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Middle School

The middle school at Dexter Southfield is a place where students thrive—they learn about their strengths, explore meaningful topics, build skills and have fun. In these crucial years our students connect deeply with ideas, service and peers and faculty members alike. They learn to effectively ask questions and apply larger concepts while taking new paths to search for answers. Both inside the classroom and elsewhere, our students’ time in the middle school gives them both expertise and a sound place to stand as they grow into the individuals they want to become.

Below you will find an overview of the application process. We encourage you to email or call us at 617-751-3600 with questions.

Middle School Admissions Timeline

October 1
Campus tours and interviews begin. Call the Admissions Office at 617-751-3600 to schedule a tour.

October 19
Admissions Open House for Classes 6-12 from 9:30 -11:30 a.m.

November 21
Classes 6-12 Information Night from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

January 15
Admissions Applications Due 
Financial Aid Applications 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

Please call us at 617-751-3600 to schedule your tour and interview during the academic day.

At least one parent or guardian should accompany the applicant. The visit includes separate interviews with the applicant and parent(s)/guardian(s) and an in-house writing sample to be completed by the applicant. You can expect the interview process to take about one hour.

Prior to your interview, please create a Ravenna account and indicate that you are “Exploring” Dexter Southfield. From here you will be able to complete the application but are not required to do so before the interview.

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 the SSAT’s standard application online.

Register for SSAT/ISEE

Standardized Test Scores: All applicants are required to take either the SSAT or the ISEE. Applicants may register for either test online and request that scores be sent directly to Dexter Southfield (ISEE school code 222607 OR SSAT school code 2842). Either test must be taken by the application deadline of January 15.

Please note, in order to ensure receipt, scores must be sent to Dexter Southfield School.

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 deposits.


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