Middle and Upper School Process
Students are given the tools and experiences to be enthusiastic, thoughtful learners. The middle school program offers academic and creative opportunities in an active learning environment where adolescent development is understood and supported. Wildwood’s upper school offers an intellectually challenging curriculum designed to provide each student with the knowledge and skills needed for a successful college experience and beyond.
Middle school includes grades 6 to 8; upper school includes grades 9 through 12. Sixth, 7th, and 9th grades are typical entry points. Openings in all other grades occur by attrition only.
Once you submit the Inquiry Form, we will mail you Wildwood's admission information packet.
Prospective 2017-2018 middle and upper school families are required to attend an Open House. Open Houses are a three and a half hour program comprised of various interactive sessions designed to introduce you and your child to the Wildwood curriculum, faculty, and current students. The applicant is required to attend an Open House with at least one parent/guardian before we will send an invitation to apply online or schedule an interview.
For questions, contact Tisa Habas.
Open House Dates:
Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. -- OPEN HOUSE FULL
Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. -- OPEN HOUSE FULL
Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. -- OPEN HOUSE FULL
If you are applying for 2018-2019, please check back in August 2017 for next year's Open House schedule.
Once the applicant and a parent/guardian have attended an Open House, you will receive an email invitation to apply online. The application fee is $125 and is non-refundable. Fee waiver available upon request. Please contact the admission office for more details. All middle and upper school applications must be submitted by Dec. 9, 2016.
Applications received after Dec. 9, 2016 will be placed on hold.
After you’ve attended an Open House and your application has been received, we will contact you to schedule an interview. Interviews are scheduled Monday through Friday during school hours on a first come, first served basis. While we prefer all parents/guardians to be at the interview, at least one must attend.
Students applying to our middle and upper school will be asked to complete a short math and writing assessment during their interview. These assessments are not timed.
Applicants are also required to bring and discuss a project to the interview that reflects their academic or extracurricular passion. This project should reflect a sustained interest and must be the student’s own work. Equipment necessary to the presentation is the responsibility of the student. This project will not be assessed. Rather, it will be used as a conversation starter with the interviewer.
Your child must take the ISEE exam by Jan. 20, 2017. Click here for testing dates and locations. Please note: These fill up quickly. We encourage you to register early. List Wildwood School #054122 to ensure results will be sent to Wildwood's admission office.
Step 6: Download and distribute forms to request transcripts and recommendations from your child's current school (early December)
English teacher recommendation form*
*If your child has the same teacher for all subjects, please have the teacher complete forms for both subjects.
Your child's current school should complete the forms and return them directly to Wildwood. Parents/guardians are responsible for making sure Wildwood receives the forms by Jan. 20, 2017.
Please note: Our office will contact you in early February if any required forms are missing from an applicant's file.
Grades 9-12: Notifications for upper school will be mailed and emailed on March 10, 2017. You must reply by March 21, 2017.
Grades 6-8: Notifications for middle school will be mailed and emailed on March 17, 2017. You must reply by March 27, 2017.
If we have placed your child on the waitlist, we will keep the waitlist active until the end of August, and will contact you if space opens up. Please do let us know if you wish to remain on the waitlist.
Optional campus tours are held throughout the year on select Wednesday mornings from 9 to 11 a.m. for parents and applicants. A campus tour is a great introduction to Wildwood and an opportunity to see classes in action. To schedule, please contact Tisa Habas.
Important middle and upper dates and deadlines:
Application deadline: Dec. 9, 2016
Flexible tuition FAST application becomes available: Jan. 1, 2017
Flexible tuition application deadline: Jan. 27, 2017
School records and recommendations due: Jan. 20, 2017
ISEE scores deadline: Jan. 20, 2017
Flexible tuition final materials due: Feb. 10, 2017
Upper school notification: March 10, 2017
Middle school notification: March 17, 2017
Upper school enrollment response: March 21, 2017
Middle school enrollment response: March 27, 2017