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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.

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We invite you to visit our School to learn how a McGillis education is the beginning of your child's love of learning.



Through the admission process, the School seeks to learn about your child and how we can partner with you to best meet their needs. To that end, we strongly encourage parents to tour our school. To schedule a tour, please call our Front Office at 801-583-0094.



Complete the online application form and submit electronically to The McGillis School. There is a $40 fee to apply.

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After the application is received, you will be emailed with instructions to sign up for an assessment day.


Give the teacher recommendation form to your child’s current teacher(s) to complete (see sidebar on right side). The form(s) are to be returned to The McGillis School directly by your child’s teacher/school.


Provide the School with a copy of your child’s most recent report card/progress report and the completed student response.

Admissions Process

Round 1 Application DeadlineFebruary 1, 2020.
  • Any applications received after 2/01/20 are in our second round of Kindergarten applicants.
  • Application fee:  $40 per applicant
Assessments: applicants will be emailed with instructions to sign up for an assessment for their child/ren for one of the following dates:
  • February 1, 2020 (9-11 AM)
  • February 8, 2020 (9-11 AM) 
Completed Admission Documentation Deadline:  February 15, 2020.  Application includes:  

Admission decisions for Kindergarten are communicated to families in mid-March.



We employ a rolling admissions model for grades 1-8. Applications for the upcoming school year are accepted any time after November 1, 2019; there is no priority application due date for grades 1-8.

Applications include:  

  • Grade 1: Students applying for first-grade visit with us for half a day. During this visit, your child participates fully in all classroom activities.
  • Grades 2-8: students apply for second-grade through eighth-grade visit with us for an entire school day. During this visit, the applicant will get to know more about McGillis, while the staff learns more about the child through an assessment, observations and conversations. 

Admission decisions for Grades 1-8 are communicated to families within two (2) weeks after the assessment. 


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.


The McGillis School is an independent, non-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization. Tuition and fees support approximately 80% 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.

2020/2021 Tuition

Lower School (Grades K-5)

  • Tuition: $16,240
  • K-2 Lunch Program: $695
  • 3-5 Lunch Program: $720

Middle School (Grades 6-8)

  • Tuition: $17,915
  • Lunch Program: $785

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

For your convenience, The McGillis School offers three (3) payment plan options for paying tuition and fees.  

  • One-Payment Plan: The balance of tuition is payable in one payment and due on or before 8/03/20.
  • Three-Payment Plan: The balance of tuition, plus a $275 split payment fee, is payable in three equal payments, the first of which is due on or before 8/03/20.  The second and third payments are due 11/03/20 and 2/03/21. 
  • Monthly Payment Plan: The balance of tuition, plus a $325 split payment fee, in nine equal payments, due monthly beginning 8/03/20 and ending 4/03/21.  

Tuition and fees for the 2021/2022 school year will be available in January 2021.

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.


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.