Once your child's application has been received, the Admissions Office will call you to schedule your necessary visits. Families are called in the order that the applications are received. Due to the large number of applications submitted, please give us several weeks to contact you. We begin making our appointments in mid-September.
Required for all Kindergarten applicants: Child's visit- These are small group visits held in a child-centered room, different from our classrooms, close to our Living Room where families first gather. The visit lasts 1 hour and fifteen minutes and children will be assessed with age-appropriate activities done both one-to-one with our teacher interviewer as well as some group activities. Children will also have free time to explore various "play" materials (such as blocks, coloring materials, Legos, puzzles, etc.)
In addition, required for all parents new to Dalton:
Tour of First Program-This tour may be taken either in the Spring or the Fall but not both. A Dalton tour lasts about 1 hour and fifteen minutes and, if taken in the Fall, happens while the child has his/her school visit.
A parent meeting with the Director of Admissions or another Senior Admissions staff member- This is an important opportunity for parents to help the Admissions staff get to know their child and family better. It also provides time for parents to ask questions and get to know more about Dalton. The meeting is usually a separate one, after the child's visit and parent tour have taken place, and lasts about 30 minutes. We do ask that both parents attend, if you are a two-parent family.
Optional Opportunities to Visit Dalton for Parents Applying for Kindergarten
Please be assured that these visits are completely optional.
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Open Houses: Registration Date TBD After Labor Day
Information regarding Open Houses:
These events are for families new to Dalton who would like to see First Program before applying. Evening Open Houses give parents an opportunity to view our First Program facility as well as meet students, faculty and administrators, who will describe our program to you. For families who know that they will be applying to Dalton, it is not necessary to attend an Open House, as a tour of First Program is part of the admissions process.
Registration will begin online Date TBD and thereafter until filled. Please do not leave your information on our voice mail, register online on Ravenna. Once the Open Houses are filled we will have a waitlist. Please sign up for only one Open House date.
Equity Event (for Kindergarten applicant parents)
Panel discussion of Equity and Diversity at Dalton including a Tour of Middle and High School
The event is held in early January.
This event is for Kindergarten applicants' parents. It is open to families new to Dalton who have submitted a Kindergarten application. This evening gives parents an opportunity to hear how Dalton deals with these important topics as well as having High School students take them on a tour of the Upper School facility. Space is limited.
In case of school closure due to inclement weather, the First Program Admissions office is often open for children and parent interviews. No tours will be given and will be rescheduled. We will call families to confirm their appointments.