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.

Middle School Admission Process

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  • Application Form

    We encourage prospective parents and students to complete our online application with an application fee of $50. Once your application is submitted, we will contact you to schedule a Parent/Guardian Meeting, Student Visit and to discuss the steps of the application process.

    Login submit an online application
  • Parent/Guardian Meetings, Classroom Visits and Tours

    Parent/Guardian Meeting
    This year we are conducting Parent/Guardian Meetings either virtually or by telephone. During this meeting, we will learn more about your child and their interests and help you learn more about Shipley. 
    The Parent/Guardian Meeting must be completed before the applicant’s visit to campus. This enables us to consider the applicant’s interests when scheduling their classroom visit day. Please contact the Admissions Office to schedule your Parent/Guardian Meeting. 

    Classroom Visit & Interview
    Classroom Visits are the best way for applicants to truly understand and experience a day in the life of a Shipley Student. Applicants will spend a half-day (8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.) with a current Shipley student who will guide them through a typical school day. 
    Student Interviews are conducted during the visit day and involve a one-on-one conversation with a member of the Admissions team. They are intended to be conversational and informative. 

    On Campus Tour (Optional)
    An On-Campus Tour is a wonderful way to envision your child at Shipley. Individual tours are offered in each division, and small group tours are offered on Thursday mornings throughout the school year. To access the tour calendar, log into your ShipleyNet and go to your checklist, or email the Admissions Office at admit@shipleyschool.org.

    If you have not yet submitted an inquiry or started an application you can fill out an inquiry now.
  • Confidential Teacher Recommendation Forms and School Records

    Confidential Teacher Recommendation Forms
    Two Confidential Teacher Recommendations are required of all applicants and should be completed by a current math and English teacher. To send a request to your child’s teacher, please log into your Shipley account (ShipleyNet) to access the online form in the checklist.

    School Records
    Official school records/transcripts are required for the current school year and previous two school years. The Records Release Form can be found in ShipleyNet. Please sign the form and give it to your child’s current school to send the transcripts directly to Shipley. 
  • Writing Sample

    Applicants are required to submit a writing sample that has been completed as a school assignment during the current school year. 
  • Standardized Testing

    Please submit one of the following tests, both testing options offer in-person paper tests as well as secure online at-home testing. Applicants for 10th or 11th grades may submit current PSAT scores in place of the ISEE or SSAT.  If you have concerns about taking this test please contact our Admissions Office.

    Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE)
    www.erblearn.org
    800-446-0320

    Secondary School Admissions Test (SSAT)
    www.ssat.org
    609-683-4440

Application Timeline

Shipley will begin reviewing applications on December 8, 2021, but applications can be submitted any time before January 7, 2022.  Applications received after the January 7, 2022 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 7, 2022, or at the time the application for admissions is submitted. Families can apply for tuition assistance online through School and Student Services (SSS).

Gr. 6-12 Application Materials

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  • Photo of Nan Bussey

    Nan Bussey 

    Director of Admissions & Tuition Assistance
    Phone/Extension: 4183


Learn how Shipley helps students develop the critical skills of confidence, creativity, and the ability to collaborate and communicate as integral parts of our demanding curriculum.

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.