Thank you for your interest in Spence!

Please see grade-specific instructions and checklists in the tabs above.
 
Spence does not require standardized testing assessments as part of the application for Kindergarten or Grade 1, but we will accept results of tests taken for another school should you wish to submit them. Standardized testing is required for all other grades.
 
Upper School applicants may explore Spence in two ways. They may spend 90 minutes on a school tour and interview, or they may choose to have a Spence Experience Visit. For more information, please read our FAQ page.

Application Process FAQs

List of 7 frequently asked questions.

  • Q: How do I apply to Spence?

    All prospective applicant families should first submit an inquiry form. You will receive an email with login credentials to submit your formal application. You may submit an application over the summer, but it will not be processed until after Labor Day (nor will appointments be made prior to this date). There is no advantage to submitting an application before Labor Day—we do not limit the number of applications or tour and interview slots.
  • Q: How old should my daughter be to apply for Kindergarten?

    Your daughter must be age five to attend Kindergarten. Your daughter’s date of birth must be on or before August 31, 2014.
  • Q: Once I have submitted my application, what is the process?

    Depending on the grade to which your daughter is applying, all applicant families must:

    1. Have your daughter's current school send us her school report/transcript.
    2. Schedule, complete and submit testing for Grades 2-11 only. Spence does not require standardized testing assessments as part of the application for Kindergarten or Grade 1, but we will accept results of tests taken for another school should you wish to submit them. We accept ISEE Primary for Grades 2-4 and SSAT or ISEE for students applying to Grades 5-11.
    3. Visit the school with your daughter and have an interview with a member of the Admissions Office. Please consult the online application checklist appropriate for your daughter's grade level for the steps to take in order to complete the full application process.
    4. Applications for all grades are due November 15, 2018, with no exceptions. The application process should be complete by early January.
    5. If you are interested in a grade for which we are uncertain about openings, please submit the application WITHOUT the application fee, submit ERB, ISEE or SSAT testing results for relevant grades, and have your daughter's current school send us her school report/transcript. Tours and interviews will be scheduled when an opening becomes available.
  • Q: When will I learn of the Admissions decision?

    Grades          Notification          Parent Reply Deadline
    KFebruary 8Noon, February 15
    1-8February 5Noon, February 26
    9-12February 14Noon, March 14
  • Q: How will I get information about the status of my daughter’s application file and about Admissions events?

    Please refer to our Admissions Key Dates to find out more about Admissions events applicable to your daughter’s grade level. Once you have submitted an application, you will receive invitations to these events via email. Online login information will be provided to track the status of your application to Spence. We would be more than happy to talk to you on the phone to answer any questions you may have regarding this process. When phone lines are busy, please leave a detailed message and we will return your call as soon as possible.
  • Q: What is your sibling and alumnae policy?

    Spence appreciates the enthusiasm that sibling and alumnae families have for the school and we encourage sibling and alumnae families to apply for admission. At the same time, the school believes that a productive learning environment is different for different children. We advise sibling and alumnae families to apply to a variety of schools so that their daughter is matched to the appropriate school. Sibling and alumnae families applying to Kindergarten have the option of an earlier notification date. Aside from that, we do not have a specific “policy” for our sibling and alumnae families nor do we reserve a specific number of spots for those families in any grade. All applicants to the school go through the same process and are evaluated with equal consideration.
  • Q: Are first choice letters and/or personal letters of recommendation required?

    No. We do not encourage first choice letters and ask that you refrain from having personal letters of recommendation mailed to us. The application process is about learning all we can about our applicants based solely on the information that is requested and required in the application.