Application Process

Step 1: Connect with the Admissions Office


Schedule a Virtual Visit [see schedule and options], submit an Inquiry Form to receive admissions information and be added to our database for future mailings, or contact Diane Russell, Director of Admissions, 410-809-2403 or via email

Step 2: Complete & Submit Application


Applications for fall 2021 will begin being accepted November 2, 2020 with a priority deadline of February 1, 2021. Applications continue being accepted throughout the year on a rolling, space-available basis.

Complete the application and submit it with the $55.00 application fee. The application includes a Transcript and Records Release request for your child's current school office, and a Common Recommendation Form to be completed by a current teacher. Recipient information for the above requests is entered into the application portal. You may preview the forms below:

Little Dragons (K-Prep 3) applicants must be age 3, K-Prep applicants must be age 4, and Kindergarten applicants age 5 by September 1st of the year of entry. If you have questions regarding this policy, please contact the admissions director directly.

Harford Day School does not maintain a waiting a list from year-to-year. The admissions process begins anew each fall.

Step 3: Virtual Student Visits and Assessments


Upon receipt of the completed Admissions Application, Diane Russell, Director of Admissions, will work with you to schedule a mutually convenient time for your child’s admissions assessment and virtual visit. Visits may occur throughout the year but are most common November-February.

  • K-Prep-Grade 1 applicants will have an admissions assessment and classroom visit (typically occurring in January-February).
  • Students applying to Grades 2-8 will complete a standardized online admissions assessment and be required to participate in a virtual class.

Step 4: Admissions Review


The admissions committee, comprised of the Head of School, Director of Admissions, and the respective Division Head, carefully assesses each applicant’s readiness for academic, social, and personal success at Harford Day School. All admissions are made at the discretion of the Head of School. Admissions decisions for completed applications received by the priority deadline (2/1/21) will be sent February 19, 2021. Applications received after the deadline will be reviewed on a rolling (space-available) basis.

Step 5: Responsive Tuition Application Process


Admissions decisions are independent of the responsive tuition process. Responsive Tuition applications are reviewed after a student has been admitted. However, you should begin the online application process early. See Affording HDS for more information on the process. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis as funds allow.