Admissions Process

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The application process should be started by February (see details below under step 1).

Step 1: Application for Admission

The online application form includes general biographical information and an opportunity for the parent or guardian to describe the candidate’s strengths, challenges, and passions. Submission of the application form (linked below), with the application fee, triggers the scheduling of the student visit and assessment.

Initial application deadline: February 1. The online application form should be submitted by this date to start the process.

Admission decisions are issued by the end of March for applicants with complete application files by early March, including all supporting documents, student visit, and assessment (see items 2, 3, and 4 below). Admission decisions include accept, regret, and waitpool.

Applications continue to be accepted after February 1 and students are admitted after March into grades in which space remains.

Application deadline for thorough consideration, including student visit: April 20. Applications are accepted after April and students may be admitted into grades with space available through the summer and school year.

Online Application Form

Step 2: Supporting Documents

Academic Recommendations
The academic recommendation form is given to all teacher references. For applicants in grades EC-5, this form is given to the applicant’s current classroom teacher. For applicants in grades 6-12, the form is given to the applicant’s current English teacher and current math teacher. Additional teacher recommendations are optional. Teachers send their recommendations directly to MVS and the contents of recommendations are kept strictly confidential.

Academic Recommendation Request

School Records & Principal Recommendation
The records request form is completed by the school the applicant currently attends and sent with a record of student progress directly to MVS. The principal or counselor is also asked to provide a recommendation, which is sent directly to MVS and kept strictly confidential. If the student has only been at the current school for a short time, records and a recommendation should also be requested from the prior school.

Personal Recommendation (required for applicants to grades 9-12, optional for younger applicants)
The personal recommendation is completed by someone who knows the student candidate in a non-academic context and sent directly to MVS. The reference could be from a coach, music instructor, family friend, religious leader, etc. The recommendation is sent directly to MVS from the person completing the recommendation and is kept strictly confidential.

Personal Recommendation Request

Applicant Statement (applicants to grades 6-12)
The applicant statement invites older student candidates to describe themselves with honesty, creativity, and clarity.

Applicant Statement Form

Step 3: Student Visit

After the online application has been submitted, student applicants visit MVS. Applicants currently in grades K-12 visit individually for a full school day with their peers. Early childhood school and kindergarten applicants visit in small groups on a Saturday morning in February or March (see Step 4: Assessment below for details). This visit allows students to experience MVS and also gives MVS an opportunity to get to know each applicant.

Applicants to grades 6-12 have an opportunity during their visit to talk with the director of the division to which they are applying and tour the campus.

Applicants who live outside the Dayton area and/or cannot visit campus during the admission process may engage with MVS staff remotely via a video conferencing application.

Step 4: Assessment

Applying to the Early Childhood School and Kindergarten
Applicants to the early childhood school (ages 3-4) are assessed by the early childhood admission team in small groups on Saturday morning, March 5, 2022. Later early childhood school applicants are assessed individually on a school morning or remotely.

Applicants to kindergarten are assessed in small groups on Saturday morning, February 26, 2022. Later kindergarten applicants are assessed individually on a school morning or remotely.

EC and K 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 children 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.

Applying to the Lower School (Grades 1-5)
Applicants to grades 1-5 are assessed individually during their school visit day or remotely by the lower school admission team.

Applying to the Middle & Upper Schools (Grades 6-12)
In addition to being assessed during their school visits or remotely, applicants to grades 6-12 provide results of standardized testing already taken and/or may be asked to take an additional academic assessment.

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