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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.

Process

1. APPLY

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

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2. SCHEDULE

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

3. REQUEST

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.

4. SUBMIT

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

Admissions Calendar

KINDERGARTEN:
Application Due: February 1
Applications accepted after February 1 on a rolling basis
Application File: February 15 
Documentation due with student response, student records, and teacher recommendation
Assessment Day: February 2 or 9 
 
1ST-2ND GRADES
Application Due: March 1
Applications accepted after March 1 on a rolling basis
Application File: March 15 
Documentation due with student response, student records, and teacher recommendation
Assessment Day: March 2 or 9
Student Visit Days: 8:45 - 11:30 A.M.
Once the assessment has been completed, applicants visit in a classroom of their current grade level for the morning
 
3RD-5TH GRADES
Application Due: March 1
Applications accepted after March 1 on a rolling basis
Application File: March 15 
Documentation due with student response, student records, and teacher recommendation
Assessment Day: March 2 or 9
Student Visit Days: 8:45 A.M. - 2:45 P.M. 
Once the assessment has been completed, applicants visit in a classroom of their current grade level and enjoy lunch with their peers in our Dining Hall

 

6TH-8TH GRADES
Application Due: March 1
Applications accepted after March 1 on a rolling basis
Application File: March 15 
Documentation due with student response, student records, and teacher recommendation
Assessment Day: March 2 or 9
Student Visit Days: 8:45 A.M.- 3:15 P.M. 
Once the assessment has been completed, applicants visit in a classroom of their current grade level and enjoy lunch with their peers in our Dining Hall

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.