Process and Timeline
Step by Step: From Inquiry to Completed Application
To be considered for fall 2020 admission, all applicants should:
Request more information. Complete and submit our online inquiry form to receive an information packet. This formal inquiry will also add you to our monthly e-newsletter mailing list. If you’ve received a packet in the mail, you have successfully completed this step.
Create a Ravenna account. Belmont Day School partners with Ravenna Solutions to provide a complete online application experience for families. Families RSVP for the open house, register for episodes of our 30-minute Lunchtime Learning webinar series, book parent tours and interviews, complete and submit forms, pay fees, solicit teacher recommendations, and track receipt of application documents through their own Ravenna parent portal. Visit www.ravenna-hub.com to create an account, select the ‘Greater Boston Region’ and add Belmont Day to your list.
Schedule a parent visit. This parent-only visit includes a 30-minute interview with a member of our admissions staff, as well as a personalized tour through our classrooms and community spaces. Log-in to your Ravenna account to book your 90 minute visit. If you are applying from out-of-state, please contact us at 617-932-3884 if you need us to accommodate your travel plans.
Take a standardized test—applicants to grades 5-8 only (ISEE or SSAT). Please designate Belmont Day School as a recipient of an official score report. If you have trouble finding an appropriate test date or test site, please contact our office.
Complete our application—online submission preferred. All priority round applications should be created and submitted through Ravenna by January 10, 2020. The application fee is $50. Please contact the admission office if you would like to request a fee waiver.
Solicit teacher recommendations for submission. All teacher recommendations can be requested through Ravenna. Parents can "delegate" a recommendation form by entering the teacher’s email address. The Ravenna system will then email the form and instructions, allowing teachers to submit online. If your child’s teacher prefers to complete the AISNE teacher recommendation form on paper, please download the appropriate form(s).
- Recommendation Form Pre-k-Grade 1
- Recommendation Form Grades 2-5
- Recommendation Form Math Grades 6-8
- Recommendation Form English Grades 6-8
Request school transcript for submission. Print the records release form from the Ravenna system, sign the form and give it to your child’s teacher, guidance counselor, or school registrar. We ask that your child’s current school send his or her complete transcript, including any available testing, directly to Belmont Day School.
Attend the student visit. All applicants to Belmont Day School are required to participate in an assessment visit. Registration for student visits will go live in Ravenna on October 1.
Saturday, October 19, 2019, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. - Open House
Friday, January 10, 2020- Priority Round Deadline
Saturday, January 11, 2020, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. - Student Visits for Pre-kindergarten Applicants
Friday, January 17, 2020, 1 to 4 p.m. - Student Visits for Grade 4 and Grade 5 Applicants
Tuesday, January 21, 2020, 1 to 3 p.m. - Student Visits for Grade 3 Applicants
Tuesday, January 28, 2020, 1 to 3 p.m. - Student Visits for Grade 2 Applicants
Saturday, February 1, 2020, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. - Student Visits for Kindergarten Applicants
Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 1 to 2:15 p.m. - Student Visits for Grade 1 Applicants
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - Priority Round Admission Decisions Released
Monday, March 30, 2020 - Shadow Day for Prospective Students entering Grades 3 and 4
Wednesday, April 1, 2020 - Second Round Application Deadline
All on-campus Shadow Days for prospective students have been canceled.
Canceled: Thursday, April 2, 2020 6 to 8 p.m. - Admitted Parent Gathering
We look forward to getting to know you and your child through the application process.