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How to Apply

We’re delighted that you're interested in The Carey School, and we look forward to getting to know you. Each step in our admission process is designed to help us learn more about each other as we build our welcoming, vibrant community and you choose the perfect school for your family.

This page outlines the steps in our application process, and the following page provides a handy overview of key admission events, deadlines, and decisions. If you have questions at any point in the process, we're happy to help. Please contact Ida Gruber, Director of Admission and Financial Aid.

Application Steps

1. Explore our website & viewbook

We encourage you to learn about Carey’s unique culture and curriculum by exploring our website and downloading our viewbook.

2. Check our age requirements

To apply for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten at The Carey School, children must be four years old and five years old, respectively, on or before September 1 of the year they will begin school. Applicants for all other grades are age-assessed on an individual basis.

3. Get Started

Complete our online inquiry form to get started.  The Carey School uses Ravenna to collect inquiries and manage our application process. Submitting the form will send your information to Carey. Please create an account in Ravenna as it required to register for a school tour.  Find The Carey School in the school directory and click the Upcoming Events button to register for any upcoming events such as a school tour, Prospective Parent Curriculum Night or our PreK & Kindergarten Open House.  You can also click the Apply button which will allow you to register for any events and check out our application process.  

4. Submit application materials

Our online application, Ravenna, will guide you through completing the application, requesting the required forms, uploading a family photo (to help us begin putting names and faces together), and submitting the application fee. You can save your progress and return to the form at any time.

5. Schedule screening/test date and parent interview

Once you've submitted your application, please schedule a screening or testing session appropriate for your child's age, as well as a parent/guardian interview in your Ravenna account. These take place in January and February.

  • During pre-kindergarten and kindergarten screening, children participate in large-group play and small-group skills stations with our teachers.
  • Testing for first through fifth grade applicants includes skill-based testing and teacher-assigned materials.
  • The parent/guardian interview allows our admission team to learn more about your child, to discuss your family’s educational goals, and to answer your questions.
6. Schedule a shadow visit (grades 1-5 only)

We invite applicants for grades 1-5 who have completed their application and testing to visit for a half day in early February. During the visit, applicants sit in on classes, meet our teachers and students, and get a feel for life at Carey. Please register your child for the shadow visit through your Ravenna account.

7. Attend our prospective parent events

Carey hosts two informal events that help prospective parents and guardians learn more about our curriculum, meet our teachers, and interact with current families. We hope you can attend!

Prospective Parent Curriculum Presentation
An exploration of our curriculum presented by core and specialist faculty
Thursday, November 29, 2018, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Prospective Parent Reception
A fun, facilitated mixer connecting prospective and current parents;
an ideal "first taste" of the Carey community

Wednesday, January 30, 2019,  7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Registration for prospective parent events is done through your Ravenna account.

8. Apply for financial aid, if interested

The Carey School is committed to developing and sustaining a socioeconomically diverse student body, and we don't want a family's finances to be a barrier to attending our school. We award more than $600,000 in financial assistance to approximately 15% of our families. If financial aid would help bring a Carey education within reach for your family, we encourage you to explore our Financial Aid Program. You can rest assured that admission decisions are always independent of financial need.