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Upper School

Dexter Southfield’s upper school urges students to explore, collaborate and innovate, preparing them for a future which they are ready to shape. With a combination of individualized faculty support and teamwork with peers, they examine issues from different perspectives and build a foundation of expertise that gives them the tools to develop new ways of thinking and achieving. Their experience at Dexter Southfield give them the platform to launch, fully equipped, into their future. 

Dexter Southfield's entry point is Class 9 for the upper school. Space is available based on attrition in other Classes. Dexter Southfield will accept applications to any Class. We look forward to learning more about you.

The Admissions Office provides each prospective family with guidance through the process and ample opportunity to develop a genuine understanding of Dexter Southfield’s academic program, culture, and offerings. ​If you are a current parent, and have a child applying for Class 9, please click here for more information.

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

Upper School Admissions Timeline

September 25
Campus tours and interviews begin. Call the Admissions Office at 617-751-3600 to schedule a tour.

October 28
Admissions Open House for Classes 6-12  from 9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.

November 30
Classes 6-12 Curriculum Night  from 6:30 -8:30 p.m.

January 15
Admissions Applications Due

January 15
Financial Aid Applications Due

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

Week of April 3
Accepted students in Classes 6-12 visit Dexter Southfield classes

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 click on the link below to 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.

Register for SSAT/ISEE & Financial Aid if needed

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, not Dexter School or Southfield School.

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 deposits. Admitted students will have the opportunity to re-visit campus and attend classes before they must decide. Re-visit days are in early April after our students return from spring break.

Late applications will be reviewed.


Dexter Southfield School • 617-522-5544 •

Absence Reporting Line: 617-751-3400 • Admissions: 617-751-3600

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