: APPLICATION
The first step of the admissions process is application. All of the following must be submitted by the due date for a child’s application to be considered by Serendipity School’s Admissions Department:
- Completed Application, including a picture of the student and the student’s parent(s) or guardian(s)
- Application Fee of $200
- Copies of any and all educational and/or psychological testing
Step 2: ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION AND PARENT MEETING
- Current Teacher Evaluation Form (TK to 5th)
- Transcript Release and Confidentiality Form
(preferred submission method: Ravenna)
- Families will be contacted individually to schedule meetings
We believe in building strong relationships; therefore, it is important to us that we really get to know your child and your family. Parents of all prospective students will have the opportunity to meet with our Head of School and/or members of our Admissions Panel after submitting an application. This informal Q&A session is a benefit to both the family and our school.
Records and recommendations are also required from each child’s current school. Your child’s current teacher has had the pleasure of developing a long-term relationship with your child. While we do meet and assess every Serendipity School applicant, information from your child’s current teacher is invaluable to us. Please send your child’s teacher an online invitation to complete the Teacher Evaluation Form through Ravenna.
Parents of First through Fifth Grade applicants, in addition to securing a Current Teacher Evaluation Form from your child’s current teacher, please provide the Transcript Release and Confidentiality Form to your child’s school office or student records department. We prefer that schools upload transcripts to Ravenna, but will also accept hard copies.
Step 3: ASSESSMENT
Assessment is a crucial step in our admissions process. Every applicant must visit our school for an assessment. These assessment visits afford us the opportunity to get to know children in a relaxed, nurturing, fun, yet structured environment. Please follow the assessment steps below.
- Submission of Assessment Play Date Form
- Participation in Assessment Play Date
All TK/Kindergarten applicants are required to join us for our half-day Kindergarten Assessment Play Date. Our Play Date enables us to observe each child’s social, emotional, cognitive, and gross motor skills through fun and play-based activities and an age-appropriate written/verbal assessment.
Here’s how the day will go:
You and your child will arrive at Serendipity School where friendly Serendipity School staff members will greet and assist you with the registration process. Once registered, you and your child will meet children, parents, and staff and make a fun craft together. When it is time to start the morning activities, you and your child will exchange hugs, kisses, and high fives and say goodbye for a short time while your child participates in the Play Date. Caring Serendipity School staff will be on hand to assist you with this transition. We will provide your child with a mid-morning snack. You will return to your child’s registration room at the end of the Play Date to sign your child out before returning home to hear stories about the day.
First through Fifth Grade Applicants
- Scheduling of a Shadow Day
- Participation in Shadow Day—by appointment
All First through Fifth Grade applicants are required to make an appointment to shadow at our school. We will carefully observe each child’s social, emotional, and academic skills. Individual assessments for incoming First through Fifth Grade students help us to determine each student’s areas of strength and challenge, as well as what our school can offer that child and what that child will contribute to the Serendipity School community. The goal is to preserve an engaged, happy, and thriving community of students who support each other and love to learn.
Here’s how the day will go:
You and your child will arrive at Serendipity School no later than 8:25 a.m. on your scheduled date. Please send your child with a lunch (including snacks for recess time) and appropriate outerwear for outdoor play. We will supply pencils, paper, and all educational materials for the day. After checking in at the school office, you and your child will exchange goodbyes, and your child will be introduced to the appropriate class. During the day, your child will participate in classroom activities and sit for a brief written/verbal assessment of academic and cognitive skills with the Director of Admissions. At 2:45 p.m. you will return to campus ready to take your child home and hear stories about the day.
Step 4: DECISION LETTERS—postal mailed and emailed
Serendipity School will notify parents of the status of their child’s application by postal mail and email. Families of accepted students will be invited to formally enroll at Serendipity School; one week will be granted to these families for decision-making and invitation acceptance.
Step 5: INVITATION ACCEPTANCE AND ENROLLMENT
In order to process enrollment, Serendipity School requires the following:
- Enrollment Agreement
- Tuition Down Payment
- Educational Materials Fees