Admissions Process

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The application process should be started by February (see details below).

Application Form & Parent Questionnaire

To start the admission application process, just click HERE to create an account in Ravenna, our application platform. You’ll enter background information for your family profile and then move forward with the online application form.

The application form should be submitted, with the application fee, by February 1. Applications are accepted after February 1 and students continue to be admitted into grades in which space remains throughout the spring, summer, and during the school year.

Once the application form, with the application fee, is submitted, parents submit a parent questionnaire in Ravenna about their child.


Supporting Documents

Once the application form and parent questionnaire have been submitted, parents delegate recommendation and school records request forms through Ravenna to the appropriate people. All materials are submitted to MVS through Ravenna and the contents of recommendations are kept strictly confidential.

The academic recommendation form is sent to all teacher references. For applicants in grades EC-5, this form is sent to the applicant’s current classroom teacher. For applicants in grades 6-12, the form is sent to the applicant’s current English and math teachers. Additional academic recommendations are welcome but not required.

The school administrator or guidance counselor recommendation form is sent to the applicant’s principal or counselor and that individual is asked to share their impressions of the applicant.

The school records request form is sent to the office at the current school, which then submits their records directly to MVS through Ravenna.

The personal recommendation form is sent to someone who knows the applicant in a non-academic setting. This could be a coach, music instructor, family friend, religious leader, etc. Personal recommendations are requested for upper school applicants and are optional for younger students.

The applicant statement invites applicants to the middle and upper schools to describe themselves independently with honesty, creativity, and clarity.


Student Visit

Applicants currently in grades K-12 visit MVS individually for a school morning with their peers, or video chat remotely with admissions and division staff.

Applicants to kindergarten visit in small groups on Saturday morning, February 25, 2023.

Applicants to the early childhood school (typically ages 3-4) visit in small groups on Saturday morning, March 4, 2023.

Later EC and K applicants visit individually on a school morning either in person or remotely.

Applicants may be asked to engage with MVS staff for academic assessment in addition to the above steps.

Early childhood school and kindergarten applicants should be 3, 4, or 5 years old, depending on the grade, by the first day of school in mid-August, and all early childhood school students must be toilet-trained by the first day of school. Applicants with birthdays between mid-August and September 30 will be considered and may be accepted if ready academically, socially, emotionally, and developmentally.


Admission Decisions

Admission decisions are issued by the end of March for applicants with completed application files by early March, including all supporting documents and the applicant visit. Early decisions are possible for applicants who have completed the application process early for grades in which space is known to be available. Later decisions are given as applications are completed.

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