We seek applicants who will thrive in Shipley’s challenging learning environment and make positive contributions to the School. The admissions process is designed to give you opportunities to become familiar with Shipley and to help us get to know your child and your family. We look forward to working in partnership with you this year.

Applications are considered for admission to all grades, Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12. An applicant must be four years old on or before August 31 to be enrolled in Pre-K and five years old to be enrolled in Kindergarten.

Lower School Admission Process

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  • Application Form

    We encourage prospective parents to complete our online application with an application fee of $50. As soon as we receive your application, we will contact you to schedule a parent meeting and a visit for your child.

    Login submit an online application
  • Interviews and Tours

    Please call the admissions office to schedule a parent meeting with an admissions director. We look forward to learning more about your child and helping you get to know Shipley during this meeting.

    We will be offering campus tours Monday through Thursday at 3:45 and 4:30 and on Saturdays at 9:00, 10:00, 11:00, and 12:00.  To check for tour availability please log into your Shipley account and go to your checklist to access the tour calendar.  If you have not yet submitted an inquiry or started an application you can fill out an inquiry now.
  • Confidential Teacher Recommendation and School Records and Forms

    A confidential Teacher Recommendation Form is required of all candidates. To send a request to your child’s teacher, please log into ShipleyNet and access the online form in the checklist.  For grades 1–5, school transcripts and records must be received directly from the school using the form below.
  • Standardized Testing

    The WISC-V is encouraged for applicants for grades 1-5 and can be scheduled with a local psychologist.

Application Timeline

Shipley will begin reviewing applications on December 9, 2020, but applications can be submitted any time before January 8, 2021.  Applications received after the January 8, 2021 deadline will be reviewed on a rolling basis as space allows.

For families who wish to apply for Tuition Assistance, the Tuition Assistance application is due by January 8, 2021, or at the time the application for admissions is submitted. Families can apply for tuition assistance online through School and Student Services (SSS).

Lower School Application Materials

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  • Photo of Courtney Daly

    Courtney Daly 

    Associate Director of Admissions for Lower School
    Phone/Extension: 4754
  • Photo of Lisa Hoag

    Lisa Hoag 

    Lower School Admissions Associate
    Phone/Extension: 4735

Admissions Magazine

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The Shipley School is a private, coeducational day school for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students, located in Bryn Mawr, PA. Through our commitment to educational excellence, we develop within each student a love of learning and a desire for compassionate participation in the world.