How to Apply

Apply to Middle School

Middle school is an exciting time to enter Dalton! Our middle school is the largest division at Dalton, spanning grades 4-8. We see tremendous growth in our students over these years as they develop from curious children to engaged young scholars, having enjoyed a middle school experience that is described by our middle school director as "a long runway to take intellectual risks, recognize successes and learn from missteps."

We primarily accept new middle school students into the sixth grade. The best time to apply to Dalton's middle school is during the fall of the applicant's fifth grade year; applications are no longer accepted after mid-November. Enrollment notifications are posted on Ravenna in February in accordance with the ISAAGNY timetable.

We do occasionally have space for a few new students in other grades based on attrition, or through collaborations with organizations such as Prep for Prep. For the 2022-2023 academic year, we anticipate that we will have availability for a few new 5th graders in addition to 6th grade. All other middle school grades (4th, 7th, and 8th) are closed for applications at this time, as we do not expect we will have additional places for new students available. If you wish to express your interest in a 'closed' grade, you may do so here; after you have submitted this inquiry form, rest assured that we will contact you in the event that we are able to consider new applicants for the grade you are looking for.


Steps for Applying to Middle School

List of 5 items.

  • 1) Submit your preliminary application. (Opens September 8, 2021 / Deadline: 9:00pm on November 19, 2021)

    To begin the process of applying, a short preliminary application form and application fee of $75 are required.* We encourage families to submit this as soon as possible in Ravenna. The application is available after September 8, 2021 at noon and due no later than 9:00pm on November 19, 2021.

    *If the application fee presents a hardship for your family, please use fee waiver code NEEDFA.
  • 2) Schedule a student interview and a parent meeting.

    All student applicants are required to have a one-on-one, 20-30 minute interview, conducted by a faculty member, middle school administrator, or Admissions staff. Parents have a separate meeting with our Director of Middle & High School Admissions.

    These interviews should be scheduled soon after you apply, and can be scheduled through Ravenna. We expect to conduct all meetings and interviews over Zoom for the 21-22 admissions season.
  • 3) Schedule admissions testing.

    All student applicants are required to submit recent admissions testing results from either the ISEE (Independent School Entrance Examination) or the SSAT (Secondary Schools Admissions Test). This testing should take place during the fall of the student's application, between August and the first week of January, and dates for testing must be scheduled directly with the testing providers (see their websites, linked above). Preferred dates and locations for testing do fill, so be sure to register for this testing as early as possible.

    Fees for this testing range from $140 to $200, but fee waivers available for low-income families. After submitting your preliminary application to Dalton, please contact Jennifer Pease, Director of Financial Aid, to request a fee waiver.
  • 4) Learn more about Dalton!

    Unfortunately, for the 2021-2022 school year, we are still facing restrictions on allowing visitors to tour our physical buildings at this time. 

    We are, however, hosting a full slate of virtual admissions events and will have virtual opportunities (such as a virtual tour) to learn more about Dalton. Details and registration for these events are available on Ravenna.
  • 5) Submit supplementary materials. (Deadline: January 7, 2022)

    Supplementary materials can be submitted and managed through Ravenna. Required supplementary materials include:
    • parent statement (form available in Ravenna)
    • transcripts/report cards for last year and the current (fall) term
    • teacher recommendation (form available in Ravenna) for English/language arts and mathematics (to be completed by a teacher who has taught the student within the last year)
    • recommendation (form available in Ravenna) from the student's guidance counselor or a school administrator (such as principal, division head, or placement counselor)
    • admissions testing score report (to be sent directly from ISEE or SSAT
    In addition, financial aid application materials are also due by this January deadline, if your family is requesting financial aid. 

    Any optional submissions (additional teacher or personal recommendations, work sample submissions, etc.) should also be submitted by this time, if you wish for them to be included in the application file. 

    Throughout the admission process, the Ravenna system will allow you to track Dalton's receipt of all of the above documents (with the exception of financial aid, which is managed in the SSS portal).
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