Lower School Process

Grades K - 5 Admissions Process

Complete an Application

Submit an online application. There is a $60 application fee. The application deadline is December 16, 2019.

Application fee waivers are available for siblings of currently enrolled students and daughters of alumnae.  Please contact us to obtain your code.

Schedule Your Visit to RPCS

For Applicants to Kindergarten or First Grade
  • Our application process requires two visits to campus. The separate meetings/days allow us to keep the meeting times short and developmentally appropriate, and they also enable us to really get to know each of the girls. We have found that the girls really enjoy the types of activities they get to be part of on each of the days. Once you have submitted your daughter's application, April Carroll, Assistant Director of Admissions, will contact you to schedule your daughters’ assessments.
  • On the small group academic readiness assessment day, your daughter will join five other applicants her age, and we will work together in a small comfortable setting. While she is testing, you will have the opportunity to tour the Middle and Upper Schools and meet with the Head of School, Caroline Blatti, and the Head of Lower School, Lisa Teeling. Lindsay Sisson, Director of Enrollment Management will also be available. For your reference, the dates available for the group assessments are listed – note the kindergarten and first grade groups are scheduled on different dates. 
  • On the individual assessment day, the girls will be working one on one with Shana Ward, our Lower School Testing Coordinator. The individual assessment allows us to see how the girls think and reason and solve problems. The girls seem to have fun and really enjoy the different activities. Once you have submitted your daughter's application, April Carroll, Assistant Director of Admissions, will contact you to schedule your individual assessment visit.
For Applicants to Grades 2-5
  • Applicants are invited to a student visiting day where they will attend classes with an RPCS student hostess and meet other students, teachers and the Lower School Division Head. This is a required part of our admissions process.

Schedule Admissions Testing

The Admissions Office must receive the application and the application fee before testing is scheduled.   

2nd - 4th Grade Applicants:

Students applying to grades 2-4 will test at RPCS on Saturday, January 11, 2020 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Once you have completed an application, we invite you to register for her admissions test. You will be able to register in your daughter's application to RPCS. Applicants may test at RPCS or have approved test scores sent to us from another school.

5th Grade Applicants:

Students applying for grade 5 take the Independent School Entrance Examination (ISEE) test. RPCS has ISEE testing on Saturday, November 23, 2019 or Saturday, January 11, 2020 from 9 a.m. to 12 pm. To register for the ISEE testing, click here. If students are unable to test at RPCS on the dates above, they are able to take the ISEE at other area independent schools. Those dates can be obtained online or by calling 800-446-0320. Parents should request that the ISEE results be sent to RPCS.

Request Common School Referral Forms

Submit a Common School Referral Form to your daughter's current school, to be completed by her homeroom teacher and mailed directly to the RPCS Admission Office:

K and 1st grade applicant Common School Referral Form

2nd-5th grade applicant Common School Referral Form

Request School Transcript

Submit an Authorization Form to your daughter's current school for the release of school records/ transcripts. The forms are to be sent to RPCS directly from her current school.

1st - 5th grade applicant Authorization Form

Testing Days

November 23, 2019: ISEE Testing Grades 5-12 
January 11, 2020: ISEE Testing Grades 5-12; Admissions Testing Grades 2 - 4

2019-2020 Important Dates

December 16: Application Deadline
January 6: Financial Aid Application Deadline                January 17: Admissions File Complete
February 21: Admissions Notification Day 
March 1: Lower School Re-Visit Day (Grades 2-5)
April 21: Spring Open House 

Kindergarten Group Assessment Days (9:30-11:00 a.m.)

September 25, 2019                October 25, 2019 
November 13, 2019
November 19, 2019
December 13, 2019                December 17, 2019
January 16, 2020
January 22, 2020


First Grade Group Assessment Days (9:30-11:00 a.m.)

December 3, 2019                  January 17, 2020
January 23, 2020


Lower School Walking Talking Tours

Join Lower School Head Lisa Teeling for an in-depth group tour of our Lower School, where you will have the chance to observe learning in action in our classrooms, hear about our innovative curriculum, and feel our spirited community come to life. Tours are 8-9 a.m. on the dates below.
October 16, 2019
November 6, 2019
December 11, 2019