The Admissions Process: Overview
Entry Level Grades
Our entry level grades are Junior Kindergarten, 5th, 6th, and 9th grades. We may also have a few openings in Kindergarten.
All other grades have openings ONLY through attrition.
How to Apply
Completing the application begins our formal dialogue to decide if Haverford is the right match for your son. You may apply online or download, complete, and submit a printable copy of our application (see the 'Forms & Downloads' tab above). If you choose to download the application, please return it to us with a check for $60. The online application fee is $40.
We enjoy meeting families and talking about Haverford; especially discussing your son. Please call the Admissions Office to arrange a visit. We look forward to the opportunity to discuss your hopes for your son and how we can best meet his needs.
Building Your File
Your son’s admissions file will consist of:
- Thoughts you’ve shared with us about your son
- Your son’s application
- Teacher recommendations
- School records
- Independent School Entrance Examination – grades 6-12
(Learn more and register for the ISEE here)
- All students for whom English is not their first language are
required to take the TOEFL test and earn a score of 100 or greater (Learn more and register for the TOEFL here). In addition to the TOEFL test, a Skype interview must be conducted with the student applicant.
You and your son will be deciding where he will thrive. At the same time, experienced teachers and administrators at Haverford will carefully evaluate your son’s file. We enroll only boys who we believe will enjoy and be enriched by their Haverford experience. We urge you to call us at any time to help in your family deliberations.
Timing it Right
The sooner you apply, the sooner we may begin the evaluation process. We enroll the majority of new students in junior kindergarten, 5th, 6th, and 9th grades. In other grades, we cannot predict how many openings will occur. Accordingly, when the file is complete and an admissions decision is made, we will give you a clear assessment of the enrollment picture in your son’s grade.
Keeping in Touch
We encourage you to let us know your thoughts and to ask questions as they occur. Your feedback will help us do a better job of serving you. Please let us know your decision as soon as you can; there are far more applicants than openings in most of our grades, and the sooner we are aware of your decision, the sooner we can inform other families about their options. We always look forward to hearing from you.
In order to be considered for admission into The Haverford School, your son’s application file must be complete. For your convenience, we have included a link below enabling you to check on the status of your son’s file at any time. You may also contact our office to check on your son's status.
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