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Lower School

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 or call us at 617-751-3600 with questions.

Lower School Admissions Timeline

October 1
Campus tours and interviews begin

November 2
Lower School Admissions Open House from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

January 12 & 26
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
Financial Aid Application Due

March 10
Candidates are notified of the Admission Committee’s decision

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 617-751-3600 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

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 on March 10. Admitted students have until April 10 to submit enrollment contracts and tuition deposit.


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