Tips for a Successful Application


By Kelsey van Dalfsen, Ph.D.

So you visited our table at a PSIS Independent School Fair and you attended an Open House. Now what? If you think The Downtown School might be a good fit for high school, it’s time to complete your application! We’ve compiled the following list of tips to help you prepare a strong application for admission to The Downtown School:

1) Start now!

All components of the application are due by January 15, 2019. In addition to the forms that students and parents/guardians complete, you will need teacher evaluations, school records, and an administrator form. Plan ahead to ensure that the teachers and administrators you ask to complete these pieces have time to get them in prior to the deadline. Register to take the SSAT or ISEE before the end of January to ensure consideration of your application. And last but not least, make sure you’ve scheduled an interview with a member of our admissions team! You may complete your interview before the rest of your application is complete; so if you haven’t already, schedule an interview today.

2) Ask questions.

We are looking for students who would be a good mutual fit at The Downtown School. This means that you are right for us and we are right for you. Your interview is an informal conversation and is a great time to ask the questions you have about The Downtown School. Still have questions? Email us!

3) Show us your full self.

We’re small by design. This means that every member of our school has a significant impact on The Downtown School community. We want you to do more than come with a solid academic foundation—we want you to bring your passions, your hobbies, your strengths, and your opportunities for growth to enrich the school community. Let these elements shine in your application by carefully selecting teachers that really know you to complete the teacher evaluations and by making sure your student essay reflects you as a whole person—including your interests, quirks, and unique personality!

Admissions season is in full swing, and we are thrilled by the excitement so many prospective families have shown for The Downtown School. As you complete your application, please reach out to us at with any questions about the school or the admissions process. We can’t wait to read your application!