How to Apply

Important Dates

  • Mid-year Application Deadline: December 1st

  • Mid-Year Application Decision Notification: Mid-December

  • First Round Application Deadline: February 1st

  • Financial Aid Application Deadline: February 1st

  • Application Decision Notifications: March 10th

General Application Information

We require students to apply online as it simplifies submission and provides a tool for tracking the status of their application. This can be done through the  SSAT Standard Application Online (SAO). A non-refundable fee of $50 for Day students and $125 for International students must be submitted with the application. If you have any difficulties with the application process, please contact our Admissions Office at

The first-round application deadline for fall admissions is February 1st.  We also accept students for mid-year entry.

Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis for any student who applies after March 10. We encourage late applicants to call us directly regarding the availability of space for the coming academic year.


The interview is a very important part of the admissions process. Interviews are scheduled once the online application form and fee have been submitted. Students and their families should plan approximately two hours for the campus tour and interview. In situations where visiting is not possible, Zoom interviews may be conducted by the Admissions Office.

Required Application Checklist

A completed admissions file consists of the following parts:

  1. Interview

  2. Formal Online Application and Essays

  3. Parents’ Statement

  4. Official Academic Transcript from the current school year and two prior school years (Translated if you are applying as an International Student)

  5. English Teacher Recommendation

  6. Math Teacher Recommendation

  7. School Recommendation

  8. Personal Recommendation (optional)

  9. Testing

Testing Requirements

International Applicants must submit a form of standardized English testing.  The two accepted forms of testing are the TOEFL and Duolingo English Test (DET).  

If you are taking the TOEFL please include The MacDuffie School Code (8821) when registering for the test. 

Academic Support
If a student has had educational and/or psychological testing, please include a copy of that evaluation with your application.