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Admissions Process

Norwood-Fontbonne Academy welcomes applications for the 2018-2019 school year and limited spaces for the 2017-2018 school year.  Whether you are considering our Montessori program, our Primary program, our Intermediate program (Grades 4-6) or our Middle School program (Grades 7 & 8), the NFA admissions process is a collaborative discussion between parents (or guardians) and representatives from the school.   All applicants participate in an on-campus assessment and visit to the Academy.

The evaluation of input from parents, previous educators, and the child’s visit allows the NFA Admissions team to determine acceptance and the appropriate placement of each applicant.

Montessori Preschool (ages 3-5), Pre-Primary (ages 3 or 4), or Kindergarten:

  1. Complete and return the NFA Application for Admission with $110 application fee ($30 for siblings of currently-enrolled students) to the NFA Admissions Office.
  2. Schedule student visit to NFA with the Admissions Director.  Each child visits with a certified teacher on a school day for a short one-on-one assessment that usually lasts no more than one hour.  For a 5-year old applicant, the visit also includes time in a NFA classroom.
  3. If the child attends preschool, please have the child’s teacher complete the Confidential Common Recommendation Form. Instructions on returning this to NFA can be found at the bottom of the form.

Grade One:
(Junior Level Montessori or Primary)

  1. Complete and return the NFA Application for Admission with  $110 application fee ($30 for siblings of currently-enrolled students) to the NFA Admissions Office.
  2. For applicants to Primary Grade One, schedule a morning visit to the NFA Kindergarten class with the Admissions Director. As part of this visit, each child will have a short assessment with a certified teacher.
  3. For applicants to the Junior Level Montessori Grade One, schedule a morning visit to a Montessori preschool class with the Admissions Director. As part of this visit, each child will have a short assessment with a certified teacher.
  4. Complete a Release of School Records Form, which is given to the child’s present school and permits NFA to receive a copy of the child’s current school record.
  5. Provide a Confidential Common Recommendation Form to the child’s current teacher. Instructions on returning this to NFA can be found at the bottom of the form.

 

Grade Two through Grade Eight:
(Junior Level Montessori, Primary, Intermediate and Middle School)

  1. Complete and return the NFA Application for Admission with  $110 application fee to the NFA Admissions Office.
  2. Schedule a two-day visit to NFA with the Admissions Director. Over the course of the two consecutive days, students gain a feeling for the school community and academic expectations. During the two-day visit, an NFA Administrator will administer placement tests in Mathematics and Language Arts. These tests are used in conjunction with student’s current school records, the evaluation from the student’s current teacher, and the parent interview to determine acceptance and placement.
  3. Complete a Release of School Records Form, which is given to the child’s present school and permits NFA to receive a copy of the child’s current school record.
  4. Provide a Confidential Common Recommendation Form to the child’s current teacher. Instructions on returning this to NFA can be found at the bottom of the form.

 

Acceptance and Enrollment Process
Once a student’s application is complete, a family can expect to hear an admissions decision by mail within two weeks (ordinarily this begins around December 1, 2017 for the 2018-2019 school year).  To enroll a child, families are asked to remit a $1,000 non-refundable deposit of enrollment; this deposit is applied to the child’s 2018-2019 tuition. For information about Tuition and Financial Assistance, please click here.

For questions regarding our Admissions process, please contact Erin Wallin, Director of Admissions, at (215) 247-3811 ext. 204 or ewallin@norfon.org

Norwood-Fontbonne Academy admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at our school.  Similar policies apply to the school staff.  The Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, nationality, or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, its admission policies, or in any school administered program.

 

Forms:

Admissions Application Form

Confidential Common Recommendation Form (applicants ages 3- Grade 1)

Confidential Common Recommendation Form (applicants to Grade 2-8)

Release of School Records