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 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.
  • Graded Writing Sample

    Students applying to grades 6-8 are asked to submit a graded writing sample from the current school year.
  • 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 Middle 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 spend a full day at Shipley visiting classes. We will contact you to arrange your child’s visit when we receive your application.
  • Confidential Teacher Recommendation Forms and School Records

    Two confidential Teacher Recommendation Forms are required of all candidates. We ask families to arrange to have the completed forms sent to Shipley. In order to complete an application file, school records are required for the current and previous 2 school years.
  • Standardized Testing

    Please submit one of the following tests:

    Independent School Entrance Exam


    Secondary School Admissions Test
  • Optional Supplements

    A Shipley education is designed to balance a challenging curriculum while giving students the confidence to explore the world around them and foster creative thinking and a love of learning. We recognize the importance of a strong character program balanced with a rigorous academic curriculum; we know that’s why many families are considering a Shipley education for their child. In support of our commitment to positive education and character, we are asking your child to take The Character Skills Snapshot as part of their application to Shipley. It will give us rich, holistic information about your child, and highlights areas where our community can help them grow, thrive, and shine. To learn more about The Character Skills Snapshot and register for the assessment, please visit https://ssat.org/snapshot.

Application Timeline

Shipley will begin reviewing applications on December 9, 2019 but applications can be submitted any time before January 9, 2020.  Applications received after the January 9, 2020 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 9, 2020 or at the time the application for admissions is submitted.

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    Alexander Hay 

    Associate Director of Admissions for Middle School
    Phone/Extension: 4120
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.