A pre-k through eighth grade coed day school
Challenging our students to cultivate a better world 
Admissions

Admission Process

Admission to Newtown Friends School is selective because of the limited amount of space and the large number of applicants. To apply for admission, please complete an online application by January 15.  Newtown Friends School is continuing to accept applications for the 2020-2021 school year on a limited basis.  Where space permits, applications will be considered on a rolling basis.  

While our buildings are closed and students are learning remotely, the admissions process will also operate remotely.  We encourage you to call and speak to our Admissions Office.   Please dial 215-968-2225 and select option 1.

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  • Pre-K Applicants

    Upon receipt of the completed application, we invite the child to visit the school for a small admissions playgroup, at which time we evaluate each child.   Our goal during this process is to provide opportunities for the school to determine if Newtown Friends School can provide for the educational needs of each applicant.  Please note that it is generally required that a child be four years of age prior to the start of our pre-kindergarten program.

    *Currently, Newtown Friends School is scheduling virtual visits with families.  
  • Kindergarten through Eighth Grade Applicants

    Upon receipt of the completed application, we invite the child to visit in our classroom, at which time we evaluate each child. Our goal during this process is to provide opportunities for the school to determine if Newtown Friends School can provide for the educational needs of each applicant.

    *Currently, Newtown Friends School is scheduling virtual visits with families.
  • Family Visits

    During the admissions process, families are required to meet with the Director of Enrollment Management and tour the school.  This may be arranged prior to or during the child's more formal visit in the classroom.  

    *Currently, Newtown Friends School is scheduling virtual visits with families.
  • Admissions Decisions

    Families who have completed the application process will be notified of the admission decision by February 15.  In order to reserve a space in the class, admitted applicants must submit an enrollment agreement and deposit by March 1.  

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    he Admissions Committee of Newtown Friends School provides preference to Quakers, siblings of current students, and alumni children, if all other factors are equal. In accordance with its mission, the school makes every attempt to meet each student’s needs. There are times, however, when we perceive that a student has difficulties with behavior, emotional stability, or learning differences that are beyond the scope of NFS’s capabilities.

    As a member of the Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools, Newtown Friends School abides by the Association's Guidelines for Best Practice in Admissions and Marketing.  These guidelines may be found on the ADVIS website.  

Admission Checklist

  1. Application, Teacher Recommendation(s), and School Records - Using the Apply Now button above, please complete and submit an application, teacher recommendation(s) and a request for school records.   A $50 application fee applies.
  2. SSAT - Students applying for sixth through eighth grades must make arrangements to take the SSATDue to the closure of SSAT testing sites, the SSAT requirement is currently being waived for applicants.  Applicants will be required to submit a school-administered standardized exam such as the PSSA or ERB.
  3. Applicant Visit - Upon receipt of an application, the child will be invited for a formal admissions visit during the school day. Currently, Newtown Friends School is scheduling virtual visits with families.