Thank you for your interest in The Grayson School!
Our school is specifically designed to be “all gifted, all day” — to provide a specialized education for gifted learners that offers them academic and intellectual challenge in a supportive environment with similarly-gifted peers.
We consider each application on a case-by-case basis, and use a variety of criteria in order to determine whether or not a child is a fit for our school. While standardized intelligence measures are useful and are required as part of your application, they are not by any means all we consider.
The admissions timeline is available here. An interview appointment will be scheduled once all of your application materials have been received. Please see our detailed description of the parent and child interviews here.
Applications are considered on a rolling basis, after priority applications (received by January 15) have been processed.
Once we have reviewed your child’s application materials, we may ask for supplemental documents. Please know that this is a typical part of the process; we want to work with families to gain the most thorough understanding of each child’s strengths and needs as a gifted learner.
A complete application includes the following:
- The Grayson School’s online application form and application fee. The online application form is available here. For The Grayson School’s inaugural year, applications will not be charged an application fee. Please note that there is a student portion and a parent portion of the application; the applicant must complete the student portion by himself or herself. While a parent may transcribe oral answers for this section, it is imperative that the student’s own words be recorded accurately, word-for-word if possible, in order for us to truly get to know your child. Please know that we are aware that children do not always speak or type with perfect grammar, spelling, or punctuation, and we are most interested in the student’s ideas and thoughts.
- IQ test scores less than two years old. Please refer to the list of tests we accept here. It is important to note that while we do not require a specific minimum score, we have found test scores to be useful as one of many criteria we consider. Scores can be mailed in or emailed directly from a school psychologist/tester to our Admissions Office. It is our goal to be accessible to all gifted students; if you need assistance in securing test scores, please contact us.
- An official transcript from the student’s current school, or report cards from the last two years, unless student is applying to preschool, kindergarten, or first grade.
- Two recommendations, at least, from non-family members describing why your child is a fit for our program. We prefer that at least one of these recommendations be from either a current academic instructor or someone who can speak to your child’s current academic abilities. Links to recommendation forms can be found at the bottom of this page. If your child is homeschooled or has not attended school yet, please contact the Admissions Office; someone will be happy to help you find an appropriate source for a recommendation for your child.
- Any work samples you feel demonstrate your child’s giftedness. These do not have to be school-related. If your child received any assistance in completing them, please let us know in an accompanying note. If you need examples of what kinds of work you might share, visit this link for ideas.
- An interview for both you and your child. The interview will be scheduled only once all other application materials are submitted. To learn more about what to expect in your interview, view our interview information page.
- Visiting our school is part of our admissions process. Families whose applications are complete (including the parent and student interviews) may be invited by the Admissions Office to come to Grayson so their student can stay for part or all of a regular school day; our youngest applicants may be invited to the school on a Saturday for an opportunity to visit the school in a “playgroup” environment. If you have questions about scheduling a visit, please call the Admissions Office.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to hearing from you!
The Grayson School Admissions team
We accept the Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools (ADVIS) common recommendation forms. Please download the appropriate form below:
The Grayson School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, age, or other non-merit factor to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school, nor in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, financial aid policies, athletic and other school-administered programs, or employment practices. The Grayson School is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We celebrate diversity and are fully committed to creating an inclusive community at our school.