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Letter from Maggie

Director of Admissions & Enrollment

Greetings and welcome to the admissions section of our website. I am so glad you have decided to visit!

Selecting an educational program is one of the most important decisions families make, and the process of visiting and considering schools can be demanding, and sometimes daunting, for both parents/guardians and children. I am here to help, and my goal is to make the process as informative and painless as possible.

As you undertake the process of visiting schools, I encourage you to keep in mind two things. First, how well does each school’s program match your own values and goals for your child’s education? And second, how well does a given school’s program match your child as a learner?

Sabot’s admission process is structured around a series of steps to help you answer these questions. The first step for any grade is to set up a visit! Please contact me to arrange a time.

I hope we’ll have an opportunity to meet!

Warm regards,

Maggie Barrett
Director of Admissions

Sabot Admissions

Knowing that no program can be a perfect match for every child, we work in concert with parents to determine whether our program is right for your child and family. Does our program incorporate the academic values and educational environment you seek for your child? Is there a fit between our approach and your child as a learner?

Our admissions process is structured around a series of steps and events designed to help answer these questions, and our admissions decision is based upon our assessment of the match between your child and our program. Other considerations that necessarily enter into the admissions decision are the availability of space in the program and the balance of gender dynamics in the classrooms.

The most common points of entry to our program are preschool, kindergarten, and sixth grade, and our admissions information is tailored to these levels. We welcome applicants at any grade level, however, and we occasionally admit students after the school year has begun. If you have questions about the process for students entering lower or middle school at other grade levels or at non-standard times of the year, please contact me.

Is our program a match for you?

Attend one of our information sessions to become acquainted with our philosophy and approach so that you can make an informed decision about our school. The sessions also provide opportunities for you to see some of the classrooms, to talk with current parents/guardians, and, when possible, to tour the campus.

During the weeks after the orientation, you may arrange to meet with admissions staff to discuss specific concerns.

The next step is submission of the application and related forms, which should be done during the fall months.

Is our program a match for your child?

Once the application has been received, our admissions office will schedule an initial visit to the school (group visits for prospective preschool and kindergarten students and their parents/guardians, and a classroom visit for applicants to first through eighth grades). This is an opportunity for children to experience the life of the classroom, and for our admissions staff and faculty to begin to understand your child as an individual and a learner. This visit also provides an important opportunity for parents and our admissions staff to evaluate the match between your child and our educational approach.

Differences in Admissions Processes

Please note that there are some differences between the admissions processes for the preschool, the lower school (kindergarten through fifth grade), and the middle school (sixth through eighth grade). Be sure to read the appropriate section for your child’s school level, and consult the accompanying calendars for dates and deadlines.

Preschool Admissions

Admissions Information for Fall 2018 Enrollment

Interested in a tour of the preschool? Please contact the admissions office to arrange your visit or register for an information coffee. See the dates at left.

Application

Parents who wish to apply to the Preschool program should submit a completed application for their child, along with a non-refundable $50 application fee. Please consult the admissions calendar to the left for important dates and deadlines.

Classroom Visit

After submitting the application, parents and children will be invited to visit the preschool in small groups. During the visit, parents and their children will meet teachers, talk with other parents, and spend some time in the preschool classrooms. Families should expect to spend about an hour at the school.

Enrollment

Parents of accepted students will receive an electronic enrollment contract along with the decision letter. The signed contract and enrollment deposit should be submitted to Sabot at Stony Point by the date indicated in order to reserve the child’s place in preschool for the coming year.

Lower School Admissions

Admissions Information for Fall 2018 Enrollment

Interested in a tour of the lower school? Please contact the admissions office to arrange your visit or register for an information coffee. See the dates at left.

Application

Parents who wish to apply to the lower school program should submit a completed application for their child, along with a non-refundable $50 application fee. Please consult the admissions calendar to the left for important dates and deadlines.

Testing

Our admissions process is designed to help families and the school determine whether or not our program is a good match for a candidate’s learning style and preferences. Classroom visits provide an excellent opportunity for us to learn about a candidate and for him/her to learn about us. During these visits, we will assess a candidate’s academic foundation and begin to get to know him/her as a learner. We do not require any outside testing, however, if we feel more information would be useful to the process, additional testing might be requested.

School Visits

Applicants to kindergarten will be scheduled in small groups for a classroom visit on. The children will participate in various activities with members of our lower school faculty. Parents will attend a brief parallel session and then join their children in the classrooms.

Students applying to enter First through Fifth Grades will be individually scheduled to spend a day in class with prospective classmates.

Enrollment

Parents of accepted students will receive an enrollment contract along with the decision letter. The signed contract, along with the appropriate deposit, should be returned to Sabot at Stony Point by the date indicated in order to reserve the student’s place for the coming year.

Middle School Admissions

Admissions Information for Fall 2018 Enrollment

Interested in a tour of the middle school? Please contact the admissions office to arrange your visit or register for an information coffee. See the dates at left.

Application

Parents who wish to apply to the lower school program should submit a completed application for their child, along with a non-refundable $50 application fee. Please consult the admissions calendar to the left for important dates and deadlines.

Testing

Our admissions process is designed to help families and the school determine whether or not our program is a good match for a candidate’s learning style and preferences. Classroom visits provide an excellent opportunity for us to learn about a candidate and for him/her to learn about us. During these visits, we will assess a candidate’s academic foundation and begin to get to know him/her as a learner. We do not require any outside testing, however, if we feel more information would be useful to the process, additional testing might be requested.

Classroom visit

As part of the admissions process, middle school applicants will be invited to shadow a current middle school student for a day to get a feel for what our middle school is like. Our academic assessments will be incorporated into the day.

Admissions decision

Initial admissions decisions will be communicated beginning in March 2018 and will continue, on a rolling basis, throughout the spring and summer as space allows.

Enrollment

Parents of accepted students will receive an enrollment contract along with the decision letter. The signed contract and enrollment deposit should be returned to Sabot at Stony Point by the date indicated in order to reserve the student’s place for the coming year.