Admissions Process and Forms

Step 1: Visit Harford Day School

Schedule a parent visit and campus tour by contacting Diane Russell, Director of Admissions, 410-809-2403 or via email

Step 2: Complete & Submit Application

Complete the application and submit it with the $55.00 application fee on or before the priority application deadline of Friday, January 19, 2018, for Fall 2018 admission. Applications will continue to be reviewed on a rolling (space-available) basis throughout the year. The new online application will be available by November 1, 2017.

The application includes an electronic Transcript and Records Release request and a Common Referral Form to be completed by a current teacher. When you apply, please have school email addresses handy to expedite the submission of your child's completed application. You may preview the Common Referral Forms below:

Please Note: K-Prep and Kindergarten applicants must be age 3 or age 5, respectively, by September 1st of the year of entry.

    Step 3: Student Visit/Admissions Assessment

    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 campus 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. Students applying to grades 2-8 will have an admissions assessment and spend the rest of the school day on campus with a current Harford Day School student host/ess.

    Step 5: Admissions Review

    The admissions committee, which is 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 applications received by the priority deadline (1/19/18) will be sent February 16, 2018. Applications received after the deadline will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

    Step 6: Financial Aid

    Admissions decisions are independent of the financial aid process. Applications for financial aid are reviewed after a student has been admitted. However, you may begin the online application process October 2, 2017. Completed financial aid applications are due by December 15, 2017. See Financial Aid for more information on the process. Financial aid awards for re-enrolling and newly admitted families meeting the published deadlines will be sent February 16, 2018.