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Process and Timeline

Step by Step: From Inquiry to Completed Application

To be considered for fall 2025 admission, all applicants should:

Request information. Complete our inquiry form to receive a viewbook by mail and other information about our program and curriculum by email. 

Create a Ravenna account. Belmont Day School partners with Ravenna Solutions to provide families with a complete online experience. Through the Ravenna Parent Portal, you will register for events and submit an application, including uploading forms, soliciting teacher recommendations, and tracking the receipt of application documents. 

Visit Ravenna to create an account, select the Greater Boston Region, and add Belmont Day to your school list.

Schedule a parent interview. After you have submitted a preliminary application, please email ad********@be********.org to schedule a parent interview, which is a required step in our admissions process. We look forward to getting to know your family.

Complete our online application. Create a Ravenna account and submit the application by our deadline of Friday, January 10, 2025. The application fee is $50. If the fee is a barrier for your family, please contact the admissions office to request a fee waiver. All supplemental application components (including the parent/guardian statement, teacher recommendations, and transcripts) are due Friday, January 31, 2025.

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. Delegated forms are forms you send to other people and ask them to complete. The Ravenna system will email the form and instructions, allowing teachers to submit it online. If your child’s teacher prefers to complete the teacher recommendation form on paper, please download the appropriate form(s) from the Association of Independent Schools of New England (AISNE) website.

Download Admissions Recommendation Forms

Request school transcript for submission. Print the records release form from the Ravenna system, sign it, and give it to your child’s teacher, guidance counselor, or school registrar. Please ask your child’s current school to upload the complete transcript, including any available testing, if applicable, directly to Ravenna or send it by mail directly to Belmont Day School.

Register your child for a student visit. All applicants must participate in our Student Visit Day on Friday, January 24, 2025. Families may register for this visit by signing in to Ravenna. Families are also asked to participate in the Boston Area Lower School Virtual Evaluation (BAVE) process for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten applicants—more information is available in Ravenna.

Register for an optional parent-led tour. Optional on-campus tours are led by volunteer parents who are eager to share their experiences of our school. This is a wonderful way to see our teaching and learning in action and to get a feel for our community. Tours last 45 to 60 minutes.

Important Dates

Pre-registration is required to attend both in-person and virtual admissions events. Please see the instructions for registration at the bottom of the Admissions Events page.

Lunch & Learn Webinars

Topic to be announced
Wednesday, November 6
11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Introduction to Financial Assistance
Wednesday, December 4
11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

On-campus Admissions Open House for Pre-k to Grade 8
Sunday, October 20, 2024, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. – for pre-k through grade 2 only
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – for grades 3 to 8 only

Virtual Admissions Open House for Pre-k to Grade 8
Saturday, November 15, 2024, 9 to 10:30 a.m. | Optional Q&A sessions from 10:30 to 10:45 a.m.

All About Athletics: An Evening with the Athletics Department and Student Athletes – Virtual Event
Thursday, December 5, 2024, 7 to 8 p.m.

Evening with the Head of School and Students, Past and Present – Virtual Event
Wednesday, December 18, 2024, 7 to 8 p.m.

Application Deadline
Friday, January 10, 2025

Literacy Screening, Grades 1 and 2: Saturday, January 18, 2025

Student Visit Day
Friday, January 24, 2025
Students will be invited to campus at a time determined by grade level. More information about Visit Day and their assigned time will be shared before the event.

Literacy Screening, Grades 3, 4, and 5: Saturday, January 25, 2025
Your student’s meeting time will be shared the week before this event.

Supporting Application Materials Due
Friday, January 31, 2025

  • parent/guardian statement
  • teacher recommendations
  • school transcripts
  • financial assistance application (if applicable)

Admissions Decisions Emailed to Applicants
Monday, March 10, 2025

Enrollment Decisions Due to Belmont Day by 5 p.m.
Thursday, April 10, 2025

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