Admission Process

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The Admissions Process

Dear Prospective Families,

We understand that finding the right educational fit for your child is a process. It’s about tapping into who your child is and what your child cares about. IDS is ready to be your partner on this journey. We will walk beside you and guide you as you make this big decision for your family.

The Independent Day School welcomes applications for all grade levels. Whether you are eager to have your application reviewed in the initial round, or you would prefer to explore IDS during our rolling admissions phase (spring/summer), we encourage you to begin the admission process outlined below. The admission office is excited to help guide you through the process.
By knowing students deeply both as individuals and learners,
IDS inspires a community of independent thinkers who are resilient and confident to take risks as they connect with others in the joyful pursuit of learning.

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  • Step 1: Inquire & Apply

    You may call us at 860-269-6422 or email to learn more about the unique educational environment at The Independent Day School or complete the Online Inquiry Form and we will be in touch with you.

    Once completed, a member of our team will reach out to you and you will receive a link to login to Blackbaud to complete a student online application. This, along with the $55 application fee, will all be submitted via Blackbaud. Please note: you must fill out an inquiry form to receive a username and password for Blackbaud.

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  • Step 2: Submit School Records & Student Evaluation

    Once you have logged into Blackbaud, you will see that you can submit all your student's school records and reports. Complete the Record Release Form and submit it to your student's current school, along with the student evaluation forms (applicable Kindergarten through Grade 8).
    By completing this form, you grant The Independent Day School permission to receive the following documents:
    • Grades
    • Teacher comments
    • Standardized test results and achievement scores
    • Health records (with birth certificate), medical and psychological reports
    • Birth to Three evaluation materials, PPT evaluation materials, special education, and support services documentation. Supporting documentation must be provided for the application to be complete.
    • Any other documents you deem appropriate.
    For students in Kindergarten through Grade 8, we require that their current teacher complete a Student Evaluation.
    Please feel free to get in touch with us if you have any questions at 860-269-6422 or email
    To be considered during the first round of admissions for the 2023/2024 academic year, applications and all required materials must be received by January 30. Applicants meeting the January deadline will receive their decision on March 8. Applications received after the deadline will be considered on a rolling basis as space allows.

    Families applying for tuition assistance should complete the FACTS Grant and Aid application by January 15, as available funding is limited.

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  • Step 3: Schedule and Interview & Assessment

    Your student is invited to join us for a student visit day to participate in classes, meet students, and take grade-level assessments. At either pick-up or drop-off, our admissions team will meet with the parent(s) for a brief interview. This will be scheduled with our admissions team. Parents, please note this entire visit day will last about 4 hours.

    Full-day Shadow Experiences are available by request once the entire enrollment process is completed.

    Families are also encouraged to join us for a private or group tour, as well as visit for any Open House Dates! Click here to find a tour date or event for your family.

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  • Step 5: Receive your Admission Notification

    Upon acceptance, families will need to return an enrollment contract and deposit within two weeks of being notified of their decision to secure a spot in the upcoming class. The admission office will stay in close contact with applicants placed on the admission waitlist.

    Please feel free to contact us with any questions at 860-269-6422 or email We are here to help.
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The Independent Day School is a coeducational school. The school does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, religion, or national or ethnic origin, gender, disability, sexual orientation, or any other protected class in the administration of its admissions, educational programs, and activities, or access to tuition assistance.