Admissions

Take a Tour

Experience the start of a lifetime

As you come to know our school, you will discover that we are more than just a place to learn; we are a community. McGillis students in kindergarten through eighth grade have the opportunity to excel academically while learning the importance of productive group dynamics and social responsibility. Central to our core mission is providing learning experiences that empower children to become engaged and enthusiastic about their learning.

We offer a variety of opportunities for you to get to know us and find your place here at The McGillis School.

Prospective Parent Visits

We welcome you to join us for one of our Prospective Parent Visits. This year, we will have tours on:

  • November 7 & 8 at 9:00 AM
  • January 18 at 9:00 AM

For prospective 5th – 8th grade students and their parents, we will have tours on: 

  • February 13 at 9:00 AM

There’s no need to register. Please just join us that day and come in at our main entrance. 

Whether you are considering Kindergarten, Middle School, or any grade in between, these events are a great way to get to know McGillis. You'll meet the people who are driving the vision of The School, as well as teachers, while classes are underway, active, and vibrant.

Take a Tour

If you can't make it to one of our Prospective Parent Visits, please call us to schedule a tour, 801-583-0094, or sign up for a visit below.

Sign up for a visit! 

Apply

Through the admission process, The School seeks to learn about your child and how we can partner with you to best meet his or her needs.  To that end, we strongly encourage one or both parents to tour our school. To schedule a tour, please call our front desk at 801-583-0094.

Process

STEP 1

Complete the online application form and submit electronically to The McGillis School.

Apply Online

STEP 2

Call The School (801-583-0094) to schedule an admissions assessment for your child(ren).

On assessment day:

  • Pay the application fee ($20 per child)
  • Applicant must bring the grade applicable portion of the student response form

Kindergarten, call to schedule an assesment date:

Assessment Dates

  • February 3, 2018, Saturday, 9:00 - 11:00 AM or 1:00-3:00 PM
  • February 10, 2018, Saturday, 9:00-11:00 AM or 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Grades 1-8, call to schedule an assessment date and a visit day:

Assessment Dates (visit days may be scheduled before or after assessment date)

  • March 3, 2018, Saturday, (1.5 hour time blocks)
  • March 24, 2018, Saturday (1.5 hour time blocks)

STEP 3

Sign and date the teacher recommendation form and please take it to your child’s current teacher(s) to complete. Have the form returned directly to The McGillis School from your child’s teacher/school.

Please return Teacher Recommendation form via mail to The McGillis School, Attn: Admissions, 668 South 1300 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84102, fax (801-583-0720), or email to

STEP 4

Provide a copy of applicant(s) most recent report card/progress report. 

Admissions Information

The McGillis School Admissions Committee welcomes students who will thrive in a challenging, dynamic, experiential learning environment. Students who are able to work both cooperatively and independently do well at McGillis. The ethical development of our students is just as important to us as their academic development. All admissions decisions are thoughtfully made with information from parents, observation, assessment results, and teacher references.

Admission Assessment

Each applicant is assessed for academic and social preparation. Kindergarten applicants are assessed in a classroom setting; children work in small groups with teachers on activities such as letter and number recognition, reading and decoding readiness, colors, shapes, sequencing, rhyming, listening, and cooperative skills. For grades 1-8, the assessment includes a visit day at school, reading, writing, and number skills, along with a personal interview to get to know your child.

Admission Decisions

Admissions decisions are made by an admissions committee, and these decisions usually fall into three categories: (1) offering a placement; (2) invited to a place in the wait pool; and (3) no placement offered at this time. All families are invited to contact the admissions director to discuss the results of the admissions process.

When a space is offered, the family typically has two weeks to respond. Enrollment requires a completed contract agreement and a non-refundable deposit, which is applied toward tuition.

A family applying for financial aid does not pay a contract deposit until the Financial Aid Committee has completed its aid assessment. If financial aid is awarded, the recipient family pays a contract deposit within two weeks of their acceptance of the financial aid award.

High School Placement Information

Attending a K-8 school like The McGillis School provides the opportunity to make the very best high school choice. The McGillis program is designed to prepare our young adolescents for their next step in their educational journey. Children change dramatically in the lower and middle school years, and a K-8 program provides the opening for our 13-14 year old students to attend a high school that ensures continued academic, athletic, emotional, ethical, and social growth. More information about High School Placement. 

Tuition

The McGillis School is an independent, non-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization. Tuition and fees support approximately 86% of the operating expenses.  The remaining cost to educate students, is contributed by parents, alumni, and friends of The McGillis School through the Annual Fund and Annual Gala.

2017-2018 Tuition

Tuition and fees for the 2018-2019 school year will be available in January 2018.*

Grades K-5

  • Tuition: $13,208
  • K-2 Lunch Program: $670
  • 3-5 Lunch Program: $695

Grades 6-8

  • Tuition: $14,712
  • Lunch Program: $760

An Independent School education for your child is a major investment in their future.  We are ready to help you take advantage of an Independent School education by offering payment options and need based financial aid. The payment options allow families to choose the plan that works best for them.

Payment Plans

Tuition is payable on three different plans.

  • A: The balance of tuition is payable in one payment and due on or before August 1.
  • B: The balance of tuition and plus a $275 split payment fee is payable in three equal payments, the first of which is due on or before August 1.  The second and third payments are due November 1 and February 1.
  • C: The balance of tuition plus a $275 split payment fee in nine equal payments, payable on the 1st of each month beginning August 1 and ending in April.

*Like most independent schools, The McGillis School historically has had annual tuition increases between 3% and 5%.

Financial Assistance

The McGillis School has a strong commitment to students with diverse economic and social backgrounds. Every year, support from our Annual Gala and contributions from parents and friends make a McGillis School education possible for many students.

Financial Aid

Financial aid awards are granted every year based on a family’s ability to meet the cost of an independent school education. These awards are not loans and do not need to be paid back. This assistance is given to families who show financial need, defined as the difference between a child’s educational expenses and the family’s ability to contribute toward a child’s educational expenses.

All financial information provided to The McGillis School is completely confidential. Admission decisions are made independent of the financial aid award process.

Decisions are made by the Financial Aid Committee, as determined by the National Association of Independent School’s School and Student Services (SSS) third-party financial needs assessment. The McGillis School uses these recommendations for Financial Aid in determining eligibility for financial assistance.

To apply for financial aid, you will need to complete an online Parent Financial Statement (PFS). Please be sure to enter The McGillis School SSS code: 4321. Applicants for financial aid are notified by mail of their award amount prior to committing to enrollment. For assistance, please call Marci Burk in our Business Office at 801-583-0094, ext. 109.

Scholarships

The goal of our scholarship program is to broaden educational opportunities of low-income children living in the Salt Lake Valley by offering educational options normally denied them because of costs. Our scholarship program began in 2008 as a partnership between the Guadalupe and McGillis schools, with four Guadalupe School students receiving full scholarships to attend the 4th through 8th grades at McGillis.

The scholarship program grew out of The McGillis School's mission to teach children to give to others, so children of all backgrounds can learn to work together and contribute to society and achieve their full potential by encouraging their pursuit of both their individuality and their appreciation of diversity. In addition to the individual student's growth, we believe that the larger McGillis, and Salt Lake Valley communities benefit from the sharing of diverse backgrounds.

Carson Smith Special Needs Scholarship Program

Find more info about the Carson Smith Special Needs Scholarship program from the Utah State Office of Education.