Lower School

Dexter Southfield has entry points for each division: Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten for the Lower School; Classes 6 and 7 for the Middle School; and Class 9 for the Upper School. Space is available based on attrition in other grades. Dexter Southfield will accept applications to any grade; however, student visits may be limited if it is a non-entry year. Pre-Kindergarten is designed for children who are 4 years old by September 1 of the year they enter Pre-K. Kindergarten is designed for children who are 5 by September 1. ​​

The Admissions Office is here to support and guide you through this entire admissions process. Below you will find an overview of the application process. We encourage you to email admissions@dextersouthfield.org or call us at 617-454-2721 with questions.

Lower School Admissions Timeline

September 26
Campus tours and interviews begin

November 5
Lower School Admissions Open House from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

January 21, 29
School visits for Pre-Kindergarten through Class 1 applicants. (Scheduling required)

Late January-early February
Student visits for applicants to Classes 2-5

January 15
Admissions Application Due 

January 15
Financial Aid Application Due

March 10
Candidates with applications completed by January 15 are notified of the Admission Committee’s decisicion

April 10
Enrollment agreement and deposit due from admitted candidates


Please complete and submit the Online Inquiry Form, powered by Ravenna. After completing the Online Inquiry Form, you will be added to the Admissions mailing list. We will be in touch with more information, upcoming events, and application process reminders.

Schedule a Visit

Call 617-454-2721 to schedule a parent tour. If your child is applying for Classes 3-5, he/she is welcome to join the tour.

Student visits take place in January and February and can be scheduled once the online application is received. Please contact the Admissions Office if you have applied, but have not scheduled your child's visit.

Apply Online

All application materials are due by January 15.

Please complete our online application through Ravenna Solutions and to pay the $50.00 application fee. When you arrive at the page you will be asked to create an account, at which point you will be able to look up Dexter Southfield in the “School Directory” and complete the application. For any technical questions about Ravenna, please contact them directly by following the instructions on the login page. Please note that you must apply through Ravenna, as we no longer accept or provide paper applications. Dexter Southfield also accepts SSAT’s standard application online.

Apply for Financial Aid (Optional)

To apply for Financial Aid, please visit SSS by NAIS and complete the online Personal Financial Statement (PFS), entering school code. The deadline to apply for financial aid is January 15.

Decision and Notification

The Admissions Office publishes decisions online via Ravenna the afternoon of March 10 (for applications submitted by January 15). Admitted students have until April 10 to submit enrollment contracts and tuition deposit.

Contact Us

Phone: 617-522-5544

Email: info@dextersouthfield.org

20 Newton Street Brookline, Massachusetts 02445 Directions