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 classroom visit for your child.
  • 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. The parent meeting includes a tour of the Lower School.
  • Student Classroom Visit

    A classroom visit offers students the opportunity to enjoy a day at Shipley and allows us to get to know your child both as an individual and in a classroom setting. Applicants to Pre-K, Kindergarten, and grade 1 visit for part of a day, and students applying to grades 2-5 spend a full day at Shipley visiting classes. We will contact you to arrange your child’s visit once we receive your application.
  • Confidential Teacher Recommendation and School Records and Forms

    A confidential Teacher Recommendation Form is required of all candidates. We ask families to arrange to have the completed form sent to Shipley. For grades 1–5, school transcripts and records must be received in order to complete a candidate’s application file.
  • Standardized Testing

    Entering Pre-K and Kindergarten: No testing is required.

    Entering grade 1 – grade 5: Wechsler Intelligence testing (WPPSI-III or WISC-IV, depending on the age of the child).

    Wechsler testing may be administered by a licensed private psychologist or by a testing center. 

    Wechsler testing locations:

    Center for Psychological Services, 610-642-4873
    133 Coulter Avenue, Ardmore, PA 19003

    Karen Dybner Madero, 215-636-0887
    2201 Pennsylvania Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19130

    MLCA Affiliates, 610-975-9435
    121 N. Wayne Ave Suite 300, Wayne, PA 19087

    Main Line Educational Services, 610-525-8127 
    Rosemont Plaza, Suite 14, 1062 Lancaster Avenue, Rosemont, PA 19010

    Main Line Psychological and Educational Associates, 610-896-8666
    119 Coulter Avenue, Ardmore, PA 19003
    Kristen Hertzel, Ph.D. 610-299-2421 or 610-541-0710
    13 West Third St., Media, PA 19063

    Bryn Mawr Center for Psychological and Educational Services
    100 Chetwynd Drive, Suite 200
    Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

Application Timeline

If you are interested in pursuing admission for the 2018-2019 school year, please contact the Admissions Office at 610-525-4300.

Students who complete all parts of the admissions process by January 15, 2019 will receive an admissions decision before February 1, 2019 with an enrollment deadline of March 1, 2019.
Students who complete all parts for the admissions process after the January 15, 2019 deadline will have their file reviewed by the Admissions Committee on a rolling basis. The enrollment deadline will be determined at the time of the decision.

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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.