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 14, 2018.

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 both of these visits.
  • 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 LaRue, Director of Enrollment Management will also be available. For your reference, the dates available for the group assessments are listed – note the Kindergarten and 1st 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.  

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, and 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 5, 2019 from 9:00 am -12:00 pm. Please call the Admissions Office to sign up for this testing date. 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 17, 2018 or Saturday, January 5, 2019 from 9:00 am -12:00 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 17, 2018: ISEE Testing Grades 5-12 
January 5, 2019: ISEE Testing Grades 5-12; Admissions Testing Grades 2 - 4

2018-2019 Important Dates

October 14 - Middle and Upper Schools Fall Open House 
December 14 - Application Deadline
January 2 - Financial Aid Application Deadline
February 22 - Notification Date
March 1 - Lower School Re-Visit Day (Grades 2-5)
March 5 - Middle School Re-Visit Day
March 6 - Upper School Re-Visit Day
April 24 - Spring Open House 

Kindergarten Group Assessment Days (10:00-11:30am)

October 26, 2018 
November 8, 2018
November 28, 2018
December 12, 2018
January 18, 2019
January 23, 2019


1st Grade Group Assessment Days (10:00-11:30am)

December 3, 2018
January 15, 2019


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. More information for the 2019-2020 school year coming soon!