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.

Upper School Admission Process

List of 7 items.

  • 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 9-12 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 Upper 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
    800-446-0320 OR

    Secondary School Admissions Test
  • Optional Supplements

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.
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.