Apply to Middle School & Upper School

Application Timeline
To be notified of an admission decision by January 15, all elements of the application must be completed by December 15, 2019. Applications received and completed after the December 15 deadline will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
Step 1: Online Application Submission
To begin the application process, please create an Admissions Portal account. Through the portal, you will be able to submit the online application for your child(ren), email teacher recommendation forms, and monitor the application progress. The submission of the online application is considered complete when the demographic information and parent questionnaire are completed and the $50 fee is paid.
*Note: only one portal account is needed per family. Multiple applications for sibling applicants can be submitted through one account.
Step 2: Classroom visit and Interview
Upon completion of the online application, a member of the Admissions team will reach out to arrange your child’s classroom visit day and parent/guardian tour and interview. All Middle and Upper School applicants will take a math assessment at the end of their classroom visit day, from noon-12:30 pm.
Step 3: Recommendation Forms and School Reports
Through the Admissions Portal, send a request to your child’s current teachers for both a Math and English Recommendation form. A school recommendation form is also required. This form is unique to Friends’ Central. Through the portal you can request this from your child’s Principal or guidance counselor using their email addresses.
Official school records from your child’s school are required and should be submitted directly from your child’s current school to Friends’ Central. Please download, sign, and submit the Transcript Request form to your child’s current school. We require all grades from the previous school year and from at least one current marking period. Email submission of school reports and transcripts to are preferred.
Step 4: Testing
All applicants must take either the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE FCS code: 393315) or the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT FCS code: 3298) to fulfill our standardized testing requirement. You may also opt to have your child’s IQ assessed by a licensed psychologist who is certified to administer the WISC V test. Please ask the psychologist to email the results directly to
Step 5: Tuition Assistance (optional)
If you are considering applying for Tuition Assistance, please create an account through School and Student Services. Here, you will be asked to complete a Parent Financial Statement and upload your 2018 tax forms (including all filed schedules). Tuition Assistance applications must be complete by December 15, 2019 to be eligible to receive a grant for an early admission notification on January 15, 2020.

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