Applying to IDS

The Independent Day School serves children with typical development and enthusiasm, who have average to above average intelligence. Programs are designed to be enriching and challenging as well as supportive.
The goal of the admission process is to determine whether our curriculum and programs will meet the needs of your child(ren) and the expectations of your family. To this end, the administrative staff and faculty make every effort to come to know the applicants and their families and to make the Admission process clear and concise.

The Admissions Process

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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.

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  • Step 1: Inquire

    You may call us at 860-740-4025 or email to learn more about the distinctive educational experience provided by The Independent Day School or complete the Online Inquiry Form and we will be in touch with you.

    Now would be a good time to start following IDS through our Website and Facebook.

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  • Step 2: Campus Visit/Tour

    The best way to understand the value of an IDS education is to experience our campus, our programs and our faculty first hand. Families are invited to visit our campus for a tour during the school day or for any of the admission open houses or events.

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  • Step 3: Apply

    We encourage you to submit the Online Application Form at your earliest convenience. Please also complete the requirements for the supplementary materials (on the left, listed by age group under APPLICATION LINKS). Completing your child’s application as soon as possible will allow us more flexibility in scheduling his or her classroom visit to IDS.

    IDS currently has a limited number of openings in some grades for the current school year and we are accepting applications for the 2020-21academic year.

    Please note, there is a non-refundable $55 application fee for each applicant.
    To be considered during the first round of admissions for the 2020/2021 academic year, applications and all required materials must be received by February 1. Admission decisions will be made by March 13 for applicants who met the February deadline. Applications received after the deadline will be considered on a rolling basis as space allows.

    For those families applying for tuition assistance, please complete the FACTS Grant and Aid application by February 15, as available funding is limited.
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  • Step 4: Student Visit and Assessment

    Once the application is received, student candidates are invited to visit our campus to experience classes and meet teachers and students. In addition, your child will participate in an in-house assessment as well as writing prompts and a math assessment for Lower and Middle School applicants. Visit lengths are as follows:

    • Applicants for Preschool 3 year-olds (Beginners): 1 hour visit
    • Applicants for Preschool 4 year-olds (Pre-Kindergarten): 90 minute visit
    • Applicants for Kindergarten - Grades 8: half day visit

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  • Step 5: Receive your Admission Decision

    Upon acceptance, families will need to return an enrollment contract and deposit within two weeks of notification of acceptance. The admission office will stay in close contact with applicants placed on the admission wait list.

    Please feel free to contact the Admission Office with any questions. We are here to help.
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.